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Krista Flynn is the regional president for Chemical Bank’s greater Grand Rapids and lakeshore markets.
Previously, Flynn led the commercial team at PNC bank in West Michigan for six years.
She also held various positions within asset-based lending, credit underwriting, the automotive specialty group and middle-market banking at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors for the first 18 years of her banking career.
Flynn is highly involved in the community, with a particular focus on K-Connect, Kids’ Food Basket and ACG West Michigan.
Biggest career break?
Being asked to move from my hometown in the Detroit area to Grand Rapids — which was the other side of the world to me at the time. It allowed me the opportunity to really understand how to engage personally and professionally in a strong community.
Dropping my son off at GVSU last week!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Be authentic. And positive energy is contagious.
How did you make your first dollar?
Other than paper routes, my first “real job” was sorting and filing weekly donation envelopes at my church at age 13.
I don’t particularly care to possess things. I like accumulating experiences! Learning new cultures via international travel has provided me with the most memorable events and relationships I could ever want.
I’m in it! Being immersed and in an influential position in my community makes me excited to go to work every day, and I never even think about the “R” word (retirement!).
If you were president for a day, you would … ?
Stay off Twitter
Last book you read?
“Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond
Last search term you googled?
I’m sure I bought something on Amazon in the past few hours…
Your worst habit?
Saying yes to too many things
To unwind, you like to … ?
Golf, read and travel!
I’d like to try an African safari, followed by golf and fishing in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
I’ll try most anything ethnic — probably my favorite is Indian.
Person you most admire?
I am awed by so many new people every day! But in general, I admire people who smile in the face of adversity, overcome and go on to inspire others to do the same.