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IBA Member Spotlight: Curran Putney

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Last Updated: 9/16/2020 9:51 AM

Interest in Risk Management Leads Putney to Banking Career

Curran Putney’s interest in banking was ignited while he was working on a degree in finance at the University of Iowa. It was there that he discovered a passion for risk management and went on to obtain a risk management and insurance certificate with his bachelor’s degree. He says he chose the banking industry for his career because of its potential for applying risk management to the real world.

Today, Putney is a lending compliance officer at Hills Bank in Hills. He says he enjoys banking because, “you can look around anywhere in the community you live and see where the local community bank has made an impact.

How did you get into banking as a career?  
Risk management fascinated me in college and the banking industry is a great place to apply risk management in the real world.

Prior to your current role, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had, and what lesson did it teach you that you still use today?
In college I spent a few summers working for a commercial contractor doing mostly concrete work. The biggest lesson I learned working that job is if you show an aptitude for the job and show initiative, you will be rewarded with more responsibility. 

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking is a great career because you can look around anywhere in the community you live and see where the local community bank has made an impact.

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
For me, the training and education opportunities offered by the IBA are top notch and help me grow in my compliance career. 

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Spending time with my wife and our two boys outside. 

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Do good, and you get good.

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