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IBA Member Spotlight: Kenesha Davis

Archived Industry News:IBA Member Spotlight: Kenesha Davis

Last Updated: 3/31/2021 1:59 PM

Davis Finds Opportunity in Banking

Kenesha Davis has spent a good chunk of her career working in the financial services industry. Prior to that, however, she was a 911 dispatcher. That job “taught me that your entire life can change for better or worse with a split-second decision,” she said.

Davis, a graduate of Upper Iowa University, works today as a BSA Specialist at Lincoln Savings Bank in Waterloo. “Banking is a great career because there are so many opportunities within the bank that people don’t realize are available,” she said.

How did you get into banking as a career?
I was a teller at Veridian Credit Union several years ago and a personal banker with Bankers Trust in Des Moines. I loved interacting with the customers and helping them find options to save and grow their accounts.

Prior to your current role, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had, and what lesson did it teach you that you still use today?
I was a dispatcher for 911. It taught me that your entire life can change for better or worse with a split-second decision.

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking is a great career because there are so many opportunities within the bank that people don’t realize are available (marketing, human resources, insurance, etc.).

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The Iowa Bankers Association has helped get knowledge to banks and offer trainings for further education.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I enjoy singing and crocheting.

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you!

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