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FCC Alum Achieving Much Across the Street


At The Fairfield Banking Company, no day is the same for Jamie Jones.
“Because of the small scope of our business, my duties include helping with whatever needs to be done,” says Jones. Serving as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jones works closely with the tellers and oversees all retail and bank operations. To ensure the bank is keeping up with the latest technology and innovation, she is constantly researching new products and banking methods. Additionally, she manages the bank’s social media accounts.

A Fairfield native, Jones loves her job and the banking career she has built for herself. But 19 years ago when she was a student at Frontier Community College, Jones would have never believed she would be co-managing a bank just across the street.

After graduating from Fairfield Community High School, Jones made the decision to attend FCC and earn her Associate’s in Science & Arts. While at FCC, Jones was very involved on campus by joining Phi Theta Kappa and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). She was also a member of the Success Network, in which she tutored fellow students.

During her second year at FCC, Jones served as the IECC Student Trustee, a position that rotates annually between the four colleges in the district. In this position, the student attends monthly IECC board meetings and votes on various agenda items. When she graduated in the spring of 1999, Jones received the President’s Award.

“I started taking classes at FCC while I was still in high school, so it was a great economical choice to begin my college career,” stated Jones. “For those looking to transfer or balance classes with a part-time job, it’s so nice to remain local and work towards your education.”

Jones transferred to the University of Southern Indiana (USI) after graduating from FCC, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish in 2002. While she was completing her undergraduate degrees, however, Jones gained valuable experience by holding part-time jobs at Kohl’s, the Briarwood Inn, and Peoples National Bank.

“Teaching was my vision while I was in college,” stated Jones, “but once I began working for Peoples, I was learning anything and everything.” She began to find this line of work exciting and challenging, and eventually accepted a full-time position as a teller in Fairfield. Later, she was promoted into the loan department as a processor.

Jones’s education degree was especially helpful when she accepted a new role as Training Coordinator at Peoples’ corporate center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Working with all Peoples branches across the region, Jones trained new employees during the onboarding process and also trained existing employees to learn new banking methods and utilize new equipment.
In 2011, Jones accepted a position with The Fairfield Banking Company (a branch of The Clay City Banking Company). The move was a positive direction for her: she was able to work locally, spend more time with her twin daughters, and was contributing to the foundation of a small business.

After the bank’s CEO tragically passed away, Jamie stepped up to become the COO and continue the vision for the bank. Today the bank continues to grow, and part of the success can be credited to Jones’s educational background. Employees have been trained to be multifunctional and perform tasks across a variety of departments. Jones has successfully implemented new technology and products into the business (such as mobile banking), and with these achievements includes additional training for her coworkers.

Today, Jones resides in Fairfield with her husband, Jarrod, and her 7-year-old twin daughters, Jenna and Josie. She likes giving back to her community, holding active memberships in the Fairfield Kiwanis Club, First United Methodist Church, and North Side School’s PTO. Years after completing her degree from FCC, Jones is now an adjunct instructor, teaching the Human Resource Management course as part of the Entrepreneurship Program. In the next year, she will complete her Master’s in Business Administration from USI.

Jones is very grateful for her time at FCC and the path it created for her in the banking industry. She appreciated the one-on-one help she received from Student Services, and she believes instructors and advisors truly do put the individual student first.

“Everyone at FCC was very helpful and friendly, and I think it’s a great first step in getting your education.” Her involvement in various student clubs gave her the confidence to take on leadership roles, and these experiences paved the way for her future in management.

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