Meet Marta Plumlee, Branch Manager at Union Bank Place (, 1248 O St. in Lincoln.

Tell us a little about your business. – Union Bank Place is in the heart of downtown Lincoln at 13th & O. It was very important for Union Bank to breathe new life into this iconic building and re-establish it as a hub for small businesses, better serve the people who want to do banking downtown, support the arts and be a part of this vibrant community.

This historical building, designed by the renowned I.M. Pei and Associates, opened in 1976. It began its “new life” in August 2023 when UBT reopened the lobby with a full-service bank, Stories Coffee Company, our small business hub, a pop-up shop featuring local small businesses, new seating area with Wi-Fi and a community conference room. It’s brighter, has more technology and we’re so happy to welcome everyone into the space!

How did you get started in the business? – What started as a part-time teller job while I was in college has become a decade-long career.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Moving from large, corporate banking that was very numbers-driven to UBT, a community bank that focuses on the relationships and the community we serve.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Becoming a Branch Manager at Union Bank Place only four months into my career at Union Bank & Trust.

Tell us a little about your family. – Most of my family lives in Poland so our holiday gatherings here are rather small but I am beyond lucky to have my grandma, mom and daughter here with me.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Moving from Poland to the United States in 2005.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Spending time with my daughter.

Who inspires you? – My grandmother, mother and daughter.

What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Focus on the 85% that is going well and not on the other 15%.”

If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Helpful.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – The ability to slow down time.

If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – I cannot imagine doing anything else.

What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – Since learning about BraveBe Child Advocacy Center, they have become my passion project and have all my support. As a mother, I cannot comprehend what families go through when a child is affected by a crime and to be able to support them in even the smallest way is an honor.

What is your favorite TV show? – To Catch a Smuggler.

What is your favorite local Lincoln restaurant? – Casa Bovina.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Johnny Cash.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?(402) 323-1674 |