Tell us about your background. Where you grew up, where you went to school, industry experience, your family, and volunteer work.
I grew up in Humboldt, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, where I earned a degree in business management. After moving to a few different towns and states following college, I landed in Sioux Falls in 2006 and worked at an insurance company in the employee benefits department. In 2008, I began my career at First National Bank as an Ag Administrative Assistant and remain in the same department as an Administrative Supervisor. I currently reside in Baltic with my husband, Chuck, and five children ages 13, 10, 5, 3, and 1.
Q: What is your role at FNB? What does your day-to-day work look like?
I am the Ag Administrative Supervisor at the Louise branch. I work directly with three Ag bankers to help prepare loan documents, obtain and maintain supporting documentation, and ensure files are in order for the pre- and post-close processes. I am a liaison for our customers, credit, retail, and business solutions teams. I also lead four Ag administrative assistants located at our Louise, Dell Rapids, and Flandreau branches. In addition, I organize many of our Ag events throughout the year.
Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?
The people! Whether it’s the Ag team, other FNB departments, or our customers, I really enjoy all the people that I work with each day.
Q: What is something at the Bank that you’re proud of?
Something that I’m proud of year after year while working at the Bank is the rush and craziness of renewal season and when that time winds down, taking a step back, and thinking of all the customers our team has worked with in continuing their farming operations.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of work?
When I’m not busy trying to keep up with my kids and husband, I really enjoy simply relaxing with a good book, sitting in the sauna, or in the warmer months, sitting by the fire pit and listening to music. I also enjoy riding my Nordic Track exercise bike or taking walks outside. I often joke with my husband that I need to find a hobby for the days that I’m not keeping busy with the kids, but that’s a ways away!
Q: What is the last interesting fact you learned?
Your fingernails grow faster when you are cold.
Q: If you had $500 to spend at any local business, where or what would you spend it on?
I would try spreading $500 as far as I could. I enjoy finding local, small town boutiques that have a little of everything – clothes, home décor, items for kids, candles – so I would spend a good amount of money at those types of shops. I would also have to find a local eatery along with an ice cream shop to satisfy my sweet tooth – Mama’s Ladas and Stensland would be my top choices!