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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lauren Peck majored in marketing/management and was a member of the Lady Bisons golf team at Lipscomb University. After graduation she started a career in the fashion industry, but was persuaded in 2010 to change to banking. It has proven to be a great choice for her. She is branch manager at Avenue Bank in Green Hills and serves as an assistant vice president. She spent a few minutes this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played golf from 2001 through 2005. Ralph Samples was my coach.
"I signed with the track team, but I never started running because golf took up so much time. I had to pick one or the other."
Why did you choose Lipscomb?
"I was going to Auburn and about a month before I was going to leave I changed my mind. My parents and my grandfather went to Lipscomb. It was kind of in the family and I was the only child left that was going to college.
"My initial thought was to go to Auburn and have a social life. I went to Brentwood Academy and there they require you to play year-round sports. I played varsity sports year round. My whole high school career was balancing varsity sports with academics.
"I just decided at the last minute that I wanted to continue the tradition. I am very thankful that I made that decision.
"The Christian environment, and the fact that Lipscomb was not too far from home, helped. There were a lot of things that added up and made Lipscomb a better decision for me."
When did you start playing golf?
"I grew up playing golf. I played golf a lot with my brothers and my Dad. I had always played golf but I put my time into other sports.
"In college I wanted to either run or play basketball or soccer. It is kind of interesting how everything happened.
"As I have gotten older I realize how much I love golf. I play a lot now. Being in banking has made golf pretty important again."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I think it would be traveling with the team, getting to know the girls and spending time out on the course. Some of the cities we traveled to, and the courses we played, were great.
"Golf is a pretty peaceful game. I was out there with a great group of girls. Ralph was a wonderful coach. It was a fun time."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"I would like to say it was my teammates. They had been playing together for a couple of years when I joined the team. They accepted me and made me feel welcome.
"They encouraged me as I tried to learn how to play collegiate golf. It was intimidating at first being out on the tee box with everybody watching you. I had never played with all of that pressure. Their encouragement helped me overcome those changes."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"On Tuesday nights all of the students would meet on the steps in the square and sing. I thought that was so rare and special.
"My last couple of years they moved it inside. But I really liked it being outside in the middle of the square. Those are good memories."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"Being out of school for more than eight years I realize more than ever the importance of Christian values, ethics and morals I had always had that instilled in me by my parents.
"Chapel and Bible classes were always there. Being in a Christian university and that environment it became about my faith and it became about me and my relationship with God at that point.
"I try to emulate Christian values when I am in the workplace, in meetings or managing people. In a culture and society that has strayed away from Christianity, more or less, I want to keep those core values and be the one that stands for morals and ethics and high standards."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Charles Frasier. That is an easy one. He was a great professor. All of the professors were great. But he was so smart. He challenged me to be my best in a lot of different areas.
"I also loved Randy Bostic. He taught marketing and maybe management. He brought his work experiences to the classroom. He seemed to be really invested in his students, but I really feel like he was invested in me and what I wanted to do. He lined up an internship for me. He was great as well."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Green Hills."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am the branch manager in Green Hills for Avenue Bank and an assistant vice president. I have been with Avenue Bank a little over three years.
"There is not a day that is ever like another. I do a lot of lending and that is my favorite aspect of banking. I like to figure out what a client needs and making everything work for them.
"I was in fashion after college. I decided to make a change and Avenue Bank's CEO Ron Samuels recruited me. He asked me if I wanted to be a banker and I said, `no'. But his vision for this bank and his passion changed my mind and I said, `all right I am in'. I just fell in love with Avenue Bank as a whole."
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