2018 Q3 Coffee Talk 65th Anniversary

Coffee Talk: Stockman Celebrates 65 Years!

Bill Coffee

Bill Coffee, Chief Executive Officer, Stockman Bank

This year Stockman Bank celebrates 65 years of community banking!

Our primary focus has always been to assist customers in reaching their financial goals and make our community a better place.

In 1953, we solely provided traditional banking services, and our community was a handful of counties in eastern Montana.

Today, Stockman offers the full array of modern banking products, as well as wealth management and insurance services, and views the entire State of Montana as “our community.”

Significant enhancements over the years have positioned Stockman as a leader in the industry. Our customers have access to products and services 24/7/365 through a wide variety of devices.

All backed up by over 120 ATMs, 34 full service, state-of-the-art branches, and almost 750 dedicated employees, all right here in Montana.


Another significant change is how our customers communicate with Stockman and how Stockman communicates with the community.

Web and mobile allow virtually unlimited communication and access. Additionally, instead of printing an Annual Report or other old-style material, now Stockman uses electronic channels including blogs and social media.




Not only are these channels more efficient, but they communicate more quickly and are interactive.

Just as important as the enhancements and changes over the years – is what remains the same.

Stockman has stayed true to our founding principles since 1953, to our well-trained and empowered staff, and to our unwavering commitment to community banking.

Stockman remains uniquely focused on Montana, and only Montana! We still do the right thing, invest for the long-term, and give back, in a multitude of ways, to make our community a better place.
Billings Day of Caring 2018

It is impossible to predict what will happen over the next 65 years; however, I know given our principles that have withstood the test of time, our commitment to customers, employees and community, and our faith in Montana and the people who make Montana great, Stockman will remain Montana’s premier financial services provider.

Thank you for the privilege of serving you through the years.  Cheers!  Here’s to the next 65.
2018 Q3 Coffee Talk 65th Anniversary


Small Towns. Big Hearts. (Part 2)

Janine Merrill Post written by Janine Merrill, Marketing Officer

This is the second installment of Small Towns. Big Hearts! (Click here to read Part 1.) Follow along on our journey of the wonderful and smallest towns that Stockman Bank has branches in. Below is a look at the next three towns under 1000 in population and what makes each so unique and special! 

Hysham – population 312

Dubbed by the Hysham Chamber of Commerce as “Montana’s Hidden Treasure,” Hysham is the county seat of Treasure County and is bordered just north of the Yellowstone River and to the south by beautiful rolling hills.

Hysham Group

It sits approximately 77 miles East of Billings along I-94.  With parks, restaurants, shopping, a museum and theatre, Hysham offers residents and visitors anything they could need.

Hysham Yucca Theatre

Hysham Pirate Statues

Additionally, the area is rich with public recreation sites that offer fishing, boating, hunting and more. Ag is the backbone of this community.  Along with raising cattle, farmers grow sugar beets, corn, grain and lentils.

One of the main events in Hysham is the annual Harvest-Time Scarecrow Contest sponsored by Stockman Bank. Normally held in conjunction with a home football game, community members and businesses come together to create scarecrows which are then auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Hysham scarecrow

Money raised is donated to community projects and organizations. Other Hysham events include a big 4th of July Celebration, StreetFest and Lions Club Fly-In Breakfast as well as swimming in their beautiful new community swimming pool that opened in 2015.

Hysham Pool

Hysham competes as Class C and is now in a sports co-op with nearby Custer for all sports. They are known as the Custer-Hysham Rebels!

Go Rebels! - Blue & Gold

Stanford – population 401

Nestled at the base of the Little Belt Mountains and located in the heart of Charlie Russell country, Stanford is in the middle of the state between Lewistown and Great Falls.

Stanford Group

Stanford is the county seat of Judith Basin County and is home to the CM Russell Stampede Rodeo and Quick Draw events held annually on the second weekend in July.

Stanford Welcome Banner

According to Powell Becker, Stockman Bank Stanford President, and Stampede Club Treasurer, this event draws hundreds of people from all over.

Folks are able to view and purchase beautiful and unique art pieces by well-known artists, savor a community BBQ, and take in the music on Saturday afternoon and street dance in the evening as well as the PRCA rodeo on Sunday. All funds raised by the Stampede Club are donated back to community groups and organizations.

The downtown and surrounding areas of the town are beautifully decorated each summer with pots and arrangements of colorful flowers and plants, courtesy of the Stanford Beautification Committee.

Stanford New Park

The organization also puts on the famous Scarecrow Festival held in the fall that attracts many people to Stanford to view the scarecrow creations, take in the craft fair and sample the many homemade chilis for lunch!

In addition, a major fundraiser called “The Red Hot Blast” is held in February of each year for Valentine’s Day. People attending are wined and dined as they bid on art, silent auction items, and spin the big wheel for prizes!

Stanford Barber Shop-Scarecrow

When in Stanford, head downtown and tour the historic Basin Trading Company building that houses the infamous “white wolf” and other historic area artifacts. Pictures from “back in the day” are hung throughout.  Different shops and a delicatessen/café are also located inside.

Stanford Basin Trading Bldg

As with other Montana small towns, high school sports are a huge part of the community. Previously well-known as the Stanford Wolves, Stanford is now in a sports coop with the nearby towns of Denton and Geyser for all Class C girls and boys sports, and is known as the DGS Bearcats!

Stanford Bearcats logo.

Worden – population 506

Worden is located in Yellowstone County approximately 24 miles east of Billings and is part of the Huntley Project, an irrigation district established by the United States Irrigation district along with Ballantine, Huntley, and Pompey’s Pillar.

Worden SB Building

Established in 1907, irrigating area farmland from the water of the Yellowstone River transformed the area into an agricultural district. It attracted immigrants from all over – many from Germany.

Worden Railroad Tracks

According to Melisha Williams, CSR Supervisor for Stockman Bank in Worden, there are several fun activities held in the community each year.

Homesteader Days put on by the local Lions Club is held in July of each year.  They have a parade, big outdoor concert, food, vendors and lots of kids’ games which draw people in from all over.

Worden Library

Every year, the entire community gets together for a community clean-up day. The boulevard along the highway by the Worden entrance, and around the town and business areas, get a thorough cleaning.  Afterward, the local FFA chapter serves food for the clean-up crew.

Worden Main Street

Closer to fall and usually on a Friday before the first home football game, Stockman Bank hosts a big community tailgate/BBQ.

Worden Group photo 082018

Worden is home to the Huntley Project School System which consists of an elementary, junior high, and high school. Known as the Red Devils, Huntley Project is a Class B school.

Worden School Sign

Stay tuned for Part 3 coming soon, where we’ll explore the “bigs” of the smalls!  Can you guess which two towns are up next????

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The Case of the Missing Wallet

Female detective


Julia Warmer

Post written by Julia Warmer, Digital Media Manager 

It happens to everyone, right?

But when it actually happens to you, losing a wallet can cause panic.

I recently arrived home after a busy day in the Marketing Department to find that my purse contained everything except my wallet.

The first thing I did was retrace my steps. I looked through my purse – no wallet.

I looked in my car – no wallet and in fact, I returned to the bank to look under, around, on top and inside my desk.

The very thorough and fabulous cleaning crew was finishing up for the evening, walking out of the building as I walked in. I keep my purse next to the garbage can tucked under my desk for safe keeping.

Unfortunately, there was nothing to be found but the empty garbage can. Nothing was out of sorts but my wallet was officially missing.

Because I have the mobile app on my phone, it’s easy to see all transactions and luckily all the transactions shown were mine.

A convenient new feature we offer debit card customers is CardProtect. It’s an entire suite of security tools with CardValet® that allows you to turn your card off and on.

If you lose your card, turn it off. When you find it, turn it back on. On the mobile app (eMobile), simply click on “Manage my cards” below the account listing. With a touch of the button, it is easy to block your card.

eMobile Screenshot w red

I knew it had to be somewhere close but the case of the missing wallet continued on into the next day. What a relief to be able to block my debit card. Whew!

If only I could do that on all my credit cards I wouldn’t be nearly so worried.

During my lunch hour, I again retraced my steps, hurrying home, scouring all the places my wallet could be, digging through my car, etc. It didn’t turn up anywhere.

At least I was able to see my dogs and give them a good belly rub. (How can I resist a shameless photo sharing opportunity of Bonnie and Clyde?)

Bonnie & Clyde

While driving back to the bank, it occurred to me that I may have accidentally put my wallet back under my desk. Maybe, I thought, it landed in my purse but it went into the garbage can instead!

All I could hope for was the garbage in the dumpster was still there from yesterday.

I grabbed a few co-workers who were willing to do some dumpster diving. Armed with a push broom to reach the bags of garbage we began to dig through yesterday’s trash.

The last bag we pulled out actually had my wallet tied cleanly in the mess of trash. I was so happy to have found it and couldn’t have done it without the help of Brian, Cindy, and Tanna. What a crew!

marketing team dumpster divers

After buying a round of cold, coffee drinks, I turned my debit card back on!

CardProtectWhat I learned:

1. Don’t put your purse next to the garbage can. I’ve moved my secret place somewhere better, safer, and away from the garbage can.

2. Appreciate the people you work with because you never know when they might help you dumpster dive (or other equally distasteful tasks)!

3. CardProtect is a fantastic service we’re proud to offer at Stockman Bank!

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