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The best banker and the best financial advisor.

John Knight's head shot.
Photo credit: Samantha Baker

Making time for clients.

John Knight is the kind of banker everyone wants – including himself.

“I love what I do, and I work hard to be the best banker. I am very accessible, always ready to call or meet. I always think about how I should behave. I would like to try to be relevant to my clients and their unique circumstances.

“While I’ve been doing this for 25 years, it may be the first time that a client has been in a particular situation. I am proud

For this type of work, Knight, senior vice president of First Financial Bank and a commercial lender, was named both Best Banker and Best Financial Advisor in this year’s Focus Daily News. Reader’s Choice Award..

And, in typical night fashion, her winning response was, “I was excited and honored to be nominated, but winning was a thrill, and I’m grateful to everyone who voted for me!”

Perfect fit for Banking Night.

Knight, 44, grew up in Lancaster and now lives in Oviedo. Early in life he knew what he wanted to be, and as soon as he graduated from high school he entered banking.

“My best friend’s mother ran a branch and she shopped at a store where I worked during high school and the ethics of my work and the way I served customers. He told me to meet him once I graduated and he started me, “he recalled. “From there, I liked the work environment and loved helping people, so it was a natural career sag.

Shortly after becoming a tailor 25 years ago, I knew I wanted to stay in banking.

Knight holds a degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in business administration from the Cox’s School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

But most of all, he just likes to make people happy, and more than any degree that drives him.

Make dreams come true

“I feel most satisfied at work when I’m able to make someone. Dreams come true.. I like helping a business owner buy their own space or buy someone’s dream home.

Knight’s father worked for the post office and his mother worked for an insurance company before she was in third grade.

“My parents were never financially rich, but I was lucky to grow up in a wonderful home with wonderful parents and a great brother and sister,” he said.

He married his high school sweetheart Angie 23 years ago. She has a doctorate in education and works in it. Lancaster ISD, The district in which they met and graduated from there.

They have three children, Jalin, a sophomore. Middle class heritage High school, and twin eighth graders at Walnut Grove Middle School, Landry and London.

However, Knight is more than just banking and finance. For example, he once coached his children in sports, and is still their greatest cheerleader.

“He plays a lot of sports, and now that he’s in school programs, I miss his coaching, but I enjoy encouraging him,” Knight said proudly.

Join the community.

He is also Chairman of the Board of Texas CASA (Court Appoints Special Advocates) and weekly patron at MILE (Middle Innovative Learning Experience).

“I really appreciate the way First Financial works and the way the bank works, and allows me to serve my community. The bank believes in investing in our community and helping others.

However, with the joy of helping dreams come true, there are also challenges to overcome some people. Not everyone qualifies, but Knight does his best to improve these difficult moments and promote hope for a brighter future.

‘Not yet’

“The hardest part of being a lender is the decline. Unfortunately, not every loan works, and that’s part of the business,” he said. “I empathize with the bad news and always make a plan of how they can achieve their goals successfully. My goal is not to say ‘no’ but I say, ‘not yet.’ I want to be a coach, a mentor, and tell my clients what changes can be made so we can accept their request.

Knight loves choosing his career. His advice to other young people who want to enter the same career?

“It’s a great business if you like helping people and are good at math. Degrees in business, finance or accounting are very useful.” Invest and guide me. Find a mentor, nothing more helpful.

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