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Banking Leader Scarlett to Speak at UW

March 31, 2015
Dick Scarlett
Dick Scarlett

Dick Scarlett, a longtime leader in the Rocky Mountain banking community, will discuss his new book Monday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Business auditorium.

He will discuss his book, “Sagebrush to Silver Dollars: The History of Jackson State Bank, 1914-2008,” during the Department of Economics and Finance Sandberg Speaker Series. A reception will follow.

Scarlett, former president and CEO of United Bancorporation for Wyoming Inc., is the managing partner of Scarlett Capital I LLC in Wilson. His successful business career, most of which was spent in Jackson Hole, also included leadership of banks in Colorado.

In 1981, Scarlett and his wife, Maggie, realized their dream to operate a bank in Wyoming, when they solicited enough investors to purchase the Jackson State Bank. It became one of the regional leaders in the banking industry.

Recently appointed a member of the UW  Board of Trustees, Scarlett served six years on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver branch; eight years on the Wyoming Financial Institutions board; and two years on the executive board of US West Wyoming.

A major donor to UW along with his wife, Scarlett helped establish the first endowed faculty position for UW’s College of Business and supports numerous student scholarships. The Scarlett Auditorium in the College of Business is named for them. He served on the college’s advisory council for many years.

One of the founding members of the Cowboy Joe Club, Scarlett was one of the major donors for the renovation of the Arena-Auditorium. He received UW’s highest honor, the honorary doctoral degree, in 2002, and was named a UW and College of Business distinguished alumnus in 1996 and 1994.

Among his other activities has been service on the board of the Buffalo Bill Museum of the West; as a director of the National Western Stock Show Association, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole; and membership on the Wyoming Financial Institutions Board.

This event is sponsored by the Sandberg Speakers Fund, established in memory of Carl Sandberg, a UW graduate whose promising Wall Street career was cut short by cancer. The series brings speakers of national stature in the financial world to UW to broaden the perspective available to students and the community.

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