Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Meet the Chairs of our Century Celebration: Don and Linda Childears

By Bill Fortune
The Red Cross is proud to have community leaders Don and Linda Childears serve as the Chairs of our Century Celebration.

There is an old adage that says, “If you want something done, give the task to a busy person.”
That wisdom made Don and Linda the perfect fit to lead our Century Celebration in 2014!

The Childears have strong ties throughout Denver, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Don serves as the President and CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association. Linda is the President and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

The Childears are firm believers in commitment to improving the lives of people in the community. Their leadership is known throughout the region, and they are often sought after by organizations. In addition to their busy professional work, this power couple serves in leadership roles on more organizations and foundations than we have room to list - but to give you a small taste:
  • Don serves as Investor Committee Chairman of the Colorado Competitive Council, and has served on the national board of BankPac, as the Chairman of the Housing Council  and as the Chairman of the Civil Justice League, and on the  Dean’s board for the College of Business at Colorado State University. He has served as the national chairman of state bankers associations, and on the board of the American Bankers Association.
  • Linda serves on the boards of Cheyenne Capital Fund, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce,  Mountain States Employers Council and Mile High Banks of Colorado.  Linda was named National Philanthropy Day’s Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in 2010, and has also been honored as the Colorado Bankers Association Banker of Distinction and the Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction. She has served as the national chair of Camp Fire Girls & Boys and the National Assembly.
The Red Cross approached Don and Linda because of their reputation as leaders, their connection throughout the region and their existing relationship with the Red Cross (Linda currently serves on the board of directors for the Red Cross Mile High Chapter).

“We knew that we needed someone that understood Colorado -- someone who could open doors and support this statewide celebration,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado.
For their part, Don and Linda said the reputation and mission of the Red Cross is what drew them in - along with a persuasive call from Gino.

“We have always admired what the Red Cross does and I think we have forever,” Linda said. “Both of us have jobs that work throughout the state, and taking on the statewide Century Celebration for the Red Cross made a lot of sense.”

They also recognized the enormous difference that the Red Cross makes, particularly  in the  wake of recent historic disasters that have occurred across the state. The Childears were on vacation in Africa when the 2013 Floods began. They were concerned about loved ones and others in the affected communities, but they knew that their friends in the Red Cross were going to take care of things.

“It’s about that symbol. It makes you want to help out an organization that does so much good,” Don said. He added with a grin: “Plus we get to wear red!”

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