Star City Six – Stacia Thiesen
Union Bank & Trust (UBT) is a privately-owned, Nebraska bank that offers complete banking, lending, investment, and trust services. Stacia Thiesen is a business banker at Union Bank & Trust.
Tell us a little about your business.
I work in UBT’s Small Business Department. We are a niche in the bank and really focus on businesses in Lincoln with loans of $500k or below. On top of helping businesses move forward with a piece of equipment or a line of credit, we are also a resource for startups. We assist them in formulating a business plan and projections.
How did you get started in the business?
The old saying, “you plan and God laughs” comes to mind. I was having a successful career in real estate but knew I needed a career change for more stability for my family. I had a friend who was a commercial lender at UBT. I loved the idea of business loans because you are still helping people fulfill their dreams—not in the aspect of their dream home but their dream job. I attained a job in the Credit Admin Department at UBT, which I call “Bankers School”. I learned so much and that lead me to the position I hold now at the bank.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Hands down, helping small business owners with the SBA Paycheck Protection Plan loan. Working as a team and helping thousands of people was awesome. To hear their voice go from panic to calm knowing they can receive the funds they need was gratifying.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have 11-year-old twins, Hudson and Samantha. My husband Jake is a talented chef; we are part-owners of Yes Chef Catering. We have been married over four years and have a funny, smart, sassy three-year-old named Julia. My mom Brenda lives in Lincoln and my sister Andrea and her family live in Omaha so we see each other often.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
When my dad Larry was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer six years ago. He was my rock; the family’s rock. From the day he was diagnosed to the day he lost his battle, he taught me so much in his bravery and strong, constant faith.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with my family. The day starts with a run with my dog Otis, tennis in the afternoon, followed by a dinner with the family outside by the grill.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I was on an episode of Bravo’s Top Chef. It was amazing to meet the late chef Anthony Bourdain. He actually used a quote from my sister at the judge’s table.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Knowledge is power” and “seek to understand”—both are pulled from the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. These come into play with my everyday life with kids and customers. When dad got sick, he found comfort in the quote “Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry” by St. Padre Pio. I reflect on this daily, reminding myself that all I need to do is stay present and trust God.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“The Dance” by Garth Brooks.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Yes We Care Endowment. My parents established this while at MD Anderson receiving treatment. The purpose of We Care is to offer spiritual and financial assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with a devastating diagnosis.
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