GLENS FALLS — When Tim Badger joined Glens Falls National Bank as a management trainee in 1972, he figured he might be there for a couple of years.

On Thursday, in a packed meeting room on the third floor of the bank’s new building on South Street, Badger chatted with a constant flow of well-wishers as he celebrated his retirement after 45 years.

Badger spent most of his career in marketing and was marketing director from 1982 until his retirement, which was effective Friday.

“I am finally going to have the time to do all the things I have talked about doing,” Badger said. “You live here and you don’t realize all the great things that are here. I have a long local bucket list.”

One of Badger’s responsibilities was to introduce ATMs, and he also was involved in the company becoming publicly traded and the launch of a sister bank, Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co.

In the community, Badger served on the board of directors of the Tri-County United Way and the SUNY Adirondack Foundation. He has been a strong supporter of the Adirondack Balloon Festival.

Tom Murphy, president and CEO of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co., said long-term employees like Badger are one of the reasons the bank has been successful in the community.

“Tim’s 45-year service to our company is one of the reasons we are as successful as we are, and it is certainly the reason why others are aware of our success story,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “We thank him for dedicating his career to making sure our customers, our employees, our communities and our shareholders all know what a great team we have.”

Blake Jones, the bank’s vice president of marketing, worked with Badger for five years.

“Tim is the kind of boss who gives you credit for his good ideas and takes the blame for your mistakes,” she said. “He’s an extremely generous person who brings out the best in those around him.”

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