We can’t have a “Many Hats” blog without bringing a cowboy hat into the mix, and Doug Kallenberger, Vice President, Ag Loan Officer in Havre, is just the guy to wear it! His ranching background, love for the sport of rodeo and the success he has had makes for a true Montana story!
Doug, who is a native of Havre, came to MSU-Northern’s Rodeo team after a very successful high school rodeo career, where he was a two-time Montana High School Rodeo Association Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and qualified for Nationals twice. While competing for Northern, he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2001 and 2003 and was the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Big Sky Region Saddle Bronc Champion. He’s been a two-time Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals qualifier and a four-time Northern Rodeo Association Finals qualifier. Not only does he ride broncs, but team ropes as well. In 2013, he won a Wrangler Team Roping National Championship.
Doug and his wife Emily coach the MSU Northern Lights and Sky Lights Rodeo Teams, and stay busy with their two children who are also involved in rodeo. You can tell this is a family affair.
How did you first become involved in rodeo?
My first rodeo: I was 4 years old and riding sheep. I fell in love the first time and have been hooked ever since. I went to college on a rodeo scholarship and that is when I really found my deep love for rodeo. While in college, rodeo did everything for me. That is where I met my wife, Emily, and rodeo paid for my schooling through scholarships.
When did you become MSU Northern’s Rodeo Coach and why?
Before I took the rodeo coaching job, I spoke with my Branch Manager at Stockman Bank and he was more than supportive. Stockman Bank is nothing short of amazing in their support of the local community. I became the Rodeo coach in July of 2012; this year marks the start of my 8th season as Head Coach. My wife Emily and I were both on the team at MSU-Northern during our college years, and when the job opened we thought why not? MSU-Northern has a special place in our hearts as we are both alumni. We wanted to give back to the school that gave us such a great education. We were lucky enough that MSU-Northern wanted to take a chance on us.
What have been the most memorable moments of coaching rodeo?
I would have to say the best part is helping kids through school and then seeing them a few years later as adults. Having them be grateful and tell us “thank you for everything you did for me” is the most rewarding part. As far as a single moment, I would say it would be a tie between the men’s team championship that we won in 2013 at Miles City, and the women’s team championship we won in 2017 at the Cody rodeo. Both of those were special as the last time a team from MSU-Northern had won a Team Championship was in 1973.
What is your coaching philosophy as it relates to college students and your expectations?
My philosophy has changed over the years. I feel the number one thing is to enjoy your time here at college since it goes by fast, remember you are here getting an education, and you get to do your favorite sport while doing that. I also tell my athletes to smile J. Finally, and most importantly, remember that “Champions are made in the Practice Pen!”
How do you balance rodeo, Ag Lending and family time?
That is the best part of the job! My wife Emily is the Assistant Coach. She loves rodeo as much or more than I do. We have two younger children and they are on the back of a horse five days a week, at least. They are able to be with us at every practice and rodeo. That is the best part about rodeo – the whole family can be involved!
We tip our hat to Doug and the Stockman Bank people who wear many hats to make our communities better places to live, work, and play!
By Janine Merrill, Marketing Officer
I’m not going to lie, our “Many Hats” blog series has been fun to write! Learning about the many varied talents and passions that our employees have outside of the banking realm is eye opening. And this one is no exception. The only thing is, perhaps it should be changed to “Many Caps” – Golf Caps that is!
Casey Moen, a Real Estate Loan Officer for our downtown location in Great Falls, is originally from Missoula. Casey caught the golfing bug growing up around the many junior golf programs that Missoula offers. Playing nearly every sport that was available for a kid, he began to mainly focus on golf. At 14, he started working at the King Ranch Golf Course in Frenchtown where he was a jack of all trades – hitting balls, picking them, mowing the course and grounds as well as working in the pro shop.
His love of the game led him to a career in golf, and took him to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He enrolled in their PGA Golf Management Program and had the opportunity to travel across the country to many amazing golf facilities while learning the ins and outs of what makes the PGA tick.
When did you become a PGA Professional and where and what tournaments have you played?
I received my class A PGA certification in August of 2012. For any PGA Professional, the passion for golf starts with your love for the game and the competition. Many of my successes came through my high school and college years competing in any junior golf event in Montana that I could find. During my time at New Mexico State, I was very fortunate to have a well rounded tournament schedule and abundant sunshine all year to sharpen my game. I won medalist honors at 6 events while at New Mexico State. I also competed in the 2011 Jones Cup in Port St. Lucie, FL which is made up of top players from each PGA Golf Management University.
My greatest experience came in 2019; however I didn’t swing the club one time. I was fortunate to have a very good friend, Matt Lohmeyer, punch his ticket to the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship. I caddied for Matt all four rounds, racking up 80 miles on foot and enjoying a top 40 finish out of 317 competitors. An experience I won’t forget.
What is your affiliation with the PGA in Montana?
Outside of Stockman Bank, I am heavily involved with the Western Montana PGA as their Tournament Director. In this role, I facilitate and administer 20+ weekly Pro Am’s and Chapter Championship events throughout the golf season. In addition, I maintain and grow WMCPGA sponsorships and partnership as well as head up our charitable arms efforts. This position allows me to be active in the golf community in Western Montana, grow relationships with my fellow PGA Professionals in the region, and most importantly, feed the itch for the golf bug that will gladly never go away!
What brought you back to Montana?
After leaving Montana and experiencing a greater part of the United States, I always knew I would someday make it back to Montana. My wife Natalie, originally from Great Falls, and I had a long term goal of getting closer to family and growing together in the place we know best.
On vacation over the winter in 2018, we had a great conversation regarding our future plans, and where we wanted to settle long term. Clearly, destination Montana started right then. We immediately began planning our move, and it wasn’t 40 days later we were settled in Great Falls. If you’re lucky enough to live in Montana…you’re lucky enough right?
Why a career as a Real Estate Loan Officer?
With a limited number of career golf opportunities, particularly in Montana, I wanted to be open to other careers. I’ve had a number of friends and colleagues transition from golf to roles in the finance industry, particularly Real Estate Lending. I was able to connect with these individuals and look for guidance when making this transition. I was lucky enough not only to find a role that would suit my strengths but find a reputable institution like Stockman Bank!
How do you balance golf, lending and family time?
I am fortunate to be a part of a strong golf family. My wife grew up playing the game and played collegiately as a Lady Griz in Missoula and my father-in-law has been a PGA Professional for nearly 35 years. Although the days can get long juggling multiple tasks and duties, it’s hardly work when you do what you enjoy. From getting families into their first home, organizing next week’s Pro Am, or playing a late 9 holes with my closest friends and family, each day is truly a blessing. And to do all of this under the Big Sky makes it all the more special.
We tip our hat (cap!) to Casey and the Stockman Bank people who wear many hats to make our communities better places to live, work, and play!
Meet Kerry Neils. You may know Kerry from our annual Stockman Calendar. His stunning Montana photos always appear at least a few times within its pages! It may surprise you to know that Kerry is actually a Vice President, Portfolio Manager for our Wealth Management team in Helena. In conversation with Kerry we learned that whether he is analyzing market prices or showing us Montana through his camera lens, his creativity knows no limits.
Q: How long have you been taking pictures?
I have been taking pictures since I was in middle school. My love for bird hunting and being outdoors coupled well with wildlife photography. By 20, I was busy with work and other aspects of my life so I stopped taking photos. 35 years later my wife, Laurie, bought me a digital camera and I fell in love with photography all over again!
Q: How long have you been a Wealth advisor?
It doesn’t seem possible, but I have been working professionally in the investment world for 32 years! I don’t know where the time went.
Q: What you do professionally is a very left-brained career but taking photos is very right-brained. Is there any overlap between these two passions?
I guess the common denominator is that I started both photography and investment analysis, in an amateurish way, when I was still a child. My dad had subscribed to Barron’s Magazine for many years and he kept all the old issues. Barron’s published tables of each week’s high, low, close and volume for most US stocks. With graph paper, pencil and ruler I would plot the high, low, close and volume for every week over the past four or five year’s worth of data. I kept all the charts up to date with each new week’s data as it became available.
In addition, I believe that a bit of deliberate analysis of a scene or a landscape, or of the ambient light, makes a better photograph than just “winging it”. So both investment management and photography involve art as well as science.
Q: What is your most memorable photo excursion and why?
That’s a tough one! There have been many great trips to Glacier National Park, the Rocky Mountain Front, Jewel Basin, Flathead Valley, the Cabinet Mountains, and so many others. It’s a long list with great memories.
I’d rather talk about an exceptional, little-known area of Montana that I have visited many times. Grab a map and draw a triangle from Great Falls to Fort Benton to Lewistown and back to Great Falls. Contained within that triangle are a multitude of geological features on the landscape that are entirely unique. Lost Lake, for instance, is a basin carved into the earth when an ice dam broke. Today, it has left a remnant horseshoe shaped “dry falls” of Shonkinite rock that stands higher and broader than Niagara Falls.
Another place that comes to mind is Square Butte, which is north of Stanford. It is made from hard, igneous rock that formed when magma forced its way upward through the existing bedrock. The dark Shonkinite on its flanks makes it look like something out of a Tolkien novel.
Arrow Creek Breaks
One of my favorite places is the Arrow Creek Breaks. Arrow Creek currently flows in an old river channel 500 feet deep in some places, and is as much as two miles wide from rim to rim. Today, just a very small stream, it meanders along the bottom of this old ice-age river channel. You can also find huge, perfectly round spheres of hard, dark sandstone coming to light as the softer, lighter colored sandstone erodes away. They are called “concretions” and can be found all over the world ranging from pea to grape size. In Arrow Creek, however, the sandstones tend to be around eight feet in diameter! Ancient fossils of trilobite and ammonites have also been found in the sandstones of central Montana.
There you have it. Kerry Neils, portfolio manager on weekdays and photographer over the weekend. He truly wears many hats! Be sure to stop by any of our branches at the end of the year to pick up our 2020 calendar. I’m sure you will see a photo or two taken by Kerry.
Our new blog series, The Many Hats of Stockman, introduces you to people who lead interesting lives both inside and outside of Stockman. Those who give of their time and talents to their communities are the back bone of our great state.
Bret Carpenter, the President of our Lewistown bank, is a cornerstone in his community.
Bret is the type of person who doesn’t wait around for change to come, instead he gets involved. Lewistown which is located in the center of the state and surrounded by the Judith, Little Belts, and Big Snowy Mountain ranges, faces similar challenges to many rural Montana communities: attracting and keeping businesses that support the local economy, an aging population, and an outflow of young adults.
Bret is someone who wears many hats. When asked what he does for “fun” when he is not in the bank, what he said was eye-opening, to say the least. He’s a volunteering machine! Here are just a few of the hats he wears:
CENTRAL MONTANA MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEMBER:
“Growing up here, I have had numerous needs for local health care as a kid, parent, and adult. It seems like they know us on a first name basis! As the area’s largest employer, I also know several employees there, and felt honored to be invited to join the board of directors… something I always wanted to consider if asked. Getting to know some of the providers also made me realize the expectations they are under and have for the general good of our community that many are unaware of. Without a hospital in a community, it would be difficult to attract new families, employers, retirees, etc. to this area. Keeping an open hospital is critical to our community’s viability. I am currently on the Finance Committee.”
FERGUS COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEMBER:
“I have been on this board a long time… since it started nearly 20 years ago (got off for a while when I was ‘termed out’). I am currently the chair, and we focus on growing economic development in Fergus County. As a volunteer board, with no real budget or assets, it is difficult to accomplish much without the help of the general community and other entities. We are working on workforce issues, business park finalization, and recruiting a new business to Lewistown that may create nearly 60 jobs. Our board is from the private sector.”
CENTRAL MONTANA FOUNDATION:
“I was invited to this board in recent years, along with other volunteers. Monthly, we review requests from area groups for financial support, funded by the earnings we receive from past donations and endowments left under our care. There is never enough money to go around, but good causes typically receive some sort of financial award from us, assuming they are eligible. We also fund area scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and existing college students.”
Bret summed up our visit with these words of wisdom: “I believe the above groups do make a difference, and if no one volunteered for similar groups like these in our area, we would be just another shrinking community not trying to stay viable and vibrant. Little successes sometimes lead to bigger rewards… but may take a few years to realize them.
Lewistown has a new ‘buzz’ to it recently… more younger couples with little kids moving here (some grew up here), and finding employment. Lifestyle is a sought after asset, and found here. My kids have even told me in recent months when they return to visit that they’re proud of how Lewistown has gotten more progressive than when they grew up here. I feel this is a result partly of all the area volunteers working toward improving the community, with results finally being felt.”
We tip our hat to Bret and the many people who make our communities better places to live, work, and play.