Mark Young was moving comfortably along as a marketing major in college when the world of finance piqued his interest. Interest rates were skyrocketing and he wanted to understand why. But he had some homework to do.
“I really didn’t know the difference between a CD and a DVD,” Young recalls with a laugh.
His studies changed course and he would go on to spend more than three decades in the finance and banking world. In June, Young took on his newest challenge as president and chief executive officer of National Bank of Arizona.
In addition, Young is executive vice president of Zions Bancorporation and serves on the Bancorporation’s executive management committee.
Young brings a breadth of professional experience to his newest position. A part of the Zions Bancorporation team for 17 years, he served most recently as the executive vice president of real estate banking at NB|AZ. Prior to joining NB|AZ, Young was an executive vice president and executive director of real estate banking at California Bank & Trust and Bank One.
Young has focused his career in Arizona, largely in Phoenix, dating to his first banking job in 1982 at Valley National Bank.
Beyond banking, Young has served various community and education organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, Crisis Nursery and Gilbert Christian Schools. Married almost 30 years and the father of three grown children, Young is also an avid outdoorsman and traveler.
As president and CEO of NB|AZ, Young leads a premier community bank with 69 branches around the state and nearly 800 employees. A key initiative under his leadership will be implementing enhanced digital platforms for customers. Young is also committed to reinforcing the wide-ranging community engagement efforts of NB|AZ, including the newly formed NB|AZ Charities™ grant program and charitable events like the Taste of the Biltmore.
Young says NB|AZ employees will continue to play a critical role in strengthening the bank’s service to the community.
“Our employees are very talented, very committed and want to ensure that customers really get the experience and the service that they have come to admire and expect from National Bank of Arizona,” he says.
Written by Susie Steckner
Photography by Mark Lipczynski