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Don Childears, Colorado Bankers Association

Don ChildearsCEO of the Colorado Bankers Association since 1980, Don Childears previously did legislative analysis on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and Congressional campaign work. He completed his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in 1981, the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, University of Colorado, in 1978, and a BSBA (Marketing) from Colorado State University in 1973. His activities include Building a Better Colorado (Treasurer); Let Colorado Vote (vice-chair); Colorado Competitive Council (chair); Colorado Concern, Colorado Civil Justice League (chair); Colorado Housing Council (chair); chairing large nonprofit fundraisers; political activities and campaigns; BancInsure Board of Directors; Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (University of Colorado) Trustee and Treasurer; ABA (Board of Directors, BankPac, Government Relations Council, State Association Division [chair], Regulatory Relief Task Force [chair); and other boards, task forces, etc. He speaks or teaches on government, political influence, and banking, at banking schools, law schools, and associations. TV interviews include Al Jazeera, BBC, NBC, ABC, CNN, CNBC, PBS, Fox News and others as well as publications including American Banker, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and Washington Post. He’s received numerous industry recognitions. He grew up in Saguache (a small rural Colorado town) and is married to Linda Childears who is President of the Daniels Fund ($1.5B charitable foundation) in Denver. 

Don Childears
CEO, Colorado Bankers Association

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