After 17 years with Bippus State Bank and 47 in the banking industry, Wayne McLaughlin says goodbye to the 9 to 5 and hello to retirement! We want to thank Wayne for his years of service to our community and our team! As Wayne closes the door on this chapter in his journey, we look back on his career, BSB memories and find out what his spirit animal is!
Let’s start by you telling us about your background in banking? When and where did you start? What eventually got you to BSB?
I started in 1970 working for Community State Bank in the bookkeeping department. I eventually transferred to the teller line working as a loan teller and the vault teller before moving to a desk and working new accounts and loans. I managed their Roanoke Office and their North Office for several years. Eventually CSB merged into Lincoln National Bank and then Norwest Bank and eventually Wells Fargo Bank. One day I called Nancy Mackowski to “shop” home equity products for a bank project and she mentioned that I should come work for Bippus Bank. I agreed and the ball started rolling from there with a phone call shortly after from John Easterday. After interviewing I started here in 2002 in order to open the Roanoke office in early 2003 and as they say “the rest is history”. Thankful to Ryan, John, Dave Brewer and Don Deemer for agreeing to hire me.
What will you miss most (if anything) about working?
I will miss my coworkers. I have had the opportunity to form some good friendships with them. At the same time, I will really miss many of my customers. It’s amazing the relationship you can have with them and how quickly it can develop. We have a lot of good people banking with us and it’s been my pleasure to get to know several of them. As much as I’m looking forward to retirement it is sad to think that some of my customers I may never see again. Not true for fellow employees, though, I will be in bugging you all I can.
What do you look forward to most about retirement?
Not having a schedule. Waking up and deciding what I want to do today. Calling in to see if my social security has been deposited yet and what checks have cleared my account. My grandchildren will be getting a lot more of my time.
If you could pass some wisdom onto some of the current employees, what would it be?
Don’t take the job too seriously. Have fun with the job, but get the work done. Enjoy your customers. They come to us because we have the friendliest employees and we’re the best in customer service. Have fun with them; but respect the fact that they are entrusting us with their most valuable possession.
What is one (or a few) of your fondest memories of your time at BSB?
The floats in the parades. They were a lot of work for some people but watching Ryan in costume and hearing the crowds hollering and laughing was the best.
How would you describe your job to a child?
A customer related this to me a few years back as something her son said to her. “Gosh Mom, he must really be a good friend because he always gives you money when you go in”. How simple the world is through a child’s eyes.
What is your spirit animal?
What song do you know all the lyrics to?
Star Spangled Banner. [I’m] not much for remembering lyrics unless the song is playing on the radio then I can sing along with the best of them.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
This is a more than one person, but the Chicago Cubs team. They are a super group of men and it would be great to get to know them as people off the field.
Wayne’s retirement celebration will be held from 11:00AM until 3:00PM at our South Huntington Branch on 1303 South Jefferson Street in Huntington. Stop by for cake and punch!