Employee profile: Carole BorthPublished by emzabinski on Mon, 2013-03-18 15:27
Carole Borth is one of the longest-tenured employees at GRSB: in July it will be 37 years and counting. Her job is executive assistant to the president, and while her title has changed over the years, she has been working in that capacity for two different bank presidents, Steve and now Noah Wilcox.
“Of course things have changed over the years,” said Carole, “but I think that it is mostly the technology we use that is so vastly different. Ledgers were completed manually, and we used typewriters with carbon paper to make copies of documents. Computers, scanners, iPads, smart phones: all of these devices have changed the work I do.”
Carole worked, as most people did at the time, in the bookkeeping department when she was first hired. “I graduated from Remer High School, and a month later I thought I’d apply for a job at Grand Rapids State Bank,” explained Carole. “I intended to go on to more school, but I needed a temporary job. I was interviewed by Mister [Wilcox] and Craig on a Friday, was offered a job and started the following Monday. I never left.”
Carole has enjoyed a trusted relationship with the Wilcox family ever since and even worked with Cecelia Wilcox, Clair’s mother, who worked at the bank until near the age of 90. “I’m proud to say that I have had the privilege of working for all four generations of the Wilcox family,” Carole said.
Carole and her husband of 30 years, Kevin, have two sons, Tom (age 27) and Bill (22). Carole likes spending time outside the bank being active. Her hobbies include snowshoeing (something she’s had plenty of opportunity to do this winter), walking, Zumba and yoga classes, and spending time with family and friends. Carole also volunteers as a Reading Corps reading tutor at Forest Lake Elementary School. “I really enjoy reading with the little ones at Forest Lake,” said Carole. “I had trouble reading as a young child myself, and it took me longer than most children my age to be comfortable reading. I remember what that was like, and when the Reading Corps asked for volunteers, I knew it was something I wanted to do. I want to help them gain the confidence to read and enjoy it, and I look forward to my weekly volunteer time.”
Not surprisingly, Carole’s most favorite pastime now is…reading. She learned well.
Carole is pictured here on Dr. Seuss Day with a few of the Forest Lake Elementary School kindergarten readers.