My Life My Words: Flint Dillion — Building interest for the future

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Flint Dillon stands behind the teller desk Wednesday at First National Bank of the Rockies. Dillon is a loan administration specialist for the bank, as well as a part-time teller. He is planning to matriculate at Mesa State College in 2011 and in his free time, he enjoys snowboarding and fishing.

“My job here at FNBR (First National Bank of the Rockies) is a loan administration specialist, and I’m a part-time teller. I’d never worked in banking in my life. I had been working at the airport, but I just filled out an application and got hired as a teller. Then, eight months into it, I got promoted to a part-time LAS, and it’s been going pretty good. There’s a lot of detail to pay attention to, but I enjoy my job for the most part. I like the team we’ve got here. It’s a good work environment.

“I worked at Village Inn for about four years. I was a server there for two and a night supervisor for a year. Then I went to strictly one day a week for the last year. The thing I miss about that is the people, the crew there. The differences in the jobs are that here there are a lot of details and rules and regulation and training involved for every aspect. You’ve got to give the customers what they want. With Village Inn, it’s food service, so there’s just a faster pace there.

“I’ve always found banking interesting. Our bank manager has set up a curriculum at CNCC that I’ve been thinking about taking. I’ve been wanting to do that but haven’t actually pursued it yet.

“As a small town bank, we’re doing pretty darn good right now. I know the economy is hard right now, and people are just tight with their budgets, but what can you do?

“Me and my friends like to take trips up to Grand Junction on the weekends, whether it’s going fishing, or anything outdoors. I like doing it with my family too, especially with my dad, he got me into it big time when I was growing up. In the winter, I’m into snowboarding. I just love going to the Steamboat slopes and doing my thing. I’m not really a fan of the winter, except for snowboarding. At the beginning of the summer, I did some decent fishing, went up to Elkhead Reservoir. I’ve only been a couple times so far. I’d like to do more, but I haven’t really had the time. With a full-time job, it’s kind of difficult. And I just quit Village Inn about a month ago.

“Right now, I’m working toward going to college at Mesa State. I’m taking a few college classes here, trying to get my foot in the door. I’d like to go into business and marketing as one my majors. I’ve always found it interesting, and that’s where I want to go in my life.

“The thing about banking is that it always looks good on a résumé. You can definitely get your foot in the door with management and business. You’re basically in school being at a bank. I think banking’s not really my calling, but I think in the future, I wouldn’t mind doing it. I’d like to go into management, whether it’s with a major corporation or maybe having my own store someday. I’ve learned a lot about customer service and explaining policy and being a team player in a work environment working here.”

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