Story by DILLON TABISHn the same day in May, Bob and Kim Nystuen arrived at a pair of rather impressive milestones. Bob celebrated his 18th anniversary at Glacier Bank, the last 10 of which he has served as its president. His wife Kim enjoyed her retirement after 13 years of teaching at Flathead High School.
The Nystuens are familiar faces in the Flathead Valley. Both Bob and Kim have a long history of staying actively involved in several civic and community-minded organizations while raising their three boys, Carl, Steven and Andy.
Flathead Living magazine asked Bob about his community stewardship and the joys of living and playing in the Flathead.
Flathead Living: You’re very involved in the community, serving on various boards and organizations. Why have you gotten so involved, and how do you juggle all of that while being president of Glacier Bank?
Bob Nystuen: The employees at Glacier Bank have a responsibility to participate in community service, to serve and support the mission and values of Glacier Bank. As bank president, I like to set the pace for community service; not because it’s in our job descriptions, but because it creates the winning combination of community betterment, personal enrichment and it builds business relationships. Serving on numerous boards, like Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and the Glacier National Park Conservancy, is an extension of my job at the bank. I could not be as engaged in the community without the unwavering support of my teammates at Glacier Bank and my family.
FL: When and how did you end up in the Flathead Valley?
Nystuen: My wife, Kim, our three sons and I came to the Flathead Valley in 1996. We had previously lived in Livingston, Bozeman and most recently, Miles City. Our family always had a desire to locate to a community in western Montana with all the opportunities and amenities we have here. All three sons graduated from Flathead High School, with Andy and Carl graduating from Montana State University and Steven graduating from the University of Montana. With Kim being a Griz, we are truly a “house-divided” on Cat-Griz game day.
FL: What keeps you here? Why do you like living in the Flathead?
Nystuen: A common response would be the natural beauty of the Flathead Valley, with Glacier National Park, the lakes, mountains, skiing, golfing and an unlimited number of outdoor pursuits. As for Kim and me, we live here because of the people, our family, friends, business associates, and of course, all the amenities we love.
FL: What have been some of your favorite memories of living here?
Nystuen: Our favorite memories and events would revolve around family activities and youth sports. From the day we arrived in the Flathead Valley, our guys were involved in hockey, baseball, football, track, skiing and golf. Kim and I became friends with a countless number of parents and kids and those friendships have been incredibly rewarding for our Nystuen family.
FL: If someone visited you in the summer hoping to have the ultimate Flathead Valley experience in one day, what would that day include?
Nystuen: An ideal day in the Flathead Valley in the summer would include boating on Flathead Lake with family and friends. We thoroughly enjoy boating to the south end of the lake for a change of scenery, having a community raft-up with multiple pontoons or the “Nystuen Swim Club,” our version of a relaxing afternoon of swimming, food and fun.