Kim Kalepp, Summit Credit Union
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Kim Kalepp, managing vice president of business services, Summit Credit Union.
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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
The most challenging is working with all of the government regulations, which seem to be ever changing. Most rewarding are helping Summit Credit Union members start a small business, celebrating the small business owners when they achieve financial milestones, and knowing you had a small part in the business’ success, whether it is helping with small business loans and managing their cash flow or as the business owner’s confidant and friend.
2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
Throughout my career I did not have any single businessperson who I admired more than another. I had many great mentors over the years. I listened and learned during this time and took the best traits I felt each had to offer and used them in a way that worked for me.
It would be easy to list a famous businessperson whom I respect but I have to admit I have more admiration for the individuals who take their idea, develop a plan, absorb the risks, and create a successful small business. Those individuals lay everything on the line, invest their blood, sweat, and tears and all they have, and make it without the advantages that famous businesspeople often possess.
3. What has been the high point of your career so far?
The highlight of my career was when I was elected to the board of directors of a local financial institution, knowing that all of the banking experience, education, and knowledge I worked hard to attain had been recognized. I truly enjoyed the decision-making process at that level.
4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
To think through and take advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves because the same opportunity(ies) may not come up again.