Victor Allen joins Wyoming Community Bank’s Management Team
(Riverton, Wyo. 12-3-18) Victor Allen is a native of Burlington, Wyoming, where his parents farmed. At a young age he grew up working in the dry edible bean business as well as working summers on the family farm in Burlington. After moving to North Dakota, then Minnesota, Victor graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Agricultural Business Administration. He went to work for Eastman Kodak, selling animal nutrition supplements. Subsequent career moves included marketing information systems and multiple product and business management roles leading global business units at Eastman Chemical Company. Victor obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University’s Executive MBA Program and went on to work in corporate finance at Eastman, including strategic and capital planning, mergers and acquisitions, and led the finance organization for Voridian, a $2.5 billion division of Eastman, before becoming corporate treasurer of the company. Later, Victor served as CFO for a development company seeking to convert algae to protein, oil, and dietary supplements. He also led his own management consulting practice before joining Wyoming Community Bank.
As a Wyoming native, Victor had desired to return to the state for many years. Victor has relocated from Kingsport, Tennessee to Riverton with his wife. They have two adult children. Their son works in seed research for Monsanto, and their daughter is a second-year veterinary student at Auburn University.
Victor is excited to be working with the folks at Wyoming Community Bank, and looks forward to working with customers on their agricultural and commercial financing needs.
Hans Hummel joins Wyoming Community Bank Board of Directors
(Riverton, Wyo. 9-5-17) – President Scott Estep and Chairman Tom Youtz are pleased to welcome Hans Hummel, the newest member of the Wyoming Community Bank Board of Directors. Hummel joins a diverse group of business leaders who guide and direct a locally owned community bank dedicated to serving Fremont County. Estep says, “As a successful small business owner, Hans will bring his unique and diversified experience to help Wyoming Community Bank be successful well into the future.”
Hans Hummel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lived in Illinois for a short time and then spent most of his childhood in Connecticut where he graduated from high school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and went on to work for Boss and Associates, a disaster recovery company created to recover the CSU library from the flood of 1997.
In 2003 Hans and his wife Kimberly moved to Riverton to purchase Hi Mountain Jerky, Inc., a specialty seasoning company focusing on kits to help hunters process their game meat into jerky and sausage. Since the purchase, the company has expanded the product offering into marinades, dip mixes, rubs, snack stick kits, sauces, brines, and other meat processing items. The company has wholesale distribution throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. They have recently built a new meat processing facility to make jerky and are currently waiting for federal approval to begin distribution.
Hans and Kimberly couldn’t be happier with their move to Fremont County. They love all the outdoor activities it has to offer, including: hunting, fishing, canoeing, snowmobiling, and riding ATV’s. They are active with local charities and with their church and they have a barn and house full of rescue animals. They love to cook together and enjoy traveling when they have extra time to get away.
2017 Labor Day Golf Tournament – Golf for Hospice
It’s that time of year again! Wyoming Community Bank is hosting their annual Golf Tournament over the Labor Day weekend, and this year the Bank has chosen to spotlight Help for Health Hospice. This non-profit organization offers Fremont County’s residents the choice of hospice care in either the beautiful Hospice Home or the patient’s own home. Wyoming Community Bank has selected Help for Health because of their commitment to help all people who need special services regardless of financial resources. Help for Health is here to help neighbors who find themselves at the end of life, with no resources. Help for Health has promised to never turn away a patient because of the inability to pay and it has honored that vow. The tournament’s proceeds will be used to enable Help for Health to provide care for all of their patients.
Entry forms can be downloaded here or picked up at Wyoming Community Bank in Riverton and Lander, Wyoming Community Finance, Riverton Country Club Pro Shop, and Fremont Motors Ford in Riverton.
Fremont County Fair – July 29th – August 5th
August is just around the corner and with it comes the 104thAnnual Fremont County Fair. Help us support Fremont County’s youth during fair week: July 29 through August 5 at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton.
Visit the Fremont County Fair website: www.fremontcountyfair.org
View the calendar of events: www.fremontcountyfair.org/events
Help support our youth at the upcoming Junior Livestock Sale on Saturday, August 5, 2017. We’ll be there and hope you will too. Wyoming Community Bank will be providing lunch for all buyers after the sale. Our youth, our future, come out and support them. The Junior Livestock Sale starts at 10:00 am.
Scott Estep, Wyoming Community Bank’s CEO, is pleased to announce the expansion of their mortgage department in Riverton. Estep says, “Please congratulate Kelly Hughes on her promotion as Wyoming Community Bank’s newest mortgage lender in Riverton. Kelly has been with the bank for over four years and is excited to help you with your home purchase or refinance. Kelly is fair, forthright, and takes the time to explain the mortgage process. She will join Melanie Sims in offering you a competitive mortgage loan that suits you, not just the latest mortgage product. Please come in and meet Kelly.”
Kelly Hughes was born and raised in Lakeview, Michigan. She graduated from Northwood University with a triple major in Banking, Finance, and Business Management in 2008. After several years in the finance industry, Kelly joined the team at Wyoming Community Bank in 2013.
Kelly has been very involved as a leader in Fremont County. She served two terms as the President of Beta Sigma Phi, a Women’s Sorority, as well as two terms as the Methodist Co-op Preschool Treasurer. She is also a member of Leadership Fremont County’s 2016-2017 graduating class. In Kelly’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, as well as hiking, gardening, and traveling.
Customer service is a priority for Kelly and she prides herself on building strong relationships with co-workers and clients of the bank. She strives to ensure that everyone’s mortgage lending experience is as successful as possible. You are sure to enjoy her smiling face and a package of cookies at your next closing! Whether you are purchasing your next home or inquiring about the mortgage process for the first time, Kelly’s quiet demeanor and personal touch will be just what you are looking for in a mortgage lender.
Kendall Hayford, Wyoming Community Bank’s Branch Manager in Lander, is proud to congratulate Casey Andrews on her promotion as Wyoming Community Bank’s newest mortgage lender in Lander. Hayford says, “Casey has hit the ground running, helping people obtain a mortgage for their new home or refinancing their existing mortgages. She is friendly, straightforward, and has a “get it done” attitude. Please stop in and meet Casey. You’ll be glad you did.”
Casey Andrews was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama. She graduated from Troy University in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration and soon after married Eric Andrews, whom she met her freshman year in college. They now have two children which keep them busy during all times of the year.
Casey and her family moved to Lander, Wyoming in September 2015 in search of a new adventure. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, watching college football, and camping. Casey has worked her way up in the banking industry since 2005. She prides herself on friendly customer service, excellent communication, and going above and beyond to exceed client expectations. Casey currently serves on the board at the Lander Children’s Museum.
Wyoming Community Bank: Discovery Speaker Series 2017 schedule – hosted by Fremont County Museums
February 18, 2017, 3:00 pm Jason Baldes, “Buffalo Restoration Effort”
April 8, 2017, 3:00 pm Karina Bryant, “The Preservation of Castle Gardens”
June 17, 2017, 3:00 pm Aura Newlin, “Japanese Wyomingites: Vignettes of “Japanese Pioneers” and their descendants in Wyoming”
July 15, 2017, 3:00 pm Zane Fross, “The History of J.B. Okie & Family”
August 18, 2017, 3:00 pm Mel Tucker, “Eclipses in Wyoming History”
September 9, 2017, 3:00 pm Walt Geis, “Wyoming Brand Inspector”
October 21, 2017, 3:00 pm Susan Patla, “Wild Swans in Wyoming”
Lander Pioneer Museum
April 20, 2017, 7:00 pm Richard Maturi, “Triple Crown Winner”
May 11, 2017, 7:00 pm Bill Rossiter, “Magic Carpet Made of Steel”
June 22, 2017, 7:00 pm Barbara Bogart, “How This Place is Home”
July 13, 2017, 7:00 pm Darrah Perez, “Darrah Perez: Poetry & Song”
Dubois Museum: Wind River Historical Center
January 19, 2017, 7:00 pm Nichole Bjonlie, “Wolverine Distribution in Wyoming”
March 15, 2017, 7:00 pm Steve Banks, “Tenants, Traditions and Treaties”
April 20, 2017, 7:00 pm Tom Lucas, “Peoples of the Wind Rivers”
May 20, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Ellen Jungck, “Beginning Photography”
June 21, 2017, 7:00 pm Barbara Bogart, “How This Place is Home”
July 27, 2017, 7:00 pm Kass Harrell, “Simpson Lake Restoration”
August 17, 2017, 7:00 pm “Eclipse 101: A Primer on What How and Why”
September 7, 2017, 7:00 pm Wyoming Game & Fish, “Hunting Safely in Bear Country”
Fremont County Fair – August 1st – 6th
August is just around the corner and with it comes the 103rd Annual Fremont County Fair. Help us support Fremont County’s youth during fair week: August 1 through the 6th at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton.
Visit the Fremont County Fair website: www.fremontcountyfair.org
View the calendar of events: www.fremontcountyfair.org/events
Help support our youth at the upcoming Livestock sale on Saturday, August 6, 2016. We’ll be there and hope you will too. Don’t forget Wyoming Community Bank will be providing lunch to all the buyers after the sale. Our youth is our future, come out and support them. Livestock sale starts at 10:00 am.
Support your local Farmer’s Market
Wyoming Community Bank is proud to be a sponsor of the Riverton Farmer’s Market.
Buying locally strengthens our community by building bonds between people, by providing fresh, healthy foods, by reducing the amount of fuel necessary to transport it, and by keeping more of each dollar spent in our local economy. Buying locally is a win-win for all of us.
Riverton Farmer’s Market
Every Wednesday, May 18 – September 28
5 PM – 7 PM
606 N 8th West
Lander Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, June 18 – October 15
9 AM – Noon
Lander City Park
Your new chip card is coming soon!
April 8, 2016 – If you’re a Wyoming Community Bank customer, you will be receiving new EMV enabled debit cards between June 1 and June 10. Your current debit card will continue to work until June 20, 2016, so make sure to check your mail and activate your new card right away. The new EMV cards will give you enhanced security to protect against fraud and will be treated differently at EMV enabled merchants and ATMs.
What is a chip enabled card (EMV)?
Chip cards make in-person transactions more secure. Every transaction that uses the chip includes a one-time code. This prevents stolen data from being fraudulently used to make a counterfeit card.
To make a purchase or ATM withdrawal with your new card:
- Insert the chip portion of the card into the reader or ATM with the chip facing up.
- Leave your card in the reader or ATM.
- Follow the prompts on the screen.
- Remember to take your card after your transaction is finished.
Not all merchants and ATMs will have a chip enabled reader. No problem. Swipe your card.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. You can also visit https://www.wyocb.com/emv for more information about EMV.
Wyoming Community Bank: Discovery Speaker Series 2016 schedule – hosted by Fremont County Museums
Jan 9, 2016, 3:00 pm Ray Maple, “Tom O’Day Comes Back to Life”
February 13, 2016, 3:00 pm Walter Geis, “Wyoming Brands” history, use & relevance
March 12, 2016, 3:00 pm Eugene Ridley & Stephan Fasthorse, “The Northern Arapaho tribe, language and its importance in the world today”
April 23, 2016, 3:00 pm Robert Martinez, “Historical Imagery, Myths and Stories of the West and Arapaho Culture”
May 21, 2016, 3:00 pm Dave Wilson, “The History of the Boysen Dam”
June 18, 2016, 3:00 pm Marcel Kornfeld, “Hell Gap: And it’s Importance to Paleoindian Studies”
July 16, 2016, 3:00 pm Russell Hawley, “Fossil Critters of the Wind River Basin”
August 20, 2016, 3:00 pm Sergio Maldonado, “Arapaho Identity in Postmodern America”
September 17, 2016, 3:00 pm Zane Fross, “What is the deal with J.B. Okie?”
October TBA Wild West Paranormal Society, “Experiences in Fremont County”
November 12, 2016, 3:00 pm Jon Lane, “Restoration at the Carissa Mill”
Lander Pioneer Museum
April 7, 2016, 7:00 pm Kent Stockton Cowboy Poet reading
May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm Richard Maturi Will & Betty Rogers talk (humanities council program)
June 16, 2016, 7:00 pm John Finley, “Scottish settlers in the Upper Wind River”
July 14, 2016, 7:00 pm Jack Mease, “The history of rawhide and its use with demonstrations of rawhide braiding”
Sept. 15, 2016, 7:00 pm Blaine Bushman, “Sweetwater Crossings along the historic Emigrant Trail”
Dubois Museum: Wind River Historical Center
March 31, 2016, 7:00 pm Dan Eakin: Nex Perce Trail
April 14, 2016, 7:00 pm Matt Stirn & Rebecca Sgouros: Teton Archaeological Project
May 5, 2016, 7:00 pm Johanna Thompson: Geology of the Dubois Area Part I
May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm Johanna Thompson: Geology of the Dubois Area Part II
June 9, 2016, 7:00 pm Wyoming Game & Fish: Bear Safety 101
August 18, 2016, 7:00 pm Boyd Livingston: Life of the Livingstons
September 29, 2016 7:00 pm Drew Reed Northern Rockies Trumpeter Swan Stewards”Greater Yellowstone’s trumpeter Swans: Rebuilding a Secure Population”
Kent Shurtleff, Founder & President of Wyoming Community Bank to Step Down
(Riverton, Wyo. 12-31-14) – After 40 years in the banking industry, Kent Shurtleff of Riverton will step down as Wyoming Community Bank President and hand the reins to Scott Estep of Lander.
“I will continue to be here, but to be honest, I have danced the set and I don’t need to dance anymore,” Shurtleff said when asked how he felt about the upcoming transition.
With a permanent place in the bank’s history, Kent will forever be one of the initial driving forces that took Wyoming Community Bank from an idea to a reality. “The reason this worked is because there were no locally owned banks in the Riverton market,” Shurtleff said, “The timing was right.”
Receiving its official charter in the summer of 1999, Wyoming Community Bank’s growth and success has been Shurtleff’s main focus for the past 15 years. Starting as a way to bring local banking back into the Riverton Community, Shurtleff quickly learned that the opportunity he had stumbled upon was something much more than a new career path, it was a new found passion for melding the banking world with the hometown feel found in all of our Wyoming communities.
“We wanted our bank to be warm and inviting,” he said, “Just like the comfort you feel when you see a friendly face in the grocery store, we wanted our customers to feel comfortable walking in and allowing us to help.”
Developing that hometown feel came natural for Shurtleff as he helped the bank grow. Starting in the west end of the Daylight Donuts, Shurtleff oversaw the expansion to two new facilities serving the Riverton, Lander and Dubois communities.
“We were successful because the Board of Directors was, and continues to be, made up of a large cross section of primarily Fremont County business leaders,” Shurtleff said. “The secret to our success is continued representation of all industries within our communities on our board and then recruiting locally for our officers and staff.”
Currently celebrating their 15th Anniversary, Shurtleff says that Wyoming Community Bank’s long term strategy of what the bank would someday be has finally come to fruition after 15 years of hard work. Wyoming Community Bank is proud to have had him at the helm during this time.
Still playing a role in the operations at WCB, Shurtleff will move into a Director role and is excited to step back and watch the bank continue to grow. “Technology changed the small bank game during my time, so I’m excited to see what changes future years will bring to our hometown bank,” Shurtleff said.Welcome Scott Estep.
Scott Estep has worked in the Wyoming banking industry for almost 30 years. With a strong financial background, Scott understands that sometimes changing a light bulb or shoveling snow is part of being a Wyoming banker. He has worked across this great state in communities within 50 miles of all four borders. He brings a “can-do” attitude, and professional view to WCB with his work experience and his ability to connect with both the Riverton and Lander communities.
Previous to his position as the new WCB President, Scott served as the WCB Lander Bank President for nine years. During his time in Lander he cultivated relationships with local community members, and business owners. He values the many connections he’s made and will continue to broaden a client network in Fremont County. “I’m very excited to be involved with such a great group providing a local banking solution to Fremont County. Community banking is alive and well,” commented Estep
When asked about his thoughts on Wyoming Community Bank’s executive transition plans Lander Board Director, Jared Kail, commented, “We are extremely lucky to have someone like Scott. He will help take this bank to the next step,” said Kail, “As a board member I have the utmost confidence in his abilities to continue to grow our bank.”
(Lander, Wyo. 12-31-14) – 2015 brings new leadership to Wyoming Community Bank. Kendall Hayford has been appointed Branch Manager of the Wyoming Community Bank Lander office after Scott Estep was selected as WCB President in 2014.
“It is an honor to join the leadership team at Wyoming Community Bank. I look forward to the challenges and triumphs that accompany my new position and as a banker I am committed to the success of our community and local bank.” –Kendall Hayford,Branch Manager
Hayford started banking in the Lander community in 2011 and recently joined WCB as a commercial loan officer. He is excited at the opportunity of managing the Lander branch and to continue implementing the WCB focus of serving all of Fremont County.