Star of the Month - August 2016 - Janie Bird

by Austin Bank 11. August 2016 09:28

Who wouldn’t want an employee in their office described as “always ‘wowing’ the customers with their above and beyond customer service standards”?  Or, one known for going outside the realm of normal teamwork to assist a teammate in a time of need?  This month’s Star is the recipient of these accolades and many more.  For that reason, we are pleased to announce Janie Bird, AVP/Loan Assistant in Frankston, has been selected as our August Star of the Month.

Janie spent six years during the seventies in First National Bank of Bullard’s Frankston office working as a Teller, then as secretary to the President.  She rejoined the FNB team in 1996 as an Assistant Vice President.  When the bank was purchased by Austin Bank in 2004, Janie stayed through the transition working as a Customer Service Representative before making the move to Loan Assistant.  “Janie has a special talent of immediately putting customers at ease with their banking needs, problems or concerns.  Her favor among the customers can easily be seen in the number of customers and referred customers that seek her out upon entering the Bank,” shares Russ Gideon, SEVP/Chief Lending Officer, Jacksonville.  Misty Evans, VP/Retail Market Manager, Frankston adds, “Janie always has a positive attitude and takes pride in everything she does.  She is respected by both customers and coworkers because of her willingness to go above and beyond to provide excellent customer service.”


A long-time resident of Frankston, Janie graduated as Salutatorian from Frankston High School.  Attending Trinity Valley Community College and Tyler Junior College, she also holds various professional certificates.  A member of First Baptist Church in Frankston, Janie enjoys participating in a number of community organizations.  She has lent her time and skills to the Frankston City Cemetery and the Frankston Depot Library Board.  Janie and her husband, Mike, have two sons and daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.  Her number one hobby is taking care of those grandchildren – Grant, Grace and Jake.


“Janie always goes above the call of duty in helping Mom (Jane Chapman) with her business affairs.  I thought it might be because of who Mom is, but I have learned by talking to her coworkers that she does the same for all Austin Bank customers!  Janie is loved by our customers and represents us well in the community.  She is truly an asset to Austin Bank.”


Michael A. Neill, Director


“Janie is very professional and customer oriented.  She is a pleasure to work with and represents Austin Bank well.  She is very deserving of this award.”


Marty Lindsey, SVP/Commercial Lender, Frankston


“Janie’s friendly smile and positive attitude make her a pleasure to deal with, for both customers and coworkers alike.”


Cody Newton, VP/Location President, Frankston


“Janie is such a sweet and kind person to all employees and customers.  She is dedicated to her job and willing to jump in and help at the drop of a hat.  She has such a positive attitude and has inspired me on many occasions.”


Shaunna Nolen, VP/Education and Training, Jacksonville 





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Comments (2) -

Ann Maxwell
Ann Maxwell
8/16/2016 11:34:40 AM #

Janie is such a delightful person!  She gives the impression that she is a friend helping a friend, beautiful inside and out.


Diane Cain
Diane Cain
8/29/2016 11:39:50 AM #

I have known Janie since our First National Bank days back in the 1970's in Jacksonville.  She was a beautiful person then as she is now.  Everyone in the bank loved her, as she always had a positive attitude.  She was always willing to help out a friend.  As I grew to know her, I grew to love her very much, as we had children the same age and did many things together. We have lost touch through the years, but I know if I needed her she would still be there for me.


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