Employee profile: Cory Colter

 Cory Colter 

“If you’re going to do something, why not try to be the best?” 

This rhetorical question is Cory Colter’s mantra, and it is a good explanation for why he is one of GRSB’s most productive loan officers. Cory was hired in March 2008 to manage the Pokegama Office, and he is—by his own admission— very competitive.

But the competitiveness didn’t begin when he was hired at GRSB.  Cory is a Grand Rapids native, and both he and his brother, Sean, grew up with Grand Rapids hockey in their blood.  Cory was honored by his coach and peers by being named captain of the high school hockey team in both his junior and senior years. 

“Like a lot of other kids growing up in the Rapids, I tried a lot of sports,” said Cory, “but hockey was my thing.  I played with and competed with a lot of people I rub shoulders with today.  In fact, I just returned from a two-day training session in Minneapolis last week, and I ran into a guy I played against in high school.”

After graduating in 1994, Cory attended Itasca Community College and University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance.  He was hired by Wells Fargo Acceptance as a lender.  He worked in Duluth for two years and Rochester for five years before moving to Virginia as a store manager. 

“Wells Fargo provided thorough training,” explained Cory. “However, when GRSB offered me the chance to move back to Grand Rapids, I couldn’t have been happier.  It was good to get away from home and grow professionally, but it was better to return back to the place I have always called home.”

Part of Cory’s acceptance of the job offer in Grand Rapids was hinged on being able to take time off for a wedding and brief honeymoon, so in June 2008 he was married to Jessica Carver.   Cory became a stepfather to Jess’ teenage daughters and shortly after they were married Cory and Jess decided to become licensed foster parents. However, last year, as Jess was five and a half months pregnant with their son, Knox, they were given temporary custody of a new baby who they are hoping to adopt.  Proving out the axiom that ‘when it rains, it pours,’ just last week another baby “arrived.”  At least for now, Cory and Jess are tending to three youngsters under 18 months. 

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” added Cory as he blinked back the fatigue at the end of a long day.  “Kids don’t always keep the schedule you want, so I’m learning to live on their time.  My life has changed for the better, no doubt about it.”

Cory’s life outside of work has included bow and rifle hunting for white-tailed deer and coaching youth hockey.  “Deer hunting is my passion, or as Jess would say, my obsession,” Cory explained.  “I’ve coached the Bantam A team in youth hockey, but my family obligations have changed that.  I hope to return to that as the kids grow.”

For someone who’s driven by a desire to be the best, Cory will no doubt be back on the ice helping Grand Rapids youngsters be their best, too.

Cory's deer

One of Cory's passions is deer hunting.  He's shown here in September 2010 with a 10-point buck whose antlers scored 164 inches.

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