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Elyse Smithback, Oregon Community Bank

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Elyse Smithback, vice president–treasury management, Oregon Community Bank.

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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is working with clients to help them navigate through and find solutions to make their financial life better. This can also be the most challenging aspect of my job, as my clients’ needs are varied and each individual has unique goals. Finding and implementing the best solutions to each of my clients’ needs can be difficult, but succeeding in solving their individual problems is very rewarding.

2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and writer. I loved her book, Lean In, and her work with leanin.org. Its mission is: “To offer women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.” They provide educational resources that support female leadership. I have used these tools to develop my leadership skills as a young leader in the banking industry.

3. What has been the high point of your career so far?

The high point of my career has been seeing how my work growing our deposit client base has helped Oregon Community Bank continue to grow and service our new clients, existing clients, and the community. Oregon Community Bank really believes in service to the community — not just in Oregon, but also in the entire Dane County area and beyond. I am proud to be part of the continued growth of the bank, but am even more proud of the service that I provide to local businesses and individuals to make their financial life easier.

4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Slow down and don’t be in such a hurry to get older!

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