We’re proud to be the only locally owned bank in the Yampa Valley. With oversight provided by a 12 member Advisory Board in Craig working in tandem with a 15 member Board of Directors in Steamboat, Yampa Valley Bank operates with a community-first standpoint right down to its foundations. We have a unique and unmatched passion for the area and its residents thanks to 72 investors with ties directly to the Yampa Valley. Our team members at all levels, from board members to tellers, serve over 40 local non-profits and we happily provide financial support to a number of organizations within both Moffat and Routt County.
Yampa Valley Bank is grateful for the opportunity to power our communities by enabling our customers to succeed. Genuine Hometown Banking is more than just a tagline. It’s truly who we are.
When Dave Pressgrove moved from Kansas to Craig, Colorado in 2002 to take a job as the sports writer for The Craig Daily Press, he did not know that his life and career would morph into a something totally unexpected. A recent college graduate, Dave began his new life as the sports writer and editor for the Craig Daily Press. He spent much of his time working with and interviewing Moffat County school athletes. It soon became clear that this was where his life's passion was leading him. While continuing to work as the sports editor, Dave became a volunteer for Young Life. In that role, he became friends with many of the teens in Moffat County. "I realized that my purpose for moving away from my roots in Kansas was to serve the youth in our valley," said Dave.
In 2005, Dave took a job as part-time area director for Bear River Young Life. Dave married his wife Jennifer in 2006 and they now have five children; Ryun, 8, Jonas, 7, Finley, 5, Charis, 3, and Dash, 1-1/2. With a growing family, in addition to his friends in Young Life, it would be an understatement to say that kids are his life. In 2008 Dave took the leap to full-time area director of Bear River Young Life. He said, "Eventually I left the paper, where I wrote stories about them, to hopefully help be a part of their story as a mentor and as a director of other mentors in their lives. My goals are to continue to reach teens and help them in their development toward adulthood – and along the way, point them to live life to the fullest through their faith."
"Support from community leaders and businesses is key to the success of Young Life," says Dave. "Donations go directly to our youth to provide opportunities for them to attend the Young Life winter and summer camps. The camps are the cornerstone of the work Young Life does with students. 80% are more likely to become consistent in the program if they attend the camps." Dave says, "Additionally, we tell them it will be the best week or weekend of their life or they get their money back… we haven't given a refund yet."
Just like Dave and Bear River Young Life, Yampa Valley Bank is committed to making local youth a priority. By supporting Bear River Young Life, YVB is supporting the betterment of our community through the positive development of its youth. In 2014, Yampa Valley Bank partnered with Young Life to become the presenting sponsor of the Bear River Young Life Car Show. The event takes place every year over Father's Day weekend and benefits Bear River Young Life. Car and motorcycle collectors register all shapes, sizes and conditions of vehicles. Their entries line the streets in downtown Craig along Yampa Avenue. There are more than 14 categories judged, and trophies for the winners. All entrants are eligible for a cash drawing at the end of the show.
With the event growing due to Yampa Valley Bank’s commitment to partnership, another key component was added to the weekend: the Friday evening kick-off event, hosted by YVB. Contestants and community members are invited to attend a delicious, free BBQ that takes place in the bank parking lot. After the BBQ, contestants cruise the city - beginning at Yampa Valley Bank and ending at Loudy Simpson Park. "This will be the fourth year for the BBQ. When we started the car show in 2004 it was a one-day event. When Yampa Valley Bank teamed up with us as the presenting sponsor we realized a way to make it a two-day event," said Dave. "Many of the bank employees are involved with Bear River Young Life, so this was just a natural fit."
Yampa Valley Bank’s involvement in the community isn’t limited to special events though. It all starts with supporting the needs of every day people in their home town. With a growing family of seven, Dave and Jennifer were in need of a larger family home. In June of 2017, with the help of Yampa Valley Bank, the Pressgroves were able to purchase a new house. "We have been in the middle of remodeling ever since." Dave said, "We wanted to go with YVB for the purchase of our house because of how supportive they’ve been to BRYL and in the community. In the end we were grateful for how it all worked out."