First National Bank in Trinidad has, under current ownership, has had 20 employees work with the bank for 20 or more years. Now, one of those longtime employees is retiring at the end of February.
Nicole Bocim started working for The First National Bank in Trinidad on February 12, 2001, when she accepted a position as the Compliance Officer at the main bank in Trinidad. She was promoted to vice president in 2003. During her tenure at the Bank, she has also held the positions of BSA Officer, Information Security Officer, and CRA Officer. She also worked as Assistant Branch Manager at the Huerfano County Branch from 2016 to 2018.
Bocim was born and raised in Walsenburg. She attended St. Mary’s School from kindergarten through her senior year, and went to college at Adams State in Alamosa where she graduated with a degree in chemistry. Following graduation, Bocim worked for CF&I in the chemistry lab, then she worked at Dana Corporation as a plant metallurgist in Pueblo. In 1986, she and her husband Karl moved to Iowa where she worked for Land of Lakes in the quality control lab.
Bocim and her husband moved back to Walsenburg in 1993, where she worked for The First National Bank in Walsenburg for eight years. During the first three years she gained an extensive knowledge in banking when she covered positions as a teller, new accounts representative, proof operator, loan clerk, and loan processor. Then she was promoted to Compliance Officer, a position she held for the remaining five years there before accepting the position at The First National Bank in Trinidad.
While reflecting on her years in the workforce, Bocim said, “My most rewarding job, and the one that I really treasure, was working for The First National Bank in Trinidad. The people there are my family and it has been a wonderful place to work. First National has been so good to me. There’s not a better company to work for in this community.”
Nicki’s husband retired in 2005. Following her retirement they plan to do a little traveling. Nicki says she enjoys miniatures and plans to build a doll house in her spare time.
Bocim and her co-workers enjoyed a take-out luncheon recently held in her honor where she received a gift in recognition of her retirement and years of service. The event was a bit unusual, due to COVID-19 restrictions and compliance with social distancing guidelines, but the goal to celebrate her retirement was achieved. “Nicki has been a very valuable employee of the Bank. Her experience has made her an excellent Compliance Officer. We have been fortunate to have her on staff for so many years. Her co-workers will miss her kindness and professionalism. We wish her all the best in her retirement years,” says First National Bank CEO, J. Ed Eisemann, IV.