An idea that took off and soared


Ours isn’t your typical bank story. In fact, when Bank Iowa founders Donald Duncan, J. Robert Duncan and Harry Barr first got together, it wasn’t because they wanted to create a bank. They were starting an aviation company. And that’s exactly what they did in Clarinda, Iowa, more than half a century ago.

It was from that entrepreneurial ambition and smart business leadership that one of Iowa’s most successful banks would eventually flourish. That same spirit helps us understand the real needs of today’s businesses, farmers, families and entrepreneurs all across Iowa.

From ambitious beginnings that date back to 1901 to becoming one of the largest family-owned community banks in Iowa, one thing has never changed and never will. Our dedication to serving our clients, team members and the communities we call home is steadfast. Bank Iowa Corporation continues to be owned by the Duncan and Barr families, and their community-centric values can be felt in every interaction we have with the people and places for which we exist.