Dec. 16 -- Caryn Thompson took on the title of president of Whitaker Bank in July following Terry Ensor's retirement. Nearly six months into her new role, Thompson said her adjustment to the position has gone well. "It's been interesting," Thompson said. "I have a lot of support from the staff here as well as corporate staff." As president, Thompson has continued her previous work in operations and customer service. Added to that is a management role, which includes dealing with budgets and strategic planning. However, she says she still enjoys working with the public, opening new accounts and taking customer phone calls. The biggest challenge so far has been dealing with loans, Thompson said. That aspect of banking was not a part of her background but she says the Whitaker Bank staff is very knowledgeable and has helped her make the adjustment. "It's exciting to learn something new every day," Thompson said. "In banking, no matter which position you have, it's not the same day over and over again." Thompson has worked for Whitaker Bank for more than 17 years. Prior to taking on the job of president she worked as senior vice president for operations where she handled accounts payable and human resources. "You can't fill Terry's shoes," Thompson said. "A man who was involved in the community like he was and the type of person he was, I can't even start to fill those shoes." However, Thompson says she enjoys her job and is grateful to have such a hardworking staff. "They are your family, your best friends, your confidants," Thompson said. As president, Thompson works with customers to help in balancing checkbooks and handling fraud. She said working with customers is her favorite part of her job. "I like being able to help them out," Thompson said. "If they have a problem, I enjoy helping them reach their goal of solving it." Aside from her work at Whitaker Bank , Thompson is also involved with the St. Claire Foundation Board of Directors and the Rowan County Bluegrass Council Foundation , which works to raise money to make improvements to the community. Thompson and her husband were born and raised in Morehead . She is the mother of two and has one grandchild. She said she enjoys working in the community where she grew up. "You see people every day that you went to school with, or that your kids went to school with," Thompson said. "If anybody needs anything, they can come to me." Alli Collis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116. ___ (c)2013 The Morehead News (Morehead, Ky.) Visit The Morehead News (Morehead, Ky.) at themoreheadnews.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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