In your own words, describe what your role is at the bank:
I am responsible for an $80+ million loan portfolio consisting of a mix of commercial and agricultural lending relationships. Functions include heavy emphasis in community involvement, actively building customer and prospective relationships, managing / advising customers with ongoing financial monitoring and dialogue to maximize bank and client business performance. Duties also include assisting in the management and administration of the Bank's SBA lending functions.
How did you get into banking?
I originally was looking to get into financial planning during college and was wanting a summer job. I had a friend that was working at First State Bank & Trust in Fremont, who encouraged me to think about coming to work there in the summer. I was offered a teller job and worked there until I graduated from college and took up employment as a mortgage / consumer lender.
What does effective leadership look like to you?
Effective leadership must have the cornerstones of effective listening and a servant's heart. Leaders must be willing to listen more than they speak, allowing them to best know how to effectively approach each circumstance that they encounter. Also, leaders must be willing to serve and get their hands dirty as well, approaching every situation with a positive team approach.
Why is banking a great career?
Banking is a ground-up, growth-oriented industry that rewards hard work and those that continue to want to pursue knowledge and self-improvement. Every day is a learning experience and gives you a chance to make impacts in your community and be a part of something bigger than yourself. If you want a job, seek elsewhere. If you want a career, choose banking.
Share your favorite book, podcast or quote. Why is it your favorite?
It's a tie..."Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" by Simon Sinek and "You Are Worth It: Building A Life Worth Fighting For" by Kyle Carpenter.