TIB - The Independent Bankers Bank, Alpharetta, GA
At Large member, GBA Women in Banking Committee
Q: What was your first job, and was there a lesson you learned there that you still use today?
A: My first job was with a correspondent bank based in Georgia. While I learned an abundance during my time there, a memorable lesson, as trivial as it may seem, was to listen to all of my voicemails and respond to every one by the end of every day. Whether I had an answer or not, I always responded and let that person know I was working on their question. I believe that has brought me a long way in building relationships with customers and demonstrating their importance.
Q: What are you most proud of accomplishing professionally?
A: When I started working in banking, I tried to absorb anything and everything I could. Over the course of years and changing job responsibilities, I always admired the relationship officers and strived to be in that position. After getting married, weathering a financial crisis and having a couple of babies, the stars aligned in my banking career as I was given the greatest opportunity to be a relationship officer for the best correspondent bank, TIB! This has proven to be my greatest professional accomplishment.
Q: If you could thank someone for becoming the professional you are today, who would it be and why?
A: It is probably impossible to chose one person to thank for becoming the professional I am today. I have had the privilege to watch and learn from so many relationship officers over the years. Also, I have had the opportunity to develop wonderful relationships with my fellow bankers in Georgia. An entire group of bank presidents, CFOs and lenders have taken me under their wings and given me great advice and guidance. Finally, the relationship officer team and executive team at TIB all give me unconditional support. I have been very blessed to be in good company!
Q: If you weren’t working in banking, what would you picture yourself doing instead?
A: Before entering the banking industry, I thought about attending law school. I had taken several law-related classes in college and mentored with a professor for that career path. However, things don’t always go as planned, and I am very thankful to be where I am today!
Q: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?
A: My family and I own two highland cows and a donkey! We have a little slice of heaven in Dawsonville where the animals live. We love to stay on the property, spend time with the animals, grill out, and camp together.