CBA Officers 2015-2016
Chairman - Mark Bower, Home State Bank
Mark Bower has been in community banking for over 30 years. He currently is the Executive Vice President/CFO of Home State Bank, a locally owned bank headquartered in Loveland Colorado with 11 branches in Northern Colorado and total assets of approximately $850 million, where he has worked the past 21 years. He oversees the bank’s IT, financial planning and reporting, asset/liability management, investments, and audit. He also serves as Secretary Treasurer of Home State Bancorp. He is a graduate of Augustana College in South Dakota where he earned a degree in Accounting and Business Administration, completed his CPA certification in 1982, and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is active in Loveland Sertoma and the Colorado Bankers Association. He is currently a board member of Vintage City Church and lives in Loveland with his wife Ann and their three daughters.
Chairman-elect - 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.
Treasurer - 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.
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 ($1.1B charitable foundation) and previous President of the Young Americans Bank (youth financial literacy pioneer) in Denver.
Jenifer Waller, Senior Vice President
Since 1999, Jenifer Waller has maintained the position of Senior Vice-President in the Colorado Bankers Association. She started in community banking in Southern Colorado in 1985 and attended the Western States School of Banking. Prior to her days at CBA, Waller spent almost five years as a bank examiner for the Colorado Division of Banking. In order to spend more time with her son, she took a brief leave of absence from her career life. But when she returned to work, she re-entered her career as a banking consultant. Waller is involved with numerous financial literacy organizations including the Mi Casa Financial Services Advisory Group and The Denver Economic Prosperity Task Force. Waller enjoys politics and volunteering for campaigns. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her two sons Joe and Travis reading and playing basketball.
Amanda Averch, Director of Communications
Amanda Averch has been the Director of Communications for the Colorado Bankers Association since summer 2012. She truly enjoys the research and informational aspects of her position, as well as developing and executing CBA’s communication strategy. Previous to her time at CBA, she worked for nearly six years providing public relations and communications services at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, she worked for seven years as a criminal justice beat reporter for the Longmont Daily Times-Call newspaper. She is the recipient of journalism awards from the Colorado Press Association and the National Newspaper Association. A Colorado native, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Colorado State University in 2000. Amanda serves on the boards of directors for Think 360 Arts Denver and Colorado Jump$tart and as a team member of Bank on Denver. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, their daughter, Tahlia, and their dog and cat and visiting with friends and family.
Mike Bintner, Director of Membership and 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. 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.
Laura Garcia, Office Assistant
Laura is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager. She joined the CBA in April of 2015. Laura has more than 23 years serving as an executive assistant to C-level executives in the legal, human resources and mortgage and loan fields. She attended the University of Southern Colorado. In her spare time, she is a kickboxing instructor, runs and enjoys spending time with her family.