Harmon continues family tradition of community banking

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Megan Harmon’s family has owned The Eastern Colorado Bank since 1944.

Megan Harmon’s family has owned The Eastern Colorado Bank since 1944.

While in high school, Megan Harmon helped during calving season on a ranch — and was convinced she’d be a large-animal veterinarian.

But a few science classes during college persuaded her otherwise, and she switched majors. After writing computer code for an information technology consulting firm for several years, she joined the Garden of the Gods Bank.

At work, she values the team — “you’re only as good as your employees.” And, for clients, she creates simple solutions to take the confusion out of banking and make their lives/businesses “easier to navigate.”

She recently took time to tell CSBJ about herself and her organization.

Organization: Garden of the Gods Bank, a branch of The Eastern Colorado Bank

Position: Regional president/COO

Hometown: Cheyenne Wells

How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Since 2003

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University; diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

A few words about your organization: The bank was founded during 1944 by my grandparents. We focus on providing banking services tailored to the needs of ranchers, farmers, small business owners and professionals in Colorado.

Recent accomplishments: I’m proud that I’m juggling being a mother of two little girls while continuing to develop my career. I was named chief operating officer while expecting my second child, and it has taken considerable effort to balance my responsibilities, at home and at work.

I don’t know if you can say I’ve “accomplished” this, but I am working hard on it.

Biggest career break: I was asked to move to Colorado Springs and open Garden of the Gods Bank during 2003. I was in charge of opening the branch, hiring all the employees and growing our customer base.

It was a great learning experience, and I had the opportunity to hire exceptional people who shared my commitment to excellent customer service.

The toughest part of your job: Keeping up with the regulatory changes and congressional legislation that are such a large part of our industry.

Someone you admire: My husband. Shortly after our second daughter arrived, he decided to take a break from his career to stay home and raise our two daughters.

About your family: I am married to David, and we have two daughters. Allison just turned 3 and Abigail is almost 9 months old. I have the privilege of working with my father, mother and brother in the family business.

Something else you’d like to accomplish: Continue to try to make a difference in my employees’ lives, and strive to be a compassionate and motivating mentor for my team.

How your business will change in the next decade: The regulatory environment will continue to be difficult, and banks will spend even more of their time and resources on complying with these changes.

Banks will spend a lot of energy fighting legislation and regulations that are intended to help the consumer but will only confuse them.

What book are you currently reading? “The King of Heists,” by J. North Conway.

What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I would like to see Colorado Springs continue to find ways to be more business friendly, both to existing businesses and in its efforts to attract new business.