Kathy Sears - Woman to Watch Class of 2013
Vice President, Business Banking, Mutual Bank
MutualBank was formed in 1889 and today, they are a full-service financial institution with assets of more than $1.4 billion and 32 full-service banking offices and four trust offices serving Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Hamilton, Kosciusko, Montgomery, Randolph, St. Joseph and Wabash counties in North and Central Indiana. They are positioned to help clients realize their dreams – whether managing daily finances, owning a home or business, retaining accumulated wealth or leaving a family legacy. To MutualBank, it’s all about living a better life.
A life-long Elkhart county resident, Kathy Sears has served clients’ financial needs for nearly twenty-five years. Her experience in accounting, private client services and commercial loan underwriting is wide-ranging and, as a result, she has a commanding knowledge of the varying needs from small to large businesses. Kathy brings attention to detail and devotion to conscientious customer service.
WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE...
I took ballet for a number of years, and dreamed of being a ballerina.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THIS LINE OF WORK?
Math was always my best subject in school, so I majored in Accounting at Ball State University. Upon graduating, I worked in public accounting and quickly realized that tax season was not for me. I had the opportunity to change careers and use my accounting skills in the banking industry and I’ve been here ever since!
I feel that I am successful now. I have a son that is my pride and joy, and a career that is challenging and rewarding.
Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart, Board Member
Elkhart Rotary Club
CARES mentor for Elkhart Community Schools
WHY I LOVE MY JOB
Discovering the diverse companies that are so abundant in our community, and forming relationships with business owners and their employees.
I’m happy where I am! I have a career which enables me to challenge myself while helping our clients meet their business objectives.
Best business advice you ever received and who gave it? A co-worker once told me to ask myself this question when I face a challenge: “Does it make sense?” …and then do the right thing.
Who professionally inspires you? My parents. My mother, who inspires me every day with her grace and kindness and my father who taught me to be respectful and tenacious.
What is your biggest pet peeve? Running late for an appointment.
What was your first job? When I turned 16, I worked at The Posey Patch at Concord Mall. It was a clothing store. Most of my paycheck never made it home!
Where would you go on your dream vacation if cost and time were not a factor? I would like to travel Europe.
What is your favorite stress-reliever? Working out at the gym.
If you were to describe yourself as a shoe, what kind would you be and why? A black patent leather pump. Classic, but with a bit of flair.