One of Lucas Sawyer’s goals during his time at IU South Bend was to graduate with no student debt.
Similar to his recent promotion to vice president and chief deposit officer at Worthington National Bank, he achieved his goal.
“As I was wrapping up at IU, my goal was to get out of school without any student debt,” Sawyer said. “And I did just that. It’s a big accomplishment for me, personally.”
After he graduated, Sawyer, 30, said he sent out hundreds of applications to different companies before narrowing down his choices to a job in Minnesota and one in Fort Worth, Texas.
The business management and administration major chose to go south.
“It’s been great,” he said.
Sawyer was recently bumped up to vice president and chief deposit officer at Worthington National Bank, located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sawyer’s boss and the CEO of Worthington, Greg Morse, admires Sawyer’s attitude and work ethic.
“He’s a go-getter,” Morse said. “Some people shake the trees and some people rake the leaves. He’s definitely a tree-shaker.”
Sawyer grew up in Elkhart, Ind., which made picking IU South Bend both economical and easy.
“Basically, my whole family lives in the South Bend area,” Sawyer said. “South Bend is what I’ve seen for a while. I grew up with that entrepreneurial spirit.”
When talking about his career path and how his time spent at IU South Bend prepared him, he discussed his alma mater endearingly.
“One of the things that comes to mind was the quality of the professors,” Sawyer said. “They were not just smart, but street smart as well.”
Aside from working as vice president and chief deposit officer at the bank, Sawyer also serves as chairman on the board of directors for the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center.
“It’s a really exciting, rewarding part of my life,” he said.
Morse said though Sawyer works in Texas, he remains a big Indiana fan.
“He’s proud of his education,” Morse said. “It was definitely a stepping stone for how he’s gotten to where he is now.”
Sawyer said he does go back and visit IU South Bend.
“It’s down the street from the family business,” Sawyer said. “I’ll stop by and walk around, you bet.”
Sawyer said he knows he has the entrepreneurial spirit, and his boss also believes this.
“I see him running a bank,” Morse said. “I think his personal drive and his care towards customers has him lined up for success.”
Sawyer sees the same thing for himself. The person who worked hard throughout college is seeing his career take off.
“I mention the entrepreneur spirit,” Sawyer said. “It’s in my blood. Maybe I’ll start my own bank. Not tomorrow, but eventually.”