Question: You and your brother are now in the top positions at the bank that has been in your family's hands for more than a century. Were the two of you groomed for these careers?
Answer: We grew up in a business environment because of my father. Even as children, we were always involved in business. He was always entrenched in banking. He would oftentimes quiz us on percentages and interest rates, and work with us in that environment to help us understand.
Q: Did you ever consider not going into banking?
A: I considered my other options.
Q: What would you have done if you hadn't taken this path?
A: If I hadn't chosen banking, I often think I probably would have picked construction or some level of development.
A: The creative aspect.
Q: In this environment, you're probably thankful you did not choose that career.
A: (Laughs) For sure.
Q: Did you ever work anywhere other than a bank?
A: Yeah, I worked in machine operations in a machine shop as a youth. And I managed some horses and some laborers in my youth as well.
Q: How old were you when you picked banking?
A: It wasn't till I was in my late teens in college that I decided that I wanted to go into banking. Obviously I am blessed to have other family in the bank with me. It creates a great team environment with the other family members. I have a core belief that you enjoy what you do well so pick something early, work hard at it and when you do it well you will enjoy it. So that drives my decision-making. Since I had advantages in the area of banking, I chose to continue on in banking.
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