Posted By admin on August 25, 2009
Name: David Zimmerman
Tell us about your family. My wife Kari and I have been married for 11 years. We have 4 children –Timothy, Nicolas, Addison, and Avery (and a 100 pound German Shepherd)
What is your hometown? I was born and raised in Council Bluffs.
Where are you employed? What is your title? I work at Council Bluffs Savings Bank. Title is Senior Vice President.
Tell us a little bit about your professional achievements? I started in banking 12 years ago as a part time teller while going to college. Over the years I have been blessed to have worked for seasoned bankers who are and were equally talented to teach and show me the ropes of banking. I view my greatest professional achievement as being able to get up everyday and go to work doing something that I love.
What volunteer efforts are you involved with? I have been on the Board of Directors for the Council Bluffs YMCA for 9 years serving 3 terms as Board President. Also serving on the Board of Directors for the Vocational Development Center (VODEC) and Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Graduate of Leadership Council Bluffs. Member of the Rotary Club of Council Bluffs Centennial, volunteer CBYSA soccer coach, youth group leader, and Church Treasurer.
Why do you volunteer? I think that it is important to be a part of the community that you live in. I want my kids to grow up in Council Bluffs and be proud of it.
How do you balance your professional career and personal life? I couldn’t do it without the support of my wife Kari. With 4 young children, life is very busy. She does such a great job of managing the schedules and keeping things running smoothly at home.
What is your favorite pastime/hobby? Second only to spending time with my family (shooting hoops, playing catch, kicking the ball around, or tending to the garden), I love to play basketball. I’ve played in the YMCA adult basketball leagues for the last 15 years.
What about your job keeps you motivated? I like working with numbers and with people. I have always enjoyed helping someone when they have a question or a challenge as it relates to their finances.
What advice would you give to someone interested in your specific career? Be adept at adjusting to change. Banking is one industry that is always changing whether with technology or rules and regulations AND Don’t screw up when working with OPM (Other Peoples Money).
What is the most interesting lesson you have learned in your career? It takes 20 bankers 3 days to paint a house (from working in days past at the Council Bluffs Paint-a-thon).
Who has been a key mentor in the workplace or life for you and how did they help you?
In the workplace: Matt Gronstal has been the key mentor. He has freely shared his knowledge of banking and the business community.
In life: My parents Glen and Terry. They taught me from a young age that being honest and hard working is very important. They also taught me that spending time with your family is the best way to show them that you love them.
What are you most proud of having accomplished in your professional career or personal life?
In my personal life I am most proud of marrying the woman of my dreams and getting the opportunity to raise our 4 children.
What is your favorite adage or words of wisdom (include author if possible)? Eat your toad in the morning – then the rest of the day is downhill. (Ron King when I started in banking).
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Be honest, trustworthy, work hard, and if you make a mistake own up to it and learn from it.
What is the one goal that you would most like to accomplish? To someday own a red Lamborghini Countash and travel the country with my wife visiting family.
What do you enjoy most about working in the Council Bluffs community? It is a close knit community. In a city of 60,000+ people there is still a small town feel to it. We have several amenities here that large metropolitan cities don’t have.
How long have you been a part of the Council Bluffs community? Being born and raised here, my whole life 32 years.
If you could describe Council Bluffs in just three words, what would they be? Biggest little-town around