After 43 years in the banking industry, Gerald Sitz retired as Vice-President of Citizens Tri County Bank last week. On Friday, coworkers, family, friends, and customers honored him with a reception at the Colyar Avenue branch of the bank.
Gerald began his career after leaving college in 1974 at the Coalmont Savings Bank. He worked as a teller and bookkeeper before moving to the bank’s Altamont Branch in 1974. In 1980, he became manager of the Palmer branch, and transferred to the main office at Coalmont in 1982.
In 1984, Coalmont Savings Bank was purchased by the 1st Bank of Marion County, and Gerald moved to their Tracy City office. For 33 years, he has served as Vice-President and manager at the bank, which later became Citizens Tri County Bank.
“I will miss everyone here,” said Gerald on Friday. “We are like a family. I told Glen and John Barker, the current president and CEO of the bank, that I never had a day I dreaded coming to the office. That is a wonderful thing.”
The people who work with Gerald have high praise for him.
“Gerald has impacted so many lives and made a huge difference in our community,” said Dana Knight, who is taking the helm at the bank after Gerald’s departure and has been named assistant vice-president.
“He’s helped people pay their bills and given helpful advice to people ranging from buying a home to starting a business. He was great to work with and will be missed greatly,” continued Knight.
Customers have also become friends over the years, says Gerald.
“I have enjoyed meeting and making friends. For example, Tommy Harwell of TAG Plastics. We met when he moved from Chattanooga to Tracy City. We share the same birthday, and that has created a special bond.”
Gerald says that in addition to developing lifelong relationships, he is grateful to have been the part of many successes. He says it is satisfying to help people.
What’s up next for Gerald? He wants to take a year off.
“I have no specific plans. I want to relax for a year or so. Then, I may work with other businesses, consulting.”