Rick Hartnack Q&A (1967)

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Why did you join Sigma Nu over other fraternities?

I joined Sigma Nu because some of my friends, Larry Higby, Jim Monahan, etc. were joining the fraternity.

What song(s) best defines your college experience?

I think the Rolling Stones songs were pretty emblematic. It was the golden age of Rock and Roll.

How did Sigma Nu help make you into the man you are today?

One of many important influences. I got into Crew because of some of the brothers at Sigma Nu and got on the Marine Officer track and aviation because of some of those guys as well. My experience in Marine aviation during the Vietnam War was a huge influence on my life.

Tell us about a brother who was a mentor or went beyond the call of duty to help you.

Almost everyone at Sigma Nu was a contributor; great group of guys.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and from whom?

“Do your current job better than anyone and the rest will take care of itself.” I got that from my dad.

What’s your greatest personal challenge to date and how did you overcome it?

Getting our company through the crazy economy of the last few years and emerging as the strongest bank in America was a huge challenge and we did extremely well.

What role does leadership play in a man’s life?

Working for some great leaders and trying to be a great leader has been the center piece of my working life. In the few times I got stuck working for an idiot, I usually left within 90 days. Working for idiots is a waste of time and energy.

If you were walking onto the UCLA campus as a young freshman, what advice would you give to the younger you?

“Only date the really good looking girls. Your only resource is your time, don’t waste it on a slug.”

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