Employee profile: Rachel Selmser

Rachel Selmser joined Grand Rapids State Bank in October 2014 as a teller.  Prior to joining GRSB, Rachel had been a stay-at-home mom for seven years.  She and her husband, Brian, have four children: two girls, ages six and 11, and two boys (ages 14 & 17).   Brian is an electrician at Keetac/U.S. Steel in Keewatin, MN. 

Brian and Rachel’s family keep them busy.  Both daughters are in competitive dance, and her youngest daughter and youngest son both play piano.  Her oldest son is learning four languages and is an avid traveler.
Prior to staying at home with her children, Rachel was an LPN (licensed practical nurse) and actually still maintains an active nursing license.  She joked that she “would be happy to provide free blood pressure exams for my co-workers during the stressful periods of the month.”  Rachel really enjoyed the interaction with patients while being a nurse, but after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years she was ready for a change. 

“I enjoy the customer interaction of being a teller, especially the older customers,” stated Rachel.  Working with people is her favorite part of the job.   She also stressed that the “family comes first” feeling was a huge draw for her to GRSB.  “My kids come first and I feel that same mentality is true at the bank.” 

Rachel has lived in Grand Rapids her entire life.  Aside from keeping up with her busy family, Rachel has become an enthusiastic runner in the past four years.  Within the first four months of deciding that running would be her serious pastime, she ran a 5K, 10K and half-marathon.  This past summer she ran the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon in Duluth and in September she took part in the Big Fork Half-Marathon. 

“I just love it,” said Rachel as she described her passion for running.  Each lunch break here at the bank she goes home to take her dog, Reba, out for a walk or run.  Her coworkers even know Rachel’s routine and frequently remind her when it’s time to take the dog out for a run.  Reba is a lucky dog: not only does she have a great exercise routine, the Selmser family adopting her from a shelter after being abused.

Rachel likes to sing (in the car or to her kids), and when GRSB offered to provide some Christmas cheer for the residents of Diamond Willow, an assisted living residence here in Grand Rapids, Rachel quickly volunteered despite having been on the job for only a few weeks.  “I love to sing,” she said, “and it was heartwarming to be able to participate in that event.”

“Nursing is obviously different than banking, except in one regard: people in both jobs get to help other people,” Rachel concluded.  “The one-on-one customer service is important in both roles, and I’m able to do that here. 

“I’ve been a customer here for years, and I always appreciated the homey atmosphere,” Rachel added.  “I honestly can see me staying here for a long time.  I’ve been real happy at this bank.”

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