Pub. 14 2023 Issue 2

In 2022, the West Virginia Bankers Association established a Young Banker of the Year Award. This award recognizes the achievement, performance and community and industry involvement of a West Virginia banker who is 40 years of age or younger. Each candidate is nominated by a sponsor within their bank, supported by the application process highlighting their accomplishments and credentials. This year, we were given the opportunity to select from eight outstanding candidates. Nominees were reviewed by the Board of Directors through a blind selection process. The 2023 Young Banker of the Year recipient, Deborah L. Swiger has forged her own path at Citizens Bank of West Virginia while continuing to help her teammates, customers and the company and industry thrive and prosper. In your career, what contribution have you made that is the most meaningful to you? Throughout my career, I’ve tried to create efficiencies for various tasks to make daily processes easier and more effective. I think, ultimately, my greatest contribution has been to create the resources to support coworkers in their projects to find success. Whether that’s by creating step-by-step instructions, simplified forms, leading group discussions, or providing training — sometimes it’s just modifying a process or providing troubleshooting help. My goal has been to improve the experience for my coworkers to make everybody’s life go a little bit smoother. I think that those small incremental changes have been my biggest contribution. A Conversation with Deborah L. Swiger 2023 West Virginia Young Banker of the Year 6 West Virginia Banker