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W o m e n in Business Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition” – Timothy Leary

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The Cake Lady of Fairbanks Designing your dream cake for your dream wedding.

T hank You

Call for a free design consultation

from

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Tina M. Taylor Owner/Designer/Decorator

Back row L-R: Susanna Kennedy, Nikki Rodriguez, Judith Hastings, Mary Crawford, Kate Hardman, Shannon Stein, Carey Spohn, Rauchelle King and Karen Milne Middle row L-R: Joyce Jones, Kerri Mullis, Pamela Bogar, Jackie Williams, Christin Davis, Alicia Bjorklund, Carol McCormack and Michelle Allen Front row L-R: Sales Director Melanie White, Sr. Sales Director Lori Packee and Sales Director Dody Maki Photo by Blanket of Stars Photography, Deborah Bass.

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Kathy Lavelle Co-owner & Sommelier

From our family: Thank you, Fairbanks area contractors, businesses, military and all other customers.

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Café de Paris Catering

Celebrating 28 years in business! Amy Ashbach

Ronnie Ashbach

Sani-Can, Inc.

Lemeta Pumping & Thawing Portable Restrooms & Septic Pumping Services 1569 Davison St., North Pole 16403129 10-17-12 WIB

5575 75 1st Avenue in the Marriott SpringHill Suites Open 4:30 p.m. daily • Reservations 450-0555

We appreciate all of you.

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Join Kathy every Tuesday for Wine Education and every Wednesday for Wine on Wednesday.

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Serving the Fairbanks area since 2009

Your local Mary Kay Sales Directors and Beauty Consultants in the Fairbanks North Star Borough

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Cynde’s Boutique Where leading ladies of fashion shop...

Clothing With A Distinctive Style, For Special Occasions, Work, And Play

Co-Op Plaza • 535 2nd Ave. Open Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

456-2824

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Great personal customer service. Great quality and styles. These clothes are higher end with the price that goes along with that. “Nordstrom” type personal shopper type experience. Glad I found this little shop when we moved here! Cynde is also personable and very helpful, I love the fact that she will not try to sell you something that does not look great, she lets you know what works and what does not! - Anonymous

Proud to be Women in the Real Estate Business!

www.somersandassociates.net

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Leslie’s Beauty Supply

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? […] Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. […] It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

Serving her loyal customers for over 27 years Quality and professional hair products, equipment and accessories for styling and grooming. Stylists and public welcome!

Leslie’s Beauty Supply 418 3rd Street • Eagle Plaza Mall

451-8070

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Marjie Leslie

Pamela Throop

Yarn! Yarn! Yarn! Inua Wool Shoppe provides everything for the serious knitter or the beginner including a large selection of books, needles, patterns, classes and anything a knitter needs. 23 years of sharing our expert advice with our loyal knitting customers.

Owner/Broker and Cancer Survivor A L A SK A C O M M E R C IA L P R O P E R T IE S , IN C .

• 31 Years B u sin ess O w n er • 31 Years R eal E state E xperien ce

~ 1901 A irport W ay

Between Super 8 Motel and Northern Lights Medical Center.

907-456-6008 or

CAMPUS CORNER MALL • 479-5830 www.inuawool.com

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Let the experience, knowledge and dedication of Pamela Throop and her professional staff assist you with your commercial real estate needs.

Thank You Fairbanks for Supporting Women in Business! Jaquie Rosenthal Broker/Owner Top Producing Broker with over 15 years' experience in the real estate industry. Put my experience to work for you.

www.castles2cabins.com

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RE/MAX Associates Office (907) 452-6387 Cell (907) 322-5717 jaquierosenthal@gmail.com


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UOTA INTERNATIONAL OF THE TANANA VALLEY

ahead is getting started.

Supports Women in Business

– Sally Berger.

Help us support National Protect Your Hearing Month (October)

Last year, our Women in Business supported the Fairbanks Community in the following ways:

things: who and what she wants.” — – Coco Chanel

Find us on facebook • www.facebook.com/QuotaCuties





Dellie B. Dickinson, LPC



Licensed Professional Counselor Over 19 Years' Experience

Now Accepting New Clients

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and Counting… We’re Proud to Serve You Downtown



 

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Thank You Fairbanks for 14 Years



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• Alaska International Senior Games • Disadvantaged Women & Children • International Service Projects • Hearing Health Education • Fairbanks Food Bank • Foster Families • Local Seniors

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I’m a WOMAN IN BUSINESS!

Patty States Thank you, Fairbanks, for your business and support!

Riverview Realty/States Real Estate Visit my website

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Complimentary consultation for busy customers. WE BRING YOU THE BEST BRANDS

Budget Blinds has more energy efficient window coverings to choose from!

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Debbie Petersen, Owner

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In-home Shopping Service...

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Alaska Fun Center

Over 30 Flavors of Delicious Fudge

Our Team Is Here For You!

Including Sucrose-free

Specializing in Wild Alaska Blueberry and Cranberry

•Espresso •Soups •Sandwiches •Salads •Alaskan Treasures

Tara

Sales Specialist

Gaby

General Manager

Teresa

Finance Manager

Parts

1817 College Road • Fairbanks, AK • 907-452-3455 • www.alaskafuncenter.com

HAIR SALON AND DAY SPA

505 Old Steese, Suite 112 Fairbanks, AK 99701 • 907-479-7575 Offeri Same G ng re Service at s!

Sam Barfield Hairdresser Esthetician Instructor

Selena Ante

Hairdresser Color Specialist

Diane Vivlamore

Owner of Food Factory 44 C ollege R d . 13403169 10-17-12 WB

CALL 479-7575 for an appointment.

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Open WEDNESday–Friday 9:30–6 and Saturdays 9:30 to 4

Come see us on Facebook!

Cheryl Brendel

Hairdresser Manicurist Esthetician Permanent Cosmetics Instructor

Offering: manicures, pedicures, hair services, facials, waxing and permanent make up

Nixie Doan Owner

Downtown Fairbanks 515 1st Ave. • 456-3834 www.thefudgepot.com Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

C h eryl is p rou d to su p p ort w ork in g w om en an d bu sy fam ilies w ith h om em ad e sou p s, sp ecialty san d w ich es, efficien t service, & a com m itm en t to q u ality ality.

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Julie

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Serving Fairbanks Over 53 Years!

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Tamara

Administrative Assistant

Serving Fairbanks for

Thank You For Your Patience During the Construction. Access now accessable via the back of our building. You can still park near our front door.

200 North Cushman Street • 456-666 • www.newsminer.com

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady


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Keeping Fairbanks Beautiful!

In the mood for the best? It’s our pleasure to serve you. Featuring Our Award-Winning

PRIME RIB GIANT PRAWNS • KING CRAB Also Serving

Marlene, Cynthia, Kim, Joyce, Carol

Austrialian Lobster Tail • Halibut

Essentials

(Dinners Include Salad Bar)

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THOMAS & ASSOCIATES, LLC

10 mile Old Steese Highway, Fox, Alaska alaskanturtle.com

Hair Salon

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Greta Lindley, Owner

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: Mon.-Sat. 6-10 • Sun. 5-9

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Turtle Club

Book your holiday parties for Sunday–Thursday now!

456-2225 • 474-4531 Washington Plaza Mall • 3421 Airport Way

EMC Realty, Inc.

Breanne Thomas Barr

Thank you, Fairbanks, for your continued business and support!

Thomas & Associates has been successfully serving clients in Alaska for over 50 years, built on a foundation of quality service & integrity. Breanne is a third generation of Thomas & Associates and looks forward to assisting Business groups & individuals with all of their Life and Health Insurance needs.

EMC Realty, Inc. Welcomes Randi Carnahan, a new licensee!

Eileen Cummings

907 378-1864 eileencummings@gci.net

1427 Gillam Way, Suite 101 Eileen Cummings, Broker Randi Carnahan, Licensee

Call for an appointment! www.emcrealtyinc.com FAX 866-430-0992

907 590-1166 Randi Carnahan

randicarnahan907@gmail.com

Gymnastics, Inc.

Unique & inspiring baby gifts

We Offer... belly bands

baby apparel

furniture

907.452.5437 907.452.5437 610 Cushman Street • Fairbanks (in the Sadler's Building)

NOW!

Gymnastics – A Foundation For All Sports!

Offering Classes for Children Ages 2 & up

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Creative Indoor Play • Confidence Building • Increasing Socialization Program is designed for children ages 10 months through 4 years. Each 1-1/2 hour session provides children the opportunity for guided exploration on gymnastics equipment as well as independent play on other unique & specialized preschool equipment.

Ask about our

Birthday Parties! 90 minutes of fun for the birthday child & up to 15 friends.

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nursing covers & much more!

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Meet the owner, Becky Hamsley and her staff at the new 2700 sq. ft. location!

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

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For more information, call 456-2263 3411 Lathrop Street (near Van Horn Road) Designing dream kitchens & baths since 1994.

KBD

Kitchens & Baths BY DESIGN

“Imagine better . . . experience excellence.”

• Creative Design Solutions • Personal attention to YOUR lifestyle

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Complimentary initial consultation by appointment.

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Carolyn Foelsch

Altrol Inc. Heating & Cooling is proud of its Women Employees & supports all Women in Business!

Janice Bent Accounting Assistant Inez Baca Commercial Dispatch/CSR Kathryn Reeder Marketing Coordinator Tina Circle Operations Manager Donna Greenslade Human Resources Pam Heuett Residential Dispatch/CSR

907-452-8680 2295 Van Horn Road www.altrolinc.com

www.facebook.com/altrolheatingandcooling • twitter.com/altrol

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“The company you can trust.”

Celebrating over 30 years in Fairbanks!


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Grace Minder “Your Hometown Realtor”

Ginger Orem Thank you Fairbanks! Broker/Owner

Thank you Fairbanks for blessing me with your business! I look forward to serving you in the future!

While I’m proud to be a business woman in Alaska, I would also like to say thank-you to all women in our town who make a difference everyday in the lives of our families. Hard working Women everywhere are the backbone of our strong community and country. So, whether your accomplishments are in business or you are the “domestic engineer” that keeps the family going while your spouse serves overseas or you are a single mother raising the future business persons of tomorrow, You Are Remarkable & Appreciated!

Sincerely, Ginger Orem Ginger Orem is a Realtor and Certified Residential Specialist, serving the Fairbanks community with their real estate needs since1994.

• Certified Residential Specialist • Accredited Buyer Representative Crown Real Estate AK Inc.

text to 460-7761 • email: Ginger@GingerOrem.com

452-8000 www.GingerOrem.com

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2009 Women in Business Honoree 2008 Voted One of Fairbanks Favorite Realtors

(907) 479-8000 • www.GraceMinder.com

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Owner/Broker of Grace Minder Realty, Inc. Top Producer UAF Alumni Involved in the community Happily married Mother of 3 Proud to be born and raised in Fairbanks and here to stay!

Thank you, my fellow women of Fairbanks!

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway. Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Bucher Glass

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, author and poet

Cook & Haugeberg LLC proudly presents the very talented, professional business women who serve our clients. We are always ready to help you with your tax and accounting needs.

Two Great Locations! Corner of College Rd & University Ave • 374-7910 314 Old Steese Highway • 479-7465 Open M-F 10-6 & Sat 10-5

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W o m e n in Business Thank You Fairbanks for Supporting me as a Woman in Business

Kelli Powers Associate Broker REALTOR®

Real Estate & Property Management

322-1998 kellipowers@gmailcom www.kellipowers.com

“Don’t be afraid to take time to learn. It’s good to work for other people. I worked for others for 20 years. “They paid me to learn.” – Vera Wang

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The Gene DuVal Real Estate Team

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates

Christine Timm

Marie Chord

Christine@geneduval.com

Marie@geneduval.com

Christine has been a Realtor with the Gene DuVal Real Estate Team for over 10 years and enjoys everything about the process of buying and selling Real Estate.

Marie joined Gene’s Team in 2009. She is a lifelong Alaskan and active in the community. She enjoys working with buyers and sellers to meet their Real Estate goals.

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We Salute the Women In Our Business! A Family Tree of Women in Business We’ve been around for decades, but we’re not living in the past.

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Meyeres Real Estate

Located for the past 40 years at 627 Gaffney Road 456-6000

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us –Helen Keller, author, political activist, and speaker

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Congratulations to our 2012 Local Women in Business! The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner is proud to highlight its 2012 selections for this year’s Women in Business spotlights— Shirley Franklin and Patty Mongold, two of the many Interior Alaska women who found success in business while also finding time for friends, family and great community giving.

By MARY BETH SMETZER

msmetzer@newsminer.com

Shirley Franklin Owner Chatanika Lodge

For three decades, Shirley Franklin has partnered with her husband Ron, running the Chatanika Lodge at Mile 28.5 on the Steese Highway, an area steeped in gold-mining history. And like those days of yore, the roadhouse epitomizes the friendliness and hospitality of early day Alaska with Shirley greeting all who happen by in addition to cooking, waitressing, bartending, and doing the bookkeeping. Whether it’s a busload or two of Japanese tourists set on viewing the aurora for a few hours in the winter, independent RVers, campers, the occasional celebrity, or locals from the Chatanika community, Shirley is there with a ready smile, prepared to answer questions, feed them, put them up for the night in one of the lodge’s 10 rooms, or simply visit over a cup of coffee — if she can spare the time. “I enjoy the customers very much,” she said. “We have lots of interesting conversations, and I meet people from all walks of life.” Like many before her, Shirley traveled north in the late 1970s to visit a relative, in this case her sister, and met Ron, who was rebuilding the Chatanika Lodge after a devastating 1975 fire. The differences between Alaska lifestyles and Shirley’s home in Southern California were great, but Shirley’s adventurous spirit overcame any doubts to move north, and in 1980, she made the 49th state home. She and Ron married in 1982. Shirley worked several different jobs in Fairbanks before taking on lodge duties full-time, and she’s never looked back. Driving out the Steese Highway, one can’t miss the welcoming cedar lodge set aglow with approximately 20,000 twinkling Christmas lights both indoors and out. The lodge’s interior, filled with Alaskana — mining artifacts, hunting trophies and tanned hides (wolf, beaver and fox) for sale, speaks of another time, and its charm keeps people coming back. “My husband and I like a homey atmosphere,” said Shirley, who has enlarged upon that comfortable ambiance throughout the lodge by including red oilcloth table coverings. “But the most important things,” Shirley emphasizes, “are customer service, a clean establishment and food consistency.” And the lodge’s food is well regarded, drawing people regularly for the weekend specials. Friday and Saturday night specials are deep-fried cod or catfish with coleslaw and corn fritters. On Sundays it’s deep-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn fritters. A typical day for Shirley begins with helping in the preparation of breakfast, which is served from the time the lodge opens at 10 a.m. Lunch begins at noon and dinner service starts at 5 p.m. Shirley has help to keep the lodge running smoothly day by day, including a full-time cook, but desserts are her specialty. “I like to bake,” she said. “I make many different kinds of cakes and my own pies, fruit pies, apple, blueberry, and in the summer rhubarb/strawberry pies.” Her dedication to seeing to customers’ comfort and welfare extends into the community as well. The lodge is a social center not only for summer tourists and campers but also for the year-round residents who live in the area as well. During the winter, business slows down, but not Shirley. Just as in the summer, she is on hand overseeing the lodge but also planning the parties, events, and community service occasions. The Franklins are noted for their generous community service. “We have a lot of functions out here,” Shirley said, mentioning dart tournaments, antique car shows, motorcycle runs, and children’s parties — a Christmas party and Easter egg hunt in the spring — interspersed with wedding receptions, birthday parties and memorial services from time to time. “Up until this year we had elections here, too,” she said. Most every Sunday, 5-9 p.m., (call beforehand) there is entertainment and dancing — provided by professional musicians on the lodge’s small elevated stage. Before retelling a favorite lodge story, Shirley explained, “We have (padded) covered tree stumps for barstools.” “I was bartending one night and everybody sitting at the bar was singing and swinging from side to side, and then it happened; it was like a domino effect and all of my customers were on the floor.” The Franklins could write a book of entertaining lodge stories. And, who knows, they might if a young couple interested in carrying on the roadhouse tradition turns up. “We enjoy our customers, but we’re ready to retire now,” Shirley said. Contact staff writer Mary Beth Smetzer at 459-7546.

Patty Mongold Executive VP Chief Operating Officer Mt. McKinley Bank

Patty Jennings Mongold was just 17 and a senior in high school when she started as a teller at Mt. McKinley Bank, and she has never left the bank’s employ. “It will be 37 years in January,” Patty said, quickly calculating the numbers in her head. Patty had an “in” to be hired so young: Her two older sisters were already working at the bank and recommended her. Over time, her sisters left, but Patty stayed on, learning the banking business from the ground up. “I’ve never felt the need to leave,” she said. “There have always been lots of opportunities. You just have to work hard, and that’s OK. I work with a lot of dedicated people.” “I have had three terrific bosses at the bank — Ken Thompson, Bill Simon and my current boss, Craig Ingham. They have all given me many, many opportunities. In addition, our board has been incredibly supportive of me. Today, as executive vice president and chief operations officer, Patty oversees the non-lending activities of Mt. McKinley Bank — the bank’s five branches, its tellers and accounts. She also manages the information systems department, the accounting department and human resources department, for a total of approximately 60 people. “Mt. McKinley, it can get into your blood,” Patty said. “It’s a great bank, a great employer, and has the best customer service at a reasonable cost. “That really appeals to me, as well as being a community partner. We give a lot of money away and really support the community.” “We give generously to United Way of the Tanana Valley, sponsor the art for HIPOW, the North Pole Championship Dog Sled Race, University of Alaska Fairbanks Women’s Basketball tournament, and over the years have given to hundreds if not thousands of non-profits and participate in community events that are open to everyone.” Fairbanks born and raised, Patty is married to David Mongold, an Allstate Insurance agent. They have two adult daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, who all live in Fairbanks, as well as Patty’s mother and two of her three sisters. So its no surprise that family activities and events are at the top of Patty’s list. “We spend a lot of time with our family and especially enjoy the grandchildren, and some great friends,” Patty said. A strong work ethic was deeply ingrained in Patty at a young age, and it continues down the family line. “My mother single-handedly raised six kids,” she said. “I watched her work very hard for her family and it made a lasting impression. My husband and I have worked hard to provide for our family, and now I am very proud to say that my daughters and my son-in-law are following us, working hard to provide for their families, and all are involved in the community as volunteers. Patty attended Lathrop High School and graduated from the Career Education Center. She also attended UAF. “When I was in high school I had many dedicated teachers who mentored me,” she said. “One of them continues as a mentor to this day, Wendell Shiffler. He and his wife Judy (both retired teachers) are great role models for me and my husband.” Patty and David love to travel, and they get away whenever possible if work isn’t too pressing. To relax, Patty said, “I love to read and David and I enjoy trying new wines.” “My friends think I know a lot about wine,” she laughs. “I don’t really. I just know about the ones I like.” Patty has been involved in a variety of community service organizations over the years. Currently she is treasurer of the Sunrisers Rotary club and sits on the boards of the Brice Family Center Foundation and the Pioneers Home Foundation, which she has served since its inception in the 1990s. She is also co-chair of the Prospectors Club for the 2012 United Way Campaign, a campaign that she and Dave headed up the campaign in 2000, Workdays find Patty at her desk no later than 7:30 a.m. and none are typical. Patty’s daily activities may range from conducting hiring interviews, responding to audits and requests for proposals for banking services, keeping up with all the banking regulatory changes, dealing with fraudulent checks and identity checks, answering questions about the bank’s art collection, and a variety of special banking and building projects — and of course customer service.


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