Soukup Goes All In on Banking
Thirty-seven years ago, Betty Soukup was looking for a job. She had always enjoyed math and working with numbers and was fortunate to have a neighbor share her name with a bank that was looking to hire. “I was all in,” she said.
Today, Soukup is vice president – ag/commercial/real estate/consumer lending at Fidelity Bank & Trust in Calmar. “Banking has allowed me to build relationships with my fellow community members while helping them find solutions to their banking needs,” she said.
How did you get into banking as a career?
I have always enjoyed math and working with numbers, so when a neighbor recommended my name to a local bank that was hiring, I was all in. Needless to say, I got the job and here I am 37 years later still in banking.
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?
Growing up as a teen, I had several jobs in my small town, including babysitting, waitressing and mowing lawns. I did all these things while being very active in sports. These jobs all taught me time management, patience and dealing with people of all ages and walks of life.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking has allowed me to build relationships with my fellow community members, while helping them find solutions to their banking needs.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The IBA is an advocate for the banking industry and helps to educate us with ever-changing regulations. I have participated in many of their seminars, including the 2018 IBA Leadership Institute, which was a wonderful experience. I found a great group of peers to network with and we still keep in touch.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Gardening, biking, golfing and spending time with family.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
The Golden Rule — do unto others as you would have them do unto you.