Mentorship, peer networks key to women’s success

The importance of mentorship and women helping other women in their careers was a key refrain offered by a panel of three veteran female bankers recently. Mary Kay Bates, president and CEO of Bank Midwest, Spirit Lake, Iowa; Laurie Nordquist, lead regional president for the Upper Midwest for Wells Fargo, and Del Mari Runck, chief operating officer for Neighborhood National Bank, St. Cloud. [Continue]

Trust officer glides easily into leadership development

Jon-Myckle Price got into banking because of a pool. A lifelong swimmer, Price was writing a paper for a college economics class and chose to focus on his local public pool in Logansport, Ind., because it was on the brink of closing. The paper led to a job managing the pool after college, but it was while dropping off a deposit at a local bank that Price decided to apply for a branch manager opening. [Continue]

Iowa engineer helps build a better banking board

Mark Guetzko’s career path will be familiar to many community bankers. He grew up in a construction family in Manchester, Iowa, and started his post-college life by leaving the area and experiencing the wider world as a young engineer, first in Colorado and then in southern California. A combination of family circumstances led Guetzko back to the Midwest [Continue]