Rising Young Professionals of 2018: Robin Fries
Monday, July 9, 2018
Finance & Commerce (June 29, 2018) - After graduating from Cornell College in Iowa, Robin Fries fell into a comfortable career in retail. Then she heard about an opening at HomeTown Credit Union in Owatonna, Minnesota, and she decided to take a chance and apply.
She got the job and found a new calling. In 2016, she joined Rochester’s First Alliance Credit Union, becoming a top performer by generating $5.1 million in loans.
Having proved her mettle, Fries took a new role as an organizational development specialist in 2017, helping to train, mentor and coach new and existing employees. She said she likes sharing her knowledge with employees and embracing the bank’s “All for One” mission.
She’s also working on a master’s degree in organizational psychology at the University of Minnesota.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
One of my psychology professors imparted on me the idea of continuous learning. He said there will always be someone smarter, younger and more ambitious on your heels. Everyone is always superior to you in some way. But if you’re always learning and honestly passing on knowledge to others, you’ll have plenty of opportunities.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m an avid reader, and I like to share what I’ve read with people. I am great at trivia because I have lots of useless knowledge.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My husband, Todd, and I have been hitting some lakes around Minnesota in our new boat. I’m not athletic, but I coach kids in a Dodge County youth hockey program.