A high school job-shadowing opportunity led Caly Cramsey to a career in banking and a focus on people.
The goal, Cramsey said, is helping people succeed through her job at Bank of Quincy, volunteering in the community and involvement with her alma mater, Culver-Stockton College.
At the bank, that means helping customers handle their finances and have the products that work the best for them. In the community, it's promoting the United Way of Adams County and working with Special Olympics. And at C-SC, it's working with students, spreading the word about the college and coaching cheerleading.
Seeing people make the right decisions to move forward is satisfying for Cramsey, who wants to make a difference in her community.
"It's taking extra time, letting them know I value them as a person and want to help them succeed," Cramsey said. "I will do whatever I can to help them be successful in life."
Family: Husband, Lucas
Education: Bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Culver-Stockton College and pursuing a master's degree in business adminisration with an emphasis in accounting from Culver-Stockton College.
Community Involvement: Alumni board at Culver-Stockton College, head cheer coach at Culver-Stockton College, volunteer committee for Special Olympics and Quincy Service League, United Way loaned executive and YP of Quincy.
What is your job, what do you do and what do you like best about it? I am the chief financial officer at Bank of Quincy. My favorite thing about my job is that every day is something different. My job involves all departments of the bank, so I am constantly getting to interact with everyone, and I really enjoy that.
What is a typical workweek like? Very busy. I start work early so I can make sure everything is in balance and ready for everyone else to begin their day. I work with a lot of spreadsheets, reports and different financial tools, but I am able to balance that with interacting with our great customers and being active in the community.
What was your first job, and what do you remember about it? I babysat for several families growing up, but my first professional job was at our sister bank, Palmyra State Bank. I started my junior year of high school after job shadowing and fell in love with banking and the people. I remember most getting to sit down with the owner of the company, Byron B. Webb Jr., and getting to hear how he became so successful and the valuable information he passed along to me.
How do you balance everything? I will let you know when I figure that out. I was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when I was eight months old and was given a second chance after treatment. I feel that I need to live my life to the fullest and seize all opportunities that come my way. My community was there for me when I needed it, and I want to give back. Sometimes I feel like I might be overextending myself, but as long as I'm able to keep it straight and get up every day then I'm going to experience it all.
Which person has influenced you the most and why? I think I have been greatly influenced by everyone in my family, but mostly by my mom. My mom has always been a person to put everyone else's needs before hers and has been there whenever I have needed her. She's a very passionate, motivated and determined person which I respect. I hope that one day I have children who look up to me like we look up to her.
Have you ever failed at something? How did you recover? Sure, everyone has failed at something. I think my friends, family and colleagues would consider me a bit of a perfectionist, so I probably consider things failures that really aren't. I just try to focus on what I can learn from that situation and make improvements so it doesn't happen again. A wise man once told me "good experience comes from bad experience."
What does success mean to you? To me success is accomplishing something that you've set out to do.
What was your proudest professional moment? My proudest professional moment was this past June when I was promoted to CFO.
What is your favorite stress buster/leisure time diversion? When I have time, I love to either go for a bike ride or a long walk with my husband and dog. Things get pretty busy for both of us, so it's nice to just take the time to spend together and enjoy being outdoors.
What is the biggest need in your community? I think we're all very lucky to live in a community like Quincy. Through my involvement with the United Way and Special Olympics, I've realized that when the community comes together we are able to accomplish so much more. If everyone would understand that and take a small part in helping keep our community a safe and healthy place for everyone to live, I think we could fix a lot of our problems.
What gives you reason for optimism in your community? The people. We have very giving and supportive people in this community, and when a tragedy strikes, the outflow of support is instantaneous.
If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself when you were in high school, what would it be? Don't wish time away. It seemed like I was always saying, "I can't wait until I'm out of school and working." Now I want to go back. No, I love my job and my life now, but time flies and it's never something we should take for granted.
If you weren't working for Bank of Quincy, what would you be doing? I went into college thinking I wanted to be a forensic accountant with the FBI. I still think that would be kind of cool.
If you could add a few more hours to the day, how would you spend them? Spending time with family and close friends. As life continues to get busier and busier, we aren't always able to see the people that are closest to us as often as we'd like.
Do you live by any mantra or saying? "Be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Career aspirations aside, name one thing you definitely want to accomplish in your lifetime. I want to travel and see the world. My husband is a huge baseball fan and would love to visit every professional baseball stadium, and I really hope we are able to accomplish that in our lifetime with our family.