Steve Brown: Commercial Loan Officer

Steve Brown has strived to bowl over customers with professionalism and industry know-how throughout his 16-plus-year banking career. It’s a character trait and business practice he picked up like a 7-10 split from his time as one of Alaska’s top competitive bowlers. “To be a good bowler involves a great deal of mental focus,” Brown said. “You must hold your emotions in check and leverage them along with physical skill, to maintain and improve in the sport. “Bowling has given me great confidence in life and that has carried over to banking. I try to share the importance of good sportsmanship with everyone, and it’s no different in the business world.” Brown is a member of the United States Bowling Congress and roller of some 20 300 games since first taking up the sport at age 10. Last month, he represented Anchorage in the inaugural Alaska Denali Cup. Brown and his teammates defeated a group of Fairbanks bowlers to win the tournament. “It was one of the most satisfying wins of my career,” Brown said. “It was an incredible experience just representing a quality group of people and being in a team environment. I feel the same way when I tell people I work at First National.” From time to time in the heat of match, Brown won’t hesitate to help his opponent with an adjustment or tip to improve their score. “For me, I prefer to win when someone is doing their absolute best instead of when they may be struggling,” he said. In banking, Brown does the same for his customers by offering them options to consider. “You can never betray your professionalism and must maintain your poise,” he said. An Air Force veteran, Brown joined First National is May 2005. As assistant vice president and commercial loan officer, he assists customers in finding the best possible banking solutions for their respective situations. In his banking career, he’s worked in Anchorage, Barrow and Kotzebue, allowing him a better understanding of the state and its people. “Working in rural areas helped me realize Alaska and Alaskans are diverse,” Brown said. “And they have different needs and wants based on location.” When he’s not banking or bowling, Brown may be working in his garage restoring classic cars or traveling. He also enjoys golf, riding ATVs, snowmachining and spending time with family.

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