Steamboat Springs Scott Gordon, president of the Alpine Bank branch in Steamboat Springs since it opened eight years ago, is leaving to take over the company's largest branch in Aspen.
"It was a very difficult decision full of emotions," said Gordon, who was told by Alpine Bank founder and chairman Bob Young that, "Aspen needs you."
Gordon said he will miss Steamboat and its people, while he also is looking forward to a new challenge in a town fairly similar.
"If they were after me to go to Kansas, I never would have gone," Gordon said.
Young said it was a difficult decision for him as well, because of how well Gordon is doing in Steamboat.
"At some point, he could have my job," Young said. "But, these are hard decisions to make because he's doing an outstanding job there."
While he will have the same job title in Aspen, Gordon's responsibilities will be expanded. The Steamboat branch manages about $75 million in assets, while the Aspen branch manages $415 million. Alpine Bank's assets across 35 branches total $2.2 billion.
"This is definitely a promotion in every sense of the word," Young said.
Both Gordon and Young said Gordon's replacement at the Steamboat branch most likely would come from within. The bank's top officers - and Gordon's most likely successors - are Adonna Allen, senior vice president; Ruth Dombrowski, vice president; Clark Kreger, assistant vice president; and Alice Klauzer, banking officer.
"I believe it's Scott's wishes and recommendations that leadership stay with the team there," Young said, "and I'm supportive of that."
While leaving, Gordon will not be completely removed from Steamboat clients. Young said Gordon has established valuable connections that the bank hopes to find a way to utilize. Also, Gordon will be a member of Alpine Bank's loan committee that reviews the largest loans across all branches.
"I will still be an advocate for Steamboat clients through my position on the loan committee," Gordon said. "And also, the core management team in Steamboat is intact. While I'm leaving, the remaining clients are being left in good hands."
In addition to a banker, Steamboat will be losing some young athletes. Gordon's sons, Bryce, 16, and Brett, 13, are cyclists and Nordic skiers. Gordon said his children and wife, Dawn, have been very supportive of the move and see it as the family's "next adventure."
"We wouldn't want him to come under any other circumstances," Young said.
Gordon is a fourth-generation Colorado native from Denver. He has been a banker for his professional career and first worked for the Central Bank in Denver. The majority of his banking, however, has been in Western Slope resort towns. Aspen is familiar territory for Gordon. He first joined Alpine Bank in 1992 as the vice president of loans for the Aspen branch. He then served a brief stint as the executive vice president of the Carbondale branch before moving to Steamboat.
Gordon was involved in various civic activities while living in Steamboat. He was the secretary treasurer and a former chairman of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, a member of the Ski Town U.S.A. Morning Rotary Club, served on the Pilot & Today Editorial Board and was active on various other committees and task forces.
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