Annie Weets began her banking career at U.S. Bank in 2006 fielding customer calls and internal inquiries as a customer service representative. This initial experience fueled her curiosity.
“I wanted to know everything there was to know about equipment leasing,” Weets says.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE:
“Not only is [continuous professional and personal growth of the team] a benefit to the employee and the organization, but clients can feel that competence and enthusiasm in every interaction. It really allows us to provide a premium customer experience.”
Working closely with customers, vendors and equipment manufacturers, Weets had the chance to expand her network as well as her equipment finance knowledge. When an opportunity arose in asset management in 2009, she jumped at the chance to learn about another facet of the industry.
Assuming roles of increasing responsibility, Weets oversaw a growing team responsible for end-of-lease management. Working daily on fair market value negotiations and return conditions dovetailed perfectly into her current role as valuation manager, where she is heavily involved in negotiations and value setting on the front end.
Outside of U.S. Bank, Weets has contributed to her community through the creation of The Angel Food Project, which she co-founded with a friend. Over the past five years, The Angel Food Project has provided hundreds of home-cooked meals for people in the community who are homebound or have experienced a recent hardship.
Weets’ professional mission is to add value to every interaction while conducting herself ethically and with integrity. She strives to anticipate and answer questions before they are asked, using her extensive knowledge of the industry to craft positive outcomes for all involved.
Steven Hanneman, senior vice president and director of operations at U.S. Bank, says client advocacy and team advocacy are top-of-mind for Weets in every aspect of her role.
“She has a keen sense in identifying solutions that result in win-win outcomes for our customers and U.S. Bank Equipment Finance,” Hanneman says. “Annie knows that we have a limited amount of time with each customer and it’s important to not take that for granted. She’s developed a strong network inside and outside of U.S. Bank that she leverages to help accomplish goals. Annie leads a highly experienced team for whom she strongly advocates and who deliver excellent outcomes. We are fortunate and proud to have Annie as part of our team. For those of us who know Annie, it comes as no surprise that she has been nominated for this prestigious recognition.”
Weets is passionate about helping facilitate the continuous professional and personal growth of her team, keeping up-and-coming equipment finance talent engaged, curious and passionate about their work.