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Proud to be a Community Banker: Tyler Steele

by Madelyn McConnell

During these times, it is more important than ever to bank with a community banker. Your success and wellbeing matters to each of us at Grand Savings Bank—not just as your financial partner, but as your friends. We are here for you and for our community, and we will continue serving both.

We sat down with one of our team members, Tyler Steele, Vice Chairman of Grand Savings Bank, to discuss what it means to work at a community bank and why it is important to him.

What does being a “community banker” mean to you?

To me, it means being a trusted advisor, partner, and friend in the community to various business owners and consumers. Community Bankers don’t just show up at community events to be seen, but they are active on boards and committees, they support their local schools, and they do their part to give back to the communities in which they serve.

How did you get into banking?

I was recruited into banking because of my construction and development experience. Back in 2008, I was asked to work special assets/collections on loans that involved unfinished houses and developments. That previous bank needed my knowledge of construction to help them get out of some expensive situations. I spent the next three years learning all about banking and what to do (and what not to do) as a loan officer.  After those three years, I moved over to community banking and have never looked back.  Needless to say, I love my job.

What makes community banking GRANDER than big box banking?

I personally believe big banks are not as involved as community banks. I love it when my customers call to ask for my advice, and I can adequately advise them. We do not have certain boxes that a deal has to fit. As a result, we have the capability to customize the needed request.  Additionally, the deposits we hold are invested/lent back into the communities we service.  Other big box banks will take deposits and then go lend in another state. It is our goal and desire to pour back into our community.

What is your favorite part of being a community banker?

Every day is a new adventure. I am able to meet new customers and be a part of my community. I love being a community banker.

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