Stockman Financial institution plans to open a brand new department in Whitefish, with building anticipated to begin subsequent yr.
The Whitefish financial institution will likely be Stockman’s first within the Flathead Valley. Stockman operates greater than 30 places all through Montana.
Joe Kola will function market president of the Whitefish location beginning Aug. 1. Kola brings 22 years of banking expertise to the place. A Kalispell native, he most lately labored because the market president of First Interstate Financial institution in Kalispell.
Kola began his profession on the teller line whereas attending the College of Montana’s Faculty of Enterprise Administration, incomes a bachelor’s diploma in finance adopted by a grasp’s in enterprise administration. He additionally graduated with honors from Pacific Coast Banking Faculty and Management Wyoming in 2015.
After faculty, he labored as a credit score analyst, then as a industrial relationship supervisor, a industrial group supervisor, and at last as a market president.
Kola additionally serves on the board of Flathead Training Basis, the Flathead Valley Neighborhood School Basis, Glacier AERO and the Logan Well being Basis.
“We’re excited to welcome Joe to the Stockman Financial institution household,” Jeremy Morgret, chief of department supervision for Stockman Financial institution, mentioned in a press release. “His expertise and deep-rooted data and understanding of the Flathead Valley will likely be key for us as Stockman enters this new market.”