“As a banking center manager, I worked closely with the local Salvation Army chapter from a business standpoint, but then I got invited to actually go out and see the work they were doing,” Tyler shared.
The result was life changing.
“I went out and observed and helped out in their programs for about a week and I was hooked,” he said.
Now, Tyler serves on the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, and also works with another local organization, the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. The Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization providing restorative care to men, women, and children experiencing a homeless crisis in Allen County, Ind. Each Tuesday, Tyler heads out to the Rescue Mission to teach classes on financial wellness. The course is six weeks long, and Tyler estimates he runs about four or five such units each year.
“We start talking about what people value and how to align those values and set goals to going into credit, budgeting, fraud, and banking,” Tyler explained. “It’s really an incredible experience. I’ve been doing this for several years now and there hasn’t been a week that hasn’t had an amazing success story or someone sharing how the program – both the financial wellness course and the Rescue Mission program – has changed their life.”
Now, Tyler’s career has come full circle as he heads up the banking center in Grabill, back where it all started. But there, too, he’s uncovered something new.
“In the past year or so I’ve found a passion for coaching my colleagues,” Tyler shared. “Having the opportunity to grow a team and see them become successful and help them go above and beyond is the highlight of my day, now.”
When it comes to coaching, Tyler brings the full breadth of his banking experience to bear.
“I think I have a little bit of an advantage doing everything in the consumer space,” he said. “And I enjoy taking the things I’ve learned over the years from different positions and just helping people if they’re struggling. I enjoy being able to sit and be a resource, and to watch the team grow.”
In his spare time, Tyler enjoys the sport of Curling, rebuilding a classic Miata, and cycling with his wife of 11 years, Karen.
When it comes to finding your own passion, Tyler’s advice is simple:
“If you have the opportunity to try something out, just go ahead and set aside the time, even if you’re not sure you can do it,” he said. “Finding time is one of the biggest roadblocks to giving back – so just go ahead and set aside that time and go once. Just go once and see how things grow.”