Interview with Cory Gardiner
Executive Vice President, Director of Business and Consumer Banking, Zions Bank
Employees: 84 in Weber County
Chamber Member Since: 1972
As Utah’s oldest financial institution, Zions Bank operates 98 full-service financial centers across the state — including five in Weber County — and offers a wide range of traditional and online banking services. More information is available at www.zionsbank.com.
Q: What is Zions Bank doing that you are most proud of?
A: Among many other things, I’m proud of the support we give to entrepreneurs. We’ve approved more U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loans than other lender in the Utah for 23 consecutive years.
Q: How is the banking industry changing and how is Zions Bank reacting?
A: We know clients value the convenience of banking whenever and wherever they are, including on their mobile devices, PCs or brick-and-mortar branches. We also offer a convenient payment service that lets clients send and receive money from friends. Through our enhanced ATMs, clients can also deposit up to 50 bills in cash with no envelope or up to 30 checks at a time.
Q: What is the company’s biggest challenge and how are you addressing it?
A: In a tight labor market, retaining experienced employees is critical. We create employee development plans to help talented individuals gain skills and exposure within the company. We also have a formal mentoring program for employees as well as internal networking groups.
Q: What are some of the ways Zions Bank engages with the Ogden-Weber community?
A: Each year, we spruce up Weber County homes during our company’s Paint-a-Thon service project. We teach local students to be smart about savings and credit cards. Zions Bank also donates to local organizations, like Eccles Community Art Center, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Utah and the YCC Family Crisis Center, as well as supporting numerous community events and activities such as the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon.
Q: What is something people might be surprised to learn about Zions Bank?
A: Zions Bank monitors salary equity among employees across the company every six months, analyzing potential disparities in pay based on gender, minority status, and other factors.
Q: What is the bank’s vision for the future?
A: Our future is rooted in our longstanding commitment to create value for our communities. We strive to make our clients stronger by creating economic opportunity for them. Our goal is to provide products and services that strengthen our clients. We want clients to be proud to be associated with us.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: Zions Bank is a leader in marketing SBA loans to women, minorities and veteran-owned businesses, which accounted for 48 percent of the loans approved by Zions Bank during fiscal year 2016.