Phil Castle, The Business Times
Community Banks of Colorado is moving to new and larger quarters as part of an effort to expand operations in Grand Junction.
“We just feel like we want to make more of a commitment to the community,” said Kat Rhein, the new manager of the Grand Junction banking center.
Community Banks of Colorado is scheduled to open at its new location at 100 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction on Jan. 20, Rhein said.
The building has been remodeled to add office space as well offer a fresh and modern interior, she said. “It’s beautiful.”
The new location also is about three times larger than the current location for Community Banks of Colorado in a strip mall at 2460 Patterson Road. The additional space will be needed to accommodate a bigger staff with a planned increase from five to eight employees, Rhein said.
The new location also will accommodate efforts to build business in Grand Junction as well as serve as a regional office for Community Banks of Colorado operations on the Western Slope, she added.
Community Banks of Colorado is a division of NBH Bank, which operates a total of nearly 100 banking centers in four states under various brand names. Community Banks of Colorado operates 88 locations in Colorado, Rhein said, including banking centers across the Western Slope.
Community Banks of Colorado focuses on providing financial services to small and rural communities, including agricultural lending, Rhein said. Community Banks of Colorado also maintains a portfolio of loans, allowing the bank to handle unusual or large deals other banks can’t, she added.
Moreover, the bank is committed to clients and customer service, Rhein said. “I love that.”
Rhein joined Community Banks of Colorado in December and brings to her new duties more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. She’s worked in Grand Junction since 1997.
“It’s very exciting for me,” she said of her new job.