River City Six – Rob Bethel
Meet Rob Bethel, senior banker and IRA-HSA administrator at Cornhusker Bank.
Tell us a little about your business.
We are a full-service community bank serving the Greater Omaha and Lincoln markets. Cornhusker Bank remains the oldest locally-owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and investing in the future growth of the community, its valued customers, and associates throughout its 116-year history.
How did you get started in the business?
I started in banking as a teller and new accounts representative while attending school at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. I spent two years with my first institution before joining Cornhusker Bank in January of 2015.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Wearing multiple hats in my role always keeps me on my toes. It is a balancing act, keeping up with regulations and ensuring compliance in my role as our IRA-HSA administrator while also servicing my own client base.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I came to Cornhusker Bank very green, and over the years I have progressed to being a trusted go-to for our retail and commercial bankers in supporting their clients.
Tell us a little about your family.
My fiancée Mallory and I are finishing up plans for our wedding in December. We live in Omaha with our Dachshund named Nugget and Goldendoodle named Biscuit.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
I left college during my junior year due to an accident and accepted a full-time position with Cornhusker Bank shortly after. Looking back, it was a giant leap of faith but everything worked out in the end.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Golf, watch Husker football, or work on cars.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I am a huge car nerd. I can tell you the make, model, and year of most cars within a hundred yards. I’m on my seventh car, personally.
Who inspires you?
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Trust but verify.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
The Husker tunnel walk.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
I’m a pretty good wrench for not having any training.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Speaking multiple languages.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
The Nebraska Humane Society. I always had dogs growing up, so any organization that supports positive pet ownership deserves support.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Lord of the Rings series.
What is your favorite TV show?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?