Age 33 | vice president/commercial banker, First American Bank

A degree in criminology from the University of Northern Iowa led Shane Greenleaf to a banking career.

While he was pursuing his degree at UNI in the late ‘90s, Greenleaf decided he wanted to work for the FBI, and he got some career advice from an agent.

“He said, ‘Do you want to be a lawyer, a CPA or continue on beyond your four-year degree?’” Greenleaf recalled. If not, the FBI agent told him, his best bet was to get a job in the financial world “because that’s where a lot of the white-collar crime is happening.”

After being downsized by his first employer, GMAC Mortgage, he landed a job with a bank and he’s been in banking ever since.

“I love getting to know people and helping people, and I think both careers have the ability to do that,” Greenleaf said. Though a role as a fraud examiner or in risk management is a possible career move, Greenleaf said he would “absolutely love” to become a bank president someday.

Greenleaf envisions putting together his own management team, similar to how in 2006 John Hollingsworth, then market president of Liberty Bank, had hired him as vice president of commercial banking at Liberty Bank. Hollingsworth later recruited Greenleaf to join his team after becoming market president at First American Bank.

In his present role as vice president of commercial banking for First American Bank, Greenleaf manages a $50 million loan portfolio and won several top lending awards in his organization last year.

In the community, Greenleaf has served in several leadership roles since 2007 on the board of Candeo, which works with individuals with disabilities to help them to achieve their goals.

Five reasons he’s a 40:

• Has taken on increasingly responsible roles in the banking industry for the past 13 years.

• First named a commercial lending vice president at the age of 26.

• Serves on the board of the Neighborhood Development Corp.

• Volunteers in leadership roles with Candeo and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa.

•  Member of the Urbandale and West Des Moines chambers of commerce.

Mentor: John Hollingsworth, president, First American Bank

Fun Fact: He and his wife have two little ones at home - a 4-year-old and an 18-month-old.