Employee profile: Ann WelliverPublished by emzabinski on Mon, 2013-07-01 11:33
Ann Welliver is one of the longest-tenured employees at Grand Rapids State Bank, a distinction she hasn’t sought but one of which she is justifiably proud.
“About a month ago—June 1—I began my 36th year here at Grand Rapids State Bank,” explained Ann. “I have seen a lot of change.”
Ann moved to Grand Rapids in 1978 after marrying her husband, Steve. She accepted a job as a teller with Grand Rapids State Bank. After a year Ann had the opportunity to learn the ropes in the loan department, where she worked for Mary Michels.
“There was some transition in that department, and I came at a time when I could learn many aspects of loan administration,” Ann continued. “I left to take maternity leave to have our first child, Judd, but I never left for good. Because I didn’t have an assigned role at the time, I was able to help with our very first computer conversion. That was quite a project!”
Ann was the first hourly part-time employee at GRSB. “My kids were at school across the street at St. Joe’s,” Ann said, “but I was able to work here during the day. I had the best of both worlds, and the bank was very accommodating for me as a young parent. I am very thankful to the Wilcox family for allowing me that flexibility.”
Ann’s job title now is portfolio coordinator, and she works with a number of customers directly and many more via e-mail. She assists the loan officers in business and personal banking to complete loan files. When the loan teller function was merged into other departments five years ago, Ann took on some of those duties. Her job has evolved over the years, but the central role involves documenting and maintaining loan files.
Ann and Steve have raised three children: Judd, Katie and Kyle. All of them have graduated from college and now live and work in the Twin Cities. Judd and his wife, Carly, are expecting a child later this year, and Ann can hardly wait to become a grandmother for the first time.
“I like to occupy my time with family and friends,” said Ann. “I spend time with my 92-year old mother in Iowa and my two sisters in Mississippi and Chicago. My children, of course, are very important in my life, and I can’t wait to greet the next generation.”
“I grew up in Iowa and never dreamt I’d be living in northern Minnesota,” said Ann. “After 35 years, though, this is home.”
Ann's family at son, Judd's, wedding in October 2010: (left) Kyle, Katie, Carly, Judd, Ann and Steve.