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IBA Member Spotlight: Stephanie Burman-Kloetzer

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Last Updated: 3/3/2021 11:16 AM

Passion for Math Leads Burman-Kloetzer to Banking

Math was a subject Stephanie Burman-Kloetzer always enjoyed. That’s why she took a part-time job as a bank teller after graduating from high school. She later earned a degree in business management with an emphasis in finance and human resources from Buena Vista University. “Finance is a dynamic industry that’s constantly changing and yet one of the most stable career choices,” she said.

Today, Burman-Kloetzer is vice president of operations at First Bank Hampton, where she enjoys helping people with their financial needs. “The best part of community banking is working with people in your community,” she said.

How did you get into banking as a career?
I have always enjoyed and excelled in math and accounting so I started as a part-time teller after graduating high school and kept learning and growing my career from there.

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?
Loading hogs and cleaning alley ways in the barns. It taught me patience and hard work; pigs can be really aggressive and stubborn.

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
There is so much to learn and many opportunities to grow. Finance is a dynamic industry that’s constantly changing and yet one of the most stable career choices. However, the best part of community banking is working with people in your community to help them with their needs and being able to give back to the communities in which we serve.

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
Our bank and employees have most benefited from the IBA’s educational programs and their full line of insurance products. They have experienced and knowledgeable staff that we use as a great resource for compliance, training and human resources.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy playing games, camping, ATV riding and biking/walking.

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Be optimistic and search for the good; having an optimistic outlook in every situation will guide you to positive changes and greater success.

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