Banking on Her Fortitude

Boison steps up to become U.S. Bank’s market president in central Kentucky

U.S. Bank central Kentucky market president, Laura Boison. PHOTO BY EMILY MOSELEY

Upon hearing that a large international firm was opening an office in Lexington, bringing jobs that would stimulate the area’s economy, Laura Tanno Boison did what most solid professionals in the world of finance would do. She did her homework.

On a Sunday, Boison spent nearly 10 hours — in between preparing dinner for the family and a hot yoga class — immersing herself in the ways and means of this company. No one told her to do it; no one had to.

As the new market president for U.S. Bank-Central Kentucky, Boison demon-strated the talent, persistence and curiosity that has brought her to this level of achievement and recognition.

“My parents always taught us to do our homework and then do it again,” she said, indicating the depth of knowledge she values in her work and in her relationships. “If a large international company is coming to Lexington, I want to know as much as I can about it.”

At present, the company doesn’t have an account with U.S. Bank, but they may want to in the future.

In addition to this new position, Boison continues her existing role as commercial team lead for central, northern and eastern Kentucky. This strong work ethic and professionalism have led to her new appointment — one that few women in Kentucky have achieved.

“Working with Laura these last two years, it was evident her combination of experience in the industry and knowledge of the market made her the right person to lead our efforts here in Lexington,” said Bob Canada, U.S. Bank’s region president of central, northern and eastern Kentucky for community banking.

In 1977, the day Boison graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky, she walked into First Security National Bank, applied for and got a job.

“I always knew I wanted to work in finance and accounting,” she said. “I enjoy working with numbers, focusing on results. Also in banking, you’re evaluated on what you accomplish, and the numbers always tell the tale.”

This interest began when she was 7 or 8 years old. Her mother took her on a trip to New York City, and they ventured down to Wall Street.

“As we walked around Wall Street, I saw the JP Morgan building and was so impressed,” she said. “I said then and there that I wanted to work for such a company.”

And she did. First Security — where she started as a teller and moved up to management — was first bought by Bank One, then by JP Morgan/Chase. Her dream had come true.

During some 30 years in the industry, Boison became the go-to person in Lexington for small-business loans. It was her get-it-done attitude that made people want to deal with her. Over the years, clients (including the writer of this article) reported that she not only took time to understand their business, but she made time to understand their industry and the person behind the business.

After many years, Boison began to realize she’d gotten a little too comfortable as senior vice president at JP Morgan/ Chase.

“It’s like basketball or football: Every year, you start over. You use the same skills with different teammates, different businesses, but it’s the same game.”

She had sat in that same chair, in the same office, with the same view at the First Security/Bank One/JP Morgan Chase building in downtown Lexington for many years, and she had begun to think it was time for a change.

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