Mountain West Small Business Finance was my first real job. Sure, I had baby sat plenty of the neighborhood kids, and sold lemonade on our street corner, but they were my first experience working for an actual company. (And while I’m thinking about it, never has the mantra “location, location, location” been more meaningful than my flop as a lemonade salesman. A cul-de-sac may be safe for kids, but it’s hard to turn a profit my friends.)

At the time of my foray into the hard world of finance and 504 lending, MWSBF was called Deseret Certified Development Company. The owner, current President Scott G. Davis was my father’s best friend and had agreed to let me and my older (but not necessarily wiser) sister do some temp work.

I showed up in my best casual-business attire: head to toe, two-tone denim with a bright green and white polka-dotted tie. It’s obvious I was looking to dress for success. (I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was late 80s. I was most likely rocking a braided belt and had my pants “pegged.”)

I don’t remember much about the work we did. Just that we were getting everything ready for Mircofiche! Hollah! But I do remember that I tried to work hard, and I felt like it was a place that the employees seemed happy. I also may have been one of the few (if not only?) worker-bee sporting a tie. They may have lacked creative fashion vision, or just had a better understanding of business casual.

Years later, I would return for summers for more temping. And in college I got lined up with working in their Orem office. Eventually my husband would go to work for them – which he still does – and now I’m thrilled to be back as MWSBF’s official blogger: reconnected with Mountain West to help share and spotlight the projects and their passion providing origination and servicing for the money that makes Utah work.

This time, I’ll leave the polka-dots alone.

Sabrena Suite-Mangum

Mountain West Blogger