After 43 years in the banking business, Mervin Peters is stepping down.
The community banking president for Wells Fargo started his career in 1964, and says this is the year to say goodbye.
Peters says it is time for a new generation to lead the company.
"In the big picture, it's been an absolutely wonderful experience," Peters said.
Peters graduated from Baylor in 1964 and joined the family business, City National Bank of Bryan.
"Banking offered a good opportunity and that's where I landed and glad that I did," Peters said.
He quickly climbed the ladder and saw numerous changes along the way. In 43 years, Peters survived at least four acquisitions and three location changes before the bank became Wells Fargo in 1985.
"You wouldn't find the number of 25-year employees that we have here many places that have been through the transitions we have," Peters said.
Peters grew with the company, but his co-workers say one thing never changed.
"He is so focused on his faith, his God, his family, his teammates, the company for which he works, but always himself last," George Nelson, a friend and co-worker, said. "You don't see a lot of people like that."
Peters is involved in numerous civic activities, including Habitat for Humanity and is now using his experience to guide others.
"Find something that you like, find something that you will be good enough at, find a community that you like, find an organization that has the right kind of principals and that employs the kind of people that could be your best friends," Peters said.
It's by accident, Peters says, that he found his calling and a community he says he'll never leave.
Post retirement, Mervin Peters says he will now travel with his family, enjoy relaxing in the country and possibly dabble in photography.