* Name: Iris Clark
* Organization: Key Bank
* Position: Vice president, Business Banking
* Hometown: Pueblo, CO
* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Seven years
* Education: Master’s degree in management, BA biology, chemistry
* A few words about your company: Key Bank is rapidly becoming established as the business banking partner of choice for businesses with $3 million to $15 million in gross sales. We are a preferred SBA lender and provide superior cash management tools for that size business.
* Recent accomplishments: Top Producer Award for Business Banking, Colorado District, first quarter
* Biggest career break: Being hired as the UCCS Small Business Development Center Director in 1997.
* The toughest part of your job: Working with businesses that have suffered during the recent recession and do not have strong financials yet.
* Someone you admire: Ken Salazar. He and I share a love of the San Luis Valley and I admire that he has been able to take some of the best values of the Valley with him to his Denver responsibilities.
* About your family: I have two grown, married children and no grand-children&yet.
* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I’d like to sit on the board of a small for-profit company and help make it great.
* How your business will change in the next decade: Speaking of the banking industry in general, technology will become more invisible, yet more valuable to our customers. We will be able to better serve our customers using technology, but it will be less frustrating and more satisfying to them. Think of voice-mail, at first we all hated it, now we can’t live without it.
* What book are you currently reading? “Rise of the Creative Class” and “The Devil in White City.” Both are interesting in very different ways.
* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? We need to build our reputation as a hotbed of creative, innovative, business leaders. Based on what I see, we have all of the elements to grow spectacular business success stories – brain power, R&D technology, educated work force, academic prowess. Since we have trouble attracting corporate headquarters, let’s grow our own. Peak Venture Group is one of several organizations that share this vision.