Title: Economic Development Finance Manager
Company: Wyoming Business Council
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
Josh Keefe, Economic Development Finance Manager at Wyoming Business Council, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in finance.
Since his formative years, Mr. Keefe had always envisioned himself working in a business-related environment. He received a Bachelor of Arts in finance from the University of Wyoming in 2007 and went on to achieve a Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from Regis University in 2019. Utilizing his educational and professional years of experience, he has notably served as an economic development finance manager for the Wyoming Business Council since 2016. In his role, he is responsible for providing assistance to regional companies in reaching their financial goals through a combination of industry and credit analysis, financial due diligence, business plan review, large loan applications, loan processing and servicing.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Keefe served the Jonah Bank of Wyoming from 2007 to 2016 as a commercial and consumer loan officer. Outside of his financial work, he was a cemetery groundskeeper for the City of Lamarie, Wyoming from 2004 to 2007 and an assistant intramural coordinator at the University of Wyoming from 2003 to 2007. In addition, he served as a landscaper with Rabbitbrush Enterprises for one year, a detailer for Hertz Rent-a-Car in 2002 and 2003 and a lineman for Sky Harbor Air Service from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Keefe credits his first job for teaching him the importance of contributing to the community and he utilizes those lessons in every task he takes on with the Wyoming Business Council.
Notably, Mr. Keefe was named to the 40 Under 40 in the State of Wyoming in 2019 by the Wyoming Business Report. He attributes the success of his career trajectory to the support of many people, including his parents who always said they only wanted the best for their children. Regarded by his colleagues as a harmonizer and problem solver, Mr. Keefe sits on the board for WIDC Frontier CDC and Wyoming Housing Network, of which he is also president. He is also affiliated with the Wyoming High School FBLA, Camp Hope and Healthworks, previously known as the Cheyenne Health and Wellness Center. Formerly, he was involved with the Cheyenne Professional Network of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and Community Investment Team for Health and Wellness through United Way.
In five years’ time, Mr. Keefe’s goal is to work on more community-building projects, whether it is through businesses or amenities. In regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, he aims to figure out more ways to provide relief to businesses around the state. With this sentiment, he notes that the most rewarding aspect of his work is the ability to make a difference, as well as see the difference. Some of the largest towns in Wyoming only have 60,000 residents, so when help is administered to smaller towns of 10,000 or less, the impact is visible and inspiring. Whether the focus is small businesses, schools or clubs, Mr. Keefe plans to work for the people of Wyoming for as long as possible.
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