March 24th, 2021: After contributing nearly 16 years to a banking career at First Security Bank in Ionia, Kathy McClain is set to retire on May 7th.
Kathy was born and raised in the Ionia area until 1975 when she joined the United States Navy and moved to California. She served in the US Navy and US Naval Reserve for 8 years, but ultimately lived in California for nearly 3 decades.
When she left active service, Kathy continued a life of new experiences and adventures. She worked for Sony Corporation in Human Resources and Payroll and, later, at ADP as an Account Executive. She then studied education and began working for the Escondido Union School District. She completed a bachelor’s degree specializing in personnel management, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a training program focused on special education. Later, she was excited to work at what became one of her favorite jobs – working for a nursery specializing in germination of tropical palms, seedlings, and plants for resale to commercial growers.
In 2003, Kathy moved back to Ionia. She worked part-time for a variety of local businesses when she was recruited by a current bank employee at First Security in Ionia.
“I applied, and here I am 16 years later,” said Kathy. “This is the longest I’ve been in a position!”
Kathy started as a part-time Teller, but soon became the manager of the Ionia office.
“It’s interesting that I’ve come full circle to work at my hometown bank,” said Kathy. “I’ve really enjoyed the customers and other bank employees.”
“Kathy has always gone above and beyond when taking care of the bank in Ionia, her customers, and her community,” said Lyndsay Clark, Vice President/Retail Banking Manager. “We will miss working with Kathy and her fun and caring personality!”
Although coworkers and customers will miss seeing Kathy at the bank, she’s not going too far. After retirement, she looks forward to spending more time with her family, getting outside and working in the greenhouse, and traveling.
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