Published On: Thu, Dec 8th, 2016

Koranda selected for “Outstanding Women in Banking” honors

LAUREL — An area woman has earned national recognition for her leadership skills.

Susan Koranda was recently named as a 2016 selection for Outstanding Women in Banking honors. The recognition, sponsored by Clifton-Larson Allen, is presented by NorthWestern Financial Review magazine.

Koranda, who serves as executive vice president at the bank, got her start in banking almost as a second career. She received a degree in education from Midland University, Fremont, and spent three years teaching business and computer education in Prague. She moved to Cedar County with her husband, Larry, and in 1997, she began working part-time as a teller at Security Bank while substitute teaching. She also took on the duties as head basketball coach for the Laurel-Concord Lady Bears. Those teaching and coaching skills helped her make the easy transition to Security Bank’s main office in Laurel, where she has fostered a team of banking standouts.

“I’d always wanted to be a banker, although I couldn’t tell you why,” she said. “I wanted to get into education to help people and guide people, and it’s the same thing in banking.”

That background in education has transferred to her role at the bank, where she also serves on the executive loan committee.

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