Garman to retire after 47 years

After 47 years of dedicated service to the banking industry, Alice Garman will be retiring from Stockman Bank Conrad at the end of the year.

An icon of the Bank for years, she is readily looking forward to her retirement.

As a new hire for Farmers State Bank in September 1964, Garman spent her first 22 years in the bookkeeping department.  In 1986 she moved to internal auditing and transitioned to the Escrow Department in 2001. Not quite ready to retire yet in 2008, she then moved to the front desk as a receptionist and chose to work part-time.

Obviously, much has happened at the Conrad Bank during her career, such as the bank’s name changes, Farmers State Bank to Marquette Bank and now Stockman Bank.

In addition to the name changes came several remodels, with the last one reaching completion this fall.  These renovations were most evident to the public, but Garman has also witnessed the many changes behind the scenes. The days of daily proofing checks, deposits and posting to statements have been replaced by online posting with a processing center.

Another change is that where checks were once returned to a customer they are seldom even seen as electronic banking moves to the forefront. From the introduction of the first fax machine to the widespread use of debit cards, Garman has been there for it all.

Although heading to the Bank for work has been her routine for 47 years, the thought of going elsewhere – or going nowhere – is appealing.  “I have no big plans for retirement,” she admits. “I’ll spend time with my family, my Red Hat friends, and doing volunteer work with my church and the Conrad community.” Garmans’ family includes three grown daughters, five grandchildren, one great granddaughter and another great grand child due in March.

“I have enjoyed my years with the Bank and have worked with many wonderful people,” stated Garman,  “We are like one big family whom I will miss seeing daily.”

The Stockman Bank family congratulates her on a job very well done and a retirement very much deserved. They will miss seeing her at the Bank but look forward to seeing her around the Community.