TJ-Kern

TJ Kern

SVP/Commerical Banking Manager

The people at Bell Bank are amazing, and the bank’s culture is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Everyone is genuinely happy, supportive and responsive – from our executive leaders and ownership families to everyone else I’ve met during my time at Bell.

My job is to lead Bell’s expansion into Colorado – specifically the Denver metro area – and replicate the success Bell has enjoyed in Minneapolis and Phoenix. I enjoy interacting with my teammates, sharing Bell’s exciting story with prospective clients, and most of all, developing new relationships with business owners to help them grow and succeed.

Born in Boston, Mass., I spent a few years in Minnesota’s Twin Cities as a kid, and have lived and worked in the Denver area since I was 11 years old. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Colorado in 1991.

I started my banking career in 1985 as a junior credit analyst and have spent the majority of my work life as a commercial and industrial (C&I) banker. I also have more than 10 years of expertise in leveraged finance, which Bell offers through Bell Capital Finance. Along the way, I have taken numerous continuing professional education classes and participated in the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.

I’ve been honored by several awards, including being selected as a Leprino Award finalist in 1988, earning the CoBank CEO Award of Excellence in1993, being named a National Business Development Champion at Bank One in 1997 and 1998, being recognized for First Year Outstanding Performance at Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services in 2002 and being named a top C&I banker and TM referral source at Colorado Business Bank/CoBiz Financial in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2015.

My wife, Vicki, and I live in Littleton, Colo., and have 4 children. Outside of work, you’ll often find me road cycling, skiing, golfing, hiking, reading Vince Flynn novels and spending time with family.

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