John Russell joined Bankers Trust in September 2007 as Market President of Ames and is responsible for Bankers Trust’s expansion into the Ames community.
John came to Bankers Trust from U.S. Bank in Ames where he was Market President of the central Iowa Region for the last 10 years of his 15 years with the company. He has 41 years of credit and commercial banking experience. An eastern Iowa native, John graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business and Finance.
In addition to managing a diverse portfolio of commercial loans, John has been instrumental in establishing a presence for Bankers Trust in Ames over the last 14 years and has grown the bank to total assets that exceed $200 million.
Community involvement is one of John’s passions where he focuses on economic development and non-profit service. John served as the United Way of Story County 2009 Annual Campaign Chair and was the Leadership Campaign Chair in 2008. John has held leadership and board positions in the Ames Economic Development Commission, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames Seed Capital Fund, Ames Education Foundation, Center for Creative Justice, Richmond Center (f/k/a Central Iowa Mental Health Center), Friendship Ark Homes, Youth and Shelter Services Foundation, Ames Public Library Building Campaign Committee, Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, Iowa State University Alumni Association, City of Ames Electric Utility Advisory Board, Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation and the Iowa Sports Foundation (Iowa Games). He is an active member of the Ames Noon Rotary Club.
In his spare time John enjoys spending family time with his wife Cindy, and sons Garrett (33), an engineer in Johnston, IA, and Elliott (27), a Resident at UW Health in Madison, WI specializing in Interventional Radiology following graduation in May 2019 from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. They all enjoy traveling, hiking, boating, snow skiing and following college sports.