THE January 2015 BULLS EYE FEATURE: Joe Tredinnick
Forty-seven year old Joe Tredinnick has been with TD Bank since 1992 and is currently the Regional Vice President for Burlington, Camden, and Mercer Counties.
As an RVP for the last nine years, he has been responsible for commercial lending, consumer lending, and branch growth throughout the counties in his territory.
A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Haddon Township resident was born in Camden and is one of the six children of Delores and Richard “Jim” Tredinnick, deceased.
Tredinnick describes his 78-year old mother as not only a homemaker, but “the best cook in the world” and his father, who was Production Director of the Courier-Post, where he worked for 30 years, as “the hardest worker I’ve ever known.”
Recalling his childhood, he says “we never had a lot growing up, my father worked several jobs to keep the family fed. My mother (all Italian) cooked and sewed.
“I grew up on hand me downs and learning what not to do from my siblings. There was always mayhem when we were young and always some sort of commotion. I don’t know how my parents stayed sane,” he adds.
The Tredinnick family now includes 16 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Tredinnick’s oldest brother, Rick, now deceased, was an accountant. His sister, Mary is 54 and an administrative assistant, who, Tredinnick says, “always looked after me when I was young.
Brother John is 52 and a UPS driver, who “can fit or make anything.” And sister Dee, 51 and a massage therapist, has a special place in his heart because “she taught me how to drive.” Finally, there’s the last of the Tredinnick sibs, sister Stephanie, who is 49 and in car sales. Tredinnick credits her with teaching him all about sales.
He admits to wanting to be a rock star guitarist when he was growing up and says that his “goal yet to be achieved is picking the guitar back up.”
Tredinnick’s summer jobs took a more traditional/entrepreneurial pat than the pursuit of rock stardom. “I had my own lawn cutting service and tried to have a snow blowing business (‘JoeSnow’) but lack of snow put me out of business.”
He was also a valet at Tavistock Country Club, and worked at Chicken Holiday, a fried chicken and ribs restaurant, where he met his wife of 21 years. “She asked me out on a date and our first date was a lunch at the Viennese Café in Cherry Hill,” recalls Tredinnick.
His wife Roseanne, he says, is “always” telling me to “have fun,” and he adds that his three children (Nicholas, 17; Jack 14; and Luke 11) think that “I am not cool.”
Tredinnick earned his Associates degree at Camden County College in 1988, before moving on to the Wharton School for his BA.
His first “real job” was with Commerce Bank, where he started in 1992 as a credit analyst, working his way up to RVP.
The best part of his job, he says, is “meeting people and learning about their backgrounds, their failures and successes,’ while the worst part is “not having enough hours in the day.”
The best advice he ever received was from his father, who told him that “life is about getting in and playing the game…there is no sitting on the sidelines and watching”
The worst advice he ever received, he says, was “Wait and see—from anyone who says it.”
Tredinnick’s business philosophy is “do the right thing, act with honesty and integrity, and only promise what you can deliver.”
By the way, what he says he knows now that he wishes he’d known then is to “floss more often (my mouth is full of fillings).”
His best decision, he says without hesitation was “marrying my wife,” while he believes that his worst decision has been “not spending more time with my family.” No surprise, then, that Tredinnick says his toughest decisions are “most parenting decisions.” By the way, he says that his worst fear is “not seeing my kids grow up.”
He also offers that the event that created the most significant emotional reaction on his part in the past year was “travelling the country with my family and seeing all the beauty created in our country.”
His personal motto is “attitude is everything” and he measures success :by how tired I am when I put my head on my pillow every night.”
The organization he respects the most (among many, he notes) is the Holman family of businesses “There are several local organizations that I really respect, but I have tremendous respect for Holman for their commitment to making a social impact in South Jersey.”
When it comes to making an impact in the NPO scene, Tredinnick is no slouch himself. In fact, if there is an NPO board that Tredinnick isn’t serving on or hasn’t served on in the past, it will be hard to find.
He is currently a member of the Foundation Board for Burlington County College, and also serves as a board member for the United Way of Camden County, the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the Community Foundation of South Jersey, and the South Jersey Eye Center.
He is Past President and Board member for the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce, current board member and Treasurer for the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Camden Business Assistance Corporation, Treasurer of Sarah Tarditi Gallagher Golf Committee and a member of the Joseph Maressa Sr. golf committee.
Tredinnick has also served as a board member for the South Jersey Bankers Association, is past President of the Board of Trustees for the Ritz Theatre Company, and the past President of the RMA of Southern New Jersey.
He is also a past board member of LEAP Charter School and has also volunteered as a committee member for the Lauren Rose Foundation and the CARES Institute, as well as Ronald McDonald House in Camden. He adds that his best experience as a volunteer comes “every time I visit the Ronald McDonald House.”
He professes to have no secret talent, but does acknowledge his share of questionable decisions, the “dumbest” of which “may have included streaking.” He also admits “I always thought I wanted a tattoo but don’t have one.”
Tredinnick’s first choice for a new career would be to “start my own business,” and he adds that, if he had a “do-over,” it would be “taking a risk to start a business.”
He says he is allergic to “whining,” adding that if you really want to make me angry, whine and complain.” He notices that when people don’t like what he has to say, “they roll their eyes.” And the first thing he notices about people when he meets them is “eye contact.”
He admits to being “deathly afraid of: getting sick, and admits to just one bad habit that he just can’t break —“cigars.”
Known for his dry sense of humor, Tredinnick offers this self-description: “hard working, humble, honest, caring and bald.”
His biggest “aha” moment came when “I found out I was going to be a father (for the first, second and third time).”
If you could travel back in time, Tredinnick would go back “to the 1930s…I’ve never met either of my grandfathers, so I would love to meet them.”
When asked what he would suggest if he could do one thing to change South Jersey, he says “South Jersey really needs ‘to consolidate.’”