Knobloch Succeeds as a Dual Farmer/Banker
Derek Knobloch runs a crop and livestock farm in addition to working full time as an ag/business banking officer at Peoples Bank in Lester. With a degree in ag business from South Dakota State University on top of his experience as a farmer, he said banking seemed to be a good match. Now, with a total of 15 years of experience in banking, it’s safe to say he was right.
“The banking position looked like a challenge that was worth pursuing, especially since I enjoy serving people,’ Knobloch said. “It’s rewarding to me knowing I am able to assist someone growing their portfolio.”
What drove you to choose a career in banking?
I currently have a crop and livestock farm operation in addition to working full time. I worked several years at a grain elevator, which was busy when the farm was busy in spring and fall. When the local banking position opened up, it felt like a better fit with the ag business and farming experience I had. The banking position looked like a challenge that was worth pursuing, especially since I enjoy serving people. It’s rewarding to me knowing I am able to assist someone growing their portfolio.
What is one lesson working in the banking industry has taught you that you can apply to your everyday life?
You become a trusted partner in many people’s lives. Whether it be their business information or personal financial information, people want someone they trust to hear about their goals and assist them in achieving them.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
If you enjoy working with people and are willing to be their trusted partner as they achieve their business or personal goals, then a banking career would be something that can accomplish that.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
I appreciate all the training and classes that the IBA offers to bank employees to better themselves. I also appreciate the awareness that the IBA brings to the banking industry concerning legislation that is being debated that could have a future impact on our jobs.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
When I’m away from work, the majority of my time is spent working on the farm. When we have time as a family to get away, we enjoy camping or traveling to see friends and family.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
I have a sticker on my bathroom mirror that asks, “How do you want to be remembered?” This is something that encourages me to be a good example and treat others with respect.