The month of May is a time to celebrate: beginning of spring, the end of the school year, and of course graduation. The Stockman Marketing Department realized that collectively, we have five graduates this month, including one of our own. From preschool to college and stops in between, there is so much to celebrate. We wish all graduates across the state a bright future.
Peggy & Tanna – College
We begin with Tanna, the Digital Media Coordinator who graduated as a non-traditional student from MSU-Billings on May 4th. Her proud mom, Peggy, wrote a few words and all of us couldn’t be happier for this wonderful, young woman we work with every day!
My heart is full of pride for my daughter, Tanna, who just graduated from MSU-Billings on May 4th. Tanna chose to be a non-traditional student. She began her full-time banking career at the age of 18 as a teller. She has worked hard to reach goals, advancing her career steadily, while completing online courses and taking night classes after a full day of work. She has sacrificed weekends and evenings to not only pass her classes but to excel in them. Every bump in her pathway she hit head on without slowing down.
In addition to work and school, Tanna has also volunteered for community service, including being a CASA representative. Tanna’s journey to graduation has taken her a bit longer than a conventional full-time student, but I’m proud to say that she is graduating debt free and on a strong career path!
Julia & Siobhan – College
Julia, our Digital Media Manager, is thrilled to have her youngest graduating from college. Life without a college student will be an exciting new chapter in her life with hopes of travel on the horizon.
Our daughter, Siobhan, is graduating from Pacific Lutheran University. She has embraced these past four years with gusto! She participated on the PLU crew as a four year varsity rower and will be attending the NCAA Rowing Championship in June. Travel has been an important part of Siobhan’s college experience which has included studying in six countries. When she walks across the stage as a Magna Cum Laude graduate at the end of this month, my husband and I will undoubtedly be the proudest parents in the arena.
Cindy & Maggie – High School
Cindy, Director of Marketing, will be celebrating high school graduation along with all the festivities like the all night grad party, summer orientation, and packing for the dorms.
My daughter, Maggie, is graduating from Billings Central Catholic High School. She is getting ready to move on to Boise State University, made possible by an academic scholarship she worked very hard to achieve. I am so proud of her and so excited for her. She’ll experience so many new things, from a new city, to new friends and new adventures. It will also be new for her Dad and me since Maggie is our youngest child.
All of a sudden, our life and home will be much quieter. Maggie is ready for all of it and can’t wait to start this new chapter of her life. As for her Dad and me? Well, we can’t quite believe we are at this place in our lives, but I’m sure we will figure it out!
Emily & Claire – Kindergarten
Emily, Marketing Officer for the eastern banks, is excited to see her darling daughter graduate from Kindergarten, who will be off to first grade sooner than you can believe.
My daughter, Claire, is graduating from Kindergarten. I am a very proud Momma of my brave little girl. This past school year has consisted of many “firsts” for us. From the very first day of school to her first big test, first time to check out a library book, first field trip, first Christmas program, first “spring break”, and now Kindergarten graduation just around the corner, I couldn’t be happier for her and what she has accomplished this year.
Kindergarten graduation may seem a little silly to some people, but I really think it’s a neat milestone to recognize this accomplishment in these small children’s’ lives and show them how proud we are.
Mindy & Isaiah – Preschool
Mindy, Marketing Officer for the western banks, will be experiencing her very first child’s graduation from preschool.
Our son, Isaiah, is graduating from preschool at Missoula Early Learning Center. He is beyond excited to start Kindergarten. We are fortunate – he has a passion for learning. He is an artist and can spend hours drawing and creating. He is interested in science, how the human body works and definitely does not want to travel anywhere that there is a volcano. He is looking forward to being old enough to own his first airplane and would like to be a pilot or maybe a fire fighter.
When you have a child, everyone tells you to treasure every moment because they grow so fast. I can’t believe Isaiah will soon be starting Kindergarten. We are so proud of the kind soul that he is becoming and hope that he continues to have a love of learning.
By Jessica Chapman, Legal Administrative Assistant at Billings King Avenue
Stockman Bank was founded on the principle that people from every walk of life can have a bank to help them grow their dreams with businesses, retirement, and families. It’s not just the drive to be successful and to remain competitive with other banks in the area that keeps us motivated.
What inspires us the most is knowing that we are able to meet the needs of Montanans: the farmers and ranchers, the young college graduate who wants to start their own small business, the single parents who work multiple jobs to provide for their families, the newly married couple who are looking to buy their first home, as well as the large business owners, the entrepreneurs, doctors and lawyers, etc.
Think about the most recent book you read, the most recent movie you watched and the most recent song you heard come on the radio. Now think about what it would be like if those were your only choices. You could only read that one book, watch that one movie and listen to that one song… every day… for the rest of your life. Sounds kind of awful, right?
Even if all of those things were your absolute favorites, wouldn’t you still want to have the opportunity to see something new, hear something new, and experience something new? Even your favorite songs can get old after they get overplayed. Diversity is what makes every day life new, exciting, and valuable in all aspects.
Diversity in the Workplace
You may be wondering how all of this ties into diversity in the workplace.
Think about what it would be like if you walked into work every day to see a group of people who all looked the same, all talked the same, all believed in the same things, etc. You had to listen to the same ideas, you never got an upgrade for your software programs, your office Christmas party was the same theme every year, and you were expected to do all of the same tasks in all of the same ways, regardless if there was a better option available.
Think about it this way… the hands of a clock can’t tell you the time without the wheels. Each moving part is unique and serves its own purpose, but it’s when they all come together that something incredible takes place. Progress and growth happen when you take a diverse group of people and bring them together to offer up their different thoughts and ideas. A machine runs smoothly because of all of its different parts, working together as one unit.
Pat Wadors, the Head of HR at LinkedIn, once said, “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.”
Each customer who walks through our doors is equally as important as the next, and just as diverse as our customers are our employees. We have both men and women in management, employees of all ages, races, and backgrounds. The diversity within our staff allows us to have an open and welcoming atmosphere, where each customer and employee has the opportunity for growth and success.
So here we are… the hands, the wheels, the pendulum, the anchor, the barrel, the driving weight, the pallet and the face, all working together simultaneously to make Stockman Bank the successful company that it is. With each new idea, every unique talent we possess and every moment spent not only talking, but listening, we learn from each other, we grow together and we share in our successes, not only amongst ourselves, but with the communities that we serve.
We are proud of who we are, what we have accomplished together, and we thank you for being a part of the Stockman Bank family.