Jeffrey Jiron, Community Representative

 

Jeffrey Jiron joined our Board of Directors in 2016! He serves as the Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager at Independent Financial, a position he has served in since 2007. He brings nearly 24 years of financial experience to support our organization and students on top of his personal experience as a first-generation student. We are incredibly thankful to have Jeffrey on our Board of Directors for providing insight and support for our students in their pursuit of education and beyond.

What is your favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors?

The Greeley Dream Team has given me the ability to see and play a part in the dreams of a very diverse group of students as they transition into college when at some point they didn’t think it was possible. The majority of the students served come from low-income and/or at-risk households and are first-generation college students.

What influenced you to serve on the Board for the Dream Team?

I was introduced to the Greeley Dream team in 2002 by the Director of Financial Aid at the University of Northern Colorado. He became a mentor to me while attending UNC and encouraged me to become a part of the organization’s Board of Directors in 2003. I served on their Board from 2003 until 2010, then rejoined in 2014.

What does it mean to you (personally and/or professionally) to serve on the Board?

I have always felt like I have something in common with “The Greeley Dream Team” organization. I grew up in a family of six children, and I was a first-generation college graduate – as are all of the students served by the Greeley Dream Team. While programs like this were not available to me years ago, I am thrilled to see the strides made since then and proud to play a part in the success of youth in today’s ever-changing times.

What advice would you give a Dream Team student whom one day wants to work in your field?

Keep in mind that a degree is very important, and always be open to opportunities outside of your chosen field of study.  I never thought I would work in the banking industry, and I now realize how my degree has helped my working with people in every sector.

What did you study in college?

BA Psychology with Minor in Human Services

What inspired you to work in your field?

Getting into banking was unexpected – Being open to career fields other than what I studied was key – While I did not plan this type of work, it has been very rewarding. It has now been 23 years.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family.  My wife is my best friend, and my 15-year-old daughter is amazing and so fun to be around.  I also have older daughters that are 30 and 27.  My family and I love to travel.