On September 30, Bryant Bank Vice President-Commercial Lender Mary Nell Hallman officially retired after a dedicated 54-year career. Two days earlier, the bank was filled with family, friends and co-workers as she was given a fitting goodbye, and thank you.
Hallman, who worked for First National Bank and Bank of Tuscaloosa before moving to Bryant Bank, said the simple reason for her long career was, “I loved what I did.”
“I loved meeting the people and being able to help people,” she said. “I just think it’s time (for retirement). The husband is retired and it’s time for us to do some things together, some traveling and some different things. (Her farewell reception) was kind of overwhelming, but I think it’s very nice, and they did a great job.”
Bryant Bank President Claude Edwards said Hallman, a native of Bibb County, has been a tremendous asset since joining the bank in October 2010, and added she will be greatly missed.
“Bankers have to know not just about their own business, but a lot of other people’s too,” he said. ”Mary Nell has done an outstanding job over her career understanding people and understanding their businesses and trying to help them with their needs. I think that’s been something that is just a really good quality of hers, her ability to listen and help people. We’re sad to see her go, but we’re so happy for her and (Hallman’s husband of over 32 years) Lee Allen to be able to spend time together.”
Bryant Bank Chairman of the Board Paul Bryant Jr. said it is Hallman’s relationships with so many people in the Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area that have made her presence at Bryant Bank so impactful.
“She knows so many people in Tuscaloosa,” he said. “That’s what is so important in banks, bankers knowing (the people they serve) and what they’re doing outside of the bank and outside of their jobs. I think that is a big thing that made her so important to us, and helped us so much.”