“Don” vs. “Dad”:

A Daughter Returns to the Family Business

By Aleesha (Kveton) Webb

October 17, 2018

“I always knew I would come back home.”

 

 

 

Don-Aleesha SmallI always knew I would come back home.

 

Home is Village Bank, the business my dad, Don Kveton, started in 1993, when I was 16 years old. He chartered our first location in St. Francis, not only because it was a good investment for our family but also for the community. He wanted to create a bank that helps people when they need it most and gives back to our area. For Dad, it was all about creating trusted, lasting relationships. And I’m proud to say, he’s succeeded! Village Bank has grown to four locations -- St. Francis, East Bethel, Anoka Ramsey, and Blaine -- and our Village continues to thrive and expand, from the people who’ve worked here for years to our new and long-time customers.

 

While banking is in my blood, I had to leave “home” to prove to myself that I could do it on my own. It’s a drive my father instilled in me when I was young -- work hard for what you have in life rather than having it handed to you. Even though my first banking job was at Village Bank, I was keenly aware of being “Don’s daughter”. So, I left my Village family to work for a different bank. During my time away, I grew as a banker, leader, and as a person, becoming a mother. I learned a lot about myself and gained a new level of confidence.

 

It’s one of the reasons why I now often catch myself calling him “Don” versus “Dad” when I talk about him. As an experienced business woman, I admire Don’s drive and dedication, and I respect what he’s doing for our Village. Over the years, Don’s been and continues to be one my greatest banking mentors and champions. I’m in awe of his incredibly strong work ethic and strive to match it.

 

In my new role as Vice Chair of the Board at Village Bank, Don and I are colleagues. We are focused on sustainable and economic growth in our community and want to provide opportunities to those in our area. We’re dedicated to supporting education in our schools, including local technical and community colleges, through supply drives, internships and even scholarships. In addition, we’re committed to helping our Village and their families succeed. Our Villager’s children live in this community and go to school here, just like mine do. We want their kids to be proud of where their parents work.

 

I am very proud of my dad and what he’s created. I’m lucky, because he’s both my role model and my father. I may fumble with the words sometimes, but now more than ever, I love calling him “Dad” when we’re at work, too. My two daughters, Rori and Nina, recently stopped by to have lunch with us, and it was so special having three generations of my family together at the bank. It wasn’t fancy. It was pizza, and it was actually messy, but it reminds me why this is truly my home. This is our Village, and it’s where I belong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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