Leadership

Steven Michel
Chairman of the Board

Steven graduated from Fort Hays State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Steve began his banking career as an examiner for the State Banking Department for four years and held the position of examiner in charge of the Salina territory during his last year with the Department. Steve joined First Bank Kansas in 1975 and has served in many roles during his career with the bank. He serves as an officer with the holding company that owns the bank and serves on the Board of Advantage Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Bank Kansas. Steve has also been involved in multiple roles with several sister bank organizations over the years that have a common ownership with First Bank Kansas. He has served on numerous Boards of a variety of community, civic, and church organizations and continues to be active on leadership boards at his church, a local college and two foundation boards.

Kent Buer
President/Chief Executive Officer

Kent Buer grew up on a farm in Republic County, Kansas. Kent earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from Kansas State University in 1985 and started his financial career as a Financial Examiner with the State of Kansas Banking Department that same year. Kent met his best friend, Marcy, in college and they have been married since 1986. He earned a Graduate School of Banking diploma from the University of Wisconsin in 1996 and joined First Bank Kansas in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Lending. Kent serves on the Board of First Bank Kansas and also Advantage Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Bank Kansas. Kent is also on the Board of Salina Regional Health Center and is active in his church, mission work, AMBUCS, Rotary and with his little brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Kent sees his primary role at First Bank Kansas as the “keeper of the culture” in shaping and protecting the corporate personality of First Bank Kansas which includes coaching employees to embrace faith, family and community as the utmost importance in work-life balance.

Angela Eilrich
Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer

Angela began her banking career with First Bank Kansas in 1981. Over the years, she has held various positions at the bank in the areas of teller operations, bookkeeping, compliance, audit, human resources, marketing, information technology, product development, project management and training. Angie completed the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 2006.

Curt Glaser
Executive Vice President-Senior Lender/Regional Manager

Curt graduated in 1986 from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Curt has over 30 years of banking experience, beginning as an agriculture loan officer in Hiawatha, Kansas. Curt then moved to McPherson for several years as a loan officer before joining First Bank Kansas in Ellsworth in 1992. He has held a variety of bank positions, most currently serving as the bank’s Senior Lender and Regional Manager.

Ryan Commerford
Chief Financial Officer

Ryan graduated from Kansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He also earned a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2013. Ryan has nearly 20 years of experience in the banking industry, with 14 of those years in Finance and Accounting. Ryan joined First Bank Kansas as CFO in 2016.

Board of Directors:

Kent Buer
Dr. Ken Guest
Clayton Huseman
Stephanie Klingzell-Carlin
Dr. Lewis J. LaPierre Jr.
Steve Michel
Julie Sager-Miller
Jacob Sands
John C (Chris) Short
Mark Sutherland
Michael Sutherland
Paige Sutherland

Advisory Director:

Matthew Sutherland

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