SOURCE: Guaranty Bancorp

Guaranty Bancorp

May 04, 2011 16:15 ET

Guaranty Bancorp Names Paul Taylor CEO & President

Ed Cordes Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - On May 3, 2011, the Board of Directors of Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK) (the "Company") appointed Paul W. Taylor as the Company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, conditioned upon the approval of the Company's regulators.

Mr. Taylor will also be appointed CEO and President of the Company's bank subsidiary, Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, subject to the approval of Guaranty Bank's regulators. Pending these regulatory approvals, Mr. Taylor will serve as the Company's and Guaranty Bank's Interim CEO and President, effective immediately. Upon receipt of these regulatory approvals, it is expected that Mr. Taylor will also be appointed to the Company's Board of Directors.

"I am excited for the opportunity to lead a deeply-rooted Colorado bank with a talented and experienced team that is committed to meeting the unique needs of businesses and individuals in the Rocky Mountain Region," said Taylor. "With many of the challenges of the past few years behind us, we are ready to create opportunities through growth for our customers, employees, communities and stockholders."

The Company's Board of Directors also elected director Edward B. Cordes to serve as the Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Mr. Cordes, a local Colorado businessman, has served on the Company's Board of Directors since 2004.

Mr. Cordes stated, "After an extensive search for a new CEO and President utilizing a niche recruiting firm, I cannot be more pleased to announce we have found the best candidate within Guaranty Bancorp itself. Paul brings 26 years of vast banking experience to the position, the last eleven years of which being in Colorado. The Board is confident that under Paul's leadership, Guaranty Bank & Trust will be the premier community banking organization in the state of Colorado."

Mr. Taylor has served as the Company's and Guaranty Bank's Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer and Secretary since 2009. He has also served as a director of Guaranty Bank since 2006. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Taylor served as the Company's and Guaranty Bank's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company's predecessor. During his 26-year banking and investment banking career, Mr. Taylor worked for Alex Sheshunoff Investment Banking as a director of mergers and acquisitions. He was also an investment banker with Century Capital Group, where he advised small businesses on M&A and financing. Mr. Taylor worked for KeyCorp for 12 years in both New York and the Rocky Mountain Region in numerous management positions and left the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Rocky Mountain Region.

About Guaranty Bancorp

Guaranty Bancorp is a bank holding company that operates 34 branches in Colorado through a single bank, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. The bank provides banking and other financial services including real estate, construction, commercial and industrial, energy, consumer and agricultural loans throughout its targeted Colorado markets to consumers and small to medium-sized businesses, including the owners and employees of those businesses. The bank also provides trust services, including personal trust administration, estate settlement, investment management accounts and self-directed IRAs. More information about Guaranty Bancorp can be found at www.gbnk.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Contact Information

  • Contact Information

    Paul W. Taylor
    Interim CEO and President
    Guaranty Bancorp
    1331 Seventeenth Street, Suite 345
    Denver, CO 80202
    303/293-5563