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Jennifer Cooper

Jeni Cooper, CCIM, is Vice President and Manager of the Commercial Real Estate team at Bankers Trust.

She is responsible for new business development, cross-selling of other bank products, and all phases of underwriting loans, including real estate analysis, cash flow models, construction monitoring, profitability models and credit underwriting.

The Bankers Trust commercial real estate portfolio of over $2 billion is comprised of retail, industrial, office and multifamily loans as well as an emphasis in senior housing, hospitality and medical facilities.

In 2019, Jeni was named Commercial Real Estate Professional of the Year by the Des Moines Business Record.

Throughout her 30 years in the industry, Jeni has originated more than $3 billion in loans for construction/term financing of commercial property in Central Iowa and across the Midwest.

While she certainly excels at the everyday loans any commercial real estate banker could do, Jeni has consistently taken on projects with multiple layers of financing and unique loan structures. She began working on these sorts of projects early in her career with LIHTC, CDBG and historic tax credit projects that include several funding sources.

Jeni has a knack for taking complicated projects and structuring and monitoring a loan that will achieve the developer’s or project’s goals, while at the same time protecting repayment sources for the bank and mitigating credit risks. Many of Jeni’s deals are not only good for an organization or developer, but are also contributing to important growth, development and revitalization projects across central Iowa.

She spends a significant number of hours volunteering her time and talent for affordable housing-related nonprofits in central Iowa, as well as a variety of other neighborhood and community boards.