Klein Finds the Right Fit in Banking
Almost six years ago, Jason Klein — a Wartburg College graduate who also received his MBA from the University of Northern Iowa — was looking for the next step in his career. He heard a local bank was a great place to work, and with a background in financial services, it seemed to be the right fit. “After nearly six years I can confirm, Farmers State Bank is a great place,” he said.
Today, Klein is an associate relationship manager at Farmers State Bank in Waterloo. “Banking allows you the opportunity to help pretty much anyone, simply by meeting people, knowing what is going on in your community and answering your phone,” he said.
How did you get into banking as a career?
I have a background in financial services, was looking for a positive career move and heard FSB was a good place to work. After nearly six years I can confirm, FSB is a great place!
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?
I do not think my job history is too unusual or interesting! My first job in an office setting was an internship after college. There I learned in the working world, I need to bring my best every day. No matter how small the task may seem, someone is counting on me and the quality of my work matters.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
The need for banking services is pretty much universal. Banking allows you the opportunity to help pretty much anyone, simply by meeting people, knowing what is going on in your community and answering your phone.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The IBA education offerings have given me knowledge and perspective needed to makean impact at FSB. Also, the IBA has given me a network of professionals and other bankers who are familiar with the issues and environment we are facing every day. It is great to have that team behind you.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
My life is about finding a good balance of family time and tee times.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
I believe in controlling what I can control and letting go of what I cannot. Controlling myself is hard enough, no need to waste my time trying to control everything.