The bank, the service marks the success of Staudinger – bizwest
2021 Women of Distinction – Banking and Finance
Nicole Staudinger – FirstBank
FORT COLLINS – As Market President of FirstBank, Colorado’s third-largest bank, Nicole Staudinger manages eight sites, more than 100 employees and $ 1.2 billion in assets. It should come as no surprise, then, that she was on BizWest’s list of 40 CEOs under 40 in 2007 and in its list of Outstanding Women in Banking this year, as well as named to CoBiz magazine’s 2015 Most Influential Young Professionals list and its Women to Watch list. in 2020. Also in 2020, the Everitt Real Estate Center at Colorado State University named her Entrepreneur of the Year.
“I have been fortunate to spend the past 24 years with this company serving our community,” she said. “Northern Colorado banks have thrived and continue to be recognized as high performers in loan and deposit growth, credit quality, and a people and service culture.
Prior to being named Market President in 2015, she was responsible for consumer and business loans, opening new branches in northern Colorado, and did extensive work in all aspects of affordable home loans. She chairs the College of Business Global Leadership Council at CSU and the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is the co-chair of Northern Colorado Prospers, a five-year, $ 4 million fundraising campaign to promote and address regional issues, including the expansion of Interstate 25, reviving the economy after pandemics and understanding the talent needs of the region. She chaired Housing Catalyst, formerly known as the Fort Collins Housing Authority, and worked with Homeward 2020 and Junior Achievement.
Her community service record also includes work with the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, Loveland Elder Green House Homes for Life Enrichment, Innosphere, Loveland Housing Development Corp., Commercial Real Estate Women, Resurrection Christian School Foundation, Weld County United Way, the Windsor Housing Authority and the Windsor Affordable Housing Coalition.
“I am a firm believer in defending the interests of the business community,” Staudinger said, “especially women-owned businesses”. She champions work involving financial literacy, pathways to self-sufficiency and children’s issues.
“FirstBank’s mantra of ‘banking for good’ is near and dear to my heart,” she said. “I strive to make people my central motivation in every decision and to treat everyone with respect. Relationships, networking and promoting inclusion in a meaningful way are very important to me.
Staudinger grew up on a cattle ranch in northeast Colorado and is a third-generation CSU graduate.
“This past year has been a year of agility both at home and in my leadership roles at FirstBank and in the community,” she said. “The last few months have shown me how important it is to be able to pivot and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. My pride in the resilience and heart of my team during the Pandemic Lending Program is indescribable – seeing bankers working tirelessly to help our clients provide PPP loans and other much-needed aids is something I do not know. ‘ll never forget. As we continue to go through these unprecedented times, my goal is to always lead with consistency and a grateful heart. The northern Colorado community is full of amazing people.