Brian Chamberlin is back as a bank president.
After working the past several years as executive vice president of RelianzBank, the 50-year-old Spearville native was named president of Andover State Bank in November.
Unlike his more than four-year run as Wichita market president for Security Savings Bank, this new job means a lot more responsibility.
"The job responsibilities there (at Security) were more just market driven... you really didn't have to focus on several key aspects of the bank from the strategic standpoint," Chamberlin said this week.
Chamberlin started his banking career in 1991 at Bank IV, later Bank of America, where he was a vice president in commercial lending.
Before banking, he worked for 11 years as a contract manager at Boeing and later, Bombardier Learjet.
In his new role at Andover State, Chamberlin is focusing a lot of his efforts on expanding the bank's focus on banking to businesses. He said he wants to build off the bank's "extremely strong core deposit base."
"I feel that's one of my strong suits," he said of commercial banking.
What aspect of the job at Andover State Bank was most attractive to you?
"This job was particularly intriguing to me (because of) the long-standing heritage. This bank was formed in 1916, and it was a perfect fit for me professionally. It really fit into my skill set and management expertise, what they were looking for. It's in its third generation (of McConachie family ownership) and there's no successor to step in, at least there wasn't."
What has been the focus of your work since joining the bank in November?
"You come into an organization that's been family owned for that long, the first thing I really want to do and get my arms wrapped around is the overall culture of the bank."
What's been one of the hardest things for you so far?
"I'm terrible with names, so it was real hard for me, people not walking around with name tags on. I want to be able to call them by name and get it right all the time. I can't think of anything more offensive than calling somebody by the wrong name."
You said that you think it's important to personally know all the bank's staff. Why?
"I think it's important that you know the people working here and what their strengths and weaknesses are so you can truly evaluate what the bank's strengths and weaknesses are."
What are a few of your five- and 10-year goals for the bank?
"I think there's not a whole lot of difference between the five- and 10-year goal. I think the goal of any banker operating today is to grow organically... and do it through sound credit quality type skill sets. If you can go out and make good loans, you're going to be fine."