Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> February 11, 2015

Interview with the President and CEO: West Bancorporation, Inc. (WTBA)

Dave Nelson
Dave Nelson, President and CEO, came to West Bancorporation, Inc., in 2010 and currently has 30 years of experience in commercial banking, and a strong background in credit administration and relationship building. He most recently served as President, Southeast Minnesota Business Banking and President, Wells Fargo Bank Rochester in Rochester, Minnesota. Mr. Nelson serves on the Greater Des Moines Committee, the Drake University National Advisory Council and the board of the Iowa Bankers Association. A hands-on leader, he enjoys volunteering with West Bankers at events like West Bank’s Free Shred Day, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake and the West Des Moines Independence Day Parade. An active participant in many community organizations in Rochester, Mr. Nelson was a board member of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Olmsted County United Way, and the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation. He also served as Chair of the Olmsted Medical Center Board of Trustees. For his dedication to the Rochester community, Mr. Nelson received the Mayor’s Medal of Honor for Community Leadership in 2004. Mr. Nelson graduated from Drake University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and received his MBA from Drake the following year.  Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief introduction to West Bancorp, including some highlights from your history and an overview of current operations?

Mr. Nelson: I am Dave Nelson, CEO of