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Kristi Benningsdorf

President | Northern Colorado

As President, Kristi is responsible for the day-to-day management and business development of the Northern Colorado office where she provides private banking, wealth planning, trust, and investment management services to high-net-worth individuals and their families. Kristi began her banking career at United Bank of Greeley/Norwest Bank and brings more than 35 years of experience in financial services, management, and leadership to First Western. Prior to joining First Western, she was the Windsor branch president at Centennial Bank of the West and a senior vice president at First National Bank in Yuma, Colorado, where she focused on management, budgeting, commercial, real estate, construction, and agricultural lending.

Getting to Know Kristi

Do you have any accolades that you’d like to share?
I was honored and privileged to be awarded the 2016 Woman of Distinction Award in Banking/Finance from BizWest (Northern Colorado).

What is your motto?
Some things matter, some things do not – don’t confuse the two.

What is your most treasured possession?
My picture scrapbooks.  They’re filled with wonderful/unforgettable family memories.


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from University of Northern Colorado
  • Certified Retirement Coach
  • NMLS ID 658220


  • Graduate of the Leadership Northern Colorado Class of 2011


  • Member of PVH/MCR Foundation Board
  • President of the Ft. Collins Museum of Discovery Non-Profit Board