John Ikard stepped down as CEO of FirstBank in March, 2017, after a 36 year career with the bank including serving the last 17 years as CEO of FirstBank Holding Company. With assets approaching $20 billion dollars, FirstBank is the 3rd largest bank in the State of Colorado and one of the three largest privately held banks in the country. Despite the 2008-2100 financial crises, FirstBank has recorded record profits every year since 2007 and ranks in the top 2% of peer group banks over the past 20 years in in terms of return on equity.
John has held leadership positions with numerous organizations. On a national level, he served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association, the largest financial trade association in the country representing over 3,500 institutions. In 2010, John was honored with the prestigious “Community Banker of the Year” by the American Banker magazine. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
On a local level, John has served as Chairman of the Denver Metro Economic Development Corporation, Chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Denver Area Boy Scout Council, and Chairman of Colorado Concern, one of the State’s most influential political/business organizations. He previously served on the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University and was awarded CSU’s Harry Morgan award as outstanding alumni in 2012.
Mr. Ikard currently serves on the FirstBank Board, Childrens Hospital Board, Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Denver Scholarship Foundation, and Colorado Concern.
John is a 1979 graduate of Colorado State University, and holds an MBA from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and is a 1987 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking Schools at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.