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IBA Member Spotlight: Jason Rasmus

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Last Updated: 12/23/2020 10:37 AM

Rasmus Finds Options With Banking Career

Jason Rasmus attended Iowa State University with the intention of earning a degree in biology and chemistry. That plan changed, however, and he decided to pursue a business degree instead. When the time came to look for an internship, he turned to banking and never left the industry. He’s filled many different roles in his career, including teller, personal banker, branch manager and commercial lender.

Today, Rasmus is the Sioux City market president at Availa Bank. “I have never felt pigeonholed in my career,” Rasmus said. “There are so many different jobs within the bank to pursue if I ever tired of my current role.”

How did you get into banking as a career?
I switched from a biology and chemistry to business major in college and thought I should get an internship for my resume. I started at Wells Fargo and remained there until a month ago. I’ve worked as a teller, personal banker, branch manager, commercial lender, and now Market President.

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?
I worked property maintenance/management in Ames to get free housing. What it taught me was most jobs involve some sort of customer service. I was dealing with kids the same age as I was, and I remember the most difficult part of my job was shutting down the pool and hot tub area on the weekends. It was my job to get a bunch of my peers who had been partying for the past five hours and weren’t ready to stop to leave so I could lock up. That was my first experience with customer service and negotiations.

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Within banking, there are so many different avenues to pursue. When I graduated college, I looked into doing home mortgages, I became licensed to do investments, and ultimately ended up pursuing commercial banking. I have never felt pigeonholed in my career, there are so many different jobs within the bank to pursue if I ever tired of my current role.

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The association is a great resource for fielding industry questions and helping with banking issues. It’s always a benefit to have peers that you can discuss events strictly related to the banking industry, and the IBA peer members are perfect to gain that industry knowledge from. Banking is in a field all by itself, any resources that we can tap into is a great benefit to not only myself, but my organization. The IBA is a great asset for any financial institution.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
My wife, Courtney, and I have four children and we spend a lot of time running kids to activities as well as coaching many of them.

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
I despise Duke basketball, but I heard a quote from Mike Krzyzewski once that stuck with me. “If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.”

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