Meet Shelly Spencer, vice president/branch manager at West Gate Bank in Bellevue.
Tell us a little about your business. – West Gate Bank (westgate.bank) is a locally owned, customer- and employee-focused community bank. We were founded over 50 years ago and in July 2018, expanded into the Omaha/Bellevue market. We just recently broke ground on our fourth Omaha location at 178th and Maple to open in the summer of 2022.
How did you get started in the business? – I got a job at a small Colorado mountain bank immediately after graduating high school as a new accounts representative. I moved back to Nebraska several months later and was offered a teller job at a savings and loan where I was a customer and built my career in banking.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Trying to learn, grow, and advance in my career while raising my two sons. As a mom and a woman in banking, I have always strived to set an example for my sons.
Tell us a little about your family. – My oldest son Alex, his wife Cami, and my first grandson Liam live here in Omaha. My youngest son Nikolas is also here. I’m very fortunate to have them all close by!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – About six years ago, I had a very random rapid bone loss disease that really affected every aspect of my life. It got to the point where just walking was a major struggle. That definitely helped to give me some much needed prospective on having a work/life balance and being okay with asking for help.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Taking road trips or spending time on the golf course with my boyfriend.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I am a huge music fan and have attended over 50 concerts. My favorite concert venue is Red Rocks.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Ask yourself this question: Will this matter a year from now?”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Genuine.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – Teleporting.
Which talent would you most like to have? – Being able to play a musical instrument.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – An interior designer or travel agent.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – I am on the Executive Board for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. I really enjoy meeting people in the community and being able to support local businesses.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.
What is your favorite movie? – Dangerous Beauty.
What is your favorite TV show? – Outlander.
What is your favorite local Omaha restaurant? – Malara’s or Brother Sebastians.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Bob Marley. I think he’d be very real and authentic, super chill with a great vibe, and have some great stories.