Megan Harmon is a busy lady. In addition to holding the position of regional president at Garden of the Gods Bank, she also is a new mom (to baby daughter Allison) and active on several community boards.
Harmon oversees the efforts of 10 branch employees, while trying to acquire new customers, retain existing customers, manage the branch’s finances, conduct training and serve on a variety of committees.
But it’s all a joy for Harmon.
“Every day I look at the quality people I work alongside and I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such great people,” she said. “Life is too short to work in a job that you don’t enjoy. I hope everyone gets a chance to have that ‘dream job’ – it makes all the difference in the world.”
Sandy Taylor, CEO of the Girl Scouts-Wagon Wheel Council, nominated Harmon as a Rising Star.
“I see her as such a positive role model in this community,” Taylor said. “She proactively gets involved to improve the community.”
Harmon is a member of the Colorado Springs Registry, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Bankers Association.
It’s a lot to take on for the new mom, but she feels balance is the key and has a supportive spouse, David, who helps.
“Weekly, my husband and I sit down and decide who will be doing what that week,” Harmon said. “Mainly, we strive to spend as much time with our daughter as possible, while still each having time for our work commitments, our nonprofit involvement, not to mention to make time for each other. But we have learned to pick our activities carefully, making sure we truly enjoy those activities we get involved in.”
Harmon also is a coach for the Special Olympics of Colorado, and a member of the Girl Scouts-Wagon Wheel Council and the Junior League of Colorado Springs.
“Her work ethic, honesty, integrity, leader-ship and professionalism make her a positive role model,” Taylor said. “She is looking to make a difference in the organizations she is involved in and walks her talk.”
As far as her many activities go, Harmon said she looks at it as having the best of both worlds. “I have the privilege of having a job I adore,” she said. “It challenges my mind and keeps me sharp. Then at night and on the weekends, I spend quality time with my husband and daughter. I believe in the saying, ‘quality not quantity.’”
Harmon has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University at Fort Collins and a Diploma of Graduation from the Graduate School of Banking at University of Colorado at Boulder.
“I believe life is what you make of it,” Harmon said. “You have to go out and get the life you want. It rarely falls into your lap.”