Embarrassed, the attendant apologized and gave Honomichl the information she needed. Honomichl proceeded to the banquet room where, as she stood in a line for breakfast, a waiter came up to her to say again that the bankers' spouses were meeting in a different room. Again she quipped that she would tell her spouse if she saw him. The seminar speaker overheard the exchange and asked Honomichl whether she had heard those kinds of comments often. In fact she had. But then that went with the territory, Honomichl said in a recent interview. After joining The Commercial State Bank in Wagner, S.D., as an executive assistant 34 years ago, Honomichl accomplished a series of firsts: first woman from the bank to go to a graduate school of banking (in Madison, Wis.), first woman loan officer, and then, in 2006, the bank's first woman president and COO.
Humor, hard work led former assistant to the top Tony Telschow Northwestern Financial Review; Nov 15-Nov 30, 2008; 193, 22; Docstoc pg. 16 Reproduced with permission of
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