Michelle Miller, VP Commercial Lender at Valley Bank & Trust (VB&T), celebrates her twentieth anniversary with the bank on March 25.
Miller first began as a loan secretary at the branch on 4th and Bridge in Brighton. She worked her way to consumer lender and eventually to commercial lending, largely at the suggestion of James O’Dell, the bank’s founder and current Chairman of the Board. Miller says she’s not a fan of change and recalled being “scared to death,” but with the encouragement from O’Dell, agreed to step into a new role.
One of her favorite things about working with VB&T has been the opportunity to partner with Junior Achievement (JA). Almost every year, Miller works with the second grade students at South Elementary in Brighton in a five week JA program that teaches them about community.
Miller knows the Brighton community well; she grew up on a farm nearby, the fourth of six siblings. She attended Weld Central High School, where she ran track. It was this hobby that introduced her to her husband, Dallas. At a track meet in Eerie, Miller gave her photo to be passed along to a boy she thought was cute. The courier, however, had other plans. It was Dallas’ niece, and she took the picture straight to her uncle, who later called Miller. They have been married 35 years, and have three children and five grandchildren.
Outside of work and family, Miller is the treasurer for Brighton Kiwanis and serves on the board for the local non-profit Almost Home, which provides temporary housing and utilities assistance to families in Adams and Weld Counties. She has been with both groups for around 10 years, and has even received the Joe Gomez Award from Almost Home for her commitment to the organization.
The Millers enjoy a pastime of wine making. Dallas’ Italian heritage inspired them to take up the hobby, as well as take an anniversary trip to Italy last year. They have plans to take a family trip to Disneyland later this year.
While Miller says she’s “getting ready for retirement,” she is grateful for the opportunities that she has been given. “I am glad I’ve gotten to do what I’ve done. This company gave me a great opportunity!”
VB&T thanks Miller for her time and commitment.