If you go
Who: Patty Kroese
What: 20th anniversary party
When: 11 a.m. today, Nov. 2
Where: Bank of Colorado, 250 W. Victory Way
There are a number of factors people consider when deciding on a place to settle down.
Though many people are drawn to Northwest Colorado for the famous snow, Colorado’s wintertime weather also can influence a person’s career path.
About 20 years ago Craig resident Patty Kroese was in the middle of her morning commute to Mountain Valley Bank in Hayden.
It was snowing and the roads were slick.
With young children at home Kroese decided it was time to find a job closer to the family.
She applied for a job at Bank of Colorado and today Kroese is celebrating her 20th anniversary with the Craig branch.
“Thank goodness for Northwest Colorado weather,” said Alisa Corey, Bank of Colorado president in Craig. “Had she not decided to make the move Mountain Valley Bank would be celebrating her 20th anniversary.”
Kroese, originally from Nebraska, currently serves as the assistant vice president, but has worked in every single department at Bank of Colorado during her 20-year tenure, Corey said.
In that time Kroese has built a reputation and a clientele that spans generations.
“Patty is a landmark here at the bank,” Corey said. “It’s really neat to see the progression of people who come in to see Patty and the generations that come to her for their banking needs or questions, no matter what it is.
“It speaks volumes to her work ethic and how well she takes care of her customers.”
A big part of Kroese’s success is her ability to look outside of the numbers, said Audrey Anna Charchalis, loan officer and mortgage specialist at Bank of Colorado.
People don’t always realize it, added Corey, but a banker plays a pivotal role in some of life’s significant milestones, both good and bad.
“She has an ability to connect with people and assure them they are going to be taken care of,” Charchalis said. “She helps people work through hardships and times of loss, and she makes that process very easy.”
The public is invited to join coworkers, friends and family to celebrate Kroese’s anniversary at the Craig branch, 250 W. Victory Way, Corey said.
The party begins at 11 a.m.
“I would encourage people, even if they can’t attend today, to pop by her office and say hi the next time they’re in the bank,” Corey said. “She’s truly such an asset here for her customer relations. If we could lock her in for another 20 years we would.”