What do you do?
Jesse Spaeth

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I work at Cañon National Bank, located at 32nd Street and Colorado Avenue. We are a local community bank, and I am the Colorado Springs market president.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I wear many hats in my job. New business development is a big part of what I do on a daily basis. I also am responsible for many of the management decisions such as personnel issues, credit quality and reporting, marketing and the general direction of the bank.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I have been in banking for about 12 years. I started off in banking right out of college, left to do some finance-related work and got back in about seven years ago. I am being reintroduced to the Westside, as I have recently started my career with Cañon National. I did grow up on the Westside however, so it’s great to be back.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I love the relationships that build up in this kind of work. You become a trusted advisor to people, both in their personal and business lives. I enjoy helping people grow in ways they didn’t think possible.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I would like to clear up some misinformation about banking. Since the recession started, community banks have been lumped in with Wall Street investment banks and large multinational bank holding companies. Many community banks, such as Cañon National, are really small businesses just trying to provide quality products and services to their customers at reasonable prices.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       My education never prepared me for understanding credit underwriting. The credit quality of a customer is the backbone to a strong bank. I’ve never had a class in my formal education that explained what credit was or how it is documented.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       It’s the small community atmosphere that makes it special. We are part of a large town in Colorado Springs but the Westside is somewhat insulated from much of that. It’s a stable area with people that have been here for a long time. The relationships that build up over time are a special thing.

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