This week, The Advertiser Gleam spotlights Kasey Crochet Culbert, AVP/Marketing, Citizens Bank & Trust
Q: When and where were you born?
A: July 11, 1986, Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: Albertville High School, Snead State College, Auburn University
Q: Where all have you lived?
A: Albertville, Auburn
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I work for Citizens Bank & Trust and handle all things marketing. This includes oversight of advertising, social media, website management, brand awareness, event planning, and community engagement among other things. I love what I do and I thoroughly enjoy the people I work with. We have wonderful customers and are very engaged with the communities we serve, which is rewarding. I think people often think banking is “boring,” but to me, it’s the opposite, and really anything is what you make it, right? I’m getting to help promote a brand of integrity, of hard work, of generosity, and of excellence that happens to be representative of a community bank. Banking is something that touches almost everyone at some point in his/her lifetime. Those things, along with a great culture and team, make my job easy and very enjoyable. Bank local, folks. You’ll be glad you did.
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: In short, Annie Furrer, led me here. I never saw myself in the financial industry, but a quick conversation with Annie after a community board meeting one day sparked my interest. The powers that be said they wanted someone who didn’t “think like a banker” and if that was the case, I was their gal. Ha! Apparently, I still think a little like a non-banker, even after being here almost five years. I studied communication at Auburn University and graduated during the recession, (that wasn’t fun). Fortunately, I was offered a job working for a DoD and commuted to Huntsville for several years. Although I thought I would “move off” after college, I ended up planting roots back home in Marshall County (when Adam was hired at the District Attorney’s Office) and the quest to rid myself of the commute was on. I got to work for Mayor Honea and the City of Albertville for a couple of years and enjoyed it immensely, but I ultimately made the decision to join Citizens Bank & Trust. I’m grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given. I picked up and developed various skills in all of the positions I’ve held and all have helped me in my profession today in one way or another.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I enjoy many things about my job, namely the community involvement piece and the opportunity to learn something new every day which helps my professional growth. We have a great team who do the right things day in and day out. We have our challenges like any other organization, but I’m honored to work through challenges and enjoy triumphs with such good people.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I took my very first job one week after I graduated high school. My basketball coach, Courtney Carr (now Courtney Johnson) snagged an interview for me with a family friend of hers. I was hired as a receptionist at the law office of George M. Barnett. I also helped Leigh Dollar with things here and there as well for Dollar & Watson, LLC. Looking back, I’m thankful those guys gave seventeen-year-old little Kasey a chance because no matter where you work or what your role is, you learn new things, you have the opportunity to add value to yourself, to your organization, and to those around you. That’s something Leigh taught me and I’ve never forgotten it.
Q: If you could relive one day from your life, what day would you choose?
A: I think I would relive when Sam was born. He’s our first so it was all new to us! There was plenty to take in, and I would like to be sure to slow down, then slow down a bit more, and try to take in every single moment. Becoming a mother was the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Shout out to all you first-time working moms out there!
Q: What is your spouse’s name? What does he do for a living?
A: My husband is Adam Culbert. He’s an Assistant District Attorney at the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office. We’ve known each other since kindergarten, but didn’t date until we were at Auburn University. I’m very proud of him and the work he does. His office deals with things that most of us don’t want to think about. Honestly sometimes, I don’t see how they do it. Then, when you see justice served in various cases and you see the people, they help directly through drug court graduations, etc, you see the how and the why they do it. I’m thankful for that group and all of the law enforcement community.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: Yes, we have a son named Samuel (“Sam”) who is 20 months old. He’s the most fun thing we’ve ever done!
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: Adam makes great braised short ribs over mashed potatoes – I’m down for that with a bottle of Pellegrino and plenty of French bread!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I’d like to travel to Peru and see Machu Picchu and I’ve always wanted to travel to the Holy Land. Here’s to hoping COVID is over soon.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I enjoy traveling – both domestically and abroad. I’ve also taken up road biking in the last several months and I’m really enjoying that as well. Other than that, it’s friend and family hangouts which is always great.
Q: What do you enjoy about living and working in Guntersville and Marshall County?
A: I’m actually a lifelong resident of Albertville, located on Sand Mountain, with exception of my time at Auburn. Probably now more than ever, I’m just glad to live in a little town and a small, rural county, filled with a lot of nice people. Don’t get me wrong, I like a big city and most of what it has to offer, but there is something about still calling the same place “home” that you always have. With a great school system, a diverse community, and a growing economy, I think it’s neat to be a part of Albertville’s growth and improvement. Working in beautiful Guntersville is great too – I get the best of the mountain and the lake which is nice. An added bonus is when Adam and I can snag a lunch date here and there! I’ve been fortunate to travel a fair amount, and the more I do, the more I appreciate the beauty of North Alabama.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: I would love to have lunch with Condoleeza Rice. I think she’s an amazing leader from Alabama who has overcome a lot in her life and who also is greatly accomplished and wise. I’d love to pick her brain on being a female in the roles she’s held and soak up as much as possible from her.
Q: Would you rather read a good book or watch a good movie and why?
A: I read a lot for work and I’m one of the people who likes to decompress by watching a movie while eating a bag of popcorn. I need to turn my brain off sometimes, there’s only so much room when you’re a blonde ha!
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
A: Accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior has impacted me the most. Without Him, I have nothing, and with Him I have peace even through the hard things and hard decisions life throws our way.
Q: What would be the No. 1 thing on your Bucket List?
A: Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim is at the top of my list.
Q: If you could describe your morals in three words, what would they be?
A: Love, Mercy, Perseverance
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: Although it’s odd to think about, I imagine I’d like to be remembered as someone who loved Jesus, was an overcomer, and as someone who smiled a lot and loved people.