Corporate Partner Spotlight: U.S. Bank

March 24, 2016

biznotes-usbankGiving back is one of the tenets of U.S. Bancorp (U.S. Bank), a platinum-level member of the Daniels Corporate Partners program.

As the fifth largest commercial bank in the country and the third largest in Colorado in terms of deposit market share, U.S. Bank recognizes the important role that it plays in the communities it serves and uses that platform to do good things. Community Possible, U.S. Bank’s corporate giving and volunteer program, focuses on community investments in programs centered around work, home, and play.

U.S. Bank also believes in educating citizens from a young age and offers financial education tools and resources through its Financial Genius program. Financial Genius provides K-12 educators helpful tools for financial education in the classroom, and the program offers college students, young professionals and others a wealth of information on everything from planning for retirement to paying for college to building credit. Additionally, through its Student Union program, U.S. Bank offers scholarship opportunities for students.

Locally, U.S. Bank—which employs more than 2,200 employees in Colorado—supports various education institutions around the state, including the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. Hassan Salem, president of U.S. Bank in Colorado and regional president of commercial banking for Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, says that the bank is thrilled to partner with a leading business school.

“U.S. Bank is proud to support the communities in which it operates, and getting involved with excellent institutions like the University of Denver is one way we fulfill that commitment,” says Salem. “We know that learning begins at a young age and continues throughout one’s life. The Daniels College of Business at DU produces graduates who go on to build careers in Denver, Colorado and beyond, and we realize the important role they play in this region and around the world. Denver is a core market for U.S. Bank, and Daniels and Denver are integrally connected. We’re excited to get involved with programs like Voices of Experience and other on-campus events, because we know that doing so is a win-win for our organization and for Daniels students who might come work for U.S. Bank or become a customer or partner one day.”

In addition to its participation in the Daniels Corporate Partners Program, U.S. Bank is the lead sponsor of Voices of Experience, the signature speaker series of Daniels—and in fact, Chairman and CEO Richard Davis was a featured speaker in fall 2011. The company recruits interns and full-time new hires from the College and has many Daniels alumni working in its Denver office, including Rob Naughton (MBA 2011, BSBA 2010), assistant vice president, commercial credit portfolio manager, Drew Hyde (MBA 2001), senior vice president, Colorado market manager, commercial real estate, Adam Bollinger (MBA 2012), vice president, portfolio analytics manager and Ben Kuruvila (MBA 2006, BSBA 2005), vice president, relationship manger. U.S. Bank has a branch on the University of Denver campus and sponsored Money Smart Week Colorado events on campus in 2015. The company also participates in the DU Career Fair and the Corporate Partners Career Expo.

“Thanks to U.S. Bank’s continued generosity, we are able to put on our signature community engagement program, the Voices of Experience speaker series, and keep it completely free and open to the public,” says Kate Dillon, assistant director of external relations at Daniels. “U.S. Bank’s engagement with and support of the College is exemplary and exactly the kind of relationship we hope for with our Corporate Partners. Hassan, too, has always been so willing to deepen the relationship and explore ways that U.S. Bank can increase its involvement on and off campus, and it means so much. We’re grateful for their participation and excited about continuing to strengthen the partnership in the years to come.”

Founded in 1863, U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) is the nation’s second oldest bank operating under its original charter and the fifth largest commercial bank in the country. The company operates 3,133 banking offices in 25 states, and offers banking, investment, mortgage, and trust and payment services to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bank employs 67,000 people nationwide and more than 2,200 in Colorado. The firm has been ranked as a “Top Workplace” by The Denver Post and as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Denver Business Journal. This year, U.S. Bank launched a new branding and advertising campaign, The Power of Possible, starting with the Denver and Cincinnati markets. Learn more at