Fick’s work ethic fuels her climb to mortgage lender

Using her own initiative and tenacious work ethic, Val Fick has climbed from secretary to mortgage lender at Security State Bank, Fergus Falls, Minn.

Fick, vice president at the $131 million bank, is one of six women honored by NorthWestern Financial Review as a 2015 Outstanding Woman in Banking.

When former Security State Bank president Mark Olson arrived at the bank in 1976, Fick had been a secretary since joining the bank eight years earlier – a secretary who used her lunch hour to learn how to work the proofing machine and the teller line. “Two things were clear to me . . .

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