CBA Officers 2013-2014
Chairman - Koger Propst, Sturm Financial and ANB Bank
As president of ANB Bank, Koger Propst, a Colorado native, brings more than 30 years of experience in community banks. Koger began his banking career while still in college. He went on to serve in various branch and market leadership roles with FirstBank in Silverthorne, Fort Collins and Breckenridge. Most recently he was president of the bank's largest regional market in Lakewood, representing more than one billion dollars in assets. Koger grew up on a ranch in Merino, CO that was homesteaded by his great-grandfather in 1876. He earned his bachelor's in business administration from University of Denver. He continued his education at the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin. Remaining active in the communities where he lives, Koger serves in board roles with the Community First Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of Colorado, and Exempla Health Care.
Chairman-Elect - Jeff Schmitz, Citywide Banks
Jeff Schmitz is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Citywide Banks. Jeff has been employed at the bank since 1997 and has been on its board of directors for over 14 years. His direct responsibilities include the oversight of deposit operations, IT, marketing, CRA, residential mortgage, and human resources. Before Citywide he spent several years in the real estate sales and financing industries in the Denver Metro market. In 1994, Mr. Schmitz co-founded JamLOGIC Software, which designed human resources tools for small companies around the country and was sold to a strategic partner in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Gonzaga University. Mr. Schmitz is a Board Member of Colorado Bankers Association, Colorado Uplift and Archdiocese of Northern Colorado. Mr. Schmitz was formerly the president of Legatus of Colorado and an Advisory Board Member of Innovest Portfolio Solutions. Other past affiliations include serving on the boards of Machebeuf High School (past chair), PGA Foundation Board, Colorado Civil Justice League and the Accountability Committee for High Plains Elementary.
Treasurer - Mark Bower, Home State Bank
Mark Bower has been in community banking for 32 years. He currently is the Executive Vice President/CFO/COO and a director of Home State Bank, a locally owned bank headquartered in Loveland Colorado with 11 branches in Northern Colorado and total assets of approximately $700 million, where he has worked the past 19 years. He oversees the bank’s operations, IT, financial planning and reporting, asset/liability management, investments, audit, and compliance areas. 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.
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 dogs and cats and visiting with friends and family.
Mary Bowers, Director of Membership
Mary Bowers is the Director of Membership, having joined the CBA in September 2013. Mary's work at CBA focuses on membership involvement and engagement to ensure the needs of our members are well met. Previously, she worked at the Southeast Business Partnership, where she was Vice President. For the past 15 years Mary has worked in business non profit management, economic development and public policy in Colorado. Mary is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in History and holds a Master degree from Colorado College.
Fritz Mackey, Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Fritz Mackey is CBA's Office Manager and Executive Assistant. He joined the organization in December 2012. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Communication with an emphasis in business. His career has included stints at a small public relations firm, retail sales, television advertising sales as well as non-profit office management. His interests and hobbies included architecture; art; music; travel; photography; U. S. history; advertising; roller coasters and international affairs among many others. He is a native of Long Beach, California and has been a resident of Colorado since March 2002.