German American has been setting higher standards in banking, insurance, investments and wealth management for 110 years. To commemorate our anniversary this year, we want to celebrate what makes us who we are, our people! Our team was given the opportunity to nominate fellow employees who embody the values that German American stands for. Join us in taking a look “Behind the Shield” to celebrate some of our amazing team members that make German American a great place to work and do business.
When speaking to how Natalie inspires them in their work, her colleagues say she has an amazing ability to put people at ease. She starts her day with a smile on her face, and her enthusiasm for helping others is contagious. Natalie started her career in the financial services industry 15 years ago with German American. She moved away from the area for about five years with her husband, but was excited to continue her career here upon her return. She now serves as a Financial Consultant.
Through her work, Natalie has found a true passion for helping her clients and likes having the opportunity to educate and provide clarity on the financial world, a subject matter that many are timid about. She says one of the most rewarding parts of her role is providing guidance to her clients to help them improve their financial futures. Natalie is an advocate of the ideal that people can do anything they set their minds to. Her personal experiences have shown her it’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people who will push you to achieve your goals.
In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She says her favorite kind of quality time involves being in the outdoors, camping and enjoying nature. While she valued her time away from the area, having family and friends close by makes her extremely happy to call Dubois County home. She appreciates the relentless work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit seen in her community and says that the beautiful southern Indiana sunrises and sunsets are a bonus.
Jerrie’s team says she strives to see the good in every situation and in doing so, inspires them to do their very best. She has been in the banking industry for over 20 years and leads her team by example in providing the best service possible to her customers. Jerrie serves as the Financial Center Manager of the Columbus North financial office and appreciates the unique opportunity that she has to build relationships with her customers and staff.
When speaking to what she loves about her role, Jerrie points to those instances where she can get to know and use her financial knowledge to help customers through important life experiences. She says nothing is more rewarding than having a customer you have known and helped for years send their children to you to help with their financial needs. Just as her customers have come to trust her, Jerrie’s team says they can go to her anytime for an open ear and helpful feedback. Outside of work, Jerrie loves being involved in her community, especially with organizations that help children. She has volunteered time to March of Dimes as a committee member and to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake.
Jerrie is passionate about her family and loves to watch her daughter, Riley, in the various activities she is involved in. She likes to travel and take in different experiences whenever she can. When speaking about her community of Columbus, she appreciates its uniqueness. While it isn’t a big city, she likes that those who live here can experience world-renowned architecture, industry, and have access to many opportunities.
Financial Center Manager
Coaching and building the strength of her team is always top of mind for Tanita. As a Regional Retail Banking Officer, she keeps the banking offices running smoothly and effectively. The hard work she puts in doesn’t go unnoticed by her colleagues who appreciate her knowledge and leadership style. Tanita has been in the banking industry for 11 years and loves that she is surrounded by strong leaders and a team that truly cares about serving their customers and community.
By embracing change and turning challenges into opportunities, Tanita has become an outstanding support system for those she works with. She has even taken the initiative to improve upon her leadership skills through an Integrity Coaching program. That drive and willingness to learn has been reflected through her team’s continued success. Watching that success unfold is what she says keeps her looking forward to coming to work each and every day.
Tanita enjoys seeing improvement in those around her and that extends to her interests outside of the workplace. She loves all things DIY whether that be woodworking or home improvement projects, as well as spending time with her family, friends and pets. She says that working in Owensboro has allowed her to meet so many people, all with different backgrounds and goals. She is happy to be a part of a community of hard working, caring people who go out of their way to lift each other up.
Regional Retail Banking Officer
The word Amanda’s team uses to describe her is “driven”. They say not only is she driven to achieve her own goals, but also insists upon helping others succeed alongside her. Amanda is the Financial Center Manager of the Vincennes 3rd Street banking office and has been with the company since 2007. She counts herself fortunate to have started and continued her banking career surrounded by German American’s customer-first, community-centered culture.
Amanda believes in the power of words and uses inspirational quotes to spark motivation and support for her team. One of her favorites comes from Maya Angelou, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Her colleagues appreciate her support and recognize the hard work she puts into bettering herself and others. Amanda says her mother instilled within her that she can do anything she sets her mind to. Outside of the workplace, she volunteers her time and talent to the Vincennes Kiwanis Club where she can actively contribute to bettering the lives of children in her community.
Amanda says she has been blessed with an amazing group of family and friends. Just as she can count on them, she hopes she can be the one they turn to in times of need. In her free time, Amanda likes to go on adventures and to travel. She strives to see the world and experience new things whenever she has the opportunity. Having grown up in Knox County, she says her community will always hold a special place in her heart and loves how her friends and neighbors come together to support each other.
Financial Center Manager
An easy-going spirit and drive to learn make Eli a favorite of customers and coworkers alike. As one of the newer additions to the German American banking team, he is already making strides. Eli serves as a Customer Service Specialist and splits his time between Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he attends college, and Evansville, Indiana, which he calls home. The back and forth doesn’t seem to faze him, and his coworkers say he makes the work day go smoothly by putting those around him at ease.
Eli believes in “always giving 110 percent” in all he does. His coworkers say he is very professional with his customers, going above and beyond to get to know them in order to provide the best service possible. Last summer, he demonstrated his drive to learn by applying and being accepted into German American’s internship program. He was able to gain valuable experience as a Retail Banking Intern, working closely with the Evansville banking team.
While he stays busy balancing work and school, Eli makes sure to find time to spend with his family and friends. He values his relationships greatly and keeps family at the center of his life. He has grown to understand how truly special both Evansville and Bowling Green are and the positive impact that community support can have. He appreciates that his customers and coworkers have given him such an outstanding work experience and looks forward to continuing to grow and learn.
Customer Service Specialist
In both her work and personal life, Denise is happiest when she is able to give to others. Not only does she serve as a great source of knowledge, she also supports and motivates her team on a daily basis. As a Regional Retail Banking Officer, she often gets pulled in many different directions at once. Her team says even though they know she is busy, they always feel their time is valued. Denise makes it a point to build upon their conversations and turn them into learning experiences.
Denise says her favorite thing about her role is getting to work with a variety of people in many different locations and positions. She likes being able to use her banking knowledge to guide and coach her team and draws inspiration from Audrey Hepburn’s humanitarianism and poise. She relates to her quote, “When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over,” and feels most fulfilled when she has something to offer to those she cares about.
Outside of the office, Denise is passionate about volunteering and helping others, especially causes involving children and education. Columbus is where she calls home, and she appreciates the world-renowned architecture, arts, and diversity the city offers. She says that having the feeling of a small town with big town amenities makes her community a great place to raise a family.
Regional Retail Banking Officer
With nearly 40 years of experience, Julie has become an amazing resource and an invaluable member of the German American team. As a Financial Center Support Specialist, she is the “go-to person” for any need that may arise in the banking offices. Having started out as a Customer Service Specialist, Julie understands how important it is to have a dependable support system. In addition to her wealth of knowledge, she is respected for her patience and poise under pressure.
Julie feels honored to be the lifeline for the frontline banking team and has been known to go above and beyond for them. While there isn’t much that she doesn’t know the answer to, she loves having the opportunity to turn challenges into learning opportunities. Her colleagues say they always feel supported by Julie, and she inspires them to dig deeper in their efforts to provide exceptional customer service.
Outside of the workplace, Julie’s passion lies with her family. She and her husband, Jeff, enjoy spending time with their two daughters and their families, especially when it involves a beach vacation trip. They are the proud grandparents of two grandsons and a granddaughter and spend much of their free time visiting with them. Julie appreciates the hard work and family-first values of her Dubois County home. She likes getting to experience the familiarity of small town living with the amenities of bigger cities just a short drive away.
Financial Center Support Specialist
Mary has become a true “behind the scenes” asset over her last 5 years with German American. Her team members say she is an excellent sounding board, offering them support and honest, unbiased feedback when they need it. She wears many hats, serving as Vice President CRA/BSA Fraud Officer and Legal Counsel. Besides intelligence, Mary brings a strong work ethic and knack for problem solving to her team.
In her role, Mary most enjoys being able to use her risk management expertise to lead her team, and she believes in the golden rule of doing unto others as you would have done unto you. Those she works closest with appreciate her willingness to discuss and research any issue that arises to provide the best solution. They are inspired by her ability to take things in stride, balancing work, home life, and community involvement. She serves on the Settle Memorial Preschool board and was recently selected for the 2020-2021 Leadership Owensboro class.
Mary is passionate about family, and she and her husband are the proud parents of four young boys who keep them on their toes, in addition to three small dogs. Having grown up in a large family herself, Mary embraces the chaos. She stays busy participating in countless fun activities with her boys and enjoys her early morning exercise routine. She loves how her community truly cares for one another and says Owensboro is the perfect fit for her family.
Vice President, CRA/BSA/Fraud Officer & Legal Counsel
Valerie’s team describes her as a compassionate leader who acts as the glue that holds them together. She serves as a Regional Retail Banking Officer in Bowling Green, and with 28 years of financial services experience, brings a wealth of knowledge to German American. She has an ability to communicate her genuine concern for others, serving as a mentor for many. Her team respects that she doesn’t just do the job, but is invested in their success.
In her position, Valerie says she most appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the growth of her company while acting as a support system for her team. Not only does she give of herself inside the workplace, but also lends a helping hand in her community. She has worked closely with the Stuff the Bus program, which provides children in the Bowling Green area with needed school supplies. She also participates in Habitat Humanity projects and has been involved with financial literacy through the Junior Achievement program.
Those who know Valerie, her coworkers included, know her true passion is her family. She has three children, Alexis, Jared, and Timyah, who she is immensely proud of, even when they keep her on her toes. Valerie says the Bowling Green community is a great place to live and work. She values the diversity of the residents and the size of the city. Not too big, not too small, she says Bowling Green is the perfect fit for her and her family.
Regional Retail Banking Officer
A big heart and an ability to see the best in people make Tanna an outstanding asset to her customers and coworkers alike. She started her career at German American four years ago as a Customer Service Specialist at the Oakland City office and has since transitioned into a Loan Operations Associate. Tanna says she enjoys making meaningful connections and she feels most fulfilled when she is able to contribute to her team.
Tanna’s colleagues say she inspires them to “have a good day everyday” with her positive attitude. They appreciate her willingness to work hard and her ability to make them laugh when they need it. When asked from whom she draws inspiration, Tanna points directly to her grandparents. As four strong role models when she was growing up, they taught her many life lessons that molded her into the person she is today. Most importantly, they taught her to be independent, to love others, even when it’s difficult, and to treat people with respect.
In her free time, Tanna loves spending as much time as possible with her family and her dog. She is very close to her family and passionate about being present in their lives. A proud Pike County resident, she has come to see that her community is a never-ending source of support. She loves how they come together to help each other, especially when that help is needed most.
Loan Operations Associate
In both her professional and personal life, one thing you can expect from Kelsi is that she is going to put forth her very best effort in whatever she does. As a Personal Banker, she loves the opportunity to build relationships with her customers. Her coworkers in the North Vernon office say that customer service comes naturally to Kelsi, because she genuinely cares about others and wants to see them succeed.
Those that work closely with Kelsi also admire her loyalty and how she works hard to not only make an impact on the lives of her customers but also to bring positivity to her company. She finds inspiration from something German American Chairman and CEO, Mark Schroeder, shared recently, “If you’re not growing, you’re falling behind”. Outside of her work, Kelsi is passionate about raising Autism awareness and acceptance and wants to bring more resources for individuals and their families, especially adults with Autism.
Kelsi is also committed to environmental stability and keeping the earth clean for future generations. She grew up in North Vernon and is proud to live, work, and raise her family surrounded by the support of her community. Although the town itself is small, she sees big potential for the future of North Vernon and is excited to see what can be accomplished in her lifetime.
In the eyes of her team, Vonda is a superhero because when it comes to supporting them, she can “do it all”. As the Financial Center Manager for not one, but two offices in Lexington, KY, in addition to handling the Regional Retail Banking Officer role, she has a lot on her plate. However, despite the challenges multiple roles can bring, Vonda does it with a positive, customer-focused attitude. She has been working in the Financial Services industry for over 23 years and uses her knowledge and talent to guide and motivate her team to do their very best.
While often times change can be uncomfortable and intimidating, Vonda approaches it as an opportunity. She has remained resilient through multiple changes at the Hamburg office where she started out with German American. Rather than stand back and watch, she has stepped up and taken on more responsibility to help her team and customers. She points to her late grandfather as a shining example of what passion and hard work can produce. After being attacked and severely injured in his youth, he was forced to wear prosthetics on both of his legs. Not only did he persevere, but worked hard to provide for his large family without complaint. She says that she tries to model his work ethic and positive mindset.
Vonda is passionate about her work and her family and is happiest when she is helping someone. As an only child, she is very close to her parents, James and Kathleen, and jokes with them that they have become like children to her. Having grown up in a small town, she says Lexington is the perfect place to live. It’s big enough to keep her busy with places to go and things to do, but small enough to offer a sense of community and opportunities to give back.
Financial Center Manager
Lauren’s coworkers say she comes to work every day with a drive to help others. They see how diligently she works towards providing the very best service possible, while always keeping the best interests of her company in mind. Upon beginning her role as a Contact Center Agent at German American three years ago, Lauren was new to the financial services world but says she has since found herself very much at home. She has utilized her amazing customer service skills to not only excel within her role, but has also been key in helping to understand and improve upon company processes.
When asked what she loves most about her job, Lauren points to the opportunity she has every day to make an impact on her customers and coworkers lives. She likes working for a company that expresses appreciation for its employees and says that she feels like she is part of a big family. Her colleagues appreciate Lauren’s willingness to take ownership of a situation and if there is an issue that arises, she will do what it takes to learn more and find a solution. Outside of the office, Lauren likes to put her creativity to work and enjoys crafting and baking, with sugar cookies being her specialty.
Lauren is very passionate about her family, and she and her husband, Joe, are the proud parents of two boys, Hunter and River. She loves spending time with them and her friends, getting involved in community events when she can. One thing she respects greatly about the members of her community is their ability to show love and support for one another, especially when times are tough. It brings her joy to see her community rally around small businesses to not only keep their doors open, but to support their families at home.
Contact Center Agent
In describing what makes Sandra such an excellent supervisor, the Owensboro Highway 54 banking staff points to her ability to encourage and motivate them. As the Financial Center Manager, she makes sure each member of her team understands they are valued. If they have an issue, they know they can turn to Sandra for straightforward feedback on how to fix and learn from it. In a time when many have constant doubts and struggles, Sandra’s colleagues say she offers an uplifting presence that is much needed.
Not only is Sandra a positive influence on her team, but also an amazing asset for her customers. She says being able to personally make an impact on the lives of others is her favorite thing about her role, whether it be helping customers to set and reach goals or providing financial literacy classes in her community. Sandra says the support of her supervisor, Regional Retail Banking Officer, Krista Niehaus, has inspired her to keep a giving spirit and team pride at the forefront of all she does.
Sandra has a true passion for her family including her three children, Amado, Charles, and Alexis. She has two grandchildren, Elianna and Alathea, who she adores and says she would spend every minute with if she could. When she isn’t spoiling her family, she has a 1-year-old Cane Corso puppy who brightens her days. Through her work and personal life, Sandra has had numerous opportunities to interact with the Owensboro community. She says it’s the people who make it such a special place to call home.
Financial Center Manager
If you work or live in Franklin, Kentucky, chances are that you know Jill West. She serves as a Retail Banking Officer at German American’s Franklin North Main office where she has worked for over 24 years. Her colleagues say that she is the “face of the bank” in Franklin and are proud to work alongside her. They point to Jill’s eagerness to do what’s right for her customers and community as the reason she has gained the respect of so many. Jill strives to make a lasting impression on everyone who she works with and challenges herself to make a positive impact.
Jill says her favorite thing about her role is often having the opportunity to make a customer’s day when helping with banking or lending needs. She likes when she can put smiles on the faces of those she serves. Jill’s coworkers say the connections she builds with her customers and the community give German American the opportunity to better serve organizations and businesses in the city of Franklin. She serves as the Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity of Simpson County where she has been active on the board for 5 years and is a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church.
Besides her work and her community, Jill is most passionate about her family. She has been married to her husband, Buck, for 18 years. Together they have two children, a 14 year old son, John, and a 12 year old daughter, Jessi. Watching them grow up and thrive in the same town she did makes her very proud, and she is their biggest cheerleader. When she isn’t supporting John playing baseball or Jessi’s love of gymnastics, she and her family like to go fishing or kayaking in the river close to their home. She believes her Franklin Simpson community is truly “the best” and says there really is no place like home.
Retail Banking Officer
Through her work in her community and at home, Tina is always looking for opportunities to lift up others. She serves at the Financial Center Manager of Tell City’s Main Street office and brings a wealth of knowledge to German American with 26 years of experience in the banking industry. Her team admires that she is constantly looking for ways to improve upon her customers’ experiences and strengthen relationships within the bank and Tell City community.
Within the workplace, Tina enjoys helping people reach their financial goals, whether that be home ownership, buying their first vehicle, or financing a camper to enjoy time with their family. In her community, she volunteers her time and knowledge as the Chairman of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and with United Way, both with the goal of improving upon and bringing awareness to Tell City and the surrounding areas. She is passionate about making a difference for those in need and is also very active with the Brick by Brick organization. Her coworkers say she inspires them to seek out and contribute to their community after seeing the impact she makes in doing so.
When counting her blessings, Tina looks first to her wonderful husband and children who make her so proud. She sees firsthand the impact a community has on raising a family and says she would pick Perry County to live over and over again. Tina points to her mom as a true example of kindness. She has encouraged her to always smile, give to others, and look to her faith when in search of answers. She keeps that in mind every day when trying to make a difference in others’ lives.
Financial Center Manager
When his colleagues talk about Ethan, it’s apparent that his positivity and enthusiasm make him an outstanding member of the German American team. Ethan started his career with German American right after graduating college six years ago and has been full steam ahead ever since. He has served in various capacities in the accounting and finance departments and currently works as a Financial Analyst. He says he most enjoys working as a team to make a project come together.
While most may cite meeting deadlines as the most stressful part of their jobs, Ethan likes the challenge they present. Those on his team say that’s when Ethan shines, because his positive attitude keeps those around him motivated and focused. He willingly learns about and takes on new roles and responsibilities, utilizing what he learns to better his team and company. How does Ethan stay so upbeat all the time? He says that he tries not to dwell on the negative and things that he can’t change. Instead, he starts each day with a clean slate and focuses on what he can do to make a difference.
Outside of work, Ethan is an avid Indianapolis Colts and Houston Astros fan and enjoys being active outdoors. Some of his favorite activities are soccer, disc golf, regular golf, running, and deer hunting. He spends a lot of time hanging out with friends and family creating memories. An annual road trip with college friends to watch Colts’ week one match-up is one of his favorite traditions. When speaking to what makes his community so special, Ethan points to the family-oriented relationships. Whether you know someone personally or not, they are always willing to lend a hand and help.
In describing what they respect most about Ann, her colleagues point to her leadership style and ability to give the support others need to thrive. Ann is Vice President of Talent Management and Human Resources and brings a unique perspective to her role with many years of gaining first-hand knowledge and working her way up in the banking industry. She gained over 26 years of experience in a variety of areas including customer service, lending, and secondary marketing before making the decision to focus on the people who make an organization succeed.
Those she works closest with say that Ann isn’t afraid to tackle challenges and use them as learning experiences. She says she finds great reward in building inclusive cultures that help people thrive and achieve results and that education and mentoring give her the opportunity to share possibilities with others. Outside of German American, she shares her knowledge as a certified executive coach, published author, and an adjunct professor at Indiana University Southeast. She serves in various capacities on the Board of Directors for Community Coordinated Child Care in Louisville and York Academy of Discovery in New Albany, both with the mission of giving children the very best opportunities to learn and succeed beginning at an early age.
Ann enjoys creating memories and traveling with her husband and two young adult children and is an avid University of Louisville sports fan. She appreciates the history and small-town feeling her home brings, coupled with the amenities of larger cities nearby. She finds joy in seeing small businesses and individuals in her community grow and thrive and is always willing to provide them with her support.
Vice President, Talent Management
Making sure others feel supported and appreciated is always at the top of Jaimie Dyer’s list. In her role as a Personal Banker at Bowling Green’s Campbell Lane West office, she strives to bring positivity to all she comes in contact with. Jaimie’s dedication doesn’t go unnoticed by her coworkers. They say that a willingness to help, no matter who calls or reaches out to her, makes her an outstanding resource for customers and mentor to her peers.
When talking about the driving force behind her actions, Jaimie points to her mother. She says that having a strong, hard-working role model has inspired her to always put in that extra effort. In the workplace, she goes the extra mile to make her customers’ lives easier. Outside of work, she dedicates time to bettering her community as a member of the Bowling Green Chamber Young Professionals or supporting the Franklin-Simpson Wildcat High School soccer team, which her husband coaches.
Although she gives a lot of herself to various causes, her biggest passion is being a mother to her two small children. She says it’s a true gift to nurture and help them grow in faith. Being rooted in family, faith, and community, Jaimie understands that the people make Bowling Green and the surrounding community so special. Putting in the work and effort is well worth it to make someone’s day better and keep that community spirit alive.
Those who work closely with Steffi, both inside and outside of the workplace, know she keeps family and community at the heart of all she does. As a Commercial Banking Officer, she works hard to be a great resource for her customers and sees firsthand how important a strong community presence can have on businesses and individuals alike. Those she works closest with admire her strong work ethic and willingness to lend a hand to others. She has been with German American for over 10 years and has a wealth of knowledge she is always willing to share to help her colleagues.
Steffi started out as a Customer Service Representative. Through hard work and dedication, she was promoted to the role of Financial Center Supervisor, Manager, and later served as a Regional Retail Banking Officer and Credit Analyst. Her passion for helping others realize their dreams led her to her current position. She values the relationships she has built through Commercial Banking and the opportunities to further immerse herself in her community. Steffi has a passion for theatre and empowering others. She dedicates a lot of her time serving in a variety of leadership and support roles for organizations that support the arts and education.
Although she stays busy with her work and volunteer efforts, Steffi most values time spent with family and friends. She enjoys being involved with her two young children and traveling with them and her husband, especially to visit family in Germany. She has developed a deep appreciation of her home in Dubois County and how friends and neighbors are always willing to step up and make the community stronger. Her contributions to that community spirit don’t go unrecognized!
Commercial Banking Officer
Patty’s thoughtful approach to everyday interactions makes her colleagues and customers alike feel well taken care of and appreciated. She is a Customer Service Specialist at Jeffersonville’s Veteran’s Parkway office, and her coworkers say they often look to her for guidance. Whether it’s a simple question from a customer or acting as a mentor to new employees, Patty is never too busy to stop what she’s doing to offer help. She says these daily interactions at the office are one of her favorite things about working at German American.
A motto Patty lives by is “One life, once chance,” and she loves having the opportunity to make sure her customers are having a better day leaving the bank than when they came in. She has been known to send personalized cards with heartfelt messages just to let someone know she is thinking about them. Outside of work, Patty is passionate about the outdoors and animals. She loves dogs and to spend her time fishing.
Just as she strives to offer care and support to others, Patty likes being surrounded by kind-hearted people. She says she is fortunate to have a work family that picks each other up, especially through the hard times. She lives in the small town of Borden and has that same tight-knit relationship with her neighbors there. Patty counts herself lucky to have the best of both worlds!
Customer Service Specialist
In her role as a Financial Center Manager, Natalie has a knack for making her customers feel right at home when they come to visit her and her team at the Bowling Green Scottsville Road South office. Her team recognizes the effort she puts into building relationships and that she always finds ways to help her customers no matter the situation. When asked what it is she loves about her position, Natalie immediately points to the people she gets to interact with every day. She appreciates the support of her team and friendship of her customers.
Natalie lives by the motto “You are as happy as you decide to be,” which matches her positivity and welcoming nature. She makes sure to recognize and show appreciation for the good things in her life. When she has time, she enjoys supporting educational efforts and the well-being of youth in her community, volunteering for both the Logan Christian Academy and Stuff the Bus non-profit organization. She is also on the executive board of Drug Free Warren County, a local organization aimed at educating children K-12 about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Natalie is passionate about her family and enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and four grandchildren. Her favorite times are when her home is filled with lots of noise.
Natalie came to live in Bowling Green 40 years ago, and she takes great pride in the great things the city offers. She finds herself lucky to be a part of a community with an amazing school system and beautiful parks. She enjoys traveling, but always looks forward to coming home and knows it’s the genuinely nice people and hospitality that make Bowling Green such a special place to live and work.
Financial Center Manager
A willingness to give of himself to better those around him make Nick an outstanding leader. He serves as Regional Senior Vice President of Retail Banking and leads his team with a passion for others and great knowledge of the banking industry. Mentoring new bankers is one of the things he enjoys most about his role. One such mentee speaks of how Nick’s positive influence has guided her to be the best manager and lender she can be. She pointed to Nick's ability to be genuine and assertive in his drive to help individuals and businesses in his community succeed.
Nick draws inspiration from the words of Steve Jobs, "My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better." He says he is blessed to be surrounded by a group of talented financial professionals who come to work to make a difference every day. He understands the value of having an opportunity to help clients with their needs and has been particularly influential in coaching his team on the lending process. Outside of work, Nick’s passion lies with his family. He and his wife are raising two daughters, who he says are growing up too quickly.
Through his work and family life, Nick has come to develop a deep appreciation for and commitment to his community, especially the northwestern part of Monroe County where he calls home. While he dedicates his time to a number of organizations throughout the county, the educators and administrators of the Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation hold a special place in Nick's heart. If his commitment to his work isn’t enough, Nick points out that he is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan which is a perfect example of how much he values loyalty.
Regional Senior Vice President, Retail Banking
Through her career in the financial services industry, Kerri has found that trust and gratitude are of the utmost importance in earning the respect of others. She serves as the Financial Center Manager at German American’s North Vernon office, and her efforts to make an impact in the workplace and in her community don’t go unnoticed by her team. They describe her as a dedicated manager and employee who leads by example and inspires them to be their very best.
Kerri strives to have a positive atmosphere in the workplace and wants to make sure her customers and team alike feel supported and welcome when they visit the North Vernon office. Even though the pandemic has presented numerous challenges that threaten that feeling of warm hospitality, she does her best to make sure her team enjoys coming in everyday and can find reasons to smile and laugh together. Kerri values the opportunity to be a trusted advisor to her customers and says nothing is more rewarding than seeing someone find success due to her guidance. She especially appreciates when customers want to better understand their finances and welcomes any question they might have in regards to the product or service she is providing.
Living in a small town, Kerri says she and her team have the unique ability to know their customers on a first name basis. She enjoys that they have developed a comradery and all want to see their little community and the people in it succeed. Through changes big and small, Kerri has remained resilient and her positivity continues to reflect upon those around her.
Financial Center Manager
Monica makes a big impact on those she works with through her work and community efforts alike. She has been in banking for over 18 years and currently serves as a Retail Banking Officer in Bowling Green. In addition to her extensive knowledge of the financial industry, her coworkers admire her willingness to go above and beyond in assuring that everyone gets the attention they deserve. In today’s challenging times, she has been there to guide her team to continue providing the very best service to their customers. Her team appreciates how she does this with patience and a positive outlook, making her an approachable, well-respected mentor.
A quote from Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” serves as a guide for Monica. In her role she feels honored to be able to make an impact on her customers’ lives and circumstances. She has been known to stay late and be on call to assure her customers are taken care of and always takes the time to make sure they understand every aspect of the particular service she is providing. Monica is passionate about helping others grow in all aspects of life and enjoys volunteering and motivating youth.
Monica’s team was proud to see her receive the prestigious ATHENA Award from the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce this year. It was a well-deserved honor for a person who is always making sure others feel welcome and special. In describing Bowling Green, Monica says she appreciates that her community is small enough to still recognize others but large enough to provide great entertainment, restaurants, and a good economic base. She was also proud to throw in that not only is EVERY Corvette in the world made in Bowling Green, but it’s also where the BIG RED Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University make their home.
Retail Banking Officer
Jennifer’s drive to always work on self-development and encourage others to do the same has led her to her role as a Training and Development Specialist. She started her career with German American 13 years ago and found great success as a Financial Center Supervisor where she was admired for her dedication to her customers and staff alike. Her colleagues respect that Jennifer was able to take her customer service and leadership skills and apply them to a position where she could help others succeed throughout the company.
Jennifer understands how powerful words of encouragement can be and finds herself lucky to be in a position where she can encourage others in their professional development. She identifies German American’s employees as ambassadors for the company and makes it her goal to assure they have the tools they need to serve their customers to the best of their ability. Jennifer also works to be a resource for her community and has been involved with Junior Achievement as an elementary school financial literacy class teacher and lends a hand volunteering at numerous non-profit events.
Whether it’s through interactions in the workplace or the community, Jennifer is passionate about career development and helping others succeed. Outside of work Jennifer’s passion is making memories with her daughters, Ava and Mya. She enjoys getting out and exploring new places with them, whether it’s the zoo, local fairs, amusement parks, or museums.
Training and Development Specialist
Those that work closest with Cheri admire her determination and the optimistic approach she takes when encountered with a challenge. When she decided to embark on a career change, Cheri knew she wanted to find a company that she would be proud to go to work for every day, and says that German American’s community and family-oriented approach to doing business was ideal. She started out as a Contact Center Agent before moving to her current support role in Accounting. While she misses talking to her customers, she recognizes that accounting is her passion.
Cheri says she likes to always look on the bright side, and her colleagues say she goes above and beyond to make sure her customers and team members have a positive experience. Whether it be offering assistance to the Customer Care Team with high call volumes, or volunteering her time on weekends to causes like the Clean Sweep events in our community, Cheri is always willing to step up. She also inspires others by being a lifelong learner and has been working towards an accounting degree, which she is set to receive in spring of 2021.
Outside of work, Cheri enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren whom she says keep her young. When she isn’t on the move with them, she and her husband are busy with a 96 pound Newfoundland rescue dog they recently adopted. When speaking of the town where she raised her four children, Cheri has nothing but love for the Jasper community. She likes that there are tremendous opportunities for work or for play and appreciates the small town charm of the place she calls home.
Whether it’s a client, coworker, friend, family or member of the community, one thing you can count on from Andy is a helping hand when you need one. Andy brings over 20 years of experience in financial services to German American and serves as Vice President of Commercial Banking. When speaking to his best qualities, his colleagues pointed to his willingness to get involved and his efficiency in helping his clients. He most values his day-to-day involvement with the businesses he works with.
In developing relationships with businesses, Andy says he enjoys the opportunity to turn those relationships into mutually beneficial partnerships. It makes him proud to see businesses prosper as a result of their relationship with German American. In his community, Andy has built a reputation as a go-to resource for numerous organizations, especially those involving education and extracurricular activities for children. He is highly involved in his community and serves on the finance board for the Ripley County Community Foundation. He has also dedicated a lot of time to Batesville Community Schools, Batesville Youth Baseball and Football, as well as the Southeastern Indiana YMCA and Batesville Chamber of Commerce.
Andy draws inspiration from the quote “One day or day one. You decide.” His willingness to take charge and help in areas he is passionate about demonstrates that quote in action. When he has spare time outside of office and volunteer work, Andy enjoys spending time on his family farm. He recognizes a deep sense of pride throughout the area where he lives and by investing time in the youth, hopes the tight knit community will continue to prosper for years to come.
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Most people wouldn’t be surprised by what Gene says are his passions in life; his faith, family, friends, and baseball. His colleagues say he inspires them by simply sharing those passions with others, while also demonstrating what time, talent, and dedication can accomplish. In his 25 years with German American, Gene has continuously worked to develop his strengths. After starting with the company, he transitioned to Financial Consultant, was promoted to Vice President and Senior Financial Consultant, and was later promoted to Senior Vice President, the role he currently holds.
His coworkers say this personal development is a direct result of his desire to help others. Helping his clients develop and implement a plan to reach their financial goals is what he enjoys most about his role. When he isn’t in the office, you can often find Gene on the baseball field, where he is the head coach for the Southridge Raiders High School Baseball team, or getting involved with 4-H or numerous other athletic functions. Those he works closest with are some of his biggest fans and have loved seeing his team succeed, especially over recent years. They appreciate that he remains selfless, giving credit to those around him, even though they recognize the impact he has on that success.
Besides being a selfless leader, Gene’s colleagues also see his ability to overcome obstacles. Gene says he is most inspired by his wife, Traci, and her compassion and empathy for others along with her strength. Despite facing unimaginable tragedy, they have continued to shine a light, using their experience to benefit and inspire their community, especially the youth. He is the first to share with others how loving and caring the people in his community are and how he and his wife couldn’t think of anywhere else to raise their family.
Senior Vice President, Sr. Financial Consultant
A willingness to always put forth her best efforts when needed makes Beverly an excellent resource to her team and customers in Lexington. Her coworkers admire her spirit and say she comes in every day ready to work and puts smiles on the faces of those she encounters. A staple at the Wellington office since it opened in 2015, Beverly has been an amazing resource and wealth of knowledge. She enjoys being able to meet her customers’ needs and believes that just taking the time to learn about them gives her an opportunity to discover the vast amount of benefits she and German American can provide, whether that be saving them time or protecting their assets.
Beverly says she is inspired to “use what gifts we have been given to serve others and love your neighbor as yourself.” She is passionate about helping the less fortunate and often offers up her time and resources to community organizations that need it. Efforts in which she has participated include donating baby clothes and money to the Assurance for Life pregnancy crisis center and collecting art and school supplies for Common Good’s after school outreach program, clothing for homeless shelters, and canned goods for God’s Pantry Food Bank. She credits the group effort of her Lexington German American Team for being able to do some outstanding things in their community.
Besides volunteering and her work at the bank, Beverly enjoys singing in the church choir and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Having grown up in a small town in Ohio, she always wanted to live in the city and finds that Lexington is just the right size. She attended Asbury University in nearby Wilmore, Kentucky, and fell in love with the beautiful Bluegrass countryside. When the opportunity arose to move to Lexington to be with her sister, she couldn’t pass it up and appreciates the diverse environment and experiences the city offers.
Customer Service Specialist
Rachel’s team says that her wealth of knowledge and ability to “communicate with grace” make her an exceptional leader. As the Regional Retail Banking Officer serving Dubois, Spencer, and Perry counties she plays a large part in helping her team provide consistent and comprehensive service to their customers. Those she works with say she is approachable and active in communicating to, educating, and supporting them. They also note Rachel doesn’t shy away from difficult situations.
A desire to excel at customer service in the financial industry is something Rachel has had from the beginning of her professional career, and she just celebrated her 10-year anniversary with German American. In that time, she has shown what it means to lead by example. Her team appreciates her sense of humor and her ability to admit when she doesn’t have the answers. They notice her effort to get the guidance needed to find those answers and make changes, even when those changes aren’t easy ones. Her leadership skills aren’t limited to the workplace. Rachel isn’t afraid take on challenges to better her community.
In a time when local businesses and the community need to see strength, Rachel has stepped up to the plate as the President of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she serves as the Treasurer of the Downtown Merchants Association. Interacting with and serving people in her community is something she cherishes, and she loves being surrounded by hard-working, happy, and honest people with strong values. She says she has been blessed with amazing family and friends who have shaped her into the person she is today, and is passionate about doing the same for her three children.
Regional Retail Banking Officer
Years of experience and a compassion for others have made Lori an excellent mentor for her team and resource for her customers at Washington’s State Road 57 office. She serves as a Financial Center Supervisor and her team says she is an amazing representative of German American, going above and beyond for her customers. Not only does she make it a priority to provide the best customer service herself, but she strives to ensure her team is working to the best of their capabilities.
Lori’s colleagues say they can count on her as a coach or a cheerleader, depending on the circumstances. She is there to offer words of encouragement when there is doubt and advice on how to do better. Besides helping to develop her team, Lori says she most appreciates the opportunity to get to know her customers and give that extra personal touch to let them know she cares. Outside of work, Lori enjoys traveling with her husband and three children and going on walks. She also loves reading and her community, and through these interests she has developed a passion for her local library, Washington Carnegie, where she serves as Treasurer and a member of the board.
A motto that inspires Lori is “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail,” and it is evident that when she sets her mind on something, she is going to apply the time and energy needed to make it happen. In both her personal and professional life, Lori understands it’s the people she surrounds herself with that make her the happiest. She counts herself lucky to live in a small community where she has been able to build long-lasting relationships with great people.
Financial Center Supervisor
The chances are if you have ever walked through the doors of the Washington Cherry Tree banking office, you know or are going to get the pleasure of knowing Karen. She currently serves as a Personal Banker there, and her knowledge of banking coupled with her top-notch customer service skills make her a role model for those she works with. Her team says that she is often the first to offer her assistance regardless of the size of the task at hand. They credit her for her ability to lift up those around her and say that their work environment is better for it.
When asked about where she draws her inspiration, Karen says that she learned from the example of a former co-worker who had awesome customer service skills. She strives to keep that same level of excellence when serving her customers and is happiest when they leave the bank feeling appreciated. Her colleagues see the effort she puts into making banking easier for customers, whether that be getting them in and out of the bank quickly or walking them through setting up online banking. Not only is she passionate about the people she serves, but she also has a deep passion for animals. When she’s not at work or spending time with her two grandchildren, Karen rescues cats and kittens and finds her efforts to be very rewarding.
Karen loves living in Southern Indiana and likes being surrounded by friendly people willing to lend a helping hand. She appreciates that her role at German American has allowed her to get to know her customers and their needs. It’s apparent by the feedback and remarks from her customers that they enjoy getting to know her, too.
There is a common theme when Tyan’s colleagues describe working with her, and that’s her contagious positivity. She is a member of the administrative support team, but her bubbly personality can’t be contained to just the administrative office. Those she works with across the German American footprint describe her as a team player with a can-do attitude. Even if she isn’t interacting with them in person, Tyan makes sure to lift the spirits of her co-workers and customers alike. Her team sees how she goes above and beyond for all customers, both internal and external, and she puts forward the same efforts regardless of who she is working with.
In her role within the company, Tyan says that her favorite part is the interactions she has with shareholders and fellow employees. She is recognized by many for her ability to solve problems and not only does she help get to the bottom of issues big and small, but she inspires others to look at difficult situations through a different lens. Tyan is a humanitarian and is passionate about her family, friends, and nature. She draws inspiration from a quote by Mother Teresa “Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.”
When describing German American, Tyan says there is something special about having the opportunity to build a network of individuals you can not only call colleagues, but count as part of your family. She experiences that same family-centric feeling in her community, and plays an active role on the local German American Foundation committee, where she helps the company and its employees to pay it forward to local organizations and people in need. Inside and outside of the workplace, Tyan finds a way to shine her light and gives those around her a reason to smile.
Crystal is no stranger to putting in the work to get the reward, and her go-getter spirit has made her an outstanding asset to the German American team. She grew up and has lived in Tell City her whole life and often thinks of how lucky she is to get to raise her own family there. As a Personal Banker at the Tell City Northside office, she loves meeting customers and hearing their stories whether that be what brought them to German American or what she can do to help them succeed. Her co-workers say they often depend on Crystal, because when it comes to finding answers and getting the job done, she just “knows what she’s doing”.
Over the past year, she has taken on a much-deserved mentor role for new employees joining the team, and her upbeat personality and sense of humor has made both her colleagues and customers feel welcome. When it comes to community involvement, there isn’t much that Crystal doesn’t take part in, and she believes that “nothing is better than being able to give back”. She spearheads the Tell City Clean Sweep project, back to school cookouts, and the beloved Tell City Christmas Parade float. She has a passion for cooking and is always among the first to volunteer at the Table of Blessings meal. Recently she was chosen to be a part of the Leadership Perry County program and is working with her class to revamp the local public pool.
Along with serving and learning from her customers, Crystal is passionate about her family. Watching her daughters grow up in the same community and learn in the same schools that she did gives her a lot of pride. Along with the successes, she has also seen many in her community go through difficult times, and one thing that holds true through it all is the support that they show each other. The slogan in her county is #pickperry, and she says it’s fitting, as she wouldn’t want to pick anywhere else to live and work.
In both her career and her relationship with the community, Helen’s involvement is multi-faceted and inspirational. Before serving in her current role as a Relationship Banker at the Huntingburg banking office, she gained valuable experience in her roles as a Contact Center Agent and a Corporate Administrative Assistant. Her colleagues say that those hard-earned skills and her natural ability to help others make her an outstanding resource for both her customers and for her team members. They appreciate that she pours her heart into helping her family and friends, and her community, but never takes credit for the work involved in doing so.
A deep connection and continuing-involvement with the Spanish-speaking community have given her the opportunity to build strong relationships and help many Latino community members better understand the services and resources available to them to meet their financial goals. She helps to bridge the cultural gap in her community through her involvement as a board member for the Association of Latin Americans in Southern Indiana (ALASI), as well as Destination Huntingburg. Another of Helen’s passions is empowering and inspiring the girls in her community. She is a Coach for Girls on the Run where she helps to create positive connections and cultivate confidence, and she truly leads by example.
Helen understands the importance of personal development and a healthy lifestyle. In listening to one of her favorite podcasts, she says she has learned to live her best life in her own unique way. In accepting new challenges, she draws inspiration from the quote “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change”. When she’s not spending her time bettering her community, she and her family like to get out and enjoy it. She likes going for evening walks with her sons and attending the variety of festivals and events that take place in town. She is proud to have the opportunity to live and work in the small, diverse community of Huntingburg and to raise her children there.
As a Mortgage Loan Originator, Nyra understands that her job is much more than assisting her customers in financing their homes. She sees the hard work and commitment that goes into taking the step into home ownership and feels it’s a privilege to be a part of this special time in those customers’ lives. Nyra’s coworkers see the additional work that she has put in to help cover the demands that the real estate market has presented in the recent months and admire her sincerity and the personal touch she continues gives through it all.
With 27 years in the banking industry, Nyra knows that every customer has a different story and situation. In providing the best possible service, she always keeps in mind the motto “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and believes in the power of working together to achieve that amazing end result. She enjoys celebrating the successes of her customers with “Home-iversary” greetings and is sure to stay in touch after the hard work is through.
Nyra is proud to call the Columbus community, with its beautiful world-renown architecture, her home. While the city has seen tremendous growth through the years, she loves that it maintains its small-town feel. She appreciates that the city gives so many families an opportunity to put down roots where their children can play and grow and that she gets to play a small part in that.
Mortgage Loan Originator
The positive work atmosphere and opportunity to meet new people are two things that Clint enjoys most about his role as a Mortgage Loan Originator serving Daviess and Martin Counties in Indiana. He is originally from Sullivan County, IN, and moved to Daviess County in 2009 when he married his wife, Chanda. While some may have been slow to get involved in a new community, he jumped in and started doing what he does best, lifting others up and offering a helping hand!
Clint’s colleagues say that he is always positive, often brightening the mood of those around him, and that his enthusiasm helps his customers feel confident about wherever they are in the journey of home ownership. He represents German American by being a team player and making sure his customers are a top priority. Clint grew up on a family farm and finds inspiration in a quote from Robert Luis Stevenson, “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Outside of the workplace, Clint enjoys spending time with wife Chanda and their two little girls and being active in their local church. Not only will you find him sporting German American red, but also the red of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Indiana Hoosiers. He is an avid fan of both and enjoys going to games whenever he gets the chance. Clint loves the small town where he lives, and it brings him joy to help others looking to settle down and make a home in Daviess County.
Mortgage Loan Originator
A willingness to always stay engaged is a big part of what makes Jonathan successful in his role as the Financial Center Manager of the Bowling Green Campbell Lane West office. He enjoys the day to day interactions with his customers and team, acting as a guide to help them achieve their goals. His colleagues say regardless of the situation, he is always honest, straightforward, and kind.
Jonathan believes it is important to adapt to your surroundings and keep moving, preferably forward. His team appreciates that he makes the work environment a fun and upbeat place and stays involved in all areas of the office to make sure both they and their customers are taken care of. Not only is he deeply engaged in the workplace, but also in the community that he loves. He is a Sunday School class leader at his church and stays involved with the local non-profit, Stuff The Bus, which provides school supplies and food for children and families in need.
In his day to day life, Jonathan’s passions lie with his faith and family. In addition to their own children, he and his wife have served as foster parents to several children of all ages, offering them a loving home. Having grown up in Bowling Green, he has been proud to watch it evolve into a large and bustling town with the capability to host large sporting events, attract visitors through the fine arts, and host thousands of college students each year. Yet, through his involvement with the community, he still identifies that small town feel and enjoys being able to share his life with good friends, coworkers, and customers.
Financial Center Manager
It’s the little things that Julie does that make a big impact on those she works with as a Personal Banker at Bedford’s 16th Street office. From the daily check-ins with her colleagues to greeting her customers by name when they enter the office, Julie makes others feel fulfilled just by taking the time to show she cares. Prior to entering the banking world, Julie was a Returns Supervisor at Tichenor College Textbook Company for almost 20 years and initially planned to retire after the company closed but changed her mind to begin a career with German American.
Her co-workers are thankful for her change of heart and credit her addition to the team as a big reason why they have been able to make such an impact on their customers’ lives and their community in recent years. Julie appreciates any opportunity to problem solve and believes that going the extra mile will never wear you out. She is known to send out thank you, get well, congratulations, and sympathy cards to let her customers know she is thinking of them. She enjoys serving her community and volunteering at community meals for Bertha’s Mission.
Julie is passionate about her faith, friends, and family, especially her grandbabies. She grew up in Indianapolis but moved to Bedford after she was married. Her mother told her she was born with the “go bug” and she has always traveled when given the chance. She has grown to love her small-town life in Bedford and likes running into her customers and having relaxing conversations outside of work.
Melissa’s colleagues describe her as a person who always strives to “do better and be better” and who leads by example in giving herself and others grace as they work towards their goals. This drive has been evident in her path to find her dream career with German American as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. In her 14 years with German American, she has had experience in customer service, retail lending, auditing and administration. She is passionate about helping others meet their potential and aligning their careers and lives with a greater purpose.
In her role, she most enjoys working with managers to help them find their next talented team members and learning about and sharing opportunities with job candidates. Melissa has found her work with the German American Summer Internship Program to be one of her most rewarding experiences, as she can watch them grow, learn, and give back to the company in such a meaningful way. Those involved with the program recognized her role in the success of the program, especially through the challenges of COVID.
Outside of her career, Melissa finds happiness in the family-oriented, caring, and kind community of Jasper, where she lives and works. She inspires others by sharing her love of family, faith and fitness and gives back by lending her energy and compassion to multiple causes.
HR Talent Acquisition Specialist
Holding herself and her team to a high standard is just one of the reasons that Jennifer excels in her role as Hanover’s Financial Center Manager. She is able to build strong, trusted relationships in order to help both her customers and co-workers work towards their goals. She says that being a part of those big life changing moments, whether it be assisting a customer in the purchase of a new car, or celebrating a promotion with a colleague, are the proudest moments of her career. Not only does she enjoy helping others, but always strives to improve upon herself.
In the workplace, Jennifer’s colleagues appreciate that she is always seeking out training and development opportunities so that she and her team can be the best at what they do. That drive carries over to her involvement in the community. She serves as a financial literacy facilitator and is a recent graduate of the Jefferson County Leadership Program. As a part of her role as a Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce board member, she enjoys attending local ribbon cuttings and networking events.
One of Jennifer’s passions outside of work is traveling, which she finds is a truly life-affirming experience. Her journeys have taken her both near and far with Australia being her favorite adventure to date. She also enjoys off-roading and supporting her husband, Cody, who is a Dirt Late Model Racecar Driver. While she enjoys her travels, she says that she loves how Jefferson County’s small-town charm makes her feel like part of a family and that the beautiful Ohio River is always a welcoming site.
Financial Center Manager