For a banker, Susan Davis, doesn’t talk much about money. The vice president and trust officer at Wells Fargo Bank says her job is all about the people and the relationships she builds.
“It’s the people, the families,” she says, “it’s about wealth management, life management. It is really satisfying.”
She began her career in banking as a clerk in a bank freight payments department. Back then, she recalls, they handled actual paper invoices. She moved up through the banking ranks, holding various positions and has been a vice president in the trust department at Wells Fargo for 14 years.
Davis attended Regis University in Denver, starting out in nursing, but was drawn into a double major in business administration and finance. The nurturing instinct that drew her to nursing has served her well in trust and private banking. “There are a lot of senior issues. It is very satisfying to take care of people’s money and financial needs, to pay the bills and take the kids through the process,” she says.
She credits her success not only to her hard work and love for the business, but to two mentors.
“They really helped me become successful. I am really blessed that they were there,” she said.
She is paying that mentoring forward with her involvement in several Colorado Springs organizations. Executive Women International, a group that promotes networking and improves the community, is a favorite. “They were one of the first women’s groups in Colorado Springs. I love that history,” she says. The group provides leadership opportunities for women, networking and education. EWI awards scholarships for women in transition. A past president, Davis still sits on the board and is the membership director.
Davis is proud to be on the board of directors of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care and is also involved with the Go Red for Women heart campaign.
A fourth generation Coloradan, she likes to bike, ski and enjoy the outdoors. “I love the Colorado mountains,” she says.
Davis thrives on the complexity of trust and personal banking. “You are continually learning,” she said. “You never have the same day twice.”