With over twenty-five years of successful banking experience, and proven abilities in all facets of management, motivation, team building, lending, and turn-around, Kent Curtis has held various executive officer positions as well as board memberships throughout his community banking career. The son of a banker, Kent began his journey as a banker and entrepreneur upon graduation from Fort Lewis College in 1982. Kent currently serves as CEO of First Southwest Bank in Durango, Colorado. With a desire to differentiate First Southwest Bank in the post-Great Recession era, Kent led the bank to its CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation in November of 2014. As a CDFI Bank, First Southwest Bank cultivates valuable relationships, invests in economic and social doers, and fosters a well-lived rural culture.