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.
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!
5. What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
Dane County is one of the best places to live and work. First, as a parent of three children I am impressed by the high quality of the schools in the area and the many activities available to kids no matter what their interests are. Second, one of the best things about Dane County is its people. We get involved in community activities, political activities, and service organizations, and work hard to make this area a good place to live. Finally, the cultural and recreational facilities make this area great for families. I really enjoy being able to take my kids to places as varied as a minor league baseball game, the ballet, or just to one of the many great parks in the county.
6. Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
I am a naturally competitive person so before I got into running and triathlons I used to show dogs to get my competition fix. I completed three championships on my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and although I have put this on hold for now, I enjoyed going to dog shows and competing with people and their dogs.
Now, I’ll stick to running and triathlons!
7. What are your guilty pleasures?
I enjoy watching reruns of Friends and The Office daily. I never get sick of watching the same episode over and over. I’d take on anyone in Friends TV trivia!
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