For Landas, Summer Job Turns Into Full-Time Career
Amy Landas’ banking career began while she was working on her bachelor’s degree at Central College. She took a part-time job at a bank one summer and that evolved into a full-time position after she graduated. She says many skills she uses today — handling money, balancing drawers, customer service — she learned while working at Fareway during high school and college.
Today, Landas is market president at Vision Bank in Boone. She says a banking career gives you “the ability to help others chase their dreams while learning something new each day.”
How did you get into banking as a career?
I began my banking career during the summer of my junior year in college. I worked part time during that summer, which turned into a full-time job upon graduation my senior year. I completed an officer training program giving me an opportunity to shadow each department within the bank. For the first six years of my career, I worked on the retail side of the bank at which time I decided to move into the commercial side where I became a loan officer for the past 13 years.
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 for Fareway Grocery Stores while in high school and college. I learned valuable skills associated with handling money, balancing drawers as well as communication skills with customers and co-workers. These are skills I find myself using daily.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking is a great career where you have the ability to help others chase their dreams while learning something new each day. This career allows you to grow personally and professionally at the same time. Banking equips you with the tools and resources to better understand all aspects of finance.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The Iowa Bankers Association is a valuable resource that keeps our bank informed on changes happening in the finance world as well as affording me the opportunity to network with other professionals within the banking industry.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
My husband and I enjoy spending time with our kids at one of their many sporting events throughout the year.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.