Around the State 50 Year Club Honorees 2020

 industry. MBA is pleased to recognize these bankers for their commitment to their customers and their communities.

Sandy Burrow Loan Operations Specialist

Montgomery Bank, Sikeston Sandy Burrow first stepped foot into Montgomery Bank as an employee in July 1969. Since then, she has been walking through the doors of the Sikeston community bank for the last 51 years.

Sandy began working at the bank as a switchboard operator and then spent some time as a teller. She has spent much of her time in the loan area of the bank processing and servicing loans for customers. Montgomery Bank is the only employer that Sandy has ever had, and she said her co-workers are truly her second family.

In her spare time, Sandy enjoys horse trail rides.

Pam Davis Vice President, Branch Manager Citizens Bank & Trust, Chillicothe

Troughout her 50 years of banking, Pam Davis has weathered three bank acquisitions, remaining an employee each time. Pam started her banking career at Security State Bank in 1970. Security State Bank was purchased and renamed Citizens Bank. Ten in 1971, the bank was sold to First Security Bank. In 1993, Citizens Bank & Trust purchased First Security Bank.


Pam has practiced her passion of helping people find ways to meet their financial goals each day, and that is what has sustained her enthusiasm for banking through her 50-year career. Pam said she “feels fortunate to have always worked for a community bank. It has given me the opportunity to establish many lasting banking relationships and give back to my community.”

Pam is a member of Smithville Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, and a Chamber Board member.

Melba Gutherie 

The Bank of Missouri, Steele Melba Gutherie attributes her lifelong banking career to a vital component — meeting customers’ financial and business needs. Aſter graduating high school, Melba joined Te Bank of Steele in July 1969 as a teller. Over the years, her responsibilities expanded to proof machine, bookkeeping, posting machines, secretarial work and CDs. Melba’s promotions include loan processor, loan officer and Investors’ Club manager.

Melba said that “by my starting out where I was and moving into so many different areas of the bank, I had learned pretty much every step of the banking process. Tat really helped me understand the business, which also helped my customers have faith in me.” Her experience has benefited the customers

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