If one defines “influencer” as “someone who gets others to do what she wants them to do,” then Ann Fuller is definitely a big influencer in Colorado Springs.
Fuller, vice president of business development for American National Bank, practices community involvement at work and in her personal life. The mother of 12-year-old daughter Morgan and 10-year-old son Justin, Fuller is forever finding new avenues for giving back to the community.
She just signed on to run United Way’s annual campaign in Colorado Springs, with a goal of $5.9 million.
“It drives my husband [Pat] nuts sometimes,” she admits. “He’ll say, ‘But you promised you were going to cut back!’ I can’t, though. They’re all such good causes.”
Raised in Broomfield as the youngest child and only daughter in a family of five, she says she was both spoiled by her dad and brothers, and also held to high standards. “It was a strict Roman Catholic household,” she says. “Very structured. I turned out — well, a little unstructured!”
She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a business finance degree, but was drawn toward the marketing side of business. Hired by American National a decade ago, she handles all the bank’s marketing, including its community involvement program.
The bank recently received the annual Corporation Service Award from United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. “I run the program, but it was the employees who won the award,” she says. She can lay sole claim to Pasta In the Park’s “best pasta sauce” recipe contest, a title she earned two straight years as the bank’s representative. Pasta In the Park raises money for TESSA, which serves victims of domestic violence.
Outside of work, she’s devoted endless hours and tons of energy to Cheyenne Mountain ZOO Ball and Safe Passage. The latter nonprofit provides services for sexually abused children. “Safe Passage is where my heart is,” she says. A board member at Safe Passage, she’s chaired their annual galas. Each has a theme. Next year, the theme will be an Egyptian one. “I’m looking for a Cleopatra outfit for that one,” she says.