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MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM GRADUATES
GSBC TOGETHER: A FIRST FOR THE
By GSBC and CBA staff
ANY PARENTS HOPE THEIR
children will one day follow in their footsteps
and choose the same career, once they’re
grown and out on their own.
But for Jamie Matile, her daughter Allison Garst may have
caught the banking bug much sooner. In 1986, when Matile
was five months pregnant, the bank where she worked was
closed by the FDIC. Now 28 years later, her daughter Allison
is a successful bank regulator with the Office of State Bank
Commissioner in Kansas.
The pair shares not only the bond of a mother and daughter,
and the love of a shared career in banking, but also the same
graduation day. Matile, vice president of Girard National Bank
in Kansas, and Garst, in July, both graduated from the Graduate
School of Banking at Colorado.
That’s a first for the 64-year-old school, which graduated 160
class members on July 24.
Matile and Girard have been roommates at the school since
2013 when Garst enrolled as a second-year direct student.
“Practically joined at the hip, they are always found smiling
and enjoying Boulder together,” staff at the GSBC recalled.
The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is America's
Premier Community Banking School. GSBC maintains a
commitment to the values of the community-banking industry
by providing an educational experience sensitive to challenges
experienced by banks of all sizes and business models.
The school was formed in September 1950, when the Colorado
Bankers Association (CBA) and the University of Colorado
(CU) Board of Regents co-sponsored the organization and
operation of the Colorado School of Banking for approximately
twenty Colorado bank employees for a two week period in the
summer of 1951 on the Boulder campus of CU. Soon it was
determined GSBC would continue indefinitely for two weeks
every summer on the Boulder campus without limitation on the
number of students.
The school has educated more than 8,000 bankers, regulators
and other members of the financial services industry.
“It’s been a lot of fun going through school together,” Garst
said of attending GSBC with her mother. “In fact, we’ve decid-
ed that we need to make a trip to Boulder an annual event—just
the two of us.”