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Forty Under 40: Gabe Olson

First vice president West Bank


What are your goals in your role at your company?
The most fulfilling part of being a community banker is creating a relationship that goes beyond the money. I want to become a trusted member in my clients’ lives and continue relationships with the next generation of their businesses. Over the past decade, I have also realized the true satisfaction and enjoyment from becoming an active member of the community.

What are your goals for community involvement?
My community involvement goals are to use my skills and network to better any organization I am involved with. I believe the best trait of any leader is a sense of humble service. 

What’s your biggest passion, and why?
My biggest passion is trying to be the best dad to my daughters and husband to my wife. I am a believer that a happy and healthy life at home is the foundation of success. I want to instill the sense of a strong work ethic that my parents gave me and show my daughters the true impact of becoming an active member in our community.

What is it that drives you?
There are two moments that changed my outlook on how I pursue success. One was becoming a father. Raising children has shown me the true meaning of love and selflessness. The other was losing my close friend and colleague too soon. Through our personal and professional relationship, I realized the true importance of living life to the fullest and striving to leave a positive impact on those around us.

What are your future aspirations?
I hope to become the trusted member in my client’s lives that I observe from my mentor, Brad Winterbottom. I am fortunate to work with many clients in tandem with Brad and realize the impact he has made.

Reasons he’s a Forty:

1.) He is a 2017 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis., and consistently is a significant contributor to West Bank’s record growth and earnings history.
2.) He is a board member of Variety – the Children’s Charity and created the first Kids Phone Panel at the 2017 Variety Telethon.
3.) He is a 2014 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, which transformed Courage League Sports into a model facility for kids of all abilities to play together.
4.) He is a board member of the West Bancorporation Foundation and a recognizable face in many aspects of West Bank’s community involvement.


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