Wolgamott likes teaching and working in the savings and loan business. He’s done plenty of both.
Born in Wichita, Wolgamott lived in Seattle with his family from age 11 to 21 after his father was transferred there by Boeing.
He started as an intern in the Boeing credit union in Seattle. And except for three weeks spent moving back to Wichita, Wolgamott has worked at a credit union ever since. Meritrust was formerly the Boeing Wichita Credit Union.
Wolgamott, 36, earned a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Wichita State University and a master’s in adult education from Kansas State University.
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At Meritrust, he spent seven years in marketing and community education, teaching classes in financial literacy to adults and school-age children. Three years ago, he became a financial counselor.
“Most of my job consists of meeting with members one on one, going over their finances, helping them work out financial issues if they have any, building budgets with them, helping them figure out how to pay that (debt) down,” he said. “Pretty much anything but investing.”
But he’s still teaching – now as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Wichita at Bostick Elementary and Coleman Middle School.
“The first-graders, they just love a different person coming into the room,” he said. “The junior high students like it as well. It’s very collaborative.”
Wolgamott was recently named Junior Achievement’s Othal Vrana Volunteer of the Year. He and his wife, Trisha, have a son, Connor, 6, and daughter, Kate, 2.
A “huge” WSU basketball fan, he took last weekend’s loss hard. But not the loss of the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
“I’ve got so many friends that would have driven me crazy up in Seattle with all their talk.”