Utah Business

Honoree 21/22

Wendy Andrade answers questions about being recognized as a 20 In Their 20s honoree.

Wendy Andrade, 29 | 2023 20 In Their 20s

Wendy Andrade answers questions about being recognized as a 20 In Their 20s honoree.

Branch Manager | Zions Bank

What are you most proud of in your career thus far?

As a young, bilingual teller, I was the only available person to assist a client with their financial questions. I knew then that I had the ability to become a strong resource in the Latin community, especially for those who have limited communication opportunities. I made it my focus and vision to become a spokesperson for my community. I realized I had the resources to become a financial educator for them. Finance is not usually an open conversation in our culture; I believe that that has to change if we want our future generations to really utilize every opportunity available to succeed. At Zions Bank, I am given the opportunity, guidance and resources to make my vision possible.

What is the most fulfilling part of the work you do?

Having the privilege to be the personal link between bank and client relationships. As my career has progressed, I’ve had the opportunity to become a bigger part of my client’s lives on a daily basis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was able to help many small businesses stay afloat and operate successfully with the Zions Bank Paycheck Protection Program. Whether it has been providing peace of mind during difficult times or helping a small business take another step toward success, I am able to be a part of it all.

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

Your successes and accomplishments will come at the time that they are meant to. From very early on in life, we are taught to follow a path to success and life purpose. What we tend to forget along the way is that everyone’s path is different. It’s OK to reroute that path to learn your true potential and purpose. As a full-time working mom and wife, my accomplishments look different—but I remind myself that every obstacle or deviation we take is still one step forward in our plan.

Connect with Wendy Andrade on LinkedIn.

Mekenna is the editor of Utah Business magazine and a graduate of the print journalism program at Utah State University. She has written about business, music and culture for publications like Business Insider, Time Out, SLUG Magazine, Visit Salt Lake and the Standard-Examiner. She loves hiking, thrifting, reading and going on camping trips with her partner in their 1986 Land Cruiser.