After a banking career of more than 33 years, Beth Wilson, Vice President/Retail Lender, plans to retire.
After graduating from Marshalltown High School in 1973, Beth attended the University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Bankers Association Consumer Credit School. Beth’s banking career began during college. She followed in her mother’s footsteps as she also was a banker for many years.
She began her career in Charles City working for Bill Bledsoe at Commercial Bank. “One of my jobs was date stamping installment payments by hand on a ledger,” said Beth. “My position at Commercial Bank was a newly created one. I learned so much from Bill.”
Her career with First Security started in 1990 with another newly created position. Beth began as an assistant to Ray Bill, who was a long-time Consumer Lender for First Security. “Ray was a great mentor,” commented Beth. When Ray retired in 1997, she was promoted from Consumer Loan Assistant to Consumer Lender.
As First Security grew so did Beth’s career. In 2001, she was promoted to Vice President of Consumer Lending. The loan department evolved, and in 2003 she was promoted to Consumer and Real Estate Manager. After First Security merged with their holding company banks, there was a need to become even more specialized. For the past 10 years, First Security has benefited from Beth’s wide range of knowledge as she worked in Residential Real Estate and Consumer Lending.
“When I began at First Security, there was just one personal computer in the bank. The technology changes have skyrocketed since then and have allowed me to help even more people with new home purchases or consumer loans,” commented Beth. “Helping young families purchase their first home has been very rewarding. The people are one of my favorite parts of working for First Security-- they have become family.”
There are so many avenues that must be pursued when working with loan applications, regulations, and so much documentation. “Besides all the changing processes, we sometimes feel like counselors or investigators as we do our best to help our clients,” comments Beth. “Learning in this diverse and challenging industry has been something I’ve enjoyed.”
Beth has been very involved with the Charles City community as past Chamber President, Rotary President (2013-2014), and a Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient through Rotary. She is a Charles City Ambassador and serves on the Hotel Motel Tax Grant Committee. She is also a Golden Ladle Award winner of the Charles City Chili Cook-Off. She is actively involved with St John’s Lutheran church in Nashua, having served as Sunday school teacher, church council member, and various committees.
“I have enjoyed being part of a true community bank that has given me many opportunities to be part of Charles City,” said Beth.
Beth lives in Nashua with her husband, Rod, who is a retired Nashua-Plainfield teacher. They have 2 adult children along with 6 grandchildren. Their son, Jade, his wife, Alisia (Wubbens), and their 3 children live in Fort Lee, VA where Jade is a captain in the Army. Beth and Rod’s daughter, Lynsey Chyma, and her husband, Dustin, reside in Nashua with their 3 children.
“I am hoping to travel and visit my family on both coasts and see more of my grandchildren,” says Beth. She also plans to spend her free time doing more of what she loves: being outdoors, working in her yard and garden, biking, walking, hiking, and all family adventures.
First Security will hold a private celebration in her honor on June 27th. Beth’s final day at First Security will be Monday, July 2nd.
First Security Bank & Trust has nearly 500 million in assets, with locations across North Central Iowa and headquarters in Charles City. Please visit www.1stsecuritybank.com for additional information. Member FDIC.
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