Grand Teton National Park Foundation

In the Spotlight: U.S. Bank

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
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As one of the largest commercial banks in the country, U.S. Bank is committed to supporting and enriching communities where they operate. U.S. Bank has been a supporter of the Foundation's youth programs since 2011. We recently had the opportunity to learn more about the local branch and their connection to the Jackson community and Grand Teton National Park.

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U.S. Bank is actively engaged in developing, strengthening and energizing communities in which they operate. How long has U.S. Bank been in Jackson and in what ways has U.S. Bank been involved in the local community?

U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, has been operating in Jackson, Wyoming, since 2009. Market President Phil Coosaia is a member of the board and chairman emeritus of the St. John's Hospital Foundation, a member of the Teton Science Schools Finance Committee, and chairman of the board of Jackson Hole Public Art. He is also a former board member of the Teton Science Schools. Bayless Sword, private banker, volunteers as a victims' advocate for Victim Services, and for Pet Partners at St. John's Medical Center and River Rock Assisted Living Community with her chocolate lab, Hoback. U.S. Bank has also sponsored many community organizations including Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, Community Entry Services, Teton Literacy, Rotary, Doug Coombs Foundation, Jackson Hole Snow Devils, Teton Youth and Family Services, JH Air Improvement Resources, Jackson Hole Youth Soccer, Lion's Club, Habitat for Humanity, Moose Hockey, American Cancer Society, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.

U.S. Bank has supported the Foundation’s Youth Engagement Initiative since 2011. Tell us how involving youth in Grand Teton aligns with U.S. Bank’s interests and mission.

We are fortunate to be a part of the Jackson community and want to give back to our community through volunteering, awarding grants to nonprofit groups, in-kind donations, and partnering with nonprofit organizations. In Jackson, U.S. Bank actively supports Grand Teton National Park Foundation's (GTNPF) Youth Engagement Initiative by acting as a liaison between them and the U.S. Bank Foundation throughout the grant application process. We assist the GTNPF so its questions and concerns are answered in a timely manner. As residents of Jackson Hole, we wholeheartedly support improvements in our local national park so Jackson Hole residents and visitors can continue to enjoy it for generations to come.

U.S. Bank is committed to protecting and conserving natural resources. Can you explain the efforts taken at U.S. Bank to create a more sustainable future for our community?

At U.S. Bank, we believe we can help protect and conserve our natural resources by: developing less resource-intensive business practices; embracing opportunities for financial products and services that incorporate features or benefits for reduced environmental impact; investing in environmentally beneficial business opportunities; and engaging and educating employees and customers. To find out more, please visit usbank.com/environment.

As an organization who is passionate about the environment and the park, what are some of U.S. Bank employees’ favorite activities and places to recreate in Grand Teton?

Michael Hodges, private banker, loves going to Jackson Lake and renting a pontoon boat with friends because it’s a great way to explore different areas of the park that are inaccessible by foot. Kyle Dowman, private banker, enjoys visiting Phelps Lake for its famous jumping rock. Ginny Knetzger, private banker, likes to hike, especially to Delta Lake for a picnic. Phil Coosaia, market president, spends some of his free time driving the interior loop road, getting to see all of the new improvements throughout the park. Bayless Sword, private banker, enjoys paddleboarding on String and Leigh Lakes and kayaking on the oxbow.

On behalf of the Foundation and park enthusiasts nationwide, thank you U.S. Bank for your continued support of youth programming in Grand Teton National Park!