Town & Country Bank announced this week that Vice President Marla Stevenson has been promoted to branch manager for the bank’s Rolla South location at 910 S. Bishop.
“We are excited to welcome a new branch manager with more than 30 years of local experience,” says Town & Country Bank’s CEO John Kolbe. “Marla has a thorough knowledge of banking that comes from working with both deposit and loan customers. She joined our banking team in 2011 and we are pleased to announce this promotion.
“Marla is a hometown success story,” Kolbe adds. “She began as a teller with the Rolla First State Bank and advanced during her career by being a leader who sets a positive example for her staff. Marla is dedicated to providing personal service and finding the right products for her customers.”
Stevenson took her first job in banking even before she graduated from Rolla High School. “I was hired in 1979 as a part-time teller during my senior year. After graduation, I worked as a bookkeeper, cashier, and eventually became an operations officer,” Stevenson says. “When I had the opportunity to learn more about lending, I accepted a job as a credit analyst. That grew into a position as a full time lender and branch manager.
“I was fortunate to have had several exceptional mentors through the years. They were so generous…investing their time and experience in my training,” Stevenson continues. “I started my career with First State Bank on Pine Street which later became American Bank of Rolla, Mercantile, Firstar, and finally US Bank. In 2005, I went to work as a branch president for Maries County Bank. I had the opportunity to work closer to home in 2011 and accepted a position with Town and Country Bank in St. James.”
In addition to her years of banking experience, Kolbe believes that Stevenson’s involvement in the community is another real asset for the bank. "Customers like to work with bankers they know as friends and neighbors," says Kolbe. "Marla has been involved with the Russell House as a board member or advisory board member for 10 years. She is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a board member for the Central Ozark Private Industry Council, and serves on the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) committee.”
Marla and her husband Richard have been married for 31 years. The couple has two children (Austin and Emily) and a motorcycle that they consider one of the family.