Renee Ramirez knows banking, and Banking Texas Style, inside and out.
She began working immediately after graduating high school, which she did early so she could get a head start on her career. “I graduated from high school in January rather than waiting until May so I had a jump on the other job seekers getting out of school,” she said. “There was an opening at a savings and loan in my neighborhood, so I applied. That was in January 1980, and I have been in banking ever since.”
Originally from Houston, Renee graduated from Angelina College in Lufkin and has completed various banking classes, including Fannie Mae underwriting classes. She is a member of the Nacogdoches County Board of Realtors, and she volunteers to help in her community when she can. She has recently volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association and also helped serve at the fundraiser for St Mary’s Catholic Church on the SFA campus.
She is the proud mother of one son, Hunter, who is married to Rachel, “a local Garrison girl.” She has two grand dogs, Cricket and Hopper, but travels too much to keep a pet of her own. She enjoys fishing, working in the yard, reading, biking and kayaking.
What was your first job?
When I was about 8 I rolled papers on Saturday mornings for a neighbor. While in high school I worked for Montgomery Ward at Greenspoint Mall.
What book has had the biggest impact on you?
The Walk series. It shows you how everyday life obstacles can be overcome by determination.
What was the best concert you ever attended?
The Eagles, The Long Run
If you could hire any actor to portray you in a movie, who would you choose?