Miles City Market President Brian Cooley has been promoted to the new position of Eastern Montana Regional President effective January 1, 2023. He will have oversight of all Stockman Bank locations in eastern Montana including Miles City, Hysham, Terry, Glendive, Richey, Wibaux, Sidney and Plentywood.
“Stockman continues to see impressive growth in both our existing and new markets across Montana,” said Jeremy Morgret, Chief of Branch Supervision at Stockman Bank. “With that growth comes greater opportunity. In this new position, Brian will oversee and support the officers and employees of our key banks in eastern Montana. Additionally, he will help ensure Stockman continues to meet the needs of our local communities, small businesses, agricultural producers and consumers in the region.”
Cooley grew up on a fifth generation family ranch in Musselshell County and has over 36 years of ag banking experience. He has been with Stockman since 2011 and has held several leadership positions, most recently as Market President of Miles City. Cooley earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Montana State University-Bozeman. He is also a graduate of Northwest Ag Credit School at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington; the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Finance; and the Northwest Banking School at the University of Portland. He is involved in a variety of activities that benefit the community and youth while spending his free time on his family’s ranch.
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Mitch Grove will succeed Cooley as Miles City Market President effective January 1, 2023. “I have no doubts that Mitch will do a great job,” Cooley said. “With his deep expertise in agricultural finance and his knowledge of the Miles City community, he will achieve great success as our next Miles City Market President.”
Grove has been with Stockman since 2014 and most recently served as Senior Lender, Vice President in Miles City. He brings more than 13 years of ag finance experience to his new role. Grove is from Montana and grew up in Highwood. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Economics and Agriculture from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2011. He also served as an officer in the MT Army National Guard for eight years.
Cooley will continue to work throughout Billings and eastern Montana and can be reached at 406-234-8430. Grove will be based in Miles City and can be reached at 406-234-8444.