I am excited and happy to announce an addition to the WBT security team! Adam Bowen, a recent graduate of Vol State, Western Governor’s University and the WBT Bank Trainee program, is joining me in the Security Department. As you’ll see shortly, Adam has a long family history in law enforcement and a background in security and airport operations. He’s a great addition to the team and I know he’ll do very well in his career. Please join me in welcoming Adam, and get to know more about him through his first ‘Security Stuff’ post below!
A little background
My grandfather and father worked in law enforcement for nearly 40 years. I grew up around a police department and wanted to get into that line of work too. I was born and raised in Lebanon. Part of the first graduating class at the new Lebanon High School, I focused on a criminal justice career path while I was there. Then I went to Vol State and earned an associate honors degree in criminal justice.
Going to work and changing course
During my last semester at Vol State in 2016, I started my first security job, in the public safety department at the Nashville International Airport. My goal was to move into the police department at the airport once I finished my degree (airport safety personnel are trained in police, fire and medical fields). I learned right away that it takes a special type of person to work in public safety. I also started to think more about the dangers associated with modern policing. These factors, along with some personal experiences on the job, helped lead me in a new direction.
After Vol State, I went back to college online at Western Governors University to pursue a degree in business management. Still interested in working at the airport, I had hopes of getting a job on the business side, in operations. A year later I finished with my bachelor’s, and the job search was on. I continued to look for positions at the airport, but nothing turned up immediately. While I was keeping an eye out, I applied for a job at Wilson Bank & Trust.
My time at WBT
I started at the bank in February 2018, as a communications specialist in the Electronic Banking Department. With no prior banking experience, I needed to adapt quickly to a whole new industry and learn as much as possible. Not long after I started, I heard about the Bank Trainee program and knew I wanted to make that my next goal. I’ve always heard that when you have a goal in mind that it will ultimately happen, and that’s how it worked out. I entered the program in January of this year. In the trainee program, I was able to learn more about how the bank operates as whole, and how important it is for the operations and retail sides to work together. I was also able to develop more relationships at the bank, even beyond those that started in Electronic Banking.
One thing I hadn’t planned on when I started down the business path was getting a job in security. Elvis Huff, our security director at WBT, knows my family well, and he was aware of my pre-banking background. His department was growing, and he asked if I’d be interested in working for him as a security administrator. I quickly accepted. This was a chance to move forward in my career and work in an area that has always interested me.
As of July, I’ve been transitioning into my new role. I’m excited about the future, not just for myself, but for my new department and the bank. I’m glad to be serving you!