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IBA Member Spotlight: Damon Colvin

Archived Industry News:IBA Member Spotlight: Damon Colvin

Last Updated: 6/2/2021 10:42 AM

Colvin Strives to Make Positive Impact on Customers’ Lives

Damon Colvin has worked in the financial services industry his entire career. Prior to that, however, he worked as a facilities technician for a nonprofit while in college. That role taught him to take pride in his work because he saw the impact it could make on someone else. He brings that same mentality to banking. “Doing my job efficiently, effectively and enthusiastically not only allows for a pleasant experience for our bank clients, it ensures that we are positively impacting their lives,” he said.

Today, Colvin is assistant vice president and manager of the Paul Revere Square and downtown Davenport offices of CBI Bank & Trust.

How did you get into banking as a career?
I began as a financial representative in the insurance and financial services industry and transferred into retail banking prior to the economic downturn in 2008.

Prior to your current role, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had, and what lesson did it teach you that you still use today?
While in college, I was a facilities technician for a nonprofit organization that also rented out the facility. I would set up for the events. I learned to take pride in my work — even if no one noticed the work I had done or knew that I had done it — because not doing my job effectively could negatively impact an important event in someone’s life that was being held at the facility.

I believe banking works the same way. Doing my job efficiently, effectively and enthusiastically not only allows for a pleasant experience for our bank clients, it ensures that we are positively impacting their lives by helping them achieve and exceed their financial goals.

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking allows a person to positively impact the communities they live in by providing the products and services necessary to achieve financial goals. Banking also enables positive community impact through charitable donations, community service projects and community board involvement. One can earn a good living while doing meaningful work and making a difference in the lives of others and the communities they live in.

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The IBA provides resources, training options and networking opportunities that help bankers grow in their roles, increase their knowledge and share best practices.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I am a big family and faith person. I also coach high school boys basketball at Rock Island (Illinois) High School.

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Treat people the way they not only want to be treated, but deserve to be treated — with respect.

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