With over 40 years of successful banking experience, and proven abilities in all facets of management, motivation, team building, lending, and turn-around, Kent Curtis has held various executive officer positions as well as board memberships throughout his community banking career. The son of a banker, Kent began his journey as a banker and entrepreneur upon graduation from Fort Lewis College in 1982. Kent currently serves as President & CEO of First Southwest Bank in Durango, Colorado as Board President of First Southwest Community Fund, Chair of the Community Development Bankers Association, and Board Member of the Colorado Bankers Association. With a desire to differentiate First Southwest Bank in the post-Great Recession era, Kent led the bank to its CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation in November of 2014. As a CDFI Bank, First Southwest Bank cultivates valuable relationships, invests in economic and social doers, and fosters a well-lived rural culture.