FirstBank believes there’s unity in diversity. In February, we observe Black History Month by recognizing and celebrating some of FirstBank’s strongest Black and African American leaders.

Today, we’re featuring the Executive Vice President of Marketing, Gordon Banks.

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica. Lives in Superior, Colorado.

Years at FirstBank: 18+ Years

Other positions held with organizations/boards:

Food Bank of the Rockies – Board of Directors

Describe your experience in getting to where you are today and the advice would you give to the next generation of leaders?

Don’t worry about what comes next, but focus on the present role and give 100% to the job you’re given, no matter how small it may seem. You may be surprised by how many opportunities are afforded to you by simply working hard and exercising a little humility.

Also, find good mentors and emulate them. Mentors might not be individuals you interact with daily or weekly, but they should be people you respect. Remember: even the briefest of interactions can go a long way.

How has FirstBank’s companywide philosophy of “banking for good” impacted your life and your career?

Even before our tagline launched in 2017, the pillars have always existed. FirstBank has evolved over time, but the core of the organization has always been constant. This philosophy has allowed me to work and grow with an organization that aligns with who I am.

Considering February is Black History Month, which historical figure/s would you most like to meet and why?

Nelson Mandela – he is a man of grace and dignity even in the face of significant atrocities.

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