Student Profile: Travis Cearlock


By Anna Skinner

Current in Westfield is highlighting Westfield High School graduates. To submit someone for this feature, email ideas to Editor Anna Skinner at [email protected].

Travis Cearlock graduated from Westfield High School in 2006. He now works as the assistant branch manager for Centier Bank.

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Q: What are you up to now?

A: I work for Centier Bank in Westfield. I’m just trying to be involved in the community as much as possible. I am involved with the chamber of commerce and Student Impact pretty heavily, and I live in Westfield and still have a lot of friends to hang out with here. The Westfield Young Professionals, I’m involved with that. With Student Impact, I’m involved with coaching basketball for seventh and eighth grade and also commission the junior/senior basketball league. I do sit on their board of directors and I’m involved with a lot of other odds and ends they do if I’ve got the time and the opportunity to help out as much as I can.

Q: Did you have a favorite class in high school?

A: Probably calculus with Miss Mangus. I’m a math and science guy, and calculus was challenging, which I liked.

Q: Who was your most influential high school teacher?

A: I would say economics with Mr. Zell was probably my most influential. I didn’t know it at the time, but it made me have a passion for markets and ultimately made me major in econ in college.

Q: What were you involved with during high school?

A: I played a lot of rec basketball in different places. I was involved in the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club and I was in band. I played trumpet. I played in all the bands – marching, jazz and concert all through high school, and I was part of the National Honor Society.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Purdue. I graduated in 2010 and majored in economics with a concentration in business management.

Q: What attracted you to banks?

A: I worked as a financial advisor first out of college and loved markets and being able to help people understand it because money is super personal to people, so having knowledge and helping out eventually took me to financial advising. Buying a home here scared the crap out of me with a 100 percent commission job, so banking was a good mix.

Q: Do you miss anything about high school?

A: I miss freedom and not being locked down and being an adult. You look at it like it was hard then, but now looking back at it, it was super easy compared to everyday life. I guess I miss the freedom and knowing what’s going to happen every single day.