Katie Craft is a natural leader — whether serving as an officer at the helm of a U.S. Army platoon, or as a research analyst for Wells Fargo.
The 26-year-old with a degree in political science has been in the Army Reserves for a little more than three years. She says she balances her civilian life with her military ambitions by “leaving a positive impact on soldiers’ lives,” and that she’s able to do so with support from her Wells Fargo team.
Katie recently returned home to Columbia, Maryland, after a one-year military leave to serve as a platoon leader for 50 soldiers.
As a first lieutenant, Katie says she researched and wrote many reports — work that her manager says transfers well to Wells Fargo.
“Katie is one of those folks who has great instincts,” says David Diaz, who was her manager when she returned from deployment. “It is hard to teach that. We need people who can think on their feet.”
Katie received an achievement medal and an army commendation during her deployment, and carries the same work ethic into her civilian life: She gets up at 5 a.m. to hit the gym and start her day.
“She’s a great team member,” says David, who stayed in contact with Katie via email during her deployment. “She’s really productive and everyone on the team admires her.”
Katie is one of about 170 Wells Fargo team members registered with the military reserves, who are typically deployed once a year for anywhere from a weekend to one year at a time.
Jerry Quinn, Wells Fargo Military & Veteran Segment manager, says, “We are very proud of the dedication and character Katie displays in her Wells Fargo work and her contribution to the defense of our nation. We are proud to support our military team members in their careers at Wells Fargo and military service. I congratulate Katie on a successful deployment. We are proud to have her on our team here at home!”
Wells Fargo has made a commitment to increase its veteran team member population to 20,000 by 2020.
Although the deployment was a life-changing experience, Katie says she is happy to be back, spending time with family, friends, and co-workers.
“It is a relief to be back here and see that things haven’t changed; everyone has been so supportive,” says Katie.
To honor the support she received from her Wells Fargo team, Katie sent them a plaque and flag that flew over the camp during her deployment. The flag and plaque are now on display at the office where she and David work.
“It’s a very moving experience to see the flag and plaque hanging in our office, and to know that she thinks that much of our group,” says David. “It’s humbling to consider that Katie is not only doing the best she can for the bank, but she is also serving our country. To be gone from friends, family, and her job for a year is a tremendous thing to undertake.”
Note: Wells Fargo is proud to support its active-duty and veteran team members, but is not in any way affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. military.