Star City Six – Crystal Wichita
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 115-year history. Crystal Wichita is the chief operating officer at Cornhusker Bank (cornhuskerbank.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Cornhusker Bank is more than just a financial institution. We’ve been part of the community since 1903, so we understand Lincoln and how important trusted relationships are. No matter what your needs, our local ownership and decision makers are here to react and deliver quality solutions you can count on. We are committed to the success of both our customers and our associates and are invested in making their dreams come true.
How did you get started in the business?
I started my banking career working at Fiserv, a core bank technology provider. From there I became a bank examiner, focused on information technology, and then I found my way into traditional banking serving in many capacities over my tenure—most of them involving technology and operations.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I recently graduated from Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, CO. Over the course of the three-year program, I gained a broader appreciation for what it takes to run a successful banking organization in such a highly regulated industry.
Tell us a little about your family.
In September of this year, my husband Erik and I will celebrate 20 years together. We have two amazing boys, Damon, a junior, and Easton, a freshman, at Southwest High School. Even our Golden Doodle Wrigley is a boy and he’s pretty spectacular in his own sort of way. We are also blessed to have Erik’s family nearby in Omaha and my parents, sister, and her family in Lincoln.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I usually try to do lunch with my family or a friend, but I am also content cleaning my house or doing yard work. I know…crazy!
Who inspires you?
All the overcomers out there. I am inspired by the single parents, people working multiple jobs to support their family, those suffering from illness or recovering from a tragic accident. I’m in awe of the power we all have within us. Everyone has a story—we just need to take time to ask and understand.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to fly. Not only would the views be incredible, it would be a much more efficient way to get from point A to point B.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The most memorable book I have read is The Shack by William P Young. I also recently finished John Cook’s Dream Like a Champion. It is a great leadership book. I was inspired by his drive to continually grow and improve himself, his coaches, and his players.
What is your favorite TV show?
Fixer Upper with Joanna and Chip Gaines.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Lazlo’s is a family favorite for a casual evening out, however, Shogun is the restaurant of choice for celebrating special events.
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