Executive Biographies

Donald and Susan Sturm, Chairman and CFO/Vice Chair, Executive Officers

As primary shareholders of the bank’s parent company, Sturm Financial Group, Inc., Don and Sue Sturm are committed to excellence in all endeavors and actively work to leave the world a better place. These are just two attributes that have propelled Don and Sue to positions of leadership in both the business world and in the communities they serve.

Don holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws (taxation) degrees. Don spent 28 years with Omaha, Nebraska based Peter Kiewit Son’s Inc. rising to the position of Vice-Chairman. Sue graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics.

Their current business interests span a number of sectors: banking operations in three states with 30 profit centers, investment management, real estate activities including land development, commercial ownerships, leasing, management and oil and gas investments.

Don is Chairman of Sturm Financial Group, Inc. and Sue serves as Vice-Chair and Chief Financial Officer. Don and Sue share a belief in the importance of giving back to the community, and are each involved in several volunteer organizations. Through personal contributions, and the Sturm Family Foundation, they expand community activities and educational opportunities most notable at the University of Denver, Arapahoe Community College Sturm Collaboration Campus and for low-income children.

Koger L. Propst, President and CEO of SFG and ANB Bank, Executive Officer

“As an employee-owned, privately held banking organization, we have the opportunity to connect more closely with customers. Through long-term relationships, we help people with the things that matter most to them; from their personal dreams to starting and succeeding in business.”

As president and CEO of ANB Bank and the Sturm Financial Group, Koger Propst brings more than 35 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 enhance lives and communities. For ANB’s customers, that means consumer and business solutions crafted to deliver personalized service and products.

A Colorado native, Koger earned his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Denver and continued his education at the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.

Koger is active with the ICBA (Independent Community Bankers of America) and serves on the board of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. He is a past chair of the Colorado Bankers Association, the Community First Foundation and the Colorado board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy.

Matt Baldner, Regional President for Denver Metro

“I appreciate that in a community bank, you can truly get to know the customer, be a trusted resource and develop lasting relationships.”

As the regional president at our Cherry Creek Banking Center, Matt Baldner leads his team of bankers to actively support and benefit our customers in the community banking arena.

Matt came to ANB Bank with more than two decades of experience in the banking industry – most recently at another local bank where he was the executive vice president of operations and information technology. In addition, he also has his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and has attended the Graduate School of Banking.

Matt stays active in the community. He is the President of the Colorado Garden Foundation Board of Directors, serves on the Board of Directors for Tennyson Center for Children, the Audit Committee of the Cherry Creek North BID, and is a founder and Board member of the Rocky Mountain Girls Fastpitch Association.

John Ward, Regional President for Mountain Region of Colorado

"Community banking at its core is about personal relationships. Earning the title "My Banker" from a client is what it's all about."

As regional president of ANB Bank's Mountain Banking Centers, John brings more than 19 years of banking experience and a wealth of knowledge and leadership that will be instrumental in successfully leading his region, as well as a deep commitment of excellence in serving the customers of ANB.

Before becoming regional president, John was the community bank president of ANB's Aspen branch. He continues to be located in Aspen as he leads his team in providing an exceptional customer service experience in the region's seven banking centers. John holds his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and attended the Pacific Coast Banking School.

John is committed to serving his community through his involvement with various non-profit organizations and activities. He is a past president of Aspen Rotary Club, is a member of the Aspen Fire Protection District's Board of Directors, Chairman of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board of Directors, and is a board member of the Aspen Lacrosse Club. He also spends his time volunteering as a youth sports coach in the community for basketball, football and lacrosse.

Frankie Cole, Regional President for Northern Colorado (Ft. Collins, Boulder)

“True community bankers are valuable resources for their clients as they can partner together to build strong strategies for financial success. Having a well-rounded knowledge of banking and lending allows us to serve the client through every phase of their financial lives. ANB bankers are in a relationship with their customers for the long-run, which builds a level of trust that is unique in the banking industry.”

Frankie Cole is the regional president of ANB Bank’s Northern Colorado Region which includes the Fort Collins, Loveland and Boulder markets.

Frankie brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services field and has worked in various positions at ANB. Before accepting her current role, she held the positions of senior credit operations officer, and prior to that, community bank president of ANB’s Cherry Creek Banking Center. She also has her bachelor’s degree from Newman University and has completed the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado program.

Frankie enjoys giving back to the community and is involved in several volunteer activities, including serving on the board of directors for the Foothills Gateway Foundation Board of Directors and the Mercy Housing Mountain Plains Partnership Council. She is passionate about organizations that serve the underserved, in particular, with housing and other family needs.

Tom Ashley, Regional President for Southern Colorado

“You’ll get my best with your best interest in mind.”

As regional president of ANB Bank’s five Colorado Springs Banking Centers, Tom Ashley, with more than 20 years of banking experience brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to his team of bankers and a deep commitment of excellence in serving the customers of ANB.

Before joining ANB Bank, Tom was a top-performing broker associate for a real estate group in Aspen, Colorado. Previous to that he served as the executive vice president for another large Colorado-based community bank in its Colorado Springs, Denver Tech Center, and Aspen markets.

Tom is a native of Colorado, growing up in Salida. He attended Colorado State University where he received his bachelor’s degree, and he is a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin Graduate School Of Banking.

Tom is committed to serving his community, his customers, and the banking industry through involvement with many non-profit organizations and advocacy activities. He presently serves on the Cheyenne Village Board of Directors and Finance Committee; the Pikes Peak Hospice Board of Trustees; and the Colorado Bankers Association Government Affairs Council.

Vance A. Wagner, Regional President for Western Colorado

“Banking is a business built on one-on-one relationships. By knowing customers and their needs, we can be the best bank possible.”

With more than 30 years of broad banking experience, Vance Wagner brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to ANB’s Western Colorado Region as regional president.

Prior to his move to Grand Junction, Vance spent eight years in ANB’s Cherry Creek Banking Center in Denver, first as the senior credit officer in Commercial Banking, then serving as regional president. He also spent nine years at the Bank’s Glenwood Springs Banking Center serving the western slope as branch president and regional manager. His experience encompasses nearly all industries and facets of banking, with an emphasis in commercial, real estate and construction lending - enabling him to help businesses of all types and sizes navigate the business landscape successfully.

Vance has an extensive history of community involvement that includes serving on the St. Mary’s Hospital Board, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Board, Club 20 Executive Committee, City of Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority, and Colorado Bankers Association/Governmental Affairs Committee.

R.J. Gildea, Regional President for Kansas City, Kansas Metro

“At ANB Bank, we value the relationships we have with our clients and the communities we serve. We understand that providing high quality service is essential in a banking relationship, and we take pride in being a community bank that offers tailored solutions to fit each customer’s financial goals.”

As regional president of ANB Bank’s Kansas City Banking Centers, RJ Gildea brings more than 12 years of banking experience and a wealth of knowledge and leadership to his team of bankers, as well as a deep commitment of excellence in serving the customers of ANB.

Before joining ANB Bank as regional president, RJ was the senior vice president of a large financial institution in Arizona. RJ attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and is a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin Graduate School Of Banking.

RJ is committed to serving his community through his involvement with Community Housing of Wyandotte County, currently serving on the Finance Committee and the Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Northeast Kansas, serving on their Board of Directors.

Kevin Paintner, Regional President for Wyoming

“I believe in building strong value-based relationships with our customers, which in turn drives the value of our company for our shareholders.”

As the regional president for Wyoming, Kevin leads and coaches his team of bankers in creating a friendly, knowledgeable, and value-oriented banking environment. He is key in developing new banking relationships, nurturing current bank relationships, and helping each of his banking centers’ communities grow and prosper.

Located in the Cheyenne Banking Center, Kevin brings close to thirty years of experience in the industry, having worked in business banking, consumer banking, and agriculture.

Kevin plays an active role in the Cheyenne community. He is a member of the Cheyenne Airport Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Banker’s Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota.

ANB Financial Services Biographies