For Ries, Banking Is All in the Family
Nicole Ries comes from a family of bankers. The granddaughter of a former bank president, her mother and uncles also hold leadership roles in banking. She says she enjoys the family atmosphere of banking and tries to extend that to her customers. “I carry out each day with the primary intent to make those around me, whether it be my coworkers or customers, feel like their presence makes a genuine difference in my day.”
Today, Ries is a data processing officer at Farmers Savings Bank in Colesburg. “In our communities, we aren’t just in the business of banking, we are in the business of relationships,” she said. “We get to know everyone, their stories, share in their successes and joys, and support them in their hardships.”
How did you get into banking as a career?
Working in the banking industry runs generations deep in my family. My grandfather was the former president of Farmers Savings Bank, and my mother and uncles are currently chief operating officer, senior executive vice president and chairman of the board, respectively. I always knew one day I would have my own role at the bank; life just surprised me with the opportunity to do so at such a young age.
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 used to work at a car dealership in internet marketing. The number one lesson I learned that is still a focus of mine today is the importance of making people feel like they matter. I carry out each day with the primary intent to make those around me, whether it be my coworkers or customers, feel like their presence makes a genuine difference in my day. And this is a lesson I intend to carry with me throughout my entire career.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
In our communities, we aren’t just in the business of banking, we are in the business of relationships. We get to know everyone, their stories, share in their successes and joys, and support them in their hardships. This family-oriented environment is one of the best to be involved in.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
Not only do we stay updated on what is happening in the banking world, but the IBA has helped all of us make some amazing connections with our peers, helping us expand our network and support.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
When I’m not at work, you will find me at home with my husband, chasing after our almost 2-year-old daughter and dog. We spend as much time as we can together playing outside, hunting, cheering on our favorite teams, or with our parents and grandparents.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
“Everything will look better in the morning.” My mom has said this for as long as I can remember. When work feels too complicated, or life seems too heavy, set it aside and get some sleep; everything will look better the next morning. With a rested body and clear mind, it’s amazing what you can accomplish.