Stockman Bank Offers a Unique Brand of Montana Banking to the Big Sky community.

At a quick glance, all banks can appear to be the same. But Montana’s Stockman Bank is different. “We are a Montana-born company, family-owned, privately-held and focused on meeting the financial needs of all Montanans,” said Bill Coffee, CEO of Stockman Bank. “When you bank with us, every deposit is put to work here in Montana. Customers know their accounts support new homes, community development, small businesses and local agriculture.”

Stockman Bank has a long history of supporting Montana. The bank was first established by Coffee’s grandfather, Bill Nefsy, who purchased a small cattle ranch south of Miles City in the late 1930s. Over the years, his ranch grew, but when he began looking for an operating loan,  he was declined by the banks he reached out to, saying they didn’t do agriculture loans. In 1953, when the opportunity presented itself, Nefsy purchased controlling interest in the Miles City Bank and decided it should be a bank for all, including local business people, farmers and ranchers.

Today, Stockman is a full-service financial institution offering a full suite of banking services, state-of-the-art online and mobile banking, wealth management and insurance services. It is Montana’s largest agricultural bank and one of the state’s largest commercial and real estate lenders. Yet despite the growth, Coffee says the company remains dedicated to its founder’s mission: to serve honest, hardworking Montanans from every walk of life, throughout Montana. “We remain independent and committed to traditional, western values, the power of local management and decision-making and homegrown community service,” he says.

Local management and decision-making is key to Stockman’s success. Decisions for how the bank should operate are made by the employees and leaders at each of the bank’s 35 locations. Many are born and raised Montanans so they understand the nuances of the markets and environments they serve. There are direct phone numbers for employees at the branch providing customers with personalized service and a one-on-one relationship they can count on and trust. 

This unique brand of Montana community banking has been a welcome addition to the Big Sky community. “From commercial real estate projects, commercial banking assistance and residential real estate properties, to supporting the area’s active recreational lifestyle of skiing, hiking, biking, hunting and fishing, there is so much opportunity here,” says Paul Pahut, Gallatin Market President. “We are proud to do what we can to help the Big Sky area grow and succeed.”

If you want to learn more about Stockman, Pahut invites you to call the bank, stop by one of its locations around the state or visit

Deposit and loan products are offered by Stockman Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. 

Investments offered through Stockman Wealth Management and insurance products offered through Stockman Insurance are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, and may lose value.

Cover image for the Summer 2022 Issue of Mountain Outlaw