Small-Town Bank the Right Fit for Geiger
When Lily Geiger started working as a bank teller, she didn’t know what doors would open later in her career. She has since moved through several banking roles, including residential real estate loan officer, junior agriculture loan officer and, most recently, was promoted to agricultural/commercial loan officer at Community Bank & Trust in Wilton. “I love working in a small-town bank, knowing so many people walking through the doors,” she said.
Geiger, an Iowa State University graduate with a degree in agricultural studies, enjoys banking because it gives her a chance to help others achieve their financial goals. “It feels great to be a part of that journey from start to finish,” she said.
What drove you to choose a career in banking?
I started as a teller and quickly realized that helping people was what I wanted to do. Being able to talk to people and help them achieve their goals is amazing. I love getting to know my customers and analyzing resources to make sure it’s something the customer can afford. I love working in a small-town bank, knowing so many people walking through the doors.
Describe one life experience that taught you a lesson you apply to your banking career.
Sometimes you think you can be prepared for everything, but the world is constantly changing. You have to change with it and be willing to adapt to any situation.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Helping someone achieve their goals is amazing. It feels great to be a part of that journey from start to finish.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The IBA is always providing training opportunities, and I am always up for the challenge. If I am not growing myself as a lender, how can I help my bank grow?
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my family and friends. Whether it’s on the golf course (I’m not very good, but always a fun time) or a laid-back card game on a Friday evening, to watching my two girls ride their power wheels around the backyard while the dogs chase them.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.