Banker Susie Smith Pursues Interest in Charity Work

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 17, 2013 12:00 am  

Susie Smith, Metropolitan National Bank (Photo by Jason Burt)

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Whether conducting official business or following many of her volunteer side pursuits, Susie Smith is keeping her community spirit alive.

As a 1997 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree, Smith was executive vice president of Boatmen’s Bank. For the past 15 years she has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock.

“It’s a great bank with wonderful employees and wonderful customers,” Smith, 52, said. “And it’s truly a community bank, which gives you an opportunity to have an impact on your daily day.”

Smith’s responsibilities include retail, marketing, trusts, strategic planning and accounting operations and mortgage lending. By helping businesses and households with their financial needs, Smith said, she has a chance to help the overall community. “It’s a nice, rare opportunity,” she said.

But Smith, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, has always been the type of person to seek out such opportunities. While at Boatmen’s she promoted volunteerism, was active on the Arkansas Easter Seals Development Council and was a board member of the Children’s Museum of Arkansas.

She has continued in that spirit, focusing on education and youth mentoring as well as serving as a board member at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, though she is not currently on the board.

Her latest project is a fundraiser to support the Winston Penn Wardlaw Memorial Fund in honor of Win Wardlaw, the former student body president of Little Rock’s Catholic High School for Boys who was killed in a motor scooter accident in 2010.

The fundraiser, called Winfest, will help fund Catholic High scholarships in Wardlaw’s name. “We have many great schools and many great students who have done well,” Smith said. “It’s a way to help students and honor him.”

It is the kind of side job for which Smith is always on the lookout.

“I think it’s so exciting to find ways to help others,” she said. “It adds so much to your daily life. You truly receive more than you give.”



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