After 40 years in banking, long-time First Security employee Shelley Wyborny has decided she’s ready to retire.
Shelley began her banking career in Mason City in 1982 as part of a bank co-op program through North Iowa Area Community College. The next year, Shelley began to work at the local bank, First State Bank, in her hometown of Rockford. There, she was responsible for a wide range of duties that are typical for someone working in a smaller bank or a branch location. She did loan support, worked as a teller, and opened new accounts. A few years later, First Security purchased First State Bank and Shelley’s job moved from Rockford to Charles City, where she became more specialized in ag and commercial loan support.
Now, Shelley can say, “I’ve worked through 3 bank purchases and mergers as well as one big merger while at First Security. I’ve also worked here long enough to work for three generations of Herbrechtsmeyers including Bill Herbrechtsmeyer Senior, Bill Herbrechtsmeyer Junior, Dick Herbrechtsmeyer, and now Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer.”
A little over thirty years ago, Shelley started her family and was ready to work shorter hours. She moved back to the Rockford branch to work in opening new accounts and filled a teller role. Before long, she was wearing many hats again, but in the Nora Springs branch this time. She helped with loan support, compliance, reception, and even human resources and marketing. She eventually became Assistant Vice President.
The “big merger” Shelley mentions above refers to when First Security’s branches nearly doubled in number after a merger in 2009. At that time, Shelley was promoted to Vice President of Loan Operations, a position she has held since.
“Shelley has been a valuable employee in many positions within the bank,” said Chief Operating Officer Randy Hassman. “She has accumulated a great amount of knowledge over her career.”
Banking has evolved a lot over Shelley’s career. She remembers manually typing loan documents so if you made a mistake, you started all over. She also remembers using a Dictaphone (a sound recording device) to recall and manually type customers’ comments for their files. And, of course, as regulations continuously changed, they became much stricter during Shelley’s career. Some of her favorite memories include First Security’s winter parties and summer group outings.
“I’ve worked with Shelley for the entirety of my years at the bank. She has been a great coworker and friend,” added Randy. “We truly appreciate all she has done for the bank, and we will miss her dearly.”
In addition to a long career and raising a family, Shelley has been an involved community member. Over the years she’s volunteered for the Rudd Rockford Marble Rock (RRMR) Booster Club, the RRMR Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), Floyd County Condemnation Committee, the Rudd Cemetery Association, Rudd Little League, and she has coached many youth sports teams.
Now that Shelley is retiring, she’s looking forward to the extra free time she’ll have to spend with her family and friends. She especially looks forward to helping more with her grandchildren.
Shelley’s last day at First Security will be Thursday, January 5th. First Security will hold a private celebration in her honor on that day.
First Security Bank & Trust has locations across North Central Iowa and headquarters in Charles City. Member FDIC.