James Klein


Downtown Main Bank  |  319.743.7143 

James Klein is President of Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. He obtained a finance degree and MBA from the University of Iowa and brings 25 years of banking experience to the greater Cedar Rapids area. As a lifelong learner, he has also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado, Iowa School of Banking, Iowa Banker’s Commercial Lending School, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Commercial Lending School, and the Leadership Institute. As President, James is focused on leading the Company's growth, culture and innovation to drive results and provide value to employees, clients, shareholders and community.

James is a lifelong Cedar Rapids resident and is very active within the community. He currently serves as a Board Director for United Way of East Central Iowa (Chair), Theatre Cedar Rapids, Kids First Law Center, Daybreak Rotary, and Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street. He is also a member of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Community Development Council and the Capacity Committee of Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. James teaches Financial Accounting at Mount Mercy University and also teaches at the Iowa School of Banking, Iowa Banker’s Consumer Credit School, and Iowa Commercial Banking School. He also volunteers for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and Knights of Columbus. He is a graduate of the 2005 Leadership for Five Seasons program and a 2004 honoree of the CBJ 40 Under 40. James was nationally-recognized by Northwestern Financial Review as a 2013 Rising Star in Banking.