GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - The Vail and Durango Alpine Bank locations were recently honored as business of the year in their respective communities.
The Durango Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards ceremony aimed at recognizing the community's outstanding leaders, volunteers and businesses on Jan. 24. Alpine Bank opened its doors in Durango a mere seven years ago but has already made a significant impact on the community - the bank has been named a finalist three times and this year took the title of Business of the Year.
Just a week after Alpine Bank was named Business of the Year in Durango, the Vail Valley Partnership presented Alpine Bank with Business of the Year at its 10th annual Success Awards Ceremony in Beaver Creek. Matt Teeters, vice president of the Avon Alpine Bank, was also honored with an award, Young Professional of the Year. All businesses were nominated by their peers and winners selected by VVP's Success Awards Committee.
Furthermore, Alpine Bank has just announced its next big move: Expansion to the Front Range in 2013. A site in lower downtown Denver has been selected for the new Alpine Bank location with plans to begin serving the public by the third quarter of 2013.
Norm Franke, a 30-year Alpine Bank veteran, has been named regional president of the forthcoming Front Range region. Franke is well prepared for the challenge - in 1991, he opened the first Mesa County Alpine Bank location and successfully grew the bank's presence in the region over the next 22 years.
Taking over as the bank's Mesa County regional president is 23-year employee Clay Tufly. Tufly began his career with Alpine in 1990 and in addition to managing many Alpine Bank locations over the years, he has been president of the downtown Grand Junction location for the past eight years. Tufly was born and raised in Grand Junction and graduated from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) with a degree in business management and an emphasis in finance.
Alpine Bank is a $2.4 billion dollar, employee-owned organization chartered in 1973 with headquarters in Glenwood Springs. With 36 western and southwestern Colorado banking offices, Alpine Bank employs over 500 local people and serves more than 130,000 customers with retail, business, trust, asset management, mortgage, and electronic banking services.