Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2007

MidAmerican eyes Feb. 1 opening

January 11, 2007

The next several months may be hectic for Phil Parsons, soon-to-be manager for Lansing's newest bank, but he's had a year to prepare. By now, he's raring to go.

Parsons will manage the new MidAmerican Bank and Trust location at the south end of Towne Center, which is on target to open Feb 1. Parsons has been training at several of the bank's branches for the past year, and after all the anticipation, there's much to come.

For Parsons, even the details are exciting.

For example: "Getting to see what kind of foot traffic comes into the new location," Parsons said. "Just being able to work out the small things before we have our big official opening and so forth."

The location represents a large investment for MidAmerican, but Pete Payne, bank president, said it was also a natural one. The bank's business has outgrown its current location, he said, and it wasn't hard to decide to prepare for growth in Lansing.

"Our investment in the community has been good for us and hopefully it's been good for Lansing," Payne said. "As the market expands, we're hoping to expand right with it."

Maintaining the spirit of the bank was a high priority for Payne, which is why they brought Parsons on nearly a year before opening.

"From an administration point - personnel - that was the key thing we did ahead of time," Payne said. "He's trained in our practices and he's up to speed now."

Having some time to get to know the company was pivotal for Parsons, as well. He said he's continued to be impressed by MidAmerican's caliber of service and its commitment to its customers. Though Parsons can't quite nail down what makes the difference, he said he could feel it from the first time he met Payne.

"I guess it's the atmosphere that surrounds the bank, the people, and just the way he treats his - everyone. I could definitely tell," Parsons said. "You know, anybody can say that going in and sitting down with the president of a company could be intimidating, but it wasn't that way. It was casual."

MidAmerican has also been committed to its employees currently working in Lansing, all of whom will be transferred to the new bank when it opens. This was crucial to maintain the bank's relationships with its customers, Parsons said.

Parsons, who in 2002 moved with his wife to Leavenworth, came to MidAmerican from Wells Fargo Financial in Liberty, Mo., and has background in consumer lending and finance and once was manager of a Footlocker. But he said coming to MidAmerican was the best decision he could have made.

"It's the best job I've ever had. I feel at home," Parsons said. "I knew it was going to be something that was awesome. I've never been happier."

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