Maynard Leans on Farm Values as a Banker
Rick Maynard grew up on a farm where he learned many life lessons and values. As a banker, he applies those values to his everyday work, including hard work, ethics, an understanding of the economy and risk management, and the ability to build relationships.
As a banker, he says he enjoys being part of an industry that is essential to a functioning economy. “We are uniquely positioned to learn from businesses as they operate daily in their respective industries, and we can provide guidance, solutions and ongoing services over the long term to help them on their path to financial success,” he said.
As a business development officer at GNB Bank, Maynard primarily focuses on commercial loans, which include participations with other banks, as well as bank stock loans.
What is your favorite thing about working in the banking industry and why?
The banking industry is essential to the functioning of the economy. We are uniquely positioned to learn from businesses as they operate daily in their respective industries, and we can provide guidance, solutions and ongoing services over the long term to help them on their path to financial success.
Describe one life experience that taught you a lesson that you apply to your banking career.
I grew up on a farm, and that instilled in me the value of hard work and ethics, the framework for understanding the economy and risk management, and the necessity to cultivate relationships — all of which I apply in my banking career.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking is a great career because of the seemingly endless amounts of job and career opportunities within the industry that are available.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The Iowa Bankers Association is a valuable resource for myself and GNB Bank in terms of providing opportunities to grow in my personal education and development, as well as network with peers through their courses and seminars tailored to the various job roles/functions within banking and through the events that IBA organizes and hosts. Also, the IBA as an organization is committed to seeking and growing talent for the benefit and growth of the industry.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Spending time with my wife, family and friends, as well as staying involved within the community and church. This time is primarily spent being active in various recreational activities dependent upon the season, but also watching and rooting for my favorite teams — the Denver Broncos and UNI Panthers.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
— Vince Lombardi