ALMUNI SPOTLIGHT – Belinda Nichols | Class of 1997
Sr. Vice-President of Citizens Union Bank
When did you graduate from Leadership Shelby? 1997 2nd year class
How did you become involved in the program? It was a new program that I wanted to be involved with. After participating in the class I went onto the board and was Chairman of the Board 2001-2002. I then participated in Leadership Kentucky
What do you do for a living? I am Sr. Vice President of Citizens Union Bank. I have been in banking for 39 years and I love helping others with their financial needs.
What did you enjoy most about your LS class year? I truly enjoyed the networking that eventually leads into lifetime friendships that are priceless.
Did you have an especially funny moment that year? On Justice Day, we were at the Women’s Prison and Scott Flowers was looking around and was left behind. One of the ladies started flirting with him and asked him for his phone number. I was walking with David Eaton and Scott comes running past the two of us and at the end of the day shared his story.
Are you still in contact with your classmates? Yes, some of them are current politicians, educators, insurance agents and bankers. We have had several move to other states and some that are no longer with us.
What principles from your LS experience do you still carry with you today? Your attitude! You are the only one that can control it, influence others and accept things that you have no control over. It is definitely a matter of choice.
What are your current volunteer endeavors? I am currently serving on the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and will be President in 2019. I am also a member of the Finance Team at Shelby Christian Church and also serve on the Shelby County Metro United Way Advisory Board and also the Shelby County Community Foundation Board.
Why is LS relevant today? Why should people apply to the program? We need to develop new leadership for our children, grandchildren and Shelby County for future years to come. Shelby County is continuing to grow and with that comes change; we need to be more pro-active in making sure that we have the right leaders in order to make a difference every day. I feel that is why God put us here. Love God and Love People!
Why should people/businesses consider donating to or sponsoring Leadership Shelby?
We are investing in our future! Our job is to help teach, coach, develop, and mentor our co-workers, people that we go to lunch with, play ball with, shop with and I could go on and on…it is our “RESPONSIBILITY”!
What is your favorite food? Pizza
What are your hobbies? I love spending time with family and friends. Lynsey, my daughter and I always love a little “Retail Therapy”. My husband Les and I enjoy going to the lake and spend time together. I enjoy reading, watching sports, both U of K and U of L. I am also a huge “Nashville Predators Hockey Fan”. We also have a new addition to our family, “Cooper”; he is a 3 month old Basset Hound dog.
What is one thing people may not know about you? It can be something funny, unusual, an achievement you’re proud of etc. I watch “Young and the Restless” soap opera every night during the week. It doesn’t matter what time I get home at night, it is something that I know is silly, but helps me relax!
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DEEPER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
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