Pettit Finds New Career Path in Banking
After putting in 25 years in manufacturing, Rob Pettit was eager to start a different career path. “I was ready for a change and the opportunity presented itself,” he said. “I always enjoyed my experience at my local bank, and now I’m lucky enough to work there.”
Pettit, a graduate from the University of Iowa, is a commercial loan officer for Libertyville Savings Bank and believes “your next customer may only be a kind word away.”
Describe one life experience that taught you a lesson you apply to your banking career.
I was always taught to treat people with respect and that no one person is more important than another. I think that’s a critical mindset to have when dealing with the public. Your next customer may only be a kind word away.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
If you enjoy interacting with all types of people and never know what challenge tomorrow may bring, then banking may be for you.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
I personally take advantage of the educational opportunities whenever I can. There is always something to be learned. From the bank perspective, it is the advocacy at the state and federal levels. The IBA’s work in this arena is invaluable to community banks.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Spending time outdoors but especially playing golf.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
“There is no education in the second kick of a mule.”