At First Bank Kansas, we are “Small enough to know you by name, and large enough to
provide the services and products you want.” First Bank Kansas is proud to have an executive
leadership team who understands that giving exceptional service to our customers is the key
to our success. Each member of the leadership team brings a unique background and set of
skills and experiences and their share commitment to excellence sets the standard at
First Bank Kansas.
We take pride in being family owned and locally managed, which gives us the competitive advantage to easily adapt to the needs of our customers! Having the flexibility to make local decisions based on the customer’s needs has given us our long standing reputation for exceptional customer service.
First Bank Kansas is proud to join our friends and neighbors in building stronger and more vital communities. We actively support many local non-profit organizations in our communities as well as funding education programs, supporting local universities, and lending a hand to charitable and faith-based organizations.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kent has been with First Bank Kansas for 20 years and he loves to work with the team he has helped to build including the officers, department heads and branch managers. Kent is also involved in strategic planning, business development, corporate culture, talent retention and acquisition and is heavily involved in the Salina community and in the region.
His passion is helping to create and nurture a corporate personality (culture) that is hungry, humble and smart, where colleagues thrive and which results in customers who are delighted. Communication is very important but is also a challenge with different generations working together across several communities. The payoff is seeing younger teammates grow with the organization along with the building of relationships with customers who enjoy First Bank Kansas’ genuine approach to throw back customer service that strives to deliver an exceptional experience.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Angela Eilrich (Angie) 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. Today as Chief Operations Officer, she oversees various departments including retail banking, commercial banking, deposit operations, vendor management and human resources. Angie completed the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 2006. Her primary goal is to develop competent and professional employees that can sustain the bank for years to come! Angie especially enjoys Project Management because she loves to organize and help the team succeed.
When not at First Bank Kansas, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, working on church projects, traveling and spending time with their large and very close extended family. One thing you won’t find her doing is spending much time in the outdoors; she’s a city girl who thinks “no room service” is roughing it!
Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer
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 before moving to McPherson for several years as a loan officer. Curt joined First Bank Kansas in Ellsworth in 1992 and has held a variety of positions within the bank. Curt currently serves as the Chief Lending Officer and heads up Business Development.
First Bank Kansas has earned Bauer Financial’s 5-Star Superior rating for financial strength and security. This rating recognizes First Bank Kansas as one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation. As a 5-Star Bank, First Bank Kansas is included on Bauer Financial’s Recommended Bank Report with other institutions classified as financially sound and operating well above their regulatory requirements.
Bauer Financial, Inc., based in Coral Gables, Florida, has been analyzing and rating the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a ranking. Over the years, this rating system has gained the trust and recognition of regulators, bankers, and consumers.
John C (Chris) Short