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CBA Officers 2016-2017


Photo of CBA 2016-17 chairman David KellyChairman - David Kelly, FirstBank

  David Kelly is the Chief Risk Officer for FirstBank Holding Company. His responsibilities include the development, implementation, and ongoing management of all enterprise risk management processes for the company. He is responsible for developing the company’s Dodd-Frank Act stress testing practices. He provides Senior Management oversight to the company’s Loan Review and Compliance functions and works closely with the company’s Audit department to ensure proper review coverage relative to the company’s risk profile. He has developed the company’s risk management processes for commercial real estate lending, the company’s proprietary lending platform, and model risk management practices. He formed and Chairs the company’s Risk Committee and currently serves on the company’s Funds Management Committee. He has served previously on the company’s Credit Policy Committee. David has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry at FirstBank, with over 20 years of experience in compliance and risk management. Prior to accepting his current position, David was President of Loan Operations, managed Compliance for FirstBank and gained experience at the subsidiary banks in the areas of operations management, branch management, consumer and commercial lending. He also served the company in the area of loan review.  David serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Colorado Bankers Association. He also serves on the CBA’s Government Affairs Committee, Legislative Review Subcommittee and is the former Chairman of the Association’s Dodd-Frank Task Force. David previously served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association’s Real Estate Appraisal Subcommittee and served on the ABA’s Government Relations Council Administrative Committee. He also served on the Board of Trustees of The Appraisal Foundation and as the Chairman of its Boards Nominating Committee. He holds the designation as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager. He has previously served as the commercial bank representative on the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers. He received his B.B.A. from the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.


Photo of CBA 2016-17 chairman-elect Mark DriscollChair-elect - Mark Driscoll, First National Bank Fort Collins

 Mark Driscoll is currently Colorado Market President of First National Bank of Omaha. The Colorado bank is a $2.3 Billion institution with 24 retail banking offices. During a 32 year banking career, Driscoll has served as President of First National Bank for 18 of those years with the remaining years in various management and lending positions with First National Bank and one other bank. Driscoll has also worked at Colorado State University for a total of seven years – four years as an assistant football coach (1976-1980), and three years (2003-2006) as Director of Athletics. Driscoll currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, the Colorado Bankers Association, Mountain States Employers Council and Serve 6.8. He is a graduate of Colorado State University with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Administration. Mark and his wife Neyla have three grown children and two grandchildren.


Photo of CBA 2016-17 treasurer Bob OstertagTreasurer - Bob Ostertag, Colorado Business Bank

Mr. Robert B. Ostertag has been Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of CoBiz Financial Inc. since May 2003. From June 2001 to May 2003, Mr. Ostertag served as the Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer of CoBiz Financial Inc. (formerly Cobiz Inc.). Prior to June 2001, Mr. Ostertag was the Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Manager of the downtown bank for five-and-a-half years. Before joining Cobiz Inc., Mr. Ostertag worked for Bank One, Denver for twelve years as the Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, and last served as its Vice President and Business Banking Group Manager for the northern half of the Denver-Metro area. He has served on the board of the Denver Children’s Home sand as a Member of the Junior Livestock Auction Committee for the National Western Stock Show. He has been a Director for the Colorado Bankers Association since 2007. Mr. Ostertag graduated with a double major in Finance and General Business from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado in 1983.


CBA Staff

Photo of CBA president and CEO Don Childears

Don Childears, President & CEO

President/CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association, Don Childears has served CBA since 1975, preceded by legislative and campaign work for a Congressman. He’s completed his Juris Doctor from University of Denver College of Law, and BSBA from Colorado State University, where he was student body president. Community activities vary including: First Amendment Council, Referenda C & D Finance Committee, Civil Justice League, Governor’s Y2K TF, Kids Voting, Housing Council, two graduate schools of banking, and political activities and campaigns. Business activities include ABA BankPac, Colorado Competitive Council Steering Committee, BancInsure, a publishing company, a network predating the internet, and a burglar alarm company. He frequently speaks (NBC Nightly News, ABA’s Annual Convention) and teaches government, political influence, and banking. Numerous awards include a Special Tribute by U.S. Senator Allard. He’s from Saguache (rural Colorado town) and is married to Linda, President of the Daniels Fund ($1.1B charitable foundation) and previous President of the Young Americans Bank (youth financial literacy pioneer) in Denver.


Photo of CBA SVP Jenifer WallerJenifer Waller, Senior Vice President

Since 1999, Jenifer Waller has maintained the position of Senior Vice President for the Colorado Bankers Association. She started in community banking in Southern Colorado in 1985 and attended the Western States School of Banking. Prior to her days at CBA, Waller spent almost five years as a bank examiner for the Colorado Division of Banking. Waller is involved with numerous organizations, serving on the Board of the Colorado Civil Justice League, the Colorado Fraud and Identity Theft Unit and the Colorado Energy Environment District. She has been appointed to several state task forces addressing issues impacting Colorado, including the elder abuse task force and the wildfire task force. Waller enjoys politics and volunteering for campaigns. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her sons Joe and Travis and husband Doug.


Photo of CBA Director of Communications, Amanda AverchAmanda Averch, Director of Communications

Amanda Averch has been the Director of Communications for the Colorado Bankers Association since summer 2012. She truly enjoys the research and informational aspects of her position, as well as developing and executing CBA’s communication strategy. Previous to her time at CBA, she worked for nearly six years providing public relations and communications services at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, she worked for seven years as a criminal justice beat reporter for the Longmont Daily Times-Call newspaper. She is the recipient of journalism awards from the Colorado Press Association and the National Newspaper Association. A Colorado native, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Colorado State University in 2000. Amanda serves on the board of directors for Colorado Jump$tart and as a steering committee member of Bank on Denver. She has previously served on the board of Think 360 Arts for Learning. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, their daughter, Tahlia, their dogs and cat and visiting with friends and family.


Photo of CBA director of education, Mike BintnerMike Bintner, Director of Education

Mike Bintner is the Director of Education. He joined in February of 2014. Mike’s role with CBA is to coordinate and promote ongoing educational offerings and manage and coordinate all aspects of events and meetings. Mike also is responsible for managing CBA's relationship with its associate members, as well as running the organization's Center for Bank Advocacy Training Practicum.  Previous to joining CBA, Mike worked for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Before that he worked as a lobbyist and at the Colorado state Capitol, in the house majority office. A Denver native, Mike got his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Doane College, where he also played four years of college football. In his spare time, Mike enjoys Colorado’s great outdoors and coaching youth football.


Brandon Knudtson, Director of Membership

Brandon Knudtson joined the Colorado Bankers Association as Director of Membership in 2016. Prior to working for CBA, he was a Branch Manager for US Bank. Brandon grew up in northern Colorado and moved to the Denver area in 2012. In his free time, he and his family enjoy outdoor actives such as biking, hiking and snowboarding. He and his wife Leah are parents to a daughter, Callie Mae, born in 2014. The family has two dogs, Mojo and Bella.




Lindsay Muniz, Executive and Office Assistant

Lindsay Muniz serves as the Executive Assistant at CBA since the beginning of 2016. Originally from St. Louis, MO she and her family moved to Colorado in 1995. Prior to her career at CBA, Lindsay worked as a florist in a retail environment for 12 years. During that time she graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in Business Management. In Lindsay’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family or outside hiking, riding bikes and snowboarding. She and her husband, Devin, have one spoiled dog, Vinny.



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