Mr. Franke has been President of Alpine Bank since 1990. He is currently tasked with opening Alpine Bank on the front range of Colorado. The Union Station branch was opened April 2014, Cherry Creek April 2015, and the Denver Tech Center West May 2018.
Prior to this current assignment he performed duties as Regional President for the Bank’s Clifton, Downtown Grand Junction, Horizon Drive, Grand Junction Mall, Fruita and Delta locations. He started with Alpine Bank in May 1983 as a management trainee and has worked with the bank’s overall operations and computer systems, bank operational duties, commercial lending, personnel management, regulatory compliance and bank management. Between 1990 and 2008, he has promoted and opened eight new Alpine Bank market locations including Clifton, Downtown Grand Junction, Horizon Drive, Grand Junction Mall, Delta, Montrose and Fruita.
Mr. Franke graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from the Fort Lewis College and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado University in Boulder.
Mr. Franke is active in his community and has served as chair of the Colorado Bankers Association Board of Directors, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Grand Junction Symphony, Community Hospital Foundation Board, Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Mesa State College Board of Trustees, Industrial Development, Inc., Past Chair Western Colorado Hospice and Palliative Care, member of the Grand Junction Rotary, and Treasurer of Colorado Children’s Campaign. He is currently active in the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board, Colorado Uplift, Colorado Concern, Cactus Club, University Club, B: Civic, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Denver Red Cross Board of Directors, Colorado Children’s Hospital Leadership Council, American Transplant Foundation Board, Denver Police Department Foundation Board, Young Americans Bank Board of Directors, and the Denver Metro Economic Development Council.
Mr. Franke was honored as the ABC News person of the week in January 1996; Mesa County Association of Realtors, Community Service Award in 1988; Colorado Bankers Association Community Service Award in 2000 and the Del and Doris Scott award for community service in 2002; Grand Junction Rotary Ethical Business Citizen Award in 2000; Colorado Jaycees Outstanding Young Coloradoan Award in 2000; and the Grand Junction Fire and Police Departments Commendation for Outstanding Civic Leadership 2008.