Employee profile: Holly HoltPublished by emzabinski on Tue, 2013-10-08 07:44
Holly Holt, one of the tellers hired in the past few months, seemed destined to work at Grand Rapids State Bank. Holly’s mother and her two sisters all worked at various banks in the area, and she’s happy for the chance to work here.
“I’m the youngest of three girls,” explained Holly. “My mother and sisters all worked at banks, so it was a natural for me to want to find a job at a bank.”
Holly has experience in customer service outside the banking world. She worked as a waitress at Ember’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids and also for her stepfather, Mark Saiger, at Saiger’s Steam Cleaning.
“I like working here; there are lots of opportunities to grow and to improve myself,” said Holly. “My mom, Shari, has worked at banks (including a couple of years at GRSB) all her life, so I have an appreciation for the work that’s involved.
“I am attending Itasca Community College to complete my AA degree,” continued Holly. “I have three more classes to complete after this fall. I’m debating between working on a business degree or getting a pre-school teaching certificate.”
Holly is an industrious person. She works at the Itasca County Family YMCA as a Wee Care (a drop-in day care program for Y members) teacher in the morning, and then comes to work as a teller on the late shifts.
Holly, like many Northwoods natives, likes “being outside:” snowmobiling, jet skiing, four-wheeling, just about anything to do with the outdoors.
She also has a special bond with her extended family. “My sisters are my best friends,” said Holly. “One of my sisters (Jena) has a son, and I really enjoy being an aunt.” Holly has her own “babies:” two dogs (a Yorkie and a Lab) that keep her company.
Her step-father was a former band director at Grand Rapids High School, and Holly enjoyed participating in the marching band. “I played a trumpet,” Holly explained. “Band is a lot more work than most people realize. Teamwork is essential in marching band; if you don’t have it, you don’t have much of a band. We learned the importance of showing up and being places on time, and we learned how to be organized. Band was a great activity.
Holly brings some of those skills to work with her at GRSB, and while she hasn’t finished charting her career path, she is learning a great deal about the banking world.
“Everyone here is so friendly and welcoming,” said Holly. “This is a great place to work.”
Holly's sisters & mom (clockwise, left-right: Kacey, Shari (mom), Holly and Jena. Holly enjoys her "job" as an aunt to Logan (right), Jena's son.