Wade Johnson has been a part of the Durden Banking Company since October 2006 and has loved it ever since. Johnson first started off at DBC as a loan officer and knew he wanted banking to be a part of his career path.
He graduated from the University of Georgia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration finance. He also graduated from the UGA Banking School, a program for Georgia bankers after they have worked in a bank for some time after graduating from college.
He has been married to his wife, Anna Johnson, for 15 years and they have two children, Halli Kate (13) and Davis (12).
Johnson wanted to be a banker at a local bank because he cares about what his community evolves around and wanted to involve himself in assisting the people that bank with DBC in big life decisions, whether it be about their businesses or personal lives. “It is very rewarding to help someone you know and care about,” said Johnson.
He says he loves DBC because of its close-knit relationship with the community. “A good local bank serves the needs of its community,” he further commented.
Through the years, Johnson has progressed through leadership and administrative roles within DBC. He says his success to do that came from a number of things. “My philosophy has always been to show up for work, work hard, and be a productive part of the team. I try to stay focused and always move to find a solution, and not be part of the problem. I have just really been fortunate to work for a bank that has allowed me opportunities to progress my career.”
Recently, in the summer of 2020, Johnson was promoted to president of DBC. He reached this goal by the skills it has recently took him in the past to become promoted.
His goals as president include to learn more about the bank every day because he knows there is still a lot he does not yet know. “Thank goodness I have a great support team around me that helps me learn more and get better at my job every day,” he said.
“I love this community. My wife and I were both raised here, we are raising our kids here, and my prayer is that there will be opportunity for my kids to stay here when they grow up. Working at the bank allows me the opportunity to help make our community better. I truly am blessed to have the job that I have. I don’t dread going to work every day, I enjoy what I do, and I get to see the impact that I have on other’s lives. It is more than rewarding, it is fulfilling.”