Supporting local, buying local and banking local – helping Springfield’s economy doesn’t just help our fellow neighbors… it helps the environment, the community and reinvests money back into our local economy. So why only buy local when you can bank locally too? More importantly, what are the benefits of banking locally?
Shanda Trautman and Her Uh-Mazing Back Story
Shanda Trautman is more than the VP of Marketing at Old Missouri Bank – she is an incredibly dynamic woman who has navigated her way through life’s ups and downs with finesse, grace and attitude. Personally, I have an admiration for women and their ability to multi-task, manage stress and withstand the heat of day-to-day life (otherwise I wouldn’t be a part of WeWorld Network and I certainly wouldn’t have started this online women’s magazine), but Shanda is another story altogether.
Her fun, down-to-Earth yet focused approach to life is not only refreshing, it is inspiring. Finding her way through the ranks with three children in tow, she is one who worked hard for her success and is passionate about the service she provides and the company she works for. This I love – too often I hear people complaining about their vocation – it was invigorating to meet someone who loved everything about what she did and the organization which hired her.
But first, a back story:
As a freshman in college, Shanda started an internship with a local newspaper. During her eight-year tenure there, she started a family and worked her way up to creative director – a very prestigious position mind you. And while this time was packed with growth and personal discovery, not everything was sunshine and rainbows. She was married 6 ½ years before splitting from her husband and continued on as a single mother.
If that wasn’t enough, she went back to school full time when finally, a job at KY3 presented itself. It was a sales position which she applied for, was accepted and which taught her how to sell services. Another period of growth and personal development, she learned a lot during this time and excelled in managing many different clients.
One of her KY3 clients recruited her to their financial services firm, and then onto an Advertising agency where she managed multiple clients, their marketing plans and brand positioning. While she loved working for this agency (and many of her previous positions in other companies), she found herself wanting to manage one brand with one company instead of a dozen brands with a dozen companies. Each job gave her skillsets, insights and learning experiences which proved to be invaluable, and with each job she had gained clarity more and more on what SHE wanted in a career. This is where her hubby ran into Mark, founder of Old Missouri Bank, and in a series of serendipitous events, divine timing and circumstances, she found herself employed in the business of her dreams… fast forward to present day…
Why Banking Locally is Good for Springfield
This Cardinal and Chiefs fan has been with Old Missouri Bank since October 2015 and taught me a lot about the banking world. As it turns out, banking locally can do you AND your city a world of good! And again, there is something intoxicating about a person who is highly passionate about where she works. So what are some of the benefits of banking locally?
- You receive all the same services as a chain bank, but often for a smaller fee and better service. Studies also show small financial institutions and banks offer, on average, better interest rates and services than bigger banks.
- Small businesses are more likely to receive financing from a local bank. Small businesses create the majority of new jobs (even more than nation-wide or international chains). Although small and mid-sized banks control less than ¼ of all bank assets, they account for more than half of all small business lending.
- The more small businesses prosper, the more the community prospers, the more local banks prosper…in other words, locally owned and grown community banks are the lifeblood of local business and are a cornerstone in economic development within our area. They have a vested interest in small business success within their community whereas big chains aren’t tied to a geographically specific area.
Shanda’s Pearls of Wisdom
Shanda Trautman – Mizzou fan, full-time mom and wife, and wonder-woman extraordinaire – admits not everything was easy. There were some very difficult times during her rise to glory. And since most women have to weather tough times at one point or another, I asked Shanda how she got through her challenges. And this is what she had to say:
- Failure is not a bad thing!
Shanda laughed and admitted she fails at least 82 times a day. The key to her success is not beating herself up for it, refocusing and keep on keepin’ on.
- Be present!
You can be a workaholic in order to enjoy career success, but you have to find a balance for YOU and for those around you.
- Serve and be great!
One of her favorite quotes is from the book, Good to Great, by Jim Collins: “Good is the enemy of great!” Never be good, always be great! In other words, don’t just do a good job, do a great job
- Make happiness a habit!
A positive mindset has an effect on everyone around you. All that we do and say has a ripple effect – make yours a good one and practice happiness daily. You can do this by counting your blessings daily.
All in all, I highly recommend checking out Old Missouri Bank (ask about their Kasasa accounts). And when you do pop into their facility on South National, be sure to pop by Shanda’s office and say hi. She is as friendly as they come and can pluck you out of any less-than-happy mood you are experiencing!