BANK ON IT: Brandon Hansberry, Loan Officer

By Madeline Martin on Thursday, March 31, 2022

 Name:  Brandon Hansberry |  Age:  26 |  Hometown:  Wrightsville |   Alma mater:  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff |  Major:  Business Management |  Job title:  Loan Officer |  Employer:  First Security Bank

Why did you choose a career in this field?

I was introduced to banking as an intern at First Security Bank the summer after my junior year of college. I was nervous my first day, as I did not know what to expect. Everyone that I worked with welcomed me with open arms and treated me like family. Upon graduation, I was offered full-time employment [to stay] at First Security and knew this would be the best opportunity for me to grow as a professional.

Did you always plan to go this route?

No, I wanted to be a dentist. My uncle was a dentist and I wanted to follow his footsteps. Before he passed, he told me to go to college and focus on learning how to manage and maintain a business. Of course, I listened, and I enjoyed my finance courses much more than my science courses.

Why do you think teens should consider a career like yours?

You have an opportunity to impact your environment. Being that difference maker in your community just leaves a rewarding feeling.

How do you feel about this statement: “I can’t work in a financial role because I’m not good at (or hate) math.”

There is more to being a successful banker than having strong math skills. Banking is about building relationships with your customers and your coworkers. Everyone has different strengths, which creates the total banking experience for the communities we serve.

What natural abilities should someone have to succeed in this field?

Communication is key! Being able to communicate with your customers and coworkers will help you perform your job effectively.

What is your money motto?

“Save some, spend some!” This is a motto I gained working alongside one of many coworkers who have [taken] me under their wings.

Did you have a financial role model?

My finance instructor Mr. Davis. We would start class every day with one question, “What is the price of a barrel of oil today?” At the time I thought it was just a class discussion starter, but now I understand what the purpose behind this question was.