By Jesse Wood
Dec 3, 2014. An open-invitation retirement party for Kathy Greene is planned at the Southside Boone location of Wells Fargo on Friday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When Greene first started her career at Northwestern Bank out of high school nearly 44 years ago, she computed everything on “great big spreadsheets” – a far cry from how the industry operates today.
Since then, she has been the one constant for the companies she has worked for.
In 1986, First Union National Bank of NC acquired Northwestern. Then, in 2001 Wachovia National Bank and First Union merged to become Wachovia Corporation. Several years later, Wells Fargo acquired Wachovia in 2008. Today, Wells Fargo is the fourth largest bank in America as far as total assets ($1.6 trillion) are concerned.
Through it all, though, Greene has been along for the ride, performing a variety of jobs at the bank, from teller to bookkeeper to head teller and executive secretary. When First Union acquired Northwestern, she moved into what was called a loan officer assistant and is now known as a business associate. She’s essentially tackled that job – serving larger business clients in the High Country – ever since
“Not many people stay at a place for 44 years anymore,” said Jason Triplett, market president at Wells Fargo. “There’s been many bankers over the years that have come and gone. For the most part, she’s sat in the same chair in the same office for almost 44 years.”
Triplett continued, “The clients love her… Her commitment to our company and our customers and our teams has just been amazing and the quality of work she does day in and day out and the customer service she provides our clients has been top notch. We are greatly going to miss her – and not only Wells Fargo but our customers. They love her and will dearly miss her just as we will.”
Triplett added that she has also been a consistent face in the community, coordinating events with High Country United Way, Boone Chamber of Commerce, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and Appalachian State University – to name a few examples.
For Greene, it was these relationships that she has cultivated over the years that really sticks out to her when she reflects on her time on the job. She said she has enjoyed helping generations of families with their banking needs and watching families grow over the years.
“That’s the best part of it and the customers and the relationships I’ve built over the years and the friendships are the main things,” Greene said.
Now, she’s ready to retire and tend to her goats, donkeys and horses. In the summer time, she helps look after some cattle and is also an avid gardener. She was raised a farm girl near Sugar Grove as a kid and now resides on a farm near Mountain City with her husband Lynn.
While the open invitation party takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Triplett said that Greene will be recognized and presented with “some things” at 1:30 p.m. Mayor Andy Ball and senior banking leaders will be on hand to say a few good words, too.