Heidi Gesell

Heidi Gesell

President/CEO

What do you do at BankCherokee?

What do I do at the bank?  That’s a great question as no two days are alike.  Overall, provide the vision and direction for the bank.  Reinforce that direction.  Cheerlead.  Help grow the bank.  Keep us focused.  Serve as a representative in the community–a value of this organization.

How many years have you been in banking?

I started, professionally, in banking in January 1981 and have been at Cherokee since November 1983.  Truly, the bank has been a part of my life forever…

Why do you enjoy working at BankCherokee?

I received a thank-you note today that said, in part, “Thank you for believing in us.” That’s why–I get a chance to support people.  I get a chance to hear people’s dreams.  I get a chance to build relationships with great people.  And every day I have the opportunity to work side by side with some really wonderful people.

What is your favorite movie?

I love movies, so it’s hard to choose just one. The Sound of Music ranks near the top.

What was your best vacation ever?

I have been very fortunate and have traveled quite a bit, I love Colorado in the mountains, Italy for its food and warm people and the ocean just about anywhere.

LinkedIn Profile

Success Stories

White Crane prides itself on attention to detail and becoming their customer's "builder for life". Susan addresses the importance of her relationship with BankCherokee and her banker Heidi Gesell, saying "It's all about banking locally. They get it, they get my vision."