Loan administrator Whitney Showalter prepares a pot of coffee in the employee breakroom at Yampa Valley Bank. Showalter, 22, said she enjoys her job because it helps people achieve their dreams.

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Loan administrator Whitney Showalter prepares a pot of coffee in the employee breakroom at Yampa Valley Bank. Showalter, 22, said she enjoys her job because it helps people achieve their dreams.

‘Live and learn … Simple as that’: Five minutes with Whitney Showalter, 22, loan administrator at Yampa Valley Bank

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Where is your hometown? “I was born and raised right here in Craig.” What’s kept you in Craig? “My whole family is here, and I like that it’s a small community. It’s a good place to raise a family, not that I have one yet, but I just like the feeling you get from a small town. Everybody knows everybody and everybody’s willing to lend a willing hand.”

Motto or outlook on life? “You’ve just got to live and learn. Simple as that.”

Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “I really love the buffalo chicken salads at Gino’s. They’re delicious, and I just live down the street, so it’s easy for me to go there.”

Favorite part of your job? “What I like is that I get to help people out. It’s more the loan officer’s decision (to approve applicants), but I do a lot of the paperwork. People come in looking for a new car or whatever they want to purchase with their (loan) money, so I kind of get to make their day.”

Least favorite part of your job? “Sometimes we don’t get all the information we need and have to go hunting for it. Most of the time, it starts to be a little bit of a phone tag game and that gets complicated.”

Favorite part of Christmas? “Christmas Day, when everything’s all done and everyone’s sitting around eating dinner, opening presents and there’s just a joy in the air you don’t find any other time of the year.”

Least favorite part of Christmas? “I don’t like the rush. The rush of Christmas scares me with all the crazy shoppers and soccer moms.”

Name a song, book, movie or TV show that’s had a profound impact on your life. “That’s a tough one. Right now, I’m reading ‘Reinventing Yourself.’ It’s a self-help book and there’s actually really good points in there to be more positive and uplifting, so I think it’s helped me become a better person.”

Biggest pet peeve? “I don’t like waiting on people. I like to be on time, and I’m always rushing, so I hate to wait for other people.”

A hypothetical: With unlimited funds, what’s on your agenda? “I’d probably fix up the family ranch and get everything set there. Then I’d go see the world, I think. I really want to go to Africa. I’ve seen pictures and I’ve heard it’s beautiful. And, I’d want to go to Jamaica just to say I’ve been there.”

If you had your pick of any famous person, living or dead, who would you date? “I would say John Wayne. My grandpa used to watch Westerns with us all the time when I was little, and I kind of got burnt out on them, but John Wayne was the man.”

Proudest accomplishment? “Just that everything I do, I do on my own. I live alone with two dogs, and it’s the best. I don’t have to rely on anybody, and a lot of people can’t say that.”

Most embarrassing life moment? “Me and my friends went to Denver for Halloween and on the buses, they don’t make change, and I was trying to pay for myself and my friends, but I didn’t have the right change. There were a whole bunch of people behind us, so the driver told us to just sit down. I was dressed as an Indian, so then he comes on the PA and says, ‘Uh, Pocahontas, could you come pay, please?’ I finally found enough change and paid him, but the entire bus went, ‘Oh, Pocahontas, come on girl.’”

Typical outfit on a day off work? “Blue jeans, a T-shirt and my tennis shoes. I’m a pretty casual type of girl.”

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