Don serves as CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association, whose members have over 95% 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, BSBA from Colorado State University, and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.
Community activities vary, including: Building a Better Colorado (Exec Com, Treasurer), Colorado Competitive Council (investor committee chair), BankPac (national board), Admin Committee of American Bankers Association Government Relations Council, Friends of Traditional Banking, Regulatory Feedback Initiative, Civil Justice League (past chairman), American Bankers Association board of directors (past), Colorado’s board to fight financial fraud, Housing Council (past chairman), the Dean’s board for the College of Business at Colorado State University, Referenda C & D Finance Committee, board of trustees for 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.
Don frequently presents and teaches about government, political influence, and banking. He speaks on behalf of banking to media and many groups and has received various awards. He is from Saguache, a rural Colorado town, and is married to Linda, President of the Daniels Fund.