Elevations Credit Union grows Mortgage Team in Denver

Commercial Lending Team hires two, and vendor management focus added to Senior Leadership Team

BOULDER, CO (December 10, 2020) — Elevations Credit Union announces the addition of three Mortgage Loan Officers to its team in Denver: Mike Bell, Keri Bills and John Wetzig. In addition, Jason Barnes and Douglas Thormahlen have joined the Commercial Lending Team, and Gary Kindle has taken on a new role on the Senior Leadership Team as Senior Vice President of Vendor Management.

Bell, Bills and Wetzig will all be based at the Elevations Denver Mortgage Office, located at 7900 E. Union Ave., Suite 250. The Denver location opened this summer, and its six Mortgage Loan Officers are available to meet by appointment.

“We are honored to have Mike, Keri and John join our growing team in Denver and help us serve members with their homebuying needs in the metro area,” said Elizabeth Million, Elevations Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending. “Each one of these talented professionals is committed to putting our mortgage members first throughout the homebuying process.”

Bell has worked in the mortgage industry since 2014, drawing on prior experience in the title insurance industry and in the real estate industry as a licensed Realtor®. He has also worked with private residential builders, making him a knowledgeable resource for new construction. Bell strives to offer concierge mortgage services tailored to all parties involved in mortgage transactions.

A Colorado resident for over 20 years, Bills has distinguished herself in the mortgage industry by building relationships. She is passionate about hosting first-time homebuyer workshops, but she is proudest of helping repeat buyers purchase their next home, and being trusted by second and third generation family members as their mortgage lender. She’s ready to help with any purchase or refinance, drawing on her knowledge of FHA and VA loans, first-time homebuyer programs and all conventional loans.

With over 31 years of mortgage experience, Wetzig takes pride in helping his members find the right mortgage solutions for their needs from a wide variety of products and programs. Over his extensive career, he has helped homebuyers achieve their dreams while growing long-lasting relationships.

On the Commercial Lending Team, Jason Barnes has joined as Commercial Loan Officer at the Fort Collins Midtown Branch, while Douglas Thormahlen was hired as Senior Commercial Loan Officer based out of the Denver location at 7900 E. Union Ave., Suite 250.

“Both Jason and Douglas are top-notch additions to our team at Elevations,” said Todd Peyok, VP of Commercial Lending. “They will be key contributors as we serve the commercial real estate and construction loan needs of our business members in Northern Colorado and the Denver metro area.”

Barnes has over 14 years of experience providing financial solutions along the Front Range. He’s committed to helping Northern Colorado businesses overcome challenges and find opportunities to achieve long-term goals. Barnes’ extensive lending background includes commercial and investment real estate, business acquisition and expansion, and working capital solutions.

Having previously been a small business owner, Thormahlen understands the challenges that business owners face, and he believes in developing strong, long-term working relationships with his members. Thormahlen draws on 34 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, including commercial lending, real estate lending, construction lending, consumer lending and insurance.

On the Senior Leadership Team, Gary Kindle will lead vendor management and business continuity for the credit union as SVP of Vendor Management. Kindle will utilize his extensive operations experience to effectively manage the credit union’s most critical vendors and suppliers.

“Gary is uniquely qualified for this new, expanded role,” said Brian Holst, General Counsel for Elevations. “We look forward to his contributions as we enhance and expand our vendor management and business continuity processes.”

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Jason Barnes

Mike Bell

Keri Bills

Gary Kindle

Douglas Thormahlen

John Wetzig

About Elevations Credit Union

Elevations Credit Union empowers its members and the communities it serves along Colorado’s  Front Range with financial solutions and education. In addition to offering a broad portfolio of  consumer and business banking services, Elevations is the No. 1 credit union residential  mortgage lender in Colorado. Founded in 1952 as the U. of C. Federal Credit Union in Boulder,  the organization has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in assets to over 176,000  members, more than 580 local employees and over $3.4 billion in assets. Elevations became a  two-time recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2020 and first received the  award in 2014. The credit union also earns local awards along Colorado’s Front Range for Best  Bank, Best Mortgage Lender, and Best Customer Service. Elevations was also an inaugural  winner in Denver Business Journal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards. Learn more at


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