Meet Tammy, Schwabbie and military spouse
Tammy’s Schwab story is a virtual circle – one that starts at Schwab and has brought her back to the firm.
“I started at Schwab here in Phoenix back in 1995. My husband, Randie, was also working at the firm at the time,” remembers Tammy. “My husband was an Army reservist and after September 11, 2001, he went back on active duty and was deployed. That was a major change for our family and I decided to take a year off to care for our daughter.”
After her time away from the workforce, Tammy went back to work at USAA and 16 years later is back to Schwab, returning to the firm as a part of Schwab’s May acquisition. She now leads a team in Client Service and Support focusing on high-net-worth clients.
“I love being back at Schwab", says Tammy. "Schwab and USAA are both cultures that put the client first and that’s why I think this acquisition has been such a good match. I always tell people Schwab has a culture of respect – for the client and for the employee, and I’m so glad to have that as a part of my professional life.”
These days, Tammy’s husband, although retired from the Army, continues to work as a military contractor for the U.S. Government and is currently in Saudi Arabia, where he writes and delivers training for the Saudi National Guard in intelligence and staff skills. Because of Covid-19, he hasn’t been home in more than 18 months.
“I still consider myself a military spouse,” smiles Tammy. “It’s just what I know. My father was in the Air Force, my stepfather worked as a Department of Army Civilian and my mom was a terrorism analyst for the government. My family’s commitment to service is very important to us.”
Because of that true spirit of service to our country, Tammy grew up overseas. She lived in Okinawa, Japan and graduated from Seoul American High School in Korea before returning to the States to go to Ricks College (now Brigham Young University – Idaho) and then on to the University of Utah.
“I really believe in the American military and the commitment our service men and women and their families make to protect our beliefs, freedoms and way of life,” says Tammy. “And I think it’s important to thank both our service members, veterans and their families, because the support the family gives is also a service to our country.”