First National Bank Assistant Vice President Anita Duda is retiring on March 31, 2015 after 47 years of exceptional service.
Duda began her FNB career in 1968 as a bookkeeper. Banking was pretty different back then. She filed checks away by name and there were no account numbers.
Throughout the years, Duda held many titles: bookkeeper, teller, walk-up/drive-up teller, loan teller, loan officer, and assistant vice president.
“I became the first female loan officer for FNB in 1985,” she said. “I have FNB President Larry Ziglar to thank for my career as a loan officer. He asked me if I would consider taking the promotion. At first, I said no. I am very glad Larry talked me into just trying the position. I have enjoyed my position as a loan officer for over 30 years.”
As a loan officer, Duda has enjoyed working with people, helping them with their financial needs, and talking to them about everyday life. She said that she has become very close with many of her customers.
“I will really miss all of my customers that I have had the pleasure of working with,” she said.
Ziglar, who has worked with Duda for 39 years, is proud to have had her as a member of the FNB family.
“Anita’s retirement marks the culmination of a career spent achieving success and making personal connections with customers,” said Ziglar. “I wish her a very relaxing, well-deserved retirement. She will truly be missed.”
She will deeply miss her coworkers who are like a second family to her. There is one coworker that Anita will be sure to stay in contact with and that’s her daughter, Debbie Hoog. Hoog, who is also an assistant vice president for FNB, will be assisting Duda’s customers at the Staunton branch after Duda’s retirement.
Duda was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and eventually moved to Riverside, California where she met her husband of 56 years, Ray. Ray was in the Marine Corp. and, after he was discharged, they both moved to Staunton. Duda said that Staunton has been a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Upon retirement, Duda plans on traveling with Ray, fishing, reading, shopping, watching movies, and volunteering.
If you would like to personally wish Duda a happy retirement, please stop by the bank on Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a retirement party. Refreshments will be served.