Continuing our celebration of inspirational St. Louis women, we’re highlighting Sharon Johnson, Vice President, Community Development Lending Officer at Central Bank. Sharon has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years, spending the last 13 years in community lending. Her passion for community development is clear. In addition to supporting the community through her work as a lending officer, she also volunteers with local St. Louis nonprofits working on issues like youth and parent development. Not surprisingly, Sharon’s a familiar face at Prosperity Connection, where she’s a regular presenter for our homebuyer education classes. Keep reading to learn more about her work and journey:
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and why you chose to work in finance?
When I first started out in banking it was supposed to be temporary, but it ended up being a career for me. While I was working in different areas in banking, I also started working on my degrees in Human Services and Social Work.
How did you end up “here”/where you are now?
I felt [my current position] was a perfect opportunity to use my knowledge and experience in banking, and combine it with my training in Human Services/Social Work.
What do you like most about being in your role?
Working and assisting customers. Every day is different. Letting customers know what is available to them in regards to purchasing a home.
What would you consider your greatest achievement in your financial career so far?
Being able to actually work within the community, and when a customer closes on their loan. My personal achievement was when I was promoted to Vice President, Community Development Lending Officer.
What advice would you have for someone looking to pursue a similar career?
They should have the following – patience, flexibility, empathy, and goal-oriented.
What is your top, simple financial tip?
You only need three credit trade lines on a credit report.
Thank you Sharon for sharing your story with us! Follow this link to watch her most recent homebuyer class on our YouTube channel.