Carrie Coppage-Feld is River City Bank’s newest Vice President/Premier Relationship Manager. Carrie draws upon over 17 years of banking and financial services experience to deliver concierge-like service and personalized support for the Bank’s clients and foster new relationships with potential future clients. Recently, the Oregon native spoke with us about the importance of spending time with family, growing up surrounded by tree orchards, and conquering fear.
Hometown: Clackamas, Oregon
First Job: Working in the family pistachio, almond, and walnut orchards. I was six years old and my main job, at that time, was suckering and painting the very-very young trees. For those not familiar, suckering is when you take all of the tiny leaf growths, limbs, etc. off at the base/trunk of the tree to sculpt desired growth. With saplings, these can generally be brushed off with a gloved hand. It’s the first step in controlling the shape of the tree to ensure, as it grows, it can carry a full production of nuts. Painting the base of trees helps to shield them from all sorts of damage, including the sun and insects. I have such great memories of spending time in the orchards with my dad. Growing up in a farming family is the single contributing factor in shaping, for me, what I consider, a very strong work ethic and a never give up attitude. It has served me well my entire life!
One of my fondest and most bittersweet memories was the first year my dad was not present during pistachio harvest in Arizona. Early frost before harvest is the biggest challenge there. In order to combat a freeze on the pistachios before harvesting, helicopters are launched over the orchards. The helicopters keep the air pushed down and circulating above the trees. My dad was in the hospital that year, and I remember just walking the orchard all night with my brother and our crew after we made the call to ‘launch the birds.’ You couldn’t hear a thing over the helicopters, but we touched every single tree as we waited for the sun to rise!
Favorite Quote: “Choose to be happy.”
Favorite song: Currently, it is ‘Holiday’ by Ocean Alley, but really it’s almost anything by Ocean Alley. I first saw them last year at the BottleRock music festival in Napa, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
Favorite city to visit: Boston, MA
What are you reading right now? The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Morning ritual: It definitely starts with coffee, and most days, a nice 5 am run!
If you have an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it? Outside with my husband and kids (or shall I say all my favorite adults)
Radio or podcasts? Radio. I think this question dates me.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you? See above! I am a third-generation farmer (pistachios, almonds, and walnuts). I do not get involved in the almond pronunciation war of most farming families, but I can graft in the variety of any tree you want changed!
Which causes/nonprofits do you support? I’m a 100% all-in with the Epilepsy Foundation of America. My family is also getting together to Run for the Cure, an upcoming 10k in Pasadena.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Anything and anywhere in the presence of my husband and kids. A great glass of wine would be the icing on the cake!
What did you want to be when you were a child? A psychologist.
What is your greatest fear? Living in fear is my greatest fear; fear of failure, fear of loss, fear to try. Fear can really hold a person back, so I try to recognize it in my decision making and get it out of the equation.
What is your current state of mind? Optimistic.
What do you like best about working at River City Bank? I appreciate the well-rounded culture of the Bank and the balanced emphasis placed on growth, clients, employees, philanthropy, community, and integrity. It has been fascinating for me to observe and participate in what appears to be a seamless effort, of which I know it is not. I have worked with many great financial companies in my career, and none can hold a candle to what River City Bank continues to master in this arena.