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IBA Member Spotlight: Tammy Blick

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Last Updated: 3/16/2021 3:54 PM

Blick: In Banking, You Never Stop Learning

While in high school and college, Tammy Blick worked at a Village Inn. She says that job taught her valuable customer service skills as she had a chance to interact with many different kinds of people and personalities. She learned to be a good listener and offer a polite smile to those she served.

Before she graduated from Marycrest College in Davenport, Blick took a job as a loan processor at a bank. Today, she is still in the banking industry, working as vice president and loan officer at First Central State Bank in Eldridge. “Every day is a different day and you never stop learning,” she said.

How did you get into banking as a career?
While attending college, there was a job opening at Northwest Bank & Trust Company-processing all types of loans.

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 as a waitress in high school and college at Village Inn Pancake House. This was so valuable in that I learned how to interact with all kinds of people and personalities, but also to be a good listener. A smile goes a long way!

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Every day is a different day and you never stop learning.

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
My first interaction with IBA was from a compliance training arena and then several other schools and classes over the years. The knowledge I have obtained has been utilized in each and every experience in lending.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I love sports and enjoy watching them; especially Iowa, Cubs and Bears. Volleyball is a favorite, as I had a daughter play in high school and college. Love to curl up with a good book too or spend time with my adult children and grand-daughter!

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Be a kind person and trust your gut!

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