Rita Lowman has been in the banking industry for 44 years, and while she entered during a time when it was run completely by men, she will eventually retire as President of Pilot Bank in an industry that is now a 50/50 gender split…which I think is pretty darn amazing!  Rita has so much experience and advice to share, but don’t take it from me, listen directly to Rita in this video, and then stick around to get to know her a bit better, too! 

 

1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.

I have been in banking for 44 years.  When I began my career it was in Bank Marketing. A few years into my career I was ask to move into the commercial/retail space and have never looked back.  Being the bank of choice and having associates who have your passion surround you are both rewarding.  I am passionate about the industry and am an advocate for our industry, clients, associates and communities we serve.

 

2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.

www.pilot.bank

My twitter is @ritalowmanrita and my LI is Rita Lowman.

I am always available to answer questions or assist our clients.  My bank email is rlowman@pilot.bank

 

3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…

Positive energy is a important to me.  I wake up to fun, high energy music that makes me happy.  Yes, you may see me dancing at 6am for a bit of morning exercise.

 

4. My best business advice is….

Be true to yourself.  In my book From the Farm to the Boardroom and when I speak I share leadership lessons.  The two most important things to me in life are my faith and my family.  I also share to surround yourself with people who have similar values.  Honesty and integrity are important to me and have always been two of my guiding values.

5. My professional goal for 2021 is…

I enjoy working with emerging leaders and seeing these young leaders become the men and women who are the leaders of our communities, companies and organizations that make us Florida.  I will continue to advise and mentor the future banking leaders this year.  My other goal is to continue advocating for the banking industry in Washington DC.  We have many virtual meetings set up with political leaders over the next few weeks and our goal is to continue to advocate for our consumers and industry.

 

6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?

Tampa Bay is filled with amazing women that are friends, leaders and inspirations in my life.  I encourage the women to select one or two causes they are passionate about and to engage actively in that mission or organization.  I have many causes that are important to me.  I love sponsoring the Girl Scout Camp CEO, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, WLP  and our banking industry associations.  However, one organization that not only brings a great event to Tampa Bay but also gives $500,000 a year back to organizations in our community is the Outback Bowl.  As Chair of the Outback Bowl, I have witnessed first hand the impact we have on our community. Together we are making a difference.

 

7. Your Astrological sign:
Aries

 

8. Favorite donut:
If I a going to indulge in a donut it is just a plain glazed Krispy Kreme donut!

 

9. Favorite podcast:
So many to choose from…however several of my friends have podcasts that I enjoy including one on a topic we do not talk about as often as we should and that is mental health and addiction.  The Doctor Whisperer, Sharon Fekete hits the subject head on.  We need to help people understand the disease and not be afraid to openly discuss mental health and addiction.

 

10. Favorite book:

Business Book – Never Eat Alone

Mental Health – Stronger than Stigma

 

11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
I am just a Hallmark romantic.

 

12. When I practice self-care I…
I believe in taking my vitamins, eating healthy and walking.

 

13. The place I am happiest is…
With my family at our farm named after my sons HooperWill Farm

 

14. People are surprised to learn I…
…am proud to say I have been married 49 years to my high school sweetheart.

 

15. 2020 taught me…
To love unconditionally.  Losing our youngest son February 26, 2020 at the age of 38, taught our family and many friends life is not guaranteed. Love, give hugs and share kindness with all that are around you.  We miss our son daily and are so proud that God gave us two remarkable sons and a strong faith.

 

We are excited to have a published as our Flyer today and would be remiss if we didn’t share a link to her book, From the Farm to the Board Room, which is available on Amazon…the Kindle is only $4.95 and the paperback is $15.00.  Here’s the summary for all of our readers in this community: “From the small town of Columbus, Georgia to the big city of Tampa Bay, Florida, Rita Lowman has plowed her own path. Her story takes readers on a journey of strength, tenacity, and drive that has bucked the idea of a simple job and replaced it with a brilliant career. Her roots in a small town gave her the courage and the strength to keep pushing through the herd and taking her place at the head of the Florida banking industry.”  Thank you, Rita, for flying with us today!

 

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