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first person DEBorah EVANS Covering a lot of ground! CFO's spare time is spent on three very different tracks Deb Evans knows how to travel in style. The CFO of $334.1 million-assets Bank of Lancaster in Kilmarnock, Va., has two types of horsepower and even steam power in her repertoire. With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), her love for all rides should come as no surprise. Most recently, Evans purchased a 2008 Z51 Corvette. When she brought the new car home on April Fools' Day, it wasn't a joke, and it fulfilled a long-held childhood dream that was first kindled by working on cars with her father. "The reason I got interested in Corvettes and cars was my father had a 1939 Ford that he had hopped up for street racing." He put in a Corvette engine and did some Banker Deb Evans' love for all rides started in childhood, and covers horses (she things to the suspension, says Evans. is pictured with Heidi, a Dutch Warmblood), Corvettes (her everyday driver, here "He and I rebuilt that engine when I was on a racetrack), and 1/8th scale live steam locomotives (with husband, Tom). in high school." mare, Heidi. Two and a half years ago, The 436-hp Corvette is her everyday driver and has 52,000 miles on it. "I figHeidi had a foal that Evans named ure there's no point in having one if you just leave it in the garage," she says. "It's Flying Dutchman, and she keeps meant to be driven." them both boarded at a stable right At least once a year, she takes it to a high-performance driving event at across the road from her house. Virginia International Raceway. The two-day event splits time evenly between Evans' love of horses goes back to the classroom and four daily sessions on the track with an instructor. "It's really her childhood, and she always found a school to learn how to drive fast. It's a blast," says Evans. "And it eliminates ways to take lessons or lease horses the need to do it on the street if you can do it on the track." throughout her life-until she bought Evans also finds herself riding around a different type of track a few times a Heidi ten years ago. year as a member of several live steam train clubs-another interest she inherited For fun, Evans competes in local from her father. Back in the early '70s, he bought a partially built 1/8th scale dressage competitions with the mare steam locomotive and completed it himself. The locomotive is a 4-4-2 Atlantic under her show name, Funny Girl. A modeled after the Pennsylvania Railroad's E-6. "The number on the locomotive beam in her home is covered with ribis 1073, which is the month and year we first built a fire in it," says Evans. bons she's won at the events. Since her father passed away, Evans and her husband, Tom, whom she met at "There's something magical about a club meet, have maintained the locomotive. It puts Evans' mechanical degree the connection when you're riding, to good use. "It's a real boiler, and it operates just like the full-size steam locoand you can feel that the horse is just motives. You build a coal fire in it and put water in the boiler and make steam," waiting for you to ask it for the next she explains. The locomotive is big enough to ride on, and Evans hauls it down move," says Evans. "That connection to club meets in a small camper trailer with a few riding cars. is very special." Lest you think she's all about steel and steam, Evans' third mode of trans-Ashley Bray, contributing editor portation is the original type of horsepower: her 21-year-old Dutch Warmblood 44 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | March 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - March 2014

Chairman's View
Editor's Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
Basel III a bad fit for smaller banks
Tech Topics
Mortgage reboot
5 revenue ideas for the real world
Compliance Clinic
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ABA At Your Service
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