ASA Remembers Past President, Jeffrey Banker


Jeffrey Banker, 1962-2020
ASA National President 2017-2018

If you knew Jeff Banker, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. And thankfully, due to Jeff’s appreciation and love of people, there are a lot of us lucky folk around. 

President of ASA from 2017 to 2018, president of ASA Arizona Chapter from 2009 to 2010, Jeff started his career as a kid loading trucks at his father’s business, Banker Insulation, in the sweltering Arizona heat. He ended it as both the company’s president and a titan of the construction industry. Jeff was known for his warmth, kindness, humor, understanding, and tenacious work ethic. These attributes, as well as his generosity when anyone needed a helping hand–or a glass of iced tea—expanded his family’s business, as well as his ever-larger circle of friends. 

“Jeff meant so much to me personally and to all of us here at ASA,” reflected Richard Bright, Chief Operating Officer of ASA. “We are thankful to his family for allowing him to devote so much of his valuable time to us, as we fully appreciate how much volunteer time is committed when serving as a board member and president.”  

He was a passionate advocate and supporter of many industry and community organizations. In addition to leading roles in ASA, Jeff was involved in the Insulation Contractors Association of America, the National Insulation Contractor's Exchange, and Fighter Country Partnership (a group that supports Luke Air Force Base).

With the passing of Jeff Banker on September 2, 2020, from appendiceal cancer, the entire ASA community has a hole in their heart that will take a long time to heal. Yet Jeff’s legacy lives on in his sons, and his colleagues will value their memories of his humor and dedication. 

Brian Cooper, current president of ASA added, “I speak on behalf of ASA and all of those who knew Jeff, that heaven truly gained a great person today. He was a dear friend and colleague. He defined true leadership, always wanting to make anything he was involved in better than the way he found it.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jeff's name to either Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or the 100 Club of Arizona, 333 N. 44th St. Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

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