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September 2014

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MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM GRADUATES

GSBC TOGETHER: A FIRST FOR THE

64-YEAR-OLD SCHOOL

By GSBC and CBA staff

M

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.”