Whitten wants to make lasting contribution

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* Name: John Whitten

* Organization: Mountain View Bank

* Position: President

* Hometown: Colorado Springs

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: I’ve lived in the Springs off and on since 1964. Most recently since 1987

* Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska

* A few words about your company: We are a new, independent, locally owned and managed commercial bank.

* Recent accomplishments: We’re about 16 months ahead of our projections.

* Biggest career break: I arrived early to the interview for my first real job. The person scheduled ahead of me didn’t show up, so I got twice the time & and I got the job I wanted.

* The toughest part of your job: Time management, getting phone calls and e-mails returned in a timely manner.

* Someone you admire: My mom, for her compassion and sincerity; my day, for his wisdom and lack of political correctness.

* About your family: My wife Robin, who is smarter than I am, and two children, John and Emily, who take after their mother, fortunately.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I’d like to make some kind of permanent contribution to the community.

* How your business will change in the next decade: It is becoming almost completely electronic, no more paper and no more float.

* What book are you currently reading? “Ghost Soldiers,” the story of a POW rescue in the Philippines during World War II, by Hampton Sides.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Provide consistent leadership at the top levels of city administration. Too much time is spent worrying about getting re-elected or keep and/or justifying their jobs. I would guess that most of our alleged leadership was not here in the ’70s when the natural gas permit moratorium happened. Such a thing could happen again, probably with water. It’ll be a little difficult to build a house without water.