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IBA Member Spotlight: Kara Shugar-Davis

Archived Industry News:IBA Member Spotlight: Kara Shugar-Davis

Last Updated: 4/14/2021 2:49 PM

Shugar-Davis Says, ‘Why Not’ to Banking Career

Before Kara Shugar-Davis worked in banking, she was the Sergeant Major of a battalion stationed in Iowa. She says her time in the army taught her “to show up early and be ready for anything.” After she left the army, she was driving around one afternoon while contemplating what to do next. She says she noticed banks on every block, and thought to herself, “Why not.”

Today, Shugar-Davis is a branch manager at Community Bank & Trust in Cedar Falls. “If you are a person that likes to help people set goals and give them the tools to succeed, banking is your career,” she said.

How did you get into banking as a career?
I started my career in banking after the Army. I knew I wanted to work in customer service. Funny story, I was driving around one afternoon and I just kept seeing banks on every block and I thought why not work at a bank.

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 was the driver for the Sergeant Major of my battalion when I was stationed in Hawaii. The job taught me to show up early and be ready for anything.

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
If you are a person that likes to help people set goals and give them the tools to succeed, banking is your career.  

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
Iowa Bankers keep everyone informed of what is going on.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Spending time with my family and eating dessert.

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Be ready for anything.

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