Andrea Geren Gerst ’05

What am i doing now?

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, TWO RIVERS FINANCIAL GROUP and SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT-FINANCE/CONTROLLER, TWO RIVERS BANK & TRUST Burlington, IA

Key steps in my journey:

Career Advice:

● Step out of your comfort zone. Anything worth having requires hard work and determination.

● Promote your strengths & exude confidence. You are your biggest cheerleader. Believe in yourself before expecting others to believe in you.

● Learn from your mistakes. Sometimes you’ll get it wrong – own it and make a plan to prevent the same mistakes from happening again.

● Communicate, communicate, communicate. If the outcome isn’t what you expected, ask yourself if the expectation was clear. Never assume.

● Become a servant leader. Empower your team with the necessary tools and information to meet goals together. It’s the power of teamwork.