Modrell completes banking education

Thursday, July 24, 2008

American National Bank Vice President Julie Modrell recently completed the Iowa School of Banking, attending the final course in June. The Iowa School of Banking develops an understanding of banking for students as well as analytical skills and management techniques.

Sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association, the Iowa School of Banking is a challenging opportunity for class members to further their education. Using an interactive curriculum, students learn the functions of banking departments, financial management, and the business of banking. The School encompasses a two year commitment with ongoing projects as well as a week of classes each year including computer simulation, lectures, case studies, and discussion.

"I enjoyed participating in the Iowa School of Banking," Modrell remarked. "This opportunity helped me increase my knowledge of banking while it gave me useful tools I will be able to put to work for American National Bank and our customers."

Modrell has been with American National Bank since September 1996. She started as a part-time personal banker, went to full-time, moved into bookkeeping, then on to work with loans, became cashier, and then vice president, the office she holds today.

Prior to joining American National Bank, Modrell worked for Lora Miller Co. (licensed accountant) in Holstein where she did payroll taxes and bookkeeping for their clients. Her abilities in finance, bookkeeping, and banking have been self-taught.

"I enjoy all the people I work with - our customers and my fellow employees," Modrell stated. "Over my years with American National Bank, it has been fascinating and gratifying to see the business grow."

Modrell and her husband, John, live 10 miles northwest of Holstein on their family farm. They have three grown children: Corey, Amy, and Michael. Modrell's a member of the Good Samaritan Society's advisory board, vice president of the Holstein Development Authority, and endowment fund board member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein.

She also plays the clarinet in the German band and is a member of the church bell choir.