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Changing of the Guard at First National Bank

TRINIDAD/ WALSENBURG — Mr. Jeff Mangino, President of The First National Bank in Trinidad and member of the Board of Directors, left the Bank on February 1, 2016 to take over as owner of Farmers Insurance Agency in Trinidad. He has purchased the business from his son, Jon Mangino, who is relocating to Denver. After seventeen years of dedication and valuable service to the First National Bank, Mangino felt it was an opportunity to continue a family business and allow him the flexibility to spend time with his family and new granddaughter. Mangino will remain on the bank’s board of directors, and on the bank’s holding company board of directors, where his experience as a former CPA and his many years as a commercial banker will lend invaluable insight and direction.

In parting, Mangino says, “I am grateful for my time employed at the bank and the opportunity bank management provided me. The bank has one of the best staffs I have ever worked with, and I wish them well in their banking careers.”

Mr. Daryl W. Aubuchon has worn many hats over the years, and is excited for the opportunity to continue his banking career as Branch President at the First National Bank in Trinidad in Las Animas and Colfax Counties. Aubuchon has a diverse knowledge and experience in the agricultural industry, as well as being a registered appraiser and licensed real estate associate broker. After graduating from Hoehne High School, Aubuchon attended Lamar Community College where he obtained a degree in horse training and management. After college, he moved to Kansas where he obtained an artificial insemination certificate from Kansas State University; he also worked at a feed lot and began his career in the real estate industry. In 2008, he began his banking career at International Bank in Trinidad as a loan officer. In 2009, he was promoted to vice president, and in 2012 he graduated from the Western States School of Banking.

Aubuchon and his wife Louise have two children, Kyra and Kolton. Kyra recently graduated from Kansas State University. She and her husband Ryan live in Manhattan, Kansas. Kolton is a freshman at Kansas State University, majoring in animal nutrition and reproduction. Aubuchon enjoys spending time with his wife on their small farming and ranching operation east of Trinidad. He also enjoys hunting, spending time with his kids, and helping his son with his venture in raising show calves.

Mrs. Virginia Cusimano, who recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with The First National Bank in Trinidad, is retiring on April 30, 2016. Cusimano began her employment on January 26, 1976 as a bookkeeper, and later worked as a teller and CD clerk. She worked as a collection officer in the loan department and was appointed vice president in 1990. She was appointed senior vice president and branch manager of the Huerfano County Branch Bank in Walsenburg when it opened in the fall of 1993, where she managed 13 employees until she retired. Cusimano was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2002. Following retirement, Cusimano plans to concentrate on her commercial embroidery and imprinting business.

“Virginia has been a very valuable employee of the bank for over 40 years, and her experience has made her an excellent Sr. Vice President, Branch Manager, and Director. We have been fortunate to have her on staff for so many years. Her co-workers and customers will miss her kindness and professionalism. We wish her all the best in her retirement years,” says First National Bank CEO, J. Ed Eisemann, IV. The branch employees will be holding a retirement luncheon in her honor on April 8th. The public is invited to share their well wishes at an open house reception from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily from Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 15, at the Huerfano County Branch, located at 135 W. Sixth Street in Walsenburg.

The Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg is also pleased to announce that Mr. Keith Varner has accepted the position of branch president. Varner has 30 years of experience as an executive in financial services and is a graduate of Otero Junior College in La Junta, where he majored in Business Administration and Accounting. Varner topped off his education at the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder in 1987.

Varner began working in the banking industry in 1983 in Rocky Ford, and most recently served as Vice-Chairman and President/CEO of SCNB in Pueblo until 2009. Since 2010 he has been employed as a licensed financial services representative and stock broker serving the financial planning and investing needs of clients throughout southeastern Colorado.

Varner has resided in Huerfano County since 1995, raising two daughters, Erica (Whitney) now of Pueblo and Michelle Shrout of Walsenburg. He enjoys spending time with his children and four grandchildren and his significant other, Gloria Maize.

Mrs. Evelyn Dardanes, the loan documentation clerk for the First National Bank in Trinidad, also retired in March 2016 after 21 years of service. Dardanes began her career at The First National Bank in Trinidad in October 1994. She trained as a teller and bookkeeper, filling in for vacations. After a year, she began working as the loan documentation clerk, where she has worked for the past 20 years. Prior to working for First National, Dardanes worked as a steno clerk for Burlington Northern Railroad for 13 years. Dardanes and her husband Mike have two children, Devin and Denille. Denille and her husband Dustin have two children, Ralsten and Reese. Dardanes hopes to enjoy this new chapter of her life spending more time with her family, traveling a little more, and just living life according to her own schedule.

“We’ve been fortunate to have such a detail-oriented person managing the loan documents within the bank for the past 21 years. Evelyn has done a great job, and she will be greatly missed. We hope retirement suits her well, and wish her the best,” says J. Ed Eisemann, IV, First National Bank CEO.

The employees held a retirement luncheon in her honor on March 31st at the main bank in Trinidad.


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