River City Six – Amy Olson
Meet Amy Olson, vice president of treasury management at American National Bank (american.bank).
Tell us a little about your business.
With roots dating back to 1856, American National Bank (ANB) is one of the largest privately-owned banks in the Heartland, with 30 locations throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Our commitment is providing unmatched personal service and innovative banking products to individuals, families, and businesses. American National Bank has invested considerable energy and financial resources in pursuit of building stronger relationships within the communities we serve. Throughout the year, ANB supports non-profits and community organizations, not only through monetary donations but employee volunteer hours as well.
How did you get started in the business?
I started as a part-time teller when I was in college. I have worked as a teller, phone center representative, personal banker, consumer loan officer, and retail manager before I landed in the treasury management department.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
The biggest challenge I faced was balancing work and family when I was young in my career. I was fortunate to have a manager and mentor who helped me to be successful in both. I work hard to pay it forward to the next generation.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have been married to my wonderful husband Doug for 24 years and we have two daughters: Allisa, who is graduating college this spring and will be working as a special education teacher; and Erin, who is a freshman at UNK majoring in pre-nursing.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Our family loves the great outdoors—hiking, boating, camping, and even yard work.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I grew up on a farm in the panhandle of Nebraska, where I learned the value of hard work at a young age.
Who inspires you?
I find inspiration from different people, at different times, and for different reasons.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
As my mom often says, “This too shall pass.” It’s a good reminder to relish the good times and learn from the bad.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Does time travel count? It would be interesting to see the advances in technology 50 years from now.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to sing (in public).
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I am proud to serve on the board for both the American Red Cross and Heartland Family Services.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Gone with the Wind.
What is your favorite TV show?
I have enjoyed The Goldbergs. I grew up in the 80s so it’s fun to reflect back.
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