Bank of Colorado president retiring; vice president taking over branches

Bank of Colorado Senior Vice President Jeff Franklin will succeed Chris Launer as president of the bank’s two local branches April 1 after Launer retires.

Launer has worked in banking since 1972 and joined Bank of Colorado in 1993. An informal open house for his retirement will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the bank’s 200 Grand Ave. location.

Launer, 63, said he plans to travel and spend time with his four granddaughters after his last day March 31. He also will continue to serve the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center, Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado and Rocky Mountain Health Plans boards.

“I’ve been kind of preaching to some of the younger folks around here, ‘You should enjoy things while you can,’ and decided to take my own advice,” Launer said.

Franklin, 41, has 19 years with the bank and spent three of those in Grand Junction. He will become the head of Bank of Colorado locations at 200 Grand Ave. and 2709 Patterson Road.

Franklin said he gained managerial experience when he was in charge of a Bank of Colorado branch in Holyoke, and he’s looking forward to being president in Grand Junction.

“We have a good, strong, stable bank, and I want to continue that and continue to see the bank grow,” he said. “We hate to see Chris go, but I’m excited for the challenge and ready to take that on.”

Launer said his successor “is fully qualified and ready to go.”

Franklin serves on the Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter board and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce’s stimulus committee.


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