Hillary Bryand started her banking career working as a teller during college.
“I liked the banking, so I stuck with it and decided to do finance,” she said.
She graduated from South University in Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in finance.
She married Steven Bryand eight years ago. Bryand had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. The couple moved to South Carolina, where she continued working for Bank of America. After another military move to Arizona, Mrs. Bryand worked for Chase Bank as a personal banker.
When the couple moved back to Tyler, she continued to work for Chase and received the company’s President’s Club Award for being ranked No. 190 out of 8,000 bankers in the country, she said. “It was really an honor,” she added.
After having two daughters, Haley, 7, and Heidi, 3, Mrs. Bryand switched gears and started teaching in Arp for three years. Her second year there she was named Teacher of the Year, she said.
Mrs. Bryand said she had thought about going back to banking and was called with an opportunity to become branch manager for American State Bank’s new branch, at 1116 Troup Highway. The bank, which sits at the former location of the Tyler Fire Station No. 7, opened Aug. 13.
Mrs. Bryand said the bank is planning a grand opening celebration for Sept. 20.
The bank has 12 employees, and Mrs. Bryand oversees five tellers and two new account representatives, she said.
She finds it amusing that American State Bank originated in Arp. And after teaching and living there, she started working for the bank’s Tyler branch.
Mrs. Bryand’s sister, Barbara Orpineda, now teaches seventh-grade math in Arp and she thought they would be teaching together before she got the opportunity to reenter the banking industry. Ironically, her sister left the corporate world to start teaching, as she did years ago, she said.
Mrs. Bryand’s husband, who worked in the public service sector as a police officer in Longview, recently left for the corporate world as well.
Coincidently, he was named Rookie of the Year for the Longview Police Department, the same year she earned Teacher of the Year in Arp.
He now works for Baker Hughes.
“We’ve had lots of changes,” Mrs. Bryand said of them both switching jobs.
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