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IBA Member Spotlight: Dan Taylor

Taylor a Partner in His Customers’ Success

Dan Taylor croppedDan Taylor lives by the immortal words of Ferris Bueller — “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” He’s found this to be especially true in banking as his day can change with one phone call. That’s why he thinks of his customers as partners, knowing their success will lead to the bank’s success.

Taylor, who graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City with a degree in finance and management is a senior vice president at Premier Bank in Rock Valley. He also complete the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

What drove you to choose a career in banking?

I performed an internship at American State Bank in Sioux Center my senior year of college. Denise Harrison was vital as my reference for my first job in banking.

What is one lesson working in the banking industry has taught you, and how do you apply it to your everyday life?

If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there is no limit as to what you can accomplish.

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?

Every day is different. When I walk into the office, my day can change with one phone call/drop in/etc. I feel like my customers and I are partners. When they are successful, so is the bank. And being able to work with three generations of family farmers over the last 20-plus years just reinforces this. They have grown and so has Premier Bank.

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?

When I started here in 2000, I attended the Ag Bankers School. I also have attended numerous Ag Banking Conferences and the Leadership Institute. Now that I have some years of experience, I want to try and use it for current/future/upcoming Iowa bankers, as I am finishing my final year of serving on the Ag Bankers Board and hope to do more things for the IBA in the future.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?

Walleye fishing — my wife’s family got me started fishing when I was 19 years old. My father-in-law told a lot of people that he taught me how to catch my first walleye, and I went completely overboard after that. Most of my days off and weekends consist of fishing.

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

— Ferris Bueller