Sherry Waner has been in banking for over 25 years and currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for First Southwest Bank and First Southwest Community Fund. She acts as the lead strategist for fund and resource development. Sherry is also responsible for creating, planning, and implementing short and long term strategies that assist start up entrepreneurs with starting or expanding their business. She specializes in combining various private and public programs to help facilitate access to capital in Rural Colorado for start up entrepreneurs that are starting or growing their business. She currently oversees all of the funding and special program resources for First Southwest Bank and First Southwest Community Fund in the state of Colorado and expanding into three additional states. Due to her leadership initiatives the bank and community fund are top SBA and USDA lenders in the nation. Sherry has been instrumental in developing new and innovative technologies, for First Southwest Bank/First Southwest Community Fund, that assist entrepreneurs, bankers and economic development organizations with accessing capital resources and special programs.