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PANEL Q&A: Featuring Don Childears - President & CEO of The Colorado Banker's Association; Koger Propst - President of ANB Bank and Sturm Financial; and Dave Baker - COO of First Bank.

  • 9200 E Mineral Ave Centennial, CO, 80112 United States (map)


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.


As president of ANB Bank, Koger Propst brings more than 30 years of experience in community banking with a focus on creating alignments that allow the bank, its employees and its customers to achieve mutual goals. He leads ANB Bank with a firm belief in the power of independent banking and its ability to help enhance lives and communities. For ANB’s customers, that means truly getting to know their personal and business needs at the root level and delivering exceptional, personalized service and quality products that enhance their lives.

Koger has spent his career with Colorado banks. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Remaining active in the communities where he lives, Koger serves in board roles with a number of community organizations and leadership roles with state banking organizations.


Dave currently serves as the president of FirstBank in Lakewood, Colorado. During his 31-year career at FirstBank, Dave has served in a variety of positions, including executive vice president of FirstBank Holding Company and Chief Operating Officer. He was named President of FirstBank in 2010 and continues to serve as Chief Operating Officer of FirstBank Holding Company.

In addition to his work at FirstBank, Dave is on the board of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Mile High United Way. He also serves as a trustee for the University of Colorado Foundation and on the University of Colorado Denver Business School Advisory Board. In addition, Dave and his wife, Laura, serve as the chairs for the University of Colorado Denver Creating Futures Capital Campaign. Previously, Dave has chaired Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement, the Colorado Bankers Association, and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

Dave earned a degree in business from the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado and a graduate degree from the Pacific Coast Banking School.