A MESSAGE FROM GAIL KLAPPER
MEMBER/PRESIDENT 

We are very privileged to live in Colorado and members of the Colorado Forum care deeply about the future of our State.  The Colorado Forum was formed in 1978 with a diverse membership of business and civic leaders who work to achieve good public policy results for Colorado. The Forum has a long history of positive engagement on issues of importance to the State and because the Forum has no term limits, our consistency of purpose allows us to address issues for as long as it takes to make important change happen. More >

 


 

40th ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

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John Ikard

 

Board Member, FirstBank Holding Company

John Ikard started with FirstBank in 1981 and was elected President and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company in 1999. In early 2017, after 35 years with the company, the last 17 years as CEO, John stepped down as CEO but continues to serve on the FirstBank Board of Directors. John is an active community leader having served as past chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Area Boy Scout Council, and Denver Economic Development Corporation. On a national level, John has served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association, the nation’s largest financial services association, as well as serving on the Federal Reserve Board of Kansas City. In 2010, John was honored with the prestigious “Community Banker of the Year” award by the American Banker magazine.

About FirstBank

FirstBank was founded in Lakewood, Colorado in 1963. Since that time, FirstBank has grown into the 2nd largest bank in the State of Colorado and the 3rd largest privately held bank in the U.S. In 2016, FirstBank recorded its 10th consecutive year of record profits as well as record deposit growth. FirstBank’s home is Colorado but also operates in locations in the Phoenix metro area as well as Palm Springs, California.