Banking Gives King a Place to Grow
Banking has provided Kristal King with more than a career. It has helped her grow both personally and professionally. “I have heavily focused on growth and continuing education opportunities, such as the Iowa School of Banking,” King said. “I can see how this continues to broaden my ability to contribute to my organization and community.”
Currently a loan officer at Connection Bank in Keokuk — where she has been for just over three years — King focuses primarily on mortgage lending but also facilitates consumer, business and agricultural requests. She also holds several leadership roles in her community, including as facilitator for the Iowa Child Advocacy Board, president of the Keokuk Public Library and qualified loan originator for Greater Keokuk Area Habitat for Humanity.
Where did you attend college?
I received my bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Hannibal-LaGrange University in 2013.
When looking back on your banking career, what are you most proud of?
I take pride in the personal and professional growth I’ve seen within myself during the duration of my career in banking. I have heavily focused on growth and continuing education opportunities, such as the Iowa School of Banking. I can see how this continues to broaden my ability to contribute to my organization and community.
What piece of advice would you give to your past self or to anyone considering a career in banking?
The best advice I can give in regard to banking, specifically the lending sector, would to be develop effective communication skills. Of all the skills we can develop, this is the most impactful on your success.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
The vast array of career opportunities within banking allow for many types of personalities and skill sets. The growth opportunities and benefits alone make banking an easy career choice. For my role specifically and Connection Bank — I find banking as the best choice because of the support it provides in educational and volunteer opportunities, as well as the flexibility, which is most important to me as a mother.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
Partnering with the IBA has given us access to resources and educational opportunities needed to keep current in the industry. The work they do to represent Iowa banks on a state and federal level ensures we can continue to properly serve our communities.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons, reading and walking when the weather is nice. I also enjoy spending time in my roles as facilitator for the Iowa Child Advocacy Board, president of the Keokuk Public Library and qualified loan originator for Greater Keokuk Area Habitat for Humanity.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life.