Blotz is living proof that dreams can come true

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Judy Blotz is one class away — estate planning — from earning financial planning certification.

Judy Blotz is one class away — estate planning — from earning financial planning certification.

As a child, Judy Blotz often accompanied her mom to the bank — where the numbers and money fascinated her. Blotz “always wanted to be a banker.” And she is.

But along the way, she toured with a national choir in high school and traveled to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Her first job was at First National Bank in the mortgage loan department — back in the days when documents were typed, carbon copies were used and one tiny mistake meant starting all over.

She took time recently to tell CSBJ about herself and her organization.

Organization: Ent Federal Credit Union

Position: Private banker

Hometown: Colorado Springs

How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: All of my life. I’m a native.

Education: I have a Series 6 Securities sales license, am a registered Parafinancial Planner and have a Colorado Insurance Producer license. I earned a degree in business finance from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I also have a diploma in banking and finance from the American Institute of Banking.

A few words about your company: Ent is the leading financial institution in southern Colorado, with $2.8 billion in assets and more than 195,000 members.

Because of Ent’s conservative business model, we remain a strong and healthy financial institution, despite the challenging economy.

Recent accomplishments: Most recently, it was being hired and having the opportunity to work at Ent. After 37 years at one financial institution, and being in my 50s, it makes you wonder if you’re still employable.

Biggest career break/accomplishment: My biggest career accomplishment was getting all my licenses. Working with the great staff at Ent might be my next proudest accomplishment.

The toughest part of your job: Having old client friends pass away. You’ve known and worked with them so long, it’s like being a part of their family and vice versa. They come to depend on you for everything.

I really do, however, enjoy being able to provide the personal attention to each and every one of my clients and it’s a great sense of accomplishment to know you’ve helped others achieve their goals.

Someone you admire: My parents. Although they have both passed away, their dedication in raising their five children was wonderful.

About your family: I’ve been married to my husband, Frank, for 28 years. I have one brother, three sisters, one sister-in-law and, oh, I can’t forget the cat.

Something else you’d like to accomplish: I would like to complete my financial planning certification. I’m only one class away — estate planning.

How your business will change during the next decade: I really like the “member” concept of a credit union. It seems like we can be more helpful and provide more personal attention than a “for-profit” commercial bank.

I think that as the city grows, the need for personalized financial solutions will grow. Our focus on education and individual financial solutions will become even more valuable to the community.

What book are you currently reading?  “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.

What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I would like to see Colorado Springs continue to be a haven for tourism in a variety of ways.

How about a new golf course for the west side?

Colorado Springs could become a mecca for high altitude, cool summer golf.

Or how about building a chairlift up the Manitou Incline? Or opening the Pikes Peak ski area again?