First Interstate Bank
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my graduation from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. It is a 3 year graduate banking school and I graduated in September 2016.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
My goal over the next 5 years is to continue my professional development and utilize my graduate banking degree to rise to Vice President of First Interstate Bank. I have a long-term goal to be a bank President someday.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I would say my biggest philanthropic achievement so far has been my contribution as Vice President of the Laramie Head Start Board of Directors. I led the hiring committee to hire our Executive Director in 2013, and the effort to relocate our school to the Lincoln Community Center in 2016.
In addition to Head Start, I won a brand new truck as part of the annual Cowboy Joe Club golf series raffle in 2013. Rather than keep the truck, I donated it to the Albany County United Way; they in turn raffled off the truck as a fundraiser and raised almost $20,000 to donate back to its member agencies (Head Start is one of these).
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my involvement with Laramie Afternoon Rotary Club. Myself and another individual began a bi-annual fundraiser for the club by partnering with the Harlem Ambassadors to put on a show in Laramie for young kids. I am also set to be President of the club in 2017-18. Being an active member of this club as provided me numerous opportunities to give back to the community.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I am most excited about Laramie's ability to cultivate and retain young, talented entrepreneurs and support them in the growth of their business (TigerTree, Firehole Composites, Bright AgroTech, Medicine Bow Technologies, etc). Laramie has several unique qualities that allow it to capitalize on these opportunities. In order to continue to grow the community in the future, Laramie and its business partners will need to play these strengths to diversify its economic funding base and show these entrepreneurs why they would want to do business in Laramie.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
First and foremost, I feel the most substantial contributor to my successes has been the support group around me; from my immediate family and friends, to my employer, peers, and those I directly report to. This support group, in particular my father and my bosses at First Interstate Bank, have opened up opportunities that I just could not have done for myself. Examples of these would include nominations and acceptance into groups that are only available for those who are willing to take a chance on someone, such as Rotary Club or Pacific Coast Banking School. They also have encouraged me to get involved in the community as much as I desire and they allow me the time necessary to make an impact in whatever I choose to do. In addition to those who have supported me, my own intrinsic motivation has definitely helped me achieve many of the things I have over the past 20 years. I believe my own internal drive to succeed has been the single biggest factor under which I have control in continuing to move me forward toward my goals and ambitions.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Take advantage of the plethora of opportunities in Laramie to get involved in the community and give back. Also, don't be afraid to fail, and learn from your mistakes so you don't ever make the same one twice.