Availa Bank Announces New Council Bluffs Market President

Dave Zimmerman, experienced Availa team member, will be taking over the role.

Council Bluffs, Iowa (November 23, 2022) – Availa Bank is proud to announce that Dave Zimmerman, a longtime Availa Bank team member, will be taking over the role of Council Bluffs Market President.

Dave has 25 years of banking experience, having spent 19 of those years at Council Bluffs Savings Bank (now Availa Bank) in various roles. He began his career in banking in 1997 as a part-time teller, holding a few different positions before coming to Council Bluffs Savings Bank in 2003 as Vice President.

Dave was born and raised in Council Bluffs. After high school, he attended Midland College and was on the men’s basketball team. He then went to Iowa Western Community College where he earned his associate’s degree in business administration. He also attended Buena Vista University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and banking.

As a native to the area, Dave continuously finds ways to give back and is actively involved in several organizations in Council Bluffs, including serving on the boards of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and VODEC. He is a graduate of the Leadership Council Bluffs program and is a youth basketball coach.

Availa Bank Announces New Council Bluffs Market President

Dave is happily married to his wife, Kari, and they have four children: Tim, Nic, Addison and Avery.

Matt Gronstal, former Council Bluffs Market President, is confident that Dave is the right person for this leadership role. “Dave Zimmerman was the first person I hired when we opened the Bank in 2003. He has been a loyal employee every step of the way for nearly 20 years and has been an integral part of the growth and success of the Bank. He has a strong connection with the customers, the staff and the entire community. He will continue to do an excellent job and will strongly lead Availa Bank in the Council Bluffs community for many years to come,” he says.

Jeff Scharfenkamp, CEO and President, echoes Matt’s confidence. “I am excited to see Dave accept this opportunity to step into a leadership role.  Dave is energetic, community-focused, and a well-known leader in the community who is well prepared to lead Availa Bank’s Council Bluffs banking team.”

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Availa Bank’s roots date back to 1870 when it was originally chartered. Availa is the first three syllables of the word available, a word that defines the bank’s mission — to empower our team to inspire and enable our clients and the communities we serve to achieve financial success. Availa Bank locations are in the following communities: Ames, Ankeny, Arcadia, Carroll, Coon Rapids, Council Bluffs, Denison, Fort Dodge, Holstein, Jewell, Nevada, Pocahontas, Roland, Sioux City and Webster City. For more information about Availa Bank, visit www.Availa.Bank. Member FDIC.