Bank of Colorado announces change of leadership in Grand Junction

Jeff Franklin soon will become president of two Bank of Colorado branches in Grand Junction, suceeding Chris Launer, who’s retiring.

Launer expects to retire effective March 31. His retirement will end a 38-year career in banking, 18 of that with Bank of Colorado.

In addition to his role with the bank,  Launer has served with a variety of community organizations, including the the Downtown Development Authority, Grand Junction Economic Partnership,  Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Riverview Technology Corp. and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

Franklin, senior vice president of the Bank of Colorado branches in Grand Junction, will assume the role of branch president on April 1. He will bring to his new duties 19 years of experience with Bank of Colorado.

Established in 1910, Bank of Colorado operates 35 branches in the state and has assets of more than $1.9 billion.