Employee profile: Mike Loidolt

How does a Cohasset native become a St. Louis Cardinals fan? Ask Mike Loidolt, GRSB teller since September 2010.

“I recall watching Game 5 of the World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987, and the Cards won 4-2,” Mike explained. “When I was a little older, I watched as Mark McGwire hit a home run as a member of the Oakland A’s. The ball landed six feet from me, and Mark was later traded to St. Louis. It was a sign I should be a Cardinals fan.”

Mike Loidolt earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Dakota State University. He then worked for a Grand Rapids hotel right before being hired as a teller by GRSB.

“I knew nothing about banking, but I was hoping to make this a career,” said Mike. “I like working with people, and the teller job gave me the chance I was hoping for.”

Mike took another chance in 2012 when he applied for an opening as an insurance agent in the affiliated Grand Rapids State Agency. He had none of the required licenses, but undaunted, he asked Agency manager Mike Olson what it would take to be hired. Mike has spent the last ten months studying on his own time for two exams he’d need to pass in order to become a licensed agent. Ten months and two three-hour exams later, Mike Loidolt is on the verge of moving into a position in the Agency later this year when Leona Barten retires.

“I took two insurance producer exams,” explained Mike, “the life/health exam and the property/casualty exam. The exams were tough, but I’m happy to report I have passed them both.”

Mike is looking forward to working with the Agency team. “Mike, Becky and Leona have all been very helpful and patient with me,” said Mike. “I spend a few hours a week in the Agency on the days I’m not scheduled to work on the teller line.”

“I have to say that I will miss working on the teller team,” added Mike. “They are a great group, and I’ve learned a lot about customer service. I catch a little flak about being the only guy in a department of females, but I don't mind." 

From serving customers on the GRSB teller line to bowling to studying for insurance exams, Mike has shown that he's willing to do what it takes to improve himself.  

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