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High Country Bank Chief Executive Officer Niki Stotler announced on Monday that long-time resident, Sylvia Veltri, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of High Country Bank. This recent vacancy was previously held by Ms. Stotler who was promoted last year to Chief Executive Officer.

“Sylvia comes with remarkable leadership skills, dedication to professionalism, higher education, and experience in banking. Sylvia also recognizes the importance of small business and how important a small businesses’ relationship is with their bank,” said Stotler. ” She understands HCB’s dedication to our communities and places value on our philanthropic efforts.”

Sylvia Veltri has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of High Country Bank. Courtesy photo.

Veltri came to High Country Bank in 2021 and has 10+ years of experience in the banking industry with an emphasis on treasury management. Veltri had the opportunity to learn all the different lines of business within banking, participated in product development, sales, and customer service. She developed a training program for the business bankers in her markets.

After graduating from Salida High School, Veltri pursued her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Finance and her master’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior from CSU.

“I encourage collaboration. I want to look for ways we can do things better and I want to share our best practices. I am very proud of the history of High Country Bank and look forward to continued success through collaboration and creative thinking,” says Veltri. “High Country Bank employees are the reason we can proudly say we have been serving our communities since 1886. Knowing our customers’ names when they walk through the door is what sets us apart. I want to listen to our staff, our customers, and our community. They matter to me.”

Veltri moved back to Salida in 2015 with her family and has been immersing herself in our local community ever since; seeing first-hand the importance of community banking in our communities and is eager to be a part of taking High Country Bank to the next level.

“I am excited to be part of a bank I grew up with, a bank that helped me achieve business and personal goals,” said Veltri. “High Country Bank was able to help me develop a successful business when larger banks could not. This is a sentiment our customers can share with me, and it is philosophically what I want to continue to offer to our communities.”

A member of the FDIC,  High Country Bank, is a locally owned and operated community bank serving the Arkansas Valley for nearly one-hundred thirty-seven years. It has banking locations in Buena Vista, Salida, Cañon City, and Longmont. In each location, they engage their neighbors through their corporate give-back program, education, and through community action.