Tuesday May 23, 2023

Ep 21 – Nick Binkley, Singer-Songwriter, Former Banking Executive

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Ep 21 – Nick Binkley, Singer-Songwriter, Former Banking Executive


My old friend and very successful financial executive, Nick Binkley, talks about his career in finance, rising to the position of vice chair of Security Pacific Bank, and then vice chair of the Bank of America, and then a partner in a very successful venture capital firm. Nick has a lot of lessons around the 7 Rules of Power for all of us to pay attention to.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Nick went from a guitar-playing Peace Corps volunteer and campaign manager to a banker

  • What he saw in the Tunisian economy that sparked his desire to become an international banker

  • How visualizing where he wanted to be and breaking the rules facilitated his career change

  • The way playing the game allowed him to develop a new approach to statement analysis called the Binkley Tree

  • What accelerated his career in the ten years he went from a vice president to a vice chair and member of the board of directors at Bank of America

  • The power of changing the narrative about yourself

  • A unique presentation opportunity that furthered his career

  • Brand building in humorous, thoughtful, effective ways, and with the creation of an international magazine

  • The importance of having family members and a broad base of people who appreciate your skills

  • The rule of power that most resonates with him

  • A story of how success excuses everything

  • The one sin Jeff sees students commit in their beliefs during difficult circumstances

  • How his songwriting and music interests have helped in his career, personally and professionally


Nick Binkley (born Nicholas Burns Binkley October 31, 1945) is a former banking executive with a lifelong interest in foreign affairs. He is also a singer-songwriter, recording artist and film producer.

He was educated at Colorado College (BA in Political Science) and the Universite d’Aix-Marseille (France) and received his graduate degree (MA in International Studies) from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Binkley attained the position of Vice Chairman of Bank of America Corp and served on its board of directors and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He later formed Forrest Binkley & Brown which successfully made venture and private equity investments across a range of enterprises.

Following retirement from the world of finance, he became identified with the title of his first album, Pin Stripe Brain, released in 1995. A troubadour striving for East-West peace, Binkley’s song “Novi Mir” (Russian for “New World” or “New Peace”), his film FREE TO ROCK and subsequent albums, Let The Boy Jam, 100 Parts of Heart, and Stardust Angels Ghosts remain emblematic of a life that spanned the worlds of finance, music and international politics.



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