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Business development relationship manager, Intrust Bank Featured business person: Michele Ballard

  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 6:58 a.m.


Ballard worries that her one-employer career looks “boring” on paper, but it sounds more like she’s just found something she loves doing.

The 41-year-old Wichita native started working for Intrust as a teller while studying accounting at Wichita State University. She switched to major in business administration and worked her way up to branch manager for the bank.

“I was out east; I was out west; then I managed down here in the (downtown branch) lobby for a couple years,” she said.

After 15 years of managing branches, Ballard decided it was time for a change, if not of employer, than of position. In November, she started working one-on-one with clients, current and prospective.

“I work with a set of clients, and pretty much any kind of challenge or issue they have, I'm there to work through them,” she said. “I also go out and get new business.”

“I like to help solve problems, and that’s what I get to do every day. I don't have to worry about the employee (management) aspect.”

Ballard, who is married, enjoys gardening, reading, working on her house and travel – “anywhere warm with an ocean.”

Joe Stumpe

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