After interning, Prescott gets first ‘real’ job at home bank

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 17, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; Drey Prescott has grown up at Britton and Koontz Bank and now he’s hoping he’ll grow old there.

His first real job, Prescott started working at the bank during the summer after his first year of college; the first real lesson &045; tie tying.

At the time the 1999 Adams County Christian School graduate was a student at Co-Lin Wesson studying computer networking. His bank summer was spent doing computer work.

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Another summer at the bank and Prescott had found his future. After Co-Lin he headed to Mississippi State University where he got a business degree to better equip him in the banking world.

Two more summers as a B&K teller and Prescott knew his ultimate goal was to be out front in the bank working face to face with the people.

He’s not there yet &045; he works in the basement handling accounts over the phone &045; but he’s learning valuable information along the way.

&uot;I’m in the guts of the bank,&uot; he said. &uot;I’d have loved to go straight from college to a loan officer, but this is the best learning experience.&uot;

As an account services representative, Prescott, 24, spends his time taking customer calls, handling ATM and debit card issues and processing statements.

And he feels comfortable he’s learning from the best.

&uot;B&K is one of the best banks in the area,&uot; he said. &uot;Seeing the people upstairs and the way they take care of our customers all on a personal basis &045; you’re not a number here.&uot;

But most of all, Prescott’s just glad to be working in Natchez.

&uot;I never was like, I’m ready to leave Natchez,&uot; he said. &uot;That’s why I went to college, to work in Natchez.&uot;

Though most of his high school friends have ended up in Jackson, he said they all wish they could be working in Natchez.

&uot;It’s the small town environment,&uot; he said. &uot;On my lunch break, it’s 10 minutes to my house. I have hunting here and my family.&uot;

Hunting and wakeboarding on Lake Concordia were two major draws, he said. His family is still in town; his mother works at Callon Petroleum Company and his father at Alcoa.