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Anne Martin Reflects on Long Career Before Retirement

posted on June 18, 2019 in Community

Working with Anne Martin

Anne didn’t start her career in banking, but Texas Citizens Bank (TCB) is where close colleagues became close friends.

After her retirement party last week, Anne remarked on how much the photo above meant to her. “Mike, Dawn, Sharon, and I worked together for many years,” she said. “So grateful to have been a part of that team.”

Dawn Thomas feels equally blessed to have served alongside Martin. “Everyone always enjoyed Anne’s infectious joy and gratitude that she lives every day, and she strives to help others find those in each day,” she said of working with Anne. “We always called her our ‘Little Pollyanna,’ her heart and compassion for people is such a beautiful treasure.”

To sum Anne’s outlook on life into a single phrase, “never let anyone steal your joy.” That was not only the quote she was most known for, but also the attitude she brought into the TCB–Clear Lake office every day.

When asked to provide a quick summary on her career, she did us one better. She took the time to write a letter walking us through her long, impressive career.

Anne Speaks to her Journey

“I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and I am still here! There are not many native Houstonians left! After graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston in 1961, I attended the University of Texas. I chose English as my major and history as a minor in my quest to become a high school English teacher. After two years at UT, I became engaged and married in 1964. In 1967, I completed my degree at the University of Houston and started teaching English at Furr Junior/Senior High School in HISD.

I loved teaching … it had been my dream since I was a young child. In 1970, I finished the school year and prepared for the birth of our first child. Stacey was born in December 1970, and four years later I had another daughter, Keri. I was a stay-at-home Mom for years until my daughters were in junior high and high school.

When I went back to work in 1989, I chose to do marketing for a roofing contractor who lived in our neighborhood. This enabled me to work and stay close to home. In 1994 after both girls had graduated from high school and left for college, I received a call from my sister, who is a real estate agent. She asked me if I would be interested in working for a mortgage broker as a part-time processor. Deciding to take this job changed my path, and I started my career in the mortgage business.

Anne Martin and Barry Bara
Barry Bara and Anne Martin

During the time I worked for this broker, I changed from being a processor to a loan officer. In 1999, I received a call from Tom Watson who asked me to come to First Community Bank to make a presentation to assist with mortgage loans for the bank. I did, and they selected me to work with the bank’s customers for home loans. I eventually became a full-time employee at First Community Bank and continued originating mortgage loans until the bank sold to Wells Fargo.

Anne Martin with longtime boss and friend, Tom Watson. Watson serves as Regional President and Chief Lending Officer at Texas Citizens Bank.

It was at First Community Bank that my relationship started with those that I ultimately would follow to Texas Citizens Bank. Tom Watson was my boss at First Community Bank and again at Texas Citizens Bank. Shortly after TCB was formed, I once again started working with their customers who needed mortgage loans. In 2014, the bank decided to stop offering residential mortgage loans. Not wanting to leave TCB and my dear friends, I was lucky enough to secure a position at Clear Lake with Mike Cornett as my boss. I have spent the last five years totally enjoying my job and the wonderful people with whom I have had the privilege to work!

Sharon Harris and Anne Martin
Sharon Harris with Texas Citizens Bank coworker and friend, Anne Martin. Harris retired just months before Martin.

I would like to mention that I feel so blessed to have served under both Tom and Mike’s leadership. They have been sterling examples of what a boss should be—patient, kind, supportive, while always displaying an outstanding work ethic. They have been and always will be dear friends.

I will remain thankful for the years spent in the mortgage business and the banks and people that gave me that opportunity. I feel when you can work with people to make it possible for them to purchase a home, it makes the job worthwhile. It has been very fulfilling and challenging.

Dawn Thomas, Anne Martin, and Sharon Harris.

It is difficult to leave a job and friends that you enjoy, but the time has come for me to make the change. I am excited about having the opportunity to spend more time with my family. I have two little grandchildren, Trieste who is seven and Knox who is six, who I will see much more often and who can come and spend time at Me-Me’s house. I will also have more time to share in my daughters’ lives.

My dear husband and sister are waiting for me to be able to travel more and simply enjoy time together. Since my sister lives on the same street, we have many plans for the future! My husband worked for American Airlines for forty-one years so that makes it a little easier for us to choose distant destinations for our travel list. Travel has always been a passion of mine, and I hope to do as much of it as possible.

Presenting for the first time in retirement … Anne Martin!

In retirement, I plan to spend some time in my grandchildren’s schools as a volunteer. I am comfortable in the classroom, and I know there is a need for volunteers. You might say that my life will come full circle as I elect to spend time in education which is what I dreamed of as a child.

I do know that life is short, and as long as possible, I will stay busy. In leaving, I would like to share my philosophy of life with everyone. It is something to think about and may make each of you think of the many blessings that we have and the precious gift of time …

Upon request, we would like to share the thought-provoking story Anne shared with us, the last wishes of Alexander the Great:

“On his death bed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three wishes:

1.The best doctors should carry his coffin.

2. This wealth should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery.

3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see.

Surprised by these unusual requests, one of his generals asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great said:

1.”I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.

2. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, will stay on earth.

3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is: TIME.”

To the woman who always made the most of her time with us—it’s time to take a little more time for you! We are extraordinarily grateful to have been a part of such a special chapter in your journey and wish you the best in this exciting new one! Bon voyage, good friend!

Texas Citizens Bank President and friend, Mike Cornett, with Anne Martin.

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