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First Western

Chief Credit Officer

As Chief Credit Officer for First Western Trust, Dawn Thompson is responsible for the asset quality of the organization, including private banking, commercial and real estate loans. Additionally, Dawn is responsible for product development and loan structuring, loan review and management of credit administration.

Dawn brings 25 years of banking experience to First Western. She previously served as chief credit officer at Steele Street Bank & Trust in Denver, as well other senior executive roles within the organization. Dawn has more than 25 years of experience in banking at both the community bank and large bank levels.

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Getting to Know Dawn

What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding ring…represents the utmost level of commitment.

What person, living or deceased, would you most like to meet?
Carole King –  One of the most prolific song writers and musicians in the country.  She has been part of the music scene since 1971 and continues to perform. I have been to her concerts and most recently went to the Broadway play entitled “Beautiful – The Carole King Story”.  She is an American icon!

What do you like most about your job?
The sense of adding value to an organization based on my professional background. I also enjoy mentoring other Associates to help them achieve their professional goals and contribute to the company at a higher level.


  • Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Finance, University of Northern Colorado
  • NMLS ID 758561


• Director of Bankers Bank of the West – Current member of Loan Committee, prior member of Audit Committee