Community Banks remain a critical component to the growth and success of small to medium sized businesses.  The sector that creates the greatest number and highest paying jobs. 


CTI Executive Search was established in 1992, the same year  United Bank of Denver was acquired and renamed Norwest Bank Denver.  In 1998 Norwest acquired Wells Fargo in a "merger of equals".  Soon after Colorado National Bank, First Interstate Bank, Omni Bank, and Vectra Bank would become Central Bank, U.S. Bank, Key Bank and Zions Bancorp.  


Our first decade in business contributed to and benefited from the industry's rapid growth and expansion.   Between 1992 and 2002 community banks achieved peak valuations, new bank charters were routinely granted and De Novo banks were sprouting up across the region.   

The up-trending real estate market flourished from 1999 through 2005 until housing prices started to decline in 2006 and 2007 followed by the bursting of the credit default swap bubble.  


Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in September 2008 while Merrill Lynch, AIG, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, HBOS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Fortis and Alliance & Leicester were all dangerously close to failing but were saved by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). 


In 2010 The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was created to theoretically prevent another collapse.   Since 2011 the industry has achieved "stabilization" due in large part by prolonged historically low interest rates. But like other broad based government imposed regulations there have been unintended consequences for the individuals and businesses the regulations sought to protect. 

The industry has changed dramatically since 1992 but several characteristics remain the same.    

  • Community Banks are a critical component to the growth and success of small to medium sized business across America.  

  • Small businesses create the largest number and the highest paying jobs in the US.  

  • Banking is still not as difficult as rocket science.  

  • In this highly regulated industry, the products, pricing and structures are so similar, your people are the only differentiator. 

  • If your competitive advantage isn't "talent based", it's only temporary.  

  • Past performance is not indicative of future results....but's it's pretty close.  

  • Bankers have short memories. 

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Financial Services

  • Commercial Lending

  • Wealth Management

  • Real Estate

  • Credit & Risk Management

  • Structured Finance / ABL

  • Treasury Management

  • Private Equity

  • Finance & Operations

  • Retail & Merchant


Commercial Real Estate

  • Development & Investment

  • Property Management

Information Technology​ / Technical

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  • Software Engineering

  • Master Agent Communications

  • Structured Cable 

  • Temp and Contract

  • Healthcare & Insurance

  • Workers Compensation

  • Corporate Healthcare

  • Payor & Provider

  • Healthcare Technology

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