Meet Jon, Assistant Retail Banking Manager at Independence, Main Branch. Jon says his work ethic can be attributed to his family and especially his dad. Jon strives to ensure he is doing what is best for his customers and if he has a super power, he says he wishes he was a human lie-detector. Jon says in his free time, he enjoys playing Farming Simulator and drinking a bourbon neat.

Who has influenced you the most when it comes to your work ethic?
My dad was a big influence on my work ethic growing up. He always stressed the importance of diligence, and doing your best work. If you aren’t proud of what you did, you aren’t done yet.

What drives you to work hard?
I want to make sure I provide for my family. I am a sponge, so I want to absorb and learn as much as I can about what I am doing, and why it works that way

What inspires you at work?
I always want to make sure I am doing what is best for my customers

What drove you down this career path?
I have always enjoyed and been good at math. In high school, I job shadowed an uncle who was a loan officer and I enjoyed it, so I decided finance was a good path to take! I always went into finance with the idea of becoming a loan officer. Once I began working in the bank, i realized how much more there was to banking than lending and tellers. I love the operations side of the bank now and dont plan to change!

If you could add one thing to the workspace, what would it be?
a bar? I feel like we all wish we had a drink at some point during the work week…

If you could pick a superpower, what would you choose?
I think I would want to be a human lie detector. It would be really informative to be able to tell, perfectly, if a person is telling the truth or not. It would allow for so much additional information to be able to make the most informed decisions

Name one dead celebrity you would like to have dinner with!
I think Robin Williams would be a wonderful person to have a chat around dinner with. He was so funny, yet knew when to be serious.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would want to be an eagle. They are large, powerful, graceful, beautiful creatures.

Imagine you could step in a teleport for a day and go to any place and time in history. Where and when would you travel to?
I would love to travel to ancient Greece. I have always loved the architecture, and I think it would be incredible to see the colosseum full of people during a show

What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time?
I enjoy playing video games. I play one game called Farming Simulator where your mission is to operate a farm, animals crops or both and make it profitable. The possibilities are endless, and I have many hours logged to show that

When you grew up, you hoped to become a …
a farmer. Unfortunately, my family farm was not large enough to sustain my grandfather, father and me, so I looked for other opportunities so I could pursue my dream in my spare time/future

Name one of your guilty pleasures
I like to enjoy a nice glass of bourbon. Almost always neat. The longer aged and stronger proof, normally means a better quality bourbon. I want to start a collection of bourbon.