Star City 6: Audrie Bates
Founded in 1903, Cornhusker Bank (www.cornhuskerbank.com) remains Lincoln’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating hometown heart, stability, soundness and continued commitment to the success of its valued customers, associates, and the Lincoln community. Audrie Bates is the Retail Relationship Manager/Officer at Cornhusker Bank.
Tell us a little about your position at Cornhusker Bank. – I get the privilege of working with clients to help them meet their financial goals. My office will be at the Corporate Center at 84th & O Street when the building is complete. However, I am currently at our Apples Way location at 6100 Apple’s Way. Cornhusker Bank has six locations across Lincoln.
How did you get started in the business? – When I was in high school, one of the local banks was looking for summer interns. My name was brought up as a candidate and I was hired. I worked not only in the summer, but during my junior and senior years. When I moved to Lincoln to attend college, I got a part time job as a teller and then worked my way up from there.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I am blessed to have wonderful clients who I have the privilege of assisting on a daily basis. These client relationships are built by ‘doing life together’ as I work with them to help them achieve a goal or to resolve a problem. Simply being able to talk with people is a great part of my job. I have worked with many of my clients for over 10 years.
Tell us a little about your family. – My husband, Brian, and I have been married for 20 years and have two wonderful children. Ryan is a sophomore at UNL. He runs cross country, indoor and outdoor track for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Carlie is a junior at Lincoln East. She is active in softball and other activities. We love to travel and have been fortunate to travel to Italy, Ireland and have taken many trips throughout the United States. One of our favorite places is Disney World in Florida.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I really enjoy being with my family, especially attending sporting events, watching movies, and spending time together.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Do what is right for the long term. Don’t sell something to someone just to meet a goal, but to help the individual. If you are true to that, you can look anyone in the eye at any time and know you did the right thing.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – The Lincoln Boys Choir (LBC) This organization consists of organized choral groups which promote healthy, lifetime singing skills through musical performance and strive to instill a sense of self-confidence and achievement through a commitment in excellence. The ages of boys range from 3rd graders to seniors in high school. I have a passion for this organization because my son was a part of it for seven years and we were able to travel to Italy and Ireland for music festivals because of the Lincoln Boys Choir. I am the President of the board of directors.
What is your favorite TV show? – I don’t specifically have a favorite TV show; however, I enjoy watching the Food Network and HGTV.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Ming’s House.
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