Banking Gives Berns Opportunity to ‘Step Up’
Ellie Berns received a degree in early childhood education from Northeast Iowa Community College, and subsequently worked at a local day care facility. On the suggestion of a friend, she decided to apply for a job at Fidelity Bank & Trust. After being hired, she said, “I came to find I really enjoyed the banking industry and started looking at goals and ways to improve and step up.”
Today, Berns is a regional customer service representative at Fidelity Bank & Trust in Guttenberg. “The banking world brings you knowledge and many new experiences,” she said.
How did you get into banking as a career?
I was working at the local daycare and Nina Johnson (employee at Fidelity) mentioned that Fidelity Bank and Trust was hiring and so I decided to apply and try it out. I came to find I really enjoyed the banking industry and started looking at goals and ways to improve/step up.
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?
In high school I worked as a detasseler for Monsanto. That job taught me that quality work, knowledge and a friendly environment pay off.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
The banking world brings you knowledge and many new experiences.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
Being involved with the IBA helps me and my bank by providing us with updated information and giving us access to educational trainings to improve our company.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I like to spend time with my family and go out on the river in the summers.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Hard work pays off.