Melanie Reish smiles as she poses for a portrait
Wednesday afternoon at the Westbury Bank she manages on
South Main Street in West Bend.
John Ehlke/Daily News
nearly six years Melanie Reish has managed the Westbury
Bank branch in downtown West Bend, but her time there
started about 15 years ago.
Still in high school, the now 33year-old got her start
at the bank through the apprenticeship program at the
West Bend High Schools. She left briefly for her first
year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
before returning and working her way up in the company.
didn’t think I was going to stay in banking,” Reish
said. “I actually wanted to go into criminal profiling.”
2006 Reish earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Although she isn’t in that field she feels she uses the
degree every day with tellers and customers. During her
time at the bank she’s been a teller, worked in customer
service and quickly became assistant branch manager, a
position she held just more than three years before
stepping into her current role.
“I’ve had a wide range of responsibility,” Reish said.
She also said when she started there it was West Bend
mother of two is also heavily involved in the community
she grew up in and serves on the West Bend Chamber of
Commerce Leadership Board as the president elect on the
executive committee. She is also on the events and
really just look forward to seeing a difference in the
next generation of leaders,” Reish said about being a
part of the board.
also tries to get her staff to volunteer as a group and
volunteers for the West Bend School District as a
chaperone. She doesn’t get it all done on her own,
have a really good support team, both professionally and
personally,” Reish said. She said at home her parents
are instrumental in helping with her son and daughter.
enjoys working for the bank and looks for a community
connection through volunteering. In both areas it seems
to be passion that drives her.
“Well, I really love Westbury Bank,” Reish said. She
said she volunteered with the Rotary Club in the area,
but moved on saying “I think I had to find something I
was passionate about.”
she helps her staff grow and expand in their roles at
the bank she looks for a similar drive in them.
said in the banking industry, other than compassion and
sincerity, “you kind of have to have that personality to
put yourself out there.
kind of want to see that from people,” she said.
Though 15 years of working in one company isn’t seen as
common as it once was, it’s something else Reish looks
for. She also aims to give employees the tools for
success to foster growth from within the company,
similar to her experience.