First National Bank announces changes
First National Bank of Durango announces that Steve Short has been elected by the board of directors to serve as chairman of the board, effective today.
Short has been with the bank for 27 years and has served as president and CEO for the last 11 years. He was born and raised in Durango and has been actively involved in numerous community organizations.
In addition to his board responsibilities, Short will continue to support the bank in its business-development activities and represent the bank throughout the community.
In conjunction with Shorts transition to chairman, the bank has hired Mark Daigle as president and CEO. Daigle is a 25-year career banker and until recently, served as the Nevada Region President and CEO for BB&T. Previously, he worked for Colonial Bank in Nevada and the western region of the U.S., as well as in Florida. His career in banking started in Florida with SunTrust Bank.
Daigle has been active in various community organizations. Daigle will move to Durango with his wife and two children.
Bank of San Juans notes promotions
Bank of the San Juans announces three promotions at its downtown headquarters. Beth Stelz has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer; Rebecca Roller has been named vice president and downtown branch manager; and Mike Smedley has been named assistant vice president and chief deposit officer.
Stelz has more than 13 years of banking, financial operations and management experience, 5½ of them with Bank of the San Juans. She holds a masters in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked in banking as an auditor, retail banking trainer and branch manager. A Durango resident since 2005, Stelz is active in charitable organizations, community-service projects and local athletics. For more information, call 426-7107.
Roller moves into her new leadership role from the banks north Main Avenue branch, where she was vice president and its branch manager for the last two years. Previously, Roller worked for five years as vice president at FirstBank of Wheat Ridge, where she was a lender in addition to overseeing bank operations. Roller earned a management degree from the University of Wyoming and serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. For more information, call 426-7118.
Smedley moves from the banks loan department into a newly created chief deposit officer position and will serve as an assistant vice president overseeing the banks marketing and community-relations programs. Smedley is a 26-year resident of Durango and brings a wealth of experience in local marketing, promotions and business development. Smedley is involved in a variety of area organizations including Snowdown, is a frequent speaker on gardening and writes the weekly Action Line humor column for The Durango Herald. For more information, call 426-7128.
Vectra Bank announces new hire
Financial services professional Angelia Cook has joined Vectra Bank Colorado as branch manager for Vectras Durango branch.
An accomplished banking professional, Cook is responsible for the growth and development of Vectras Durango market. She brings more than 13 years of banking and finance experience with a strong background in banking operations. Cook joins Vectra after working at regional and national banks in the Four Corners. She actively supports local community organizations including the Durango Chamber Diplomats and the Kiwanis Club of Durango. She serves as a board member at the Durango Food Bank and volunteers through many different outreach efforts in the community. She earned a degree in humanities from Fort Lewis College.
For more information, call 375-7428.
New salon to hold grand opening Friday
Wings Salon and Aesthetics will hold its grand opening and holiday party from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at its location, 171 E. Seventh St. No. 5.
The holiday party will offer numerous specials and drawings for prizes.
Wings is a downtown boutique salon and day spa.
For more information, call 422-8015.
Main Mall to hold Christmas bazaar
The Main Mall will hold its Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 834 Main Ave.
There will be handmade gifts, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Make All Children Smile in Zimbabwe.
For more information, call 247-8114 or 946-0749.