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Steven Michel, Chairman of the Board, 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, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from Kansas State University and earned a Graduate School of Banking diploma from the University of Wisconsin in 1996. Kent started his financial career as a Financial Examiner with the State of Kansas Banking Department in 1985. He joined First Bank Kansas in 1999 as the Senior Vice President of Lending.  


Angela Eilrich, Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer, 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/Regional Manager, graduated in 1986 from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Curt has over 20 years of banking experience beginning as an agriculture loan officer in Hiawatha, Kansas. Curt then moved to McPherson as a loan officer and has been in Ellsworth as the Branch Manager since 1992.  


Ryan Peschka, Chief Financial Officer, graduated in 2003 from the University of Kansas with a degree in Economics and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas in 2008. Ryan has more than six years of banking experience including four with First Bank Kansas.  



Board of Directors:

Kent Buer
Dr. Ken Guest
Virgil Huseman
Dr. Lewis J. LaPierre Jr.
Steve Michel
Julie Sager-Miller
Jacob Sands
John C (Chris) Short
Mark Sutherland
Michael Sutherland
Rick Williamson

Advisory Directors:

Matthew Sutherland

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