After a banking career spanning more than 30 years, Pam Meyer plans to retire.
Pam, who works as a Retail Advisor at the First Security Thornton Office, got her start at banks in Alexander and Latimer while attending CAL High School. After graduation, she attended Hamilton Business College before returning to banking in Thornton. There, she started as a Teller and eventually became the bank’s Cashier. After taking a break to stay home and raise her family, she began working for a technology company, UNISYS, in Clear Lake when she was approached and recruited by the President of First State Bank in Thornton. By 2009 that bank became First Security.
Throughout her long banking career, Pam has been responsible for a large variety of duties. In her most current role as Retail Advisor, her duties have included customer transactions, responding to customer inquiries, and opening new accounts.
Although she’s always been a very busy and knowledgeable banker, one thing that has evolved is banking technology.
“Back when I started, things were far less computer-based,” commented Pam. “We were responsible for hand posting of loan payments, checking signatures and dates on checks, as well as stamping checks. So much of that is automated now.”
Additionally, there are more banking regulations now than there were years ago. One of Pam’s fond memories was the ease of opening checking and savings accounts back when she got her start.
“Customers could walk in, sign a signature card, and be on their way. It was so easy!” said Pam.
However, Pam has really enjoyed some of the changes to banking, too.
“I’ve loved being able to help customers realize how our technology, like online banking, eStatements, or mobile deposit, can make their lives easier,” she said.
One of Pam’s favorite memories is having the privilege to attend the Banker’s convention in Des Moines as well as BPM training in South Dakota. There, she and Linda Shaw, another First Security retiree, expanded their knowledge of new accounts procedures.
After Pam retires, she plans to be very busy with her hobbies—quilting and machine embroidery. She will also enjoy attending more of her grandkids’ AAU basketball tournaments and baseball games. She looks forward to traveling with her husband, Terry, who participates in shooting contests with the NBRSA throughout the United States.
Pam will be celebrating her retirement with an open house on Friday, May 10th between 1 PM – 4 PM at the Thornton office (located at 308 Main St.).
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