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New Board of Directors Elected

High Plains Bank Elects New Board of Directors

High Plains Bank, family, community and employee-owned, elected a new board of directors who began their term in February 2024. The new board, made up of community and Creighton family members, who collective bring a breadth of diverse expertise from the public, education, technology, entrepreneur, and finance sectors.. 
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The philosophy upheld by the High Plains Bank Board of Directors rests upon four fundamental pillars: Stewardship, Strategy, Supervision, and Statutory Compliance,” says Sam Creighton,  Chairman of the High Plains Bank Board of Directors. “The board is committed to serving as astute advisors for the bank to safeguard its competitive advantage, retain the bank’s independence, fulfill our higher purpose of empowering customers to build economic confidence, and support our communities to thrive.” 

“High Plains Bank is larger and more complex than just a few years ago. We are excited to bring on new board members who can help us navigate changes in our communities, industry and society,"  states John Creighton, CEO of High Plains Bank. "The newly elected board reflects the Creighton family's long-standing commitment to the bank along with new members who bring fresh perspectives and experiences to our organization."

High Plains Bank Family Board of Director Members:

  • Sam Creighton, Board Chair and President of High Plains Bank
  • Tom Creighton, Board Vice Chair
  • Virginia Newton, Director
  • Winifred Walters, Board Treasurer
  • Dan O’Leary, Director

High Plains Bank Non-Bank Board of Director Members:

  • Perla Delgado, Director, CEO/Executive Director, I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County
  • Jocelyn Gilligan, Board Secretary, Longs Peak Advisory Services, St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education Treasurer
  • Marta Loachamin, Director, Boulder County Commissioner
  • Nancy Taylor, Director, CFO, Strasburg School District
  • Jon Smithburg, Director, Director of Cybersecurity, High Plains Bank
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Shared Leadership Values

“When I was asked to join the High Plains Bank Board of Directors, I felt honored to join an organization that I admire so much,” shares Jocelyn Gilligan, High Plains Bank Board of Directors Secretary. “Having been a customer for years, my experience has been characterized by their exceptional customer service and unwavering dedication to serving our community. As a small business owner, I was turned away by larger corporate banks, being too small for them to even look at.  High Plains Bank treated us differently, providing access to capital that has been instrumental in our success. High Plains Bank's commitment to supporting local businesses like ours extends beyond financial assistance; I see them as a trusted ally in our journey towards success.” 

"Empathy and flexibility are pillars of the servant leadership concept,” says Dan O’Leary, High Plains Bank Board of Directors. “High Plains Bank demonstrates both of these values in their communities through compassionate problem solving and creative financial solutions. I am honored for the opportunity to support a bank committed to serving their communities with these leadership qualities."

About High Plains Bank 

A family, community, and employee-owned community bank, High Plains Bank’s commitment to support the vitality of our communities began one hundred and sixteen years ago. The bank’s first goal is to make a lasting impact in our communities while empowering people to manage their financial moments of need and life events. High Plains Bank was founded in 1908 in Flagler, Colorado and has physical branches in Bennett, Flagler, Keenesburg, Longmont, Wiggins, digital banking services through, as well as Trust, Estate, and Investment Services, and Craft Financial Group, an affiliate of High Plains Bank. 

*High Plains Bank Trust/Investment products are not insured by the FDIC or any other federal government agency, are not deposits of or guaranteed by the bank, and may lose value.

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Learn more about the High Plains Bank Board of Directors: 

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