Take a GBank Coffee Break with Utona Montez

Utona Montez, branch banker representative at our Joplin 32nd St. Banking Center, is as friendly and adventurous as they come. Get to know her in the time it takes to drink your coffee with a video and Q&A.

Q: What's your banking experience?

A: A total of eight years in banking now. I took two years off due to traveling baseball with my son. While I took that time off I saw where Guaranty Bank was hiring and I thought well, I'll just give it a shot and decided to put in my application.

Q: What engages you most about your role?

A: The interaction with people is what engages me, the conversations you have with coworkers and customers. 

Q: Who has been the most influential in your career growth so far?

A: My supervisors have been. They've been there to answer any questions that I've had, any training that I've wanted to go to, and they support us. They've done a lot to help me grow with this company. 

Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were a child?

A: When I was little I wanted to be an actress. I think it stemmed from watching I Love Lucy a little too much back in the day. But I loved her and Betty White, too, off of The Golden Girls. It just always inspired me to want to be an actress until I got a little bit older and decided banking was for me. 

Q: What accomplishment in life are you most proud of?

A: My family I'm pretty proud of - my husband, my two sons, my soon-to-be daughter-in-law, and my new grandbaby!?

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