Shawn Gullixson works as assistant vice president at Vectra Bank, specifically as bank manager of the branch on North Academy Boulevard. His primary purpose is to acquire new business for the bank. Now 33, he started in banking at age 21 and says he loves it. He also has a leadership role in the Rising Professionals.
How did you end up living in Colorado Springs?
I moved to Colorado Springs when I was 12 years old. My family had moved around quite a bit prior to that, and when they decided to move back to Oregon in 2000 I stayed in Colorado. I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for 21 years and am committed to raising my own family right here.
As bank manager and assistant vice president of Vectra Bank, what are your tasks?
I manage the North Academy location for Vectra Bank. We are a full-service consumer and business banking center. In my position I primarily focus on consumer, small business and commercial relationship management and acquisition. Vectra allows me to run my branch as if it were my own business, meaning I’m accountable for the overall growth of our branch portfolio, asset management and increased revenue.
What do you like most about your job?
I love my team. Having a team where each individual is passionate about their job and the success of our team has been very valuable. Having a great team allows me to focus on an area I’m very passionate about — business and community development. I love having the flexibility to be out in the community meeting with customers and potential customers at their place of business. The more I know about how a business operates and the owner’s vision for their company, the better I can serve not only their banking needs, but also in connecting them with like-minded business owners in the community.
As chairman of the Rising Professionals, what do you do with this group?
I’ve been a part of the Rising Professionals for six years, and from day one knew I wanted to lead the organization. As chairman of the board I am responsible for maintaining line of communication with each of our six committees and our advisory board. This year we have been successful in partnering with community organizations and businesses that have a common vision so that we can continue to provide our members quality professional programs. I have truly enjoyed this organization and have grown individually and professionally over the last six years. I’ve established many great friendships and a large network of young professionals with whom I do business, and earned business from. Now is a great time to be a member of the Rising Professionals; there are very exciting opportunities on the horizon.
What opportunities and challenges do young professionals have here?
We are all passionate about something, and there is no shortage of opportunities to be involved. We have several young-professional-minded organizations and groups throughout the community that serve as a conduit for young professionals onto community boards, committees, community projects, and provide a platform to cultivate new ideas. I hear great ideas from many great young professionals every day and believe any perceived “challenge” is an opportunity for us to pursue change and make progress in our community.
Tell us about your family.
I have two wonderful daughters, Niyah who is 10 years old, and Addison who just turned 2. These two tend to keep me busy as Niyah is very involved with school and the community while Addison is about as busy and entertaining as they come. It’s important to me that there is never a compromise when it comes to my daughters; they have always been No. 1. With Niyah being so involved and Addison, well, being a 2-year-old, it’s critical we function as a team. We have a lot of fun together and enjoy many random and mostly spontaneous activities.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I stay very involved with Niyah’s school, Grant Elementary. I have helped coordinate field trips to local nonprofits and volunteer opportunities in the community for students and spend time every year in the classroom. I enjoy being around the students and feel volunteering at Grant Elementary directly impacts my daughter’s success and drive to be involved in school. I’ve volunteered time on various boards and committees with multiple organizations and am indirectly working with several organizations as chair of the Rising Professionals. I’m very passionate about Colorado Springs and am always willing to invest my time on projects or with organizations I feel have a measurable impact on the success and growth of our community. n CSBJ