Family Relocation Leads to Long-Term Career
When Colleen Moritz’s family relocated to Hampton in 1998, she found her next career opportunity as a loan processor at a local bank. Since then, she has greatly expanded her banking knowledge by attending many educational courses through the Iowa Bankers Association. She also completed the Graduate School of Banking in 2018. She said she realized early on, “that this was a great stepping-stone into my career.”
Today, Moritz is a senior vice president First Bank Hampton in Hampton. “Listening and providing solutions for the various opportunities that the customer has is very satisfying,” she said. “Setting them up for success and working with them as life changes is why we are here.
How did you get into banking as a career?
My banking career started in December 1998 when our family relocated to Hampton and the bank had an opening for a loan processor. I loved the opportunity to with work with the lenders and the entire staff. It was gratifying to successfully and timely execute loan documents. It became clear to me that this was a great stepping-stone into my career. I learned from peers about the important solutions a community banker provides to customers.
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?
One of the most interesting careers I had was in education and working specifically with a special needs child. Every day was a gift as the student enthusiastically learned. The student taught me many things and it was a privilege to work in this career.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking is truly so much more than math skills. Listening and providing solutions for the various opportunities that the customer has is very satisfying. Setting them up for success and working with them as life changes is why we are here.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The educational opportunities offered through the IBA are timely and meet the employees where they are. The classes develop skills, industry knowledge and personal growth. The education offered ties into the bank’s mission, vision and core values. The IBA helps community banks remain independent.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, it is always a blessing. We love to travel and have enjoyed many trips to some beautiful areas. I enjoy reading and walking. Jack Trice stadium is where you will find my husband and I as we cheer on the Cyclones.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Life is about choices. We are living in our dash and every-day is a gift — make it count.