Lanning: No Duty Too Big or Too Small in Banking
Julie Lanning joined First National Bank in 1989. Since then, she has played a key role in First National Bank’s growth. She has been vital to the advancement of the bank’s products, services, technology and providing direction to employees while keeping the company values at the forefront of her leadership. She knows that it is important to “learn all jobs at the bank because no duty is too big or too small to make a contribution and gain knowledge.”
Lanning recently became the president and CEO at First National Bank in Creston, Afton and Shenandoah. “I’m proud to work at a community bank that believes in giving back to our hometowns and helping others advance their careers,” she said.
When looking back on your banking career, what are you most proud of?
I’m proud to work at a community bank that believes in giving back to our hometowns and helping others advance their careers.
What piece of advice would you give to your past self or to anyone considering a career in banking?
My advice is to learn all jobs at the bank because no duty is too big or too small to make a contribution and gain knowledge.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?Providing a service to your
friends, neighbors and community is so fulfilling. Donating and volunteering back to your schools, city and community benefits everyone.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The IBA allows for networking with other bankers, and forming those relationships helps you do your job better. Many IBA groups also help the banking community have a voice at the state and national level.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I like to spoil my granddaughters, read, ride my bike and travel.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Setbacks prepare us for great comebacks.
Do the right thing even when nobody is looking.