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Centennial Bank's Jim Basey earns high honor for service

Centennial's CEO recognized by Colorado Bankers Association for leadership


Centennial Bank and Trust announced that Jim Basey, CEO, received recognition from the Colorado Bankers Association with the 2017 Bankers of Distinction award. The honor recognizes the significance of the community banking spirit, dedication to and support of activities vital to the health of local businesses and people in the community.

This annual award recognizes the contributions of bankers who have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding leadership.

Basey has more than 47 years of banking and community leadership under his belt, including 37 years in executive positions in multi-billion dollar national banking firms, as well as community banks. 

He has also been involved in a variety of community leadership and charitable activities in the Denver metro area throughout his career.

"We are thrilled that Jim [Basey] has received this very well-deserved honor for his years of service to the Denver business community and the numerous organizations he has supported and continues to serve," says Kevin Ahern, chairman of Centennial Bank. "Knowing and working with Jim over the last 20 years, I can't imagine anyone more deserving of this recognition."

Basey's influence has touched urban development projects and strategic planning for the city of Denver. Previously, he has served as president and CEO, past chairman and current board member of the Downtown Denver Partnership; past chairman and commissioner of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority; co-chair of the Downtown Area Plan 2027 and more. 

Basey is a commissioner of the Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District Board

He remains actively involved in education throughout the state of Colorado, as chairman of the board of advisors for the Business School at the University of Colorado, Denver; Trustee of the CU Foundation; Chairman of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Foundation and its investment committee; and board member for the UNC College of Business Administration. 

"The entire Centennial Bank and Trust organization congratulates Jim and recognizes all of the recipients of this honor for their positive impact on our community and the example they have set for excellence within our industry," says Steve Ward, president of Centennial Bank and Trust.

About Centennial Bank and Trust

Centennial Bank and Trust, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., (NASDAQ: HTLF), is a state-chartered community-invested bank with assets of more than $901 million and 17 banking centers located in Boulder, Breckenridge, Broomfield, Centennial, Conifer, Downtown Denver, Edwards, Englewood, Erie, Evergreen, Golden, Idaho Springs, Nederland, Steamboat Springs, Thornton, Vail and Winter Park. Visit www.centennialbanking.com or call 303.460.4718 to learn more.

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