Star City Six: Shawn Schreiner
West Gate Bank® is a full-service community bank headquartered in and focused on Lincoln, NE. Shawn Schreiner is a Business Banking Officer at West Gate Bank (westgatebank.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Established in 1968, West Gate Bank remains a locally-owned bank with seven Lincoln locations. We offer Completely Free Checking for Personal and Business, Commercial Lending, Mortgage and Business Banking Solutions.
How did you get started in the business?
I was introduced to West Gate Bank when they were the Employer of the Week at UNL. I started as a part-time teller, was promoted to Teller Supervisor and in May of 2016, promoted to my current position on our Business Banking team.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I’d say so far it’s been my promotions within West Gate Bank over the past two years. I’m very proud of where I’m at with my career at this point in my life.
Tell us a little about your family.
I grew up in a family of boys. I am the second youngest of four brothers and my parents live in Omaha.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
There have been two turning points in my career path. The first was when I became a sales rep for a time share company in Texas. Through that experience, I realized I had a passion for sales and an ability to connect with people. The second was when I was introduced to West Gate Bank. The culture and atmosphere here is everything I’ve wanted in an employer. They’ve helped me develop into the business professional I am today.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Play sand volleyball, travel to new places, or boating and jet skiing during the summer.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I graduated from a small private school called Omaha Baptist Academy. There were two in my graduating class.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Stay true to who you are and don’t be the person someone else wants you to be.
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?
Eye of the Tiger.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Unlimited energy. There never seems to be enough time in one day to do all of the things I want to do.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to dunk a basketball.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Definitely something in the sports industry. I’d love to be the Director of Operations for an NFL or college team.
What is your favorite movie?
I’m a big sports nut, so I’d have to say Remember the Titans.
What is your favorite TV show?
The Office! I’ve watched it so many times and still get a laugh.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
The Watering Hole. Wings are one of my favorite foods and their grilled wings are the best in town.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Warren Buffett. He’s a local guy who has had a tremendous amount of success.