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FBK Employee Celebrates 50 Years in Banking


Salina, KS — Choosing a career can be a tough decision and one that many people make more than once, but for Kermit Dorf, vice president, security officer and compliance specialist at First Bank Kansas, the choice was easy. He entered the banking industry in 1972, 50 years ago this month, and he still enjoys coming to work each day. 

Dorf’s career began at Planters State Bank and Trust Company in downtown Salina before joining the team at First Bank Kansas in 1998. He has served in many different areas of the bank including head teller, loan operations, loan officer, compliance and security. “Computers have really changed the industry,” said Dorf, “but banks remain a well-respected and important part of communities.” He believes banks help people achieve their goals. 

Those that work with Dorf appreciate his experience and draw from his knowledge. “His work ethic, dedication, and loyalty throughout his long career are an inspiration to us all,” said Dustin Schroller, compliance manager and BSA officer. “I feel very privileged and honored to work alongside someone who has dedicated 50 years of his life to helping customers and co-workers achieve their success.” First Bank Kansas President and Chief Executive Officer Kent Buer described Dorf as one of the nicest people he knows and said he has a “vast knowledge of banking and has always been willing to step in and help wherever needed. He’s a great teammate, fun to be around, and if you are ever in a trivia contest make sure Kermit is on your team!” 

When he’s not working at the bank, Dorf is busy helping his wife, Connie, on their family farm near Assaria. She stays busy with a variety of crops and cattle and Dorf is happy to help. 

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About First Bank Kansas and Advantage Trust Company 

Founded in 1961, First Bank Kansas is a community bank that strives to know their customers and deliver exceptional service. With assets of over $500 million, First Bank Kansas is small enough to continue to provide personal service and make local decisions, yet large enough to provide the services their customers want and need. First Bank Kansas is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Advantage Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Bank Kansas, was founded in 1997. Advantage Trust Company provides trust and investment services and currently manages over $900 million in assets.

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