As a Banker, Chaplin Loves What She Does
Rene’ Chaplin has working in banking for 26 years, starting out as a teller. This year, Rene’ Chaplin will celebrate her 20th year working at Central State Bank, a feat of which she is quite proud, as she has worked her way up the become a member of the bank’s senior management, holding several titles — vice president, compliance and BSA officer, marketing manager and head of operations. She also sits on multiple committees and supervises 12 direct reports.
“Banking offers a fast-paced, continuously challenging career that has provided many opportunities to grow,” Chaplin said. “There are constantly new initiatives to work on and people to meet. Every day is different, and I am surrounded by intelligent and driven peers. Most importantly, I love what I do.”
Describe one life experience that taught you a lesson that you apply to your banking career.
I lost the most beautiful person I knew — my mother — when I was 19 years old. Losing my biggest supporter taught me that I am stronger than I think, and that life is a continuous learning experience. Throughout my life, I have risen and fallen, picking up important lessons along the way. Some of these lessons have come from experience, yet there are others that I have learned from watching those close to me. Working hard, walking my own path, making every moment count, learning from my mistakes, patience and forgiveness. Learning to me is the biggest lesson in life and it’s essential for anyone who wants to succeed. You need to keep growing and evolving to live life to the fullest. I try to focus on these lessons every day both personally and in my banking career.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking is a lucrative career option that offers a range of benefits, including job security, career growth opportunities, attractive compensation, diverse job roles, exposure to the latest technologies and opportunities for professional development.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The strongest professional connections I have made in my career, outside of Central State Bank have come from attending IBA events and peer groups as well as being a member of the IBA’s Advisory Compliance School Board. The support and resources that the IBA provides have helped strengthen our compliance program and has assisted in my career growth. I have so much respect for the IBA staff and appreciate their responsiveness, knowledge and how they genuinely care about our success!
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I enjoy so many things but mostly spending time with those that I love. I value my family time and enjoy creating memories with my husband of 28 years, our three grown sons and my three precious grandchildren. If I am not working or spending time with family, I love being in the kitchen cooking or baking, hiking, traveling, reading, sharing laughs with friends, and crafting.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
— Herman Cain