Altana Announces New President/CEO:
The Board of Directors of Altana Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Hagadone of Billings, Montana, as the credit union’s new President and CEO, replacing Rhonda Diefenderfer, who is retiring in May after 30 years with the organization, and 20 years as its President/CEO. The Board of Directors welcomes Hagadone with great enthusiasm and looks forward to his dynamic and engaging leadership, which will guide Altana into the future.
Having spent his entire working career within the financial services industry, Hagadone’s experience ranges from retail banking at Wells Fargo to commercial lending for Stockman Bank. In 2013, Diefenderfer hired Hagadone to serve as Altana’s Business Lending Manager. He eventually advanced to VP of Business Lending and played a significant role on the senior leadership team alongside Diefenderfer.
Richard A Nauman, Sr, Board Chairman, noted that Hagadone’s active commitment to the counties and members Altana serves aligns well with the organization’s community-driven values, something Diefenderfer has significantly invested in throughout her tenure as President/CEO. When Diefenderfer assumed the President/CEO role in 2001, growth and expansion were also at the forefront of her vision. Under her leadership, Altana grew from two branches with 56 million in assets to seven branches serving members in seven counties, totaling nearly 400 million in assets.
“It’s been an amazing twenty years and a true honor and privilege to have served as Altana’s President/CEO,” says Diefenderfer. “I leave behind an incredible team that is ready and able to lead Altana into the next 20 years. I’m excited to watch it all happen from the sidelines.”
Hagadone and his wife, Ciara, have two sons, Graham, age 5, and Griffin, age 18 months.
Hagadone currently serves as Board President for Big Sky Senior Services and has been with that organization for six years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rocky Mountain College.
“I’m excited to begin this new chapter in Altana’s long and storied history,” Hagadone notes. “We’ll continue to expand upon the foundation that Rhonda has built and I look forward to contributing to our growth and success moving forward.”
Please join us while we Congratulate Rhonda Diefenderfer on her retirement! We are hosting two open houses to celebrate.
- Thursday, May 6 from 2 pm – 4 pm at Altana FCU, 220 First Ave Laurel, MT
- Friday, May 7 from 1 pm – 5 pm at Altana FCU, 3212 Central Ave Billings, MT
We will follow mask and social distance guidelines.