Weatherford Democrat

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February 24, 2013

50 years in the making

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Werner moved to Weatherford when he was three from Kansas City, Kan. and said he has met a lot of great people in his time n town, admitting there was a time where he couldn’t go anywhere in Weatherford or Fort Worth where he didn’t see someone he knew. As times have changed and both places have grown, that has changed.

Werner said being a loan officer has its ups and downs. He says he is happiest when he can help someone with a loan who turns out to be successful, which isn’t always the case.

“I’m not always right (when it comes to a loan),” Werner said. “I don’t always have all the answers, but I can’t give someone a loan I don’t feel has the ability to pay it back. That’s not good for them or for me.”

Werner received a promotion of sorts late last year when he was named to oversee the new FNB Weatherford branch on College Park Drive, just east of South Main Street. He says he loves the new branch and, like his humble nature, gives all the praise to the staff at the facility.

“I have the greatest bunch of gals in this office as they all spoil me,” Werner said.

Being active in the community is something Werner takes pride in as he has been a member of the American Red Cross, the Gideons and was treasurer of the local chapter of the Salvation Army for 40 years along with being a former Optimist Club member.

Werner says he has no plans to retire just yet as “they haven’t told me to.” He said his dad gave him a piece of sage advice when it comes to retiring.

“Ten years ago I thought I knew when to retire,” Werner said. “My dad told me they have working backwards: you need to retire when you’re young enough to enjoy it and work when you’re older. I’m keeping that in mind.”

With any luck, Werner will continue to be with the bank another 50 years and continue to make more friends.

 

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