Fort Smith native Maggie Srygley returned home to find a job after she graduated with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and business from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 2013.
She reached out to First National Bank of Fort Smith and started there as a teller in 2014.
“They had been my bank my entire life,” she said. “It wasn’t necessarily the job that I was looking for, but it ended up being the most life-changing job for me because they put a lot of faith in me and invested in me and allowed me to work my way up pretty quickly.”
She soon became marketing assistant and knew she wanted to be in marketing after working in a marketing position for D Magazine in Dallas. After accepting the position at the bank, she and the bank’s marketing company were asked to create an ad. Her ad was selected, and afterward, the bank brought all marketing in-house. She was promoted to marketing officer in 2015.
The following year, she became marketing officer for First National Bank of NWA, a division of First National Bank of Fort Smith. Also in 2016, she earned an MBA from Webster University.
As an advocate for the bank, Srygley promotes morale and is a bridge between the banks in Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas. She provides community outreach and support for area charities, and she handles bank sponsorships. She also hosts team-building events and completes graphic design projects. She works with about 50 employees daily, and over the next three to five years, she hopes to continue to be a promoter for the bank in more of an executive role.
“Maggie is very creative and talented, which is a must in her role as marketing officer, but what really impresses me is how she has learned to be a leader,” said Rob Husong, president of First National Bank of NWA. “She takes time to encourage and empower those around her while leading by example. Her hard work and dedication along with her positive energy help drive our culture and keep it vibrant and optimistic.”
Srygley is a volunteer for Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, a member of the 15th class of Leadership Benton County and enjoys spending time on her mother’s 50-acre farm in Rudy.