People of Pickens: Ginny Lee

Ginny Lee


Ginny Lee began her career with First National Bank of Aliceville as a junior in high school, when she took a summer job, which she parlayed into her current position, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Tuscaloosa FNB branch. Pickens County Herald editor Brian Hamilton sat down for an interview with Ginny in Tuscaloosa recently.

Q: How did you get your start in the banking industry?

A: "In the summer of 1972, I had a cousin that was working there. She was older and she just asked me if I wanted a summer job. I had always wanted a job ever since I was 12."

Q: What did you start out doing?

A: "I started out filing checks, which is something banks don't do anymore, but we used to have a little file folder with every body's name and every day we would take the checks they've written and file them there and at the end of the month count them and hand do the statements. That's really what I started doing. My favorite story is, that first summer, one afternoon, the vice president of the bank took me in an office and we didn't have a paper shredder. That was before the days of paper shredders. He had a stack of papers that high and he told me to tear it into tiny pieces, so I spent all afternoon tearing that paper into tiny pieces. That was my start in banking."

Q: Did you always have an interest in banking?

A: "This is going to be totally different from what you expect, but I never intended to be a banker. I kept working part-time after school and on Saturdays — we were open on Saturdays back then — but I did not have a clue what I wanted to do with my life."

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