216: Leaders with Heart Don’t Shy Away from Problems

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Joseph Fortna is the Executive Vice President at FirstBank. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Master’s of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He also served as an adjunct professor for several years. In addition, he worked as an Associate Pastor in Denver for five years before beginning his career with FirstBank in 2005 and is currently an Executive Vice President. Take a listen.

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Key Takeaways: 

  • Joseph is a pastor turned banker
  • He incorporates his faith philosophies into how he leads his teams
  • His faith and family motivate him
  • He believes leadership is a two-way street
  • Joseph takes pride in learning from those he leads

Joseph Fortna’s Bio

Joseph Fortna is the Executive Vice President at FirstBank. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Master’s of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He also served as an adjunct professor for several years. In addition, he worked as an Associate Pastor in Denver for five years before beginning his career with FirstBank in 2005 and is currently an Executive Vice President. He spent the first half of his FirstBank career in Support Services in the Marketing Department before being transferred to the Cherry Creek Market, where he has been for nearly eight years. Joseph is a fourth-generation Colorado native, fortunate to serve excellent Colorado non-profits.

He’s also a:
• Two-time board chair: Denver Rescue Mission

• Finance committee member for 15 years: Lutheran Family Services

• Had the opportunity to work on the first annual Colorado Gives Day, providing marketing, public relations, and general support.

• Joe lives in Denver, has been married for 22 years, and has three daughters.

• Primary hobbies include helping his parents with their computers, yardwork, and banking.


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