TJ Kern has been named senior vice president/Denver commercial banking manager for Bell Bank and will open Bell’s first loan production office in Denver, with a focus on commercial and industrial (C&I) and commercial real estate lending.
TJ, a longtime Denver area banking leader, says he is currently recruiting a strong team of experienced commercial bankers who will fit Bell’s unique culture.
“Bell’s ‘bottom line’ of ‘happy employees, happy customers’ is not a cliché – it’s a mission,” TJ comments. “This culture and the resulting engagement of employees are amazing, and from a business standpoint, Bell is committed to customer relationships and long-view decisions. I’m excited to introduce Bell to customers in this market. It’s an award-winning company for good reason. ”
Michael Solberg, president and CEO of Bell Bank, says TJ’s market experience in Denver, and his success in building teams at other banks, matches Bell’s goals of growth through service as we introduce our brand of banking in Colorado.
“We want to invest in the Denver market,” Michael adds, “and TJ will lead the charge as we build a banking team here with solid business relationships. Most importantly, he is a strong culture fit for Bell.”
Michael also notes Bell Bank already has built key relationships in the state through its correspondent (bank-to-bank) lending, equipment leasing, capital finance and other financial services.
TJ grew up in Littleton, Colo., and earned his degree in business administration from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He has worked in the financial field since 1985, including commercial banking positions with CoBank, Bank One Colorado (now Chase), CoBiz Financial, Key Bank, Sunflower Bank and most recently Vectra Bank. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Littleton and have 4 children.