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WestStar Bank honors Vanderhoof with new room

Friends and family gathered to pay tribute to a longtime banker last week.WestStar Bank has named the community room in its new building at 1901 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs after Roy Vanderhoof, a prominent banker whose family has continued a banking tradition in the city.Roy Vanderhoof and his brother, John, started Glenwood Industrial Bank in 1955. John went on to higher office as governor of Colorado from 1972-74.Roy’s son Don came to work at his father’s bank in 1956 and became president of the bank in 1970. Glenwood Industrial Bank became Glenwood Independent when it converted to a commercial bank in the early 1980s, Don Vanderhoof said.Three generations of Vanderhoofs were represented at the bank when Don’s son Steve came to work in 1975 after college.”Steven graduated from Glenwood Springs High School, then from the University of Northern Colorado in 1974,” Don said. “He worked for a year in Denver … He worked his way up from loan officer to president in 1994.” At that time, Don became chairman of board. Don has since retired, and Steve stayed on with WestStar as senior vice president until 2004. The Vanderhoofs sold Glenwood Independent Bank to WestStar Bank in 1998.The Vanderhoof wives were also involved in the business. Don’s wife, Eddi, worked for Glenwood Independent Bank for 25 years and Steve’s wife, Wendy, for about six years, Don said. Don has also been a civil servant of Glenwood Springs for more than 20 years.”I was president of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (a) couple (of) times, in the 1960s and 1980s,” he said.He served as mayor from 2001-03 and was a member of the city council from 1996-2003. “I’m most proud of my service on the Valley View Hospital board,” on which he served for eight years, from 1994-2001 or 2002, he said.The Vanderhoof Room was dedicated in a private ceremony Feb. 24. The room is open for nonprofit groups to use for meetings and can seat up to 35 people. It includes a kitchenette and has a separate entrance for after-hours access and on weekends. It also features rotating art exhibits provided by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.”WestStar Bank has made my father’s dream come true,” Don said. “Dedicating this room in his honor would mean so much to him. It’s a tribute my family will never forget.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com

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