Professional of the Month: James Rubin, Park Bank

IB’s Professional of the Month is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This month features James Rubin, vice president, business banking, Park Bank.
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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is building relationships with clients, especially on a personal level. You find that they are more than just a number, they are a person with a story, and in many cases, a friend. Watching them grow both personally and as a business and helping them get to that next step — whatever that may be — is very rewarding.

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

Most people would probably have a Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, or similar type of person who they admire and follow. Personally, I admire my clients. It is challenging to own and operate a business, now more than ever. I owned a business previously and I know how challenging it is. I enjoy assisting clients as they navigate today’s ever-changing landscape.

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

I am proud of what I’ve accomplished thus far, but I feel like the best is yet to come. I really look forward to what the next five to 10 years will bring.

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

Work hard and continue to do the right thing. Let your values and morals guide you along the way. If you don’t stray, things will tend to work out the right way, whatever way that may be. At the end of the day, we are all human and it is important to build strong relationships personally and professionally.

What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

The variety that each season brings, especially the three not named winter! The lakes and surrounding nature are beautiful. My wife and I have two kids and there are so many family-friendly things to do. Madison is diverse; it has a great food scene, lots of entertainment options, and, of course, Badger sports! I see Madison as a big small town — no matter where you are, you usually run into someone you know.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I am fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. I spent almost five years living abroad in Brazil and Argentina.