February 20, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email
Marisa Reynolds, an alumna of the College of Business, came back to her alma mater to speak with the Student Ambassadors on February 18, 2015. Marisa currently works as the Executive Vice President of Retail Banking for First National Rio Grande Bank in Las Cruces. She is a well-seasoned banking professional having worked most of her career in the banking industry.
Marisa started her career as a teller with the First National Bank of Doña Ana County at the Santa Teresa Branch. She worked her way up to become an officer of the bank.
She realized that getting additional education would be the key to opening doors and advancing her career, and in 1998 she returned to school full-time to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy. After graduating in December 2000 she interviewed with multiple employers in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Arizona.
She loves Las Cruces and decided to stay in the area rather than move elsewhere.
Reynolds worked as a Business Manager for Tenant Healthcare in El Paso, Texas. Not having a background in healthcare, she took the job in order to expand her experience and grow professionally.
It was a wonderful experience; however the commute to El Paso grew tiring. She reached out to a colleague in Las Cruces who worked for Bank of the Rio Grande. He immediately offered her the position of Vice President, Comptroller of the Bank. Her position with the bank has evolved and she now manages the Las Cruces branches and market.
Effective communication is key when Marisa interviews candidates for any level of position. She also looks at their community involvement. Working for a community bank, potential candidates need to show involvement in the local community, and she encouraged the Ambassadors to volunteer their time.
Reynolds said candidates also need to be adaptable, willing to learn, and have a good attitude in order to succeed.
She challenged the Ambassadors to always continue learning and expanding their scope of knowledge and experience.