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Mr. Franke began his career with Alpine Bank in May, 1983. As a management trainee, Mr. Franke worked with the bank’s overall operations and computer systems, bank operational duties, commercial lending, personnel management, regulatory compliance and bank management. He became Regional President for Alpine Bank’s Clifton, Downtown Grand Junction, Horizon Drive, Grand Junction Mall, Fruita and Delta locations in 1990. Today, Mr. Franke oversees the growth of Alpine Bank across the front range of Colorado. Alpine Bank opened the Union Station branch in April 2014, Cherry Creek branch in April 2015, and the Denver Tech Center West branch in May 2018.
An active member of his community, Mr. Franke is a member of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board, Colorado Uplift, Colorado Concern, Denver Rotary, Cactus Club, University Club, B: Civic, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Denver Red Cross Board of Directors, Colorado Children’s Hospital Leadership Council, American Transplant Foundation Board, Denver Police Department Foundation Board, and the Denver Metro Economic Development Council.
These leadership roles are in addition to Mr. Franke’s service on the Young Americans Bank Board of Directors. His knowledge and experience are a vital asset to overseeing the world’s only bank specifically designed for youth under the age of 22. In addition, Alpine Bank has been a valuable partner in the expansion of AmeriTowne On the Road in Grand Junction, in the Send-a-School scholarship initiative that provides access to Young Americans Center programs for low-income youth, and in the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition, which recognizes Colorado’s top youth entrepreneurs. According to Mr. Franke, “Supporting Young Americans Center for Financial Education both personally and through Alpine Bank’s corporate giving means that an entire generation of young people can grow up knowing how to spend, save, and share their money wisely. As a long-time banker and a parent, I know how valuable this lesson can be, and I’m proud to be involved.”
Young Americans is fortunate to have such strong leaders on its Board of Directors. Thank you, Mr. Franke, for your time and dedication!