Pub. 8 2020 Issue 4


Bankers on the Move

Bank of Utah


Ben Browning

Bank of Utah’s Vice Chairman of the Board Ben Browning has graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School of Seattle and received a leadership certificate from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Browning, who holds a B.S. from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Utah State University, has worked for Bank of Utah for nearly 14 years.


Trevor L. Austin

Trevor L. Austin has joined the Bank of Utah to serve as treasury management team lead. Austin is based in Bank of Utah’s City Creek Banking Center and now oversees all treasury management services in the Salt Lake region. Austin, who has a B.S. in business management from the University of Utah, previously served as regional vice president of sales for Allied Services.


Sarah Carver

Sarah Carver has accepted the branch manager position for Bank of Utah’s Ben Lomond branch in Ogden. Carver has previously managed Bank of Utah branches in Bountiful and Layton.


Kimberly O’Neal

Kimberly O’Neal will serve as branch manager for Bank of Utah branches in Roy and Bountiful. She was formerly branch manager for the bank’s Redwood Road branch and has worked for JP Morgan Chase Bank. O’Neal is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she majored in consumer economics/family studies.


Karen Owens

Bank of Utah has appointed Karen Owens to serve as branch manager for its Layton branch. Owens previously served as Bank of Utah’s Bountiful branch manager and as an account manager in Ogden. Owens holds a B.S. degree in business management from Western Governors University.

Central Bank


Mark Drake

Mark Drake has been appointed assistant manager of Central Bank’s Payson Office. Drake has more than 10 years of experience in the banking industry and will greatly benefit Central Bank in his new role.


Kira Barney

Kira Barney has been promoted to loan officer in Central Bank’s Lehi Office. Barney has worked at Central Bank in various roles since 2016. Her experience as a professional in the banking industry will be a benefit as she begins her new role.


Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess joins Central Bank as a loan officer in the Traverse Mountain Office. Burgess has an MBA and brings a lot to the table as a loan officer with over 10 years of experience in the banking industry.

Jared Peterson joins Central Bank as assistant manager of the American Fork Office. Peterson has more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry and will be a great asset to American Fork and the surrounding communities.


Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson joins Central Bank as assistant manager of the SBA Department. Thompson has more than 17 years of experience within the banking industry, and his knowledge of SBA lending will bring great value to Central Bank and its customers.


Jared Silverio

Jared Silverio was promoted to manager of Central Bank’s SBA Department. Silverio has experience working at other Utah banks and has amassed a great understanding of SBA and commercial lending in the last 15 years. His experience in these various capacities are welcomed at Central Bank and will be of great value.


Larry Friis

Larry Friis has been hired as a loan officer in Central Bank’s Pleasant Grove Office. Friis has more than 10 years of experience in banking and his expertise is welcomed at Central Bank.
content writer, having previously worked as senior writer/editor for Weber State University’s Department of Marketing & Communications, and as writer/project manager for WSU’s Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions. She has a B.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.


Aaron Adamson

Aaron Adamson has been hired to serve as a loan officer in Central Bank’s Downtown Provo Office.

First Community Bank


Shelly Holt

First Community Bank Utah, Division of Glacier Bank, announces Ms. Shelly Holt as the new president/CEO. Formerly known as First National Bank of Layton founded in 1905, a merger was completed in November 2019 with Glacier Bank to form a Utah division with 10 branches and over 120 employees from Brigham City to Park City.

Ms. Holt has been employed for 17 years at First Community Bank and will be the first woman to head this long-standing community institution. She will succeed K. John Jones, who is retiring after 21 years as the bank president.


Doug Heward has been promoted to Key Investment Services Market Manager. In this role, Heward oversees Key Investment Services in Colorado, Utah and Idaho. Key Investment Services provides investment planning solutions including IRAs, annuities, mutual funds and other investment solutions to help clients meet their wealth management, retirement, college savings and other financial goals.

Heward joined KeyBank as a teller in 2004 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the company since then, serving as a banker, branch manager and area retail leader before being named Key Investment Services Market Manager. Doug earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Utah.

Retiring Bank Presidents & CEOs


Terry Grant

Terry Grant, Utah Market President, KeyBank. With over 30 years of banking experience, Terry Grant is the President for KeyBank, Utah. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all lines of KeyBank’s businesses within Utah, including Commercial Banking, Private Banking, Retail and Consumer Banking, as well as Business Banking.
Terry has been a big influence in both the banking industry and the community. When it comes to a career in banking, Terry says, “Always be honest, transparent and build trust. Your reputation will build your career. Two: Be willing and open to adapt and think outside of the box.” Thank you, Terry, for all the years you spent working in the banking industry!


John Jones

John Jones, President and CEO, First Community Bank. John was appointed president and CEO of First National Bank of Layton in January of 2007, having been the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for nine years. He also served on the board of the bank, the holding company and several other boards.

After 41 years in banking, John wants those starting out in banking to know “to continue learning and to use the fundamental tools you learned from your education and apply those to a rigorous self-learning habit. You are always a better employee and manager if you continue to add to your knowledge toolbox.” Thank you, John, for being a great leader in the banking industry here in Utah.


Paul Thome

Paul Thome, president, Sallie Mae Bank. Paul Thome serves as president of Sallie Mae Bank. He chairs the bank’s Operational Risk Committee and is a voting member of all bank governance committees. His direct functional responsibilities include retail deposit operations, Office of Customer Advocate, procurement, third-party management, and facilities/support services.

Paul has been in the banking industry for almost 50 years. With so much experience in the banking industry, Paul says, “try to get into a situation that exposes you to multiple areas of the bank. Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one area for too long.” Thank you, Paul, for all the great work you have done for the banking industry.

The Utah Bankers Association

This story appears in Issue 4 2020 of the Utah Banker Magazine.