Take a GBank Coffee Break with Sara Coatney

Most people know Sara Coatney as the bank’s Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Human Resources Department. She joined Guaranty Bank in 2019 after HR positions with Ozarks Technical Community College and Total Highspeed Internet Service, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Get to know Sara in the time it takes to drink your coffee with this Q&A and video.

Q: What’s something most people outside of your inner circle don’t know about you?

A: I am trained in Brazilian Jiujitsu. And I don’t mean as a kid, I learned in my 30’s. I progressed up to a blue belt and competed in a few tournaments, even won some. I also bought and learned to drive a motorcycle a couple of years ago. You’re never too old to learn something new, right?

Q: You say in the video you love to travel. How many countries have you visited?

A: I’ve been to 11 countries (so far) if you count the U.S.: Canada, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Spain, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. A few on my bucket list include Greece, Japan, Italy and Australia, but honestly I would love to experience as many countries as possible.

Q: You seem pretty active, what are some of your favorite hobbies?

I love summer and pretty much all outdoor activities. I’m always up for trying new things and taking risks like cliff jumping, surfing, snow and water skiing, swimming with dolphins, and rock climbing to name a few. I’m also really into sports, but I especially enjoy playing soccer. I played softball, basketball, soccer and ran track in high school and I love watching football. Outside of the active hobbies, I play the guitar – not very well mind you – but I love music so it’s a lot of fun. I also got involved in art and theater my senior year in high school and found out I really love anything artistic including photography, painting, drawing, acting, and singing.

Q: Personally, what accomplishments outside of your family make you the proudest?

Back in 2015 I set a goal to lose weight after a few years of hardships and life circumstances caused me to become unhealthy. For two years I worked hard at it and lost a total of 65 pounds!

Q: Professionally, who’s been the most influential person in your career growth so far?

A: Melissa Lloyd. I feel like she really sees me and takes the time to know me and figure out what motivates me. She not only cares about me personally, recognizing when I need support and encouragement, but she is also not afraid to push and challenge me.  I have honestly never had a boss in my career that put in the extra effort to invest in me like that.

Q: Last question. What’s a typical day at GBank like for you?

A: My days are full of variety, but in general I am responding to emails from hiring managers, vendors, job applicants, new hires, Springfield Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA) board members because I serve on that board, things like that. I review new applications and send out pre-employment assessments, evaluate completed assessments, schedule and conduct phone, Webex, and in-person interviews, post or remove open positions online, schedule recruiting events (all virtual at the moment), attend community events (also virtual), work on projects with the HR and Marketing teams, evaluate background and credit checks to help determine hiring decisions, and set up pro-active calls to recruit and attract talent to the bank. Every day is a little different and I really enjoy that.

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