Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Hitting All the Right Notes: Banker Feels at Home Both Behind the Desk and a Microphone

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Hitting All the Right Notes: Banker Feels at Home Both Behind the Desk and a Microphone

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Long before Susan Davis was handling bank notes, she was belting out musical notes.

"I probably came out singing," says Davis, chief operations officer at $105 million-assets Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company, Pinckneyville, Ill.

Raised in a house full of music, Davis' love for singing was only encouraged. "My parents were very much musical, and we always had music in the house," says Davis, who grew up singing along and trying to emulate the sounds of Donna Summers, Barbra Streisand, and Cher.

One of her earliest singing memories is of her addiction to her parents' Oklahoma! sound track at about age five. "I cried when my brother accidentally squished [the tape] between the seats of our Ford two-door, and it broke into pieces!" she remembers. Years later, she landed the part of Ado Annie in a high school production of the musical--perhaps some karmic resolution at work.

Home was a working farm, and Davis recalls that "I sang so loud on the tractor that neighbors could hear me!" Eventually her father decided it was time to get her off the tractor and onto a stage.

The driver of the gas truck that went to all the area farms had a local band called New Horizon, which played polkas, waltzes, and country music. After some urging from her father, Davis tried out and made the band. She went on to compete in the St. …

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