A banking executive with more than 30 years of experience has been hired as regional market president of Bank of the San Juans.
The bank also has hired three vice presidents, a real estate operations manager and mortgage loan originator as well as promoted three more people.
Steve Irion will oversee the operations of Bank of the San Juans locations in Grand Junction as well as Hayden, Meeker, Oak Creek, Rangely and Steamboat Springs.
A division of Glacier Bancorp, Bank of the San Juans is headquartered in Durango and operates 13 locations in Western Colorado. Glacier Bancorp, a regional bank holding company based in Montana, acquired what was First National Bank of the Rockies in 2014 and merged that operation with Bank of the San Juans.
Irion recently retired after a 23-year-career with Wells Fargo, the last five as both business banking manager and community banking president in Grand Junction. His work in the banking industry reaches back another dozen years.
“This presented a new challenge, which I am very excited about,” Irion said of his position with Bank of the San Juans. “I enjoy working with small business and helping them with all their financial needs. I am also especially excited to share my knowledge with an expanding bank group that genuinely puts its customers first and is very community oriented.”
Irion moved to Grand Junction in 1990 to work at what is now U.S. Bank. He began his banking career in Montana, working as an internal auditor before moving into commercial lending..
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and master’s of business administration degree from the University of Montana.
Bank of the San Juans also hired Jennifer Landini as vice president and senior commercial loan officer. Landini brings to her duties more than 10 years of commercial lending experience.
Tom Eastwell also joins the bank as a vice president and senior commercial loan officer. He worked a total of 10 years for Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank in Grand Junction.
Cheryl Van Dyke joins Bank of the San Juans as vice president of real estate mortgages and oversees the implementation of mortgage programs. Van Dyke brings to her position more than 30 years of mortgage experience, including underwriting, origination, compliance and management.
Molly Feddersen was hired as real estate operations manager and oversees the compliance, quality control and regulatory aspects of the mortgage business. She brings to her duties more than 20 years of banking experience.
Brett Amour was hired as a mortgage loan originator with Bank of the San Juan locations in Grand Junction, Meeker and Rangely. He brings to his position more than seven years of experience.
Along with the additions, Bank of the San Juans promoted three members of the Grand Junction staff.
Bruce Penny was promoted to chief credit officer. Penny brings to the position experience in credit policy and analysis, compliance and commercial lending.
Penny began his banking career in the early 1980s in Grand Junction and worked for 15 years with First National Bank of the Rockies as chief credit officer, senior vice president and commercial lender.
Todd Young was promoted to chief business development officer to oversee business development programs in all of the communities Bank of the San Juans serves. Young began his banking career in 2001 in Tennessee and relocated to Western Colorado in 2004 to work as a commercial banker.
Jennifer Pettingill has been promoted to assistant vice president to oversee human resources management and coordinate training activities. Pettingill has worked for Bank of the San Juans since 2006 as a teller, human resource assistant and human resource representative.