Iowa banker reaches heights while keeping feet on ground

Hiking in the mountains is a lot like banking for Susan Whitson, executive vice president of First National Bank in Waverly, Iowa.

She sees the big picture while keeping her feet on the ground.

Whitson, one of NorthWestern Financial Review’s 2010 Outstanding Women in Banking, has taken a sensible, practical approach to banking throughout her successful 29-year career.

As chief financial officer and cashier, she is responsible for investments, asset/liability management, information technology and daily operations of the $265 million bank with five locations. She measures success on a daily basis, ensuring that earnings and net interest . . .

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