First Western Trust Bank Appoints Rebecca Cordes To Lead its Flagship Downtown Denver Office

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First Western Trust Bank (http://www.fwtb.com), the private bank for the western wealth management client, formally announced today that Rebecca Cordes has been appointed President of the firm's downtown Denver Office, located at 1200 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2650. Ms. Cordes joins First Western from U.S. Bank, where she was a senior vice president responsible for leading its Private Banking Group. As President, she will lead management, business development and growth strategy for First Western Trust Bank's flagship downtown office.

First Western Trust Bank (http://www.fwtb.com), the private bank for the western wealth management client, formally announced today that Rebecca Cordes has been appointed President of the firm's downtown Denver Office, located at 1200 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2650.

Ms. Cordes joins First Western from U.S. Bank, where she was a senior vice president responsible for leading its Private Banking Group. As President, she will lead management, business development and growth strategy for First Western Trust Bank's flagship downtown office.

"I have worked in Colorado for most of my career, and I know from experience that our state's affluent individuals and families want a relationship that goes beyond the standard East Coast approach to private banking," said Ms. Cordes. "First Western provides tailored personal investment and wealth management services with a true understanding of what affluent westerners want, and I am thrilled to join the team."

Ms. Cordes brings more than 30 years of experience in banking to her role at First Western. She spent much of her career at U.S. Bank and its predecessor, Colorado National Bank, where she held a number of leadership positions. Ms. Cordes graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska and also earned a diploma from the Colorado School of Banking. She has served on the boards of several Denver area community organizations, including Denver Civic Ventures, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, and Junior Achievement. She also served on the board of the American Institute of Banking.

"Rebecca Cordes is a highly experienced private banker and community leader who shares my passion for client service," said Lou Clinton, President of First Western Trust Bank. "She has a keen understanding of what the western wealth investor wants and I'm extremely confident in her ability to lead our downtown Denver office to even greater success."

About First Western Trust Bank
First Western Trust Bank, the West's premier private bank and trust company, is the only private bank to comprehensively integrate private banking, investment management, personal trust and wealth planning for high net worth individuals and their families. With $1.4 billion under management, First Western fields a team of experienced professionals to deliver personalized wealth management solutions for each individual client. First Western Trust Bank has offices in downtown Denver, Boulder, Cherry Creek, and Fort Collins that specialize in serving the needs of the entrepreneurial spirit of the West. Offices in Scottsdale, AZ and the Denver Tech Center will be opening in 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.fwtb.com, or call 303-531-8100.

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