(Fred Lynch) [Order this photo]
Question: How did you become interested in banking?
Answer: I found a temporary job right after high school working with the producer of a telethon held locally every year at KFVS. It was through some contacts I made with a couple of local businessmen that I learned of a permanent job opening at First Federal Savings and Loan, and I guess as they say, the rest is history.
Q: How has your career evolved over the years?
A: When I started working in banking, it was pretty much a male-dominated profession but I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work with some great people. I have had many mentors who helped me along the way, and I have learned so much from all of them.
Q: What do you enjoy most about what you do?
A: The favorite part of my job is the people. I have made so many friends in my customers and co-workers over the years.
Q: You contribute your time to a number of local organizations and causes. Which ones are most important to you and why?
A: Some of the best advice I ever received during an early stage of my career was to join the [chamber of commerce] and to get involved. Initially, I had to force myself to attend events and join a committee, but I eventually realized how important it really was to become a part of your community, and I made some great friends along the way.
Q: A lot of people are facing financial struggles right now in this economy. With all your years in banking, what advice would you offer?
A: Although we are facing some tough economic times, I'd tell people now to work hard, believe in themselves and in the Cape Girardeau area -- it truly is a great place to live and work.
Q: You married into an iconic Cape Girardeau meat business, Esicar's. What has that been like?
A: I can take no credit for Esicar's years of success other than staying out of my husband's way during the Christmas holiday season when they were at their busiest time.