Asking Questions Helps Von Ehwegen Succeed
Holly Von Ehwegen has always had an inquisitive nature. In all her roles at Bank Plus, she asks questions to not only expand her knowledge but to help her co-workers and the bank as well. “Whether it is a project, or a task that is a little more complicated than normal day-to-day, I ask questions,” she said. “I always want to know more, to do more and be more in whatever role I am in.”
Asking questions has helped Von Ehwegen advance her career to assistant vice president and marketing and operations supervisor at Bank Plus. When it comes to banking, she appreciates most the opportunities available. “It is always changing and, especially in smaller community banks, there are endless opportunities for growth and education,” she said.
What is your favorite thing about working in the banking industry and why?
It is always changing and, especially in smaller community banks, there are endless opportunities for growth and education.
Describe one life experience that taught you a lesson that you apply to your banking career.
Many people go through the stage when they are younger where they ask “why?” after every single sentence. Most people out grow that, but I have held on to that mentality. I ask questions, and a lot of them. Whether it is a project, or a task that is a little more complicated than normal day-to-day, I ask questions. I always want to know more, to do more and be more in whatever role I am in. As a trainer, I want to ask questions that open up new opportunities for understanding. As a project lead, I want to ask questions that make sure everyone is understanding next steps. And, as an operations supervisor, I ask questions to make sure that everything is running smoothly. I try to expand my knowledge and understanding to help those around me — by asking questions!
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
You don’t have to be a “banker” to be in banking. There are so many roles and responsibilities that make banking what it is, and they don’t always fall within a traditional banker’s role.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The networking at IBA conventions, events and trainings are invaluable. At a smaller community bank, everyone wears many hats, and having those connections with other institutions that either have a similar role or specialize in a topic is very helpful. The same can be said of resources, like the compliance hotline, that the IBA provides.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
In my extra time, I am either with family, friends, my two Labrador retrievers or reading. I also try to spend time giving back to my community and am currently on the Iowa Great Lakes Ducks Unlimited Committee.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
If you’re comfortable, you aren’t growing. There is a time and place for being comfortable, but if someone wants to grow or learn more, they need to step out of the comfort zone.