Don serves as President and CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association, whose members have over 90% of Colorado’s bank assets, offices and employees. Don has served CBA since 1975, preceded by legislative and campaign work for a Colorado Congressman.
He completed his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law, and BSBA from Colorado State University, where he was student body president. He also completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.
Community activities vary including: Colorado Concern, Colorado Competitive Council (steering committee chairman), BankPac (national board), Business Industry Council, Civil Justice League Chairman, the State’s board to fight financial fraud, Housing Council (chairman), the Dean’s board for the College of Business at Colorado State University, Referenda C & D Finance Committee, Kids Voting, two graduate schools of banking, various business groups, and Republican activities and campaigns. He has served as the national chairman of state bankers associations, and on the board of the American Bankers Association. Business activities have included BancInsure (board & reinsurance committee), a publishing company, a network predating the internet, and a burglar alarm company.
He frequently presents and teaches government, political influence, and banking. He speaks on behalf of banking to media and by making many group presentations. He has received various awards. He’s from Saguache (rural Colorado town) and is married to Linda, President of the Daniels Fund ($1.2B charitable foundation).