Age: 38

Occupation: Senior Vice President, Director of Risk Management, Hills Bank & Trust

What was your first job?
Cashier at Ben Franklin Crafts.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Sleep on it.

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement(s)?
Attaining senior management level before turning 40 while raising two children.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
I love old school rap music!

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career? Don’t strive to be the one working the most hours at work to prove your dedication. Let the quality of your work prove it.

How do you ensure a balance between work and your personal life?
I don’t think you ever really balance – it just sways back and forth. The key is to be as efficient as possible – it’s okay to be protective of your time.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace?
Our schedules are stressed – efficient use of my time is extremely important.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?
Cancer research.

What is the biggest issue facing the Corridor?
Retaining and attracting employers for continued growth of the Corridor.

What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?
A trip to the European coast.

Who are your local mentors?
Shari DeMaris, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Hills Bank & Trust, and Joe McCarragher, partner at RSM US LLP.

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Ashley Levitt

Ashley Levitt joined the Corridor Business Journal in the fall of 2012 as an events intern. After graduating from The University of Iowa with a BBA from the Tippie College of Business and a BA from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, she worked in marketing for a year before returning to the CBJ as marketing operations specialist. In the fall of 2015 Ms. Levitt was promoted to event marketing coordinator, responsible for the planning and execution of 15 corporate events each year. In 2016, CBJ events reached 2,750 different attendees representing 558 companies.