Jocelyn Colvin Wall, senior VP, American National Bank

Jocelyn Colvin Wall might cringe at the word “pioneer,” but when you’re the first at something, the term fits.

When Colvin Wall came to Colorado Springs in 1970s looking for a banking job to support herself and her four-year-old daughter, she broke into the commercial lending department that would eventually become her career. But she found a world populated by men. She believes she was the city’s first female commercial lender.

“It really was 100-percent male,” said Wall, senior vice president at American National Bank. “Of course we’ve seen tremendous changes in that area. … Overall the men I’ve worked with have been respectful and wonderful.”

Colvin Wall is clear about who influenced her.

“My greatest influence was my family,” she said. “We were taught growing up to work hard and always give 120 percent. It’s nothing atypical.”

Colvin Wall came to Colorado from New York, where she grew up. She graduated from Colorado Women’s College, which is now a part of Denver University, and attended graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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It’s fair to say she’s seen her share of market cycles and banks changing hands. She’s managed to succeed in the banking business by sticking it out and being tough, she said.

“You always have to compromise and work as a team,” she said. “Listen to all sides and use good common sense.”

The former bank CEO is a member of the Silver Key Senior Services board and a founding board member of the Kids on Bikes nonprofit organization, which gets new bikes to children who need them if they get good grades at school. Colvin Wall is a former board member and president of Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak. All told, she’s served on 17 boards over the years — many that help women, children and minorities.

“I just grew up knowing you had to give back to the community you lived in. Working on nonprofit boards and volunteering is not anything we discussed, we just automatically did it,” Wall said. “I always felt very fortunate and blessed with the background I’ve had and it has been nice to be able to serve and assist, working for others.”

Her work in recent years was hampered by a fall in 2004 that crushed her pelvis and hip. She couldn’t walk for months.

“It could have been much worse,” she said. “It was an inconvenience more than anything.”

Wall said her positive attitude, and help from friends and family — including her husband, former Colorado Springs City Attorney Jim Colvin, and daughter Cary Wall Stark, also an attorney — led her to an almost full recovery. “You can’t change it, so you make the best of it. That’s the deck of hands God dealt you,” she said.

Wall points to raising her daughter — who works with Holland and Hart and graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa — as her greatest accomplishment.

She plans to enjoy her three grandchildren while working with the Wealth Management Group at ANB.

“I’m hoping, like everyone else, the economy turns around,” she said. “But ANB is a strong and healthy financial institution. I hope to be here until retirement.”

By Dennis Huspeni