Meet your neighbor: Dustin Wells, a fourth-generation Fruitan
Special to the Free Press
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Denise: What is your occupation?
Dustin: I am the Fruita branch president of Grand Valley Bank. Because I work for a small community-centered bank, I handle many aspects of banking, not just loan origination.
Denise: What do you like about your job?
Dustin: I like getting to know so many people in Fruita, and being part of this great community. My job allows me to work on consumer, commercial, agriculture, real estate and construction loans as opposed to specializing in one area which keeps me on my toes and continually learning. I also like that nearly all of our loans stay in-house, so I get to stay in touch with my borrowers.
Denise: Are you from Fruita?
Dustin: I am a fourth-generation Fruitan. I graduated from Fruita Monument High School and from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) with a degree in business management. I worked as a bank teller in college, and after I graduated, Grand Valley Bank sent me to commercial lenders basic training in Denver to learn more about banking and lending. My wife Aubrey, is another Fruita native, and we are bringing up our two daughters, Hazel and Quinn, here, just down the road from where I work.
Denise: What other activities are you involved in?
Dustin: I am the board president for the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s a great opportunity for me to meet other business leaders in Fruita and to spread the word about our great community. I also serve on the Downtown Advisory Board, which is an amazing group of passionate locals making things happen in and around town. My daughters are still pre-school age, but as they get older, I will become involved in the activities they choose.
Denise: What do you like about living in Fruita?
Dustin: It is a close-knit community where neighbors look out for each other, it’s a perfect place to raise children, and our daughters are close to their family. We have an amazing rec center, a library, shops and eateries, endless trails and parks on top of the beautiful natural surroundings of this Valley — what is there not to like about Fruita! The people who live here want to live here and we are no exception!
Denise Hight is co-author of Images of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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