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Equity Bancshares Inc (EQBK.OQ)

EQBK.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Brad Elliott

52 2018 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Gregory Kossover

56 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Director

Craig Anderson

56 2018 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Jennifer Johnson

55 2017 Chief Operations Officer, Executive Vice President

John Blakeney

69 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Rolando Mayans

68 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Julie Huber

49 2017 Executive Vice President - Strategic Initiatives, Secretary

Patrick Harbert

45 2003 Executive Vice President and Community Markets President

Craig Mayo

56 2018 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

Gaylyn McGregor

50 Executive Vice President, Trust and Wealth Management

Brett Reber

59 2018 General Counsel

Gary Allerheiligen

71 2014 Independent Director

James Berglund

84 2007 Independent Director

Jeffrey Bloomer

61 2014 Independent Director

Gregory Gaeddert

57 2007 Independent Director

Jerry Maland

69 2016 Independent Director

Shawn Penner

49 2003 Independent Director

Harvey Sorensen

71 2003 Independent Director

John Hanley

2018 Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing

Biographies

Name Description

Brad Elliott

Mr. Brad S. Elliott is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Bank. Before founding the Company in 2002, Mr. Elliott served as Director of Marketing at Koch Industries, Inc., a privately-held multinational corporation. Prior to joining Koch Industries, Inc., he served as a Regional President at Sunflower Bank, a community bank with locations throughout Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. Prior to joining Sunflower Bank, Mr. Elliott was employed in various capacities by Home State Bank and Trust for six years following graduation from McPherson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management. Mr. Elliott is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He has served on the board of directors for the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wichita State University Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, PCS Advisory Board, Via Christi Health, and the Kansas Bankers Association. Mr. Elliott adds financial services experience, especially lending, asset and liability management to the Board, as well as a deep understanding of the Company’s business and operations. Mr. Elliott also brings risk and operations management and strategic planning expertise to the Board, skills that are important as we continue to implement our business strategy and acquire and integrate growth opportunities.

Gregory Kossover

Mr. Gregory H. Kossover is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Director of the company. He has served as a member of our Board since December 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kossover served as President of Physicians Development Group, a builder and manager of senior living facilities in the Wichita, Kansas metropolitan area, from 2012 to 2013. From 2004 to 2011 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Value Place, LLC, one of the largest economy extended stay lodging franchises in the United States. Mr. Kossover previously served as Treasurer of Western Financial Corporation, a publicly-held thrift holding company. Mr. Kossover graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and has successfully completed the Uniform Certified Public Accountants exam. Mr. Kossover’s leadership and financial experience provide important oversight of our financial reporting and enterprise and operational risk management to the Board.

Craig Anderson

Mr. Craig L. Anderson is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President joined the Company in 2018. Previously, Mr. Anderson served as President, Commercial Banking – Eastern Region for UMB beginning in 2017, overseeing commercial banking divisions in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Illinois. Mr. Anderson managed national specialty lending businesses and developed products and strategies for specialty agribusiness, health care and aviation lines. Prior to this, he served as President, Commercial Banking beginning in 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri and President, Regional Banking in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Anderson also served as Chairman and CEO of UMB National Bank of America in Salina, Kansas from 2001 through 2009, operating out of Wichita. Mr. Anderson is an alumnus of the University of Colorado – Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado and a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He has been involved in numerous community involvement efforts, including the Greater Kansas City and Mile High United Way chapters, service on the executive committee of YPO Gold, and has served as a board member and held key leadership positions with Music Theater of Wichita, Junior Achievement of Wichita, and Arts Partners of Wichita.

Jennifer Johnson

Ms. Jennifer Ann Johnson is Chief Operations Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Ms. Johnson has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Information Officer of Equity Bank since January 2012. Ms. Johnson previously served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Information Officer of Sunflower Bank where she was employed for twenty-seven years. She graduated from Benedictine College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Kansas Wesleyan University. Ms. Johnson was honored as the 2007 Women of Achievement in Business and Industry and Kansas State University Alumni Fellow for the College of Technology. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

John Blakeney

Mr. John M. Blakeney is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Mr. Blakeney joined the Company in August 2017 and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, overseeing all technology supporting Equity Bank. Before joining the Company, he was with CoreFirst Bank & Trust where he joined as Chief Information Officer in 2012 and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in 2014. Before CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Mr. Blakeney worked as an independent contractor for two years, as Chief Information Officer for Commerce Bank of Kansas City, Missouri for six years, and as Chief Information Officer of the telecommunications company, INFOnxx for five years. He graduated from Union College with an Associate of Science degree in Chemistry and Kean University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Science. Mr. Blakeney is also a graduate the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Master of Business Administration. He is a co-inventor on seventeen technical and business process patents.

Rolando Mayans

Mr. Rolando Mayans serves as an Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of the company. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Mayans served as Chief Lending Officer for First National Bank of Hutchinson in Hutchinson, Kansas. He previously served as Chief Credit Officer of Equity Bank from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Mayans previously served as Chief Auditor for Fourth Financial Corporation and Bank IV and was instrumental in leading their due diligence efforts in connection with acquisitions. Mr. Mayans earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Accounting from Wichita State University. He is also a certified public accountant.

Julie Huber

Ms. Julie A. Huber serves as an Executive Vice President - Strategic Initiatives, Secretary of the company. Ms. Huber joined Equity Bank in 2003 and has served in a variety of leadership roles for Equity Bank over a period of sixteen years, including overseeing our operations, human resources, compliance functions, and sales and training, and has managed the integration process for each community bank we have acquired. Ms. Huber served as President of Signature Bank following our acquisition of Signature Bank in 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Huber most recently served as the executive of Sunflower Bank responsible for the retail, operational, compliance and security functions. Ms. Huber graduated from McPherson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and History, received her Master of Business Administration from Baker University in 2014 and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Bank Leaders of Kansas. Ms. Huber currently serves as President of the Andover Advantage Foundation in Andover, Kansas and is a Business Plan Advisor with Youth Entrepreneurs.

Patrick Harbert

Mr. Patrick J. Harbert is Executive Vice President and Community Markets President of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, he was the Dodge City Market President for Sunflower Bank from June 1998 to August 2003. He graduated from Friends University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, and he is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and the Bank Leaders of Kansas, which is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association. Mr. Harbert was elected to the Kansas Bankers Association Board of Directors in 2014 to serve a three year term.

Craig Mayo

Mr. Craig P. Mayo is Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of the company. Mr. Mayo joined the Company in March 2018. Mr. Mayo served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Investors Community Bank beginning in 2014, overseeing the bank’s overall credit quality and played a key role in helping the bank grow from two branches and $757 million of assets in 2013 to four branches and $1.4 billion of assets in 2017. Prior to joining Investors Community Bank in 2011, Mr. Mayo served as a Vice President and Special Loans Officer with Citizens Bank in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mr. Mayo has spent more than thirty years in the financial industry, including roles in mortgage origination and commercial lending as well as credit analyst, loan review officer, and special assets. Mr. Mayo began his banking career with Northfield Savings Bank in 1984. Mr. Mayo graduated from the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking in 2016, and the Agricultural Lending School at the School of Banking in Topeka, Kansas, and he is an alumnus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

Gaylyn McGregor

Ms. Gaylyn K. McGregor is Executive Vice President, Trust and Wealth Management of the company. Ms. McGregor serves as Executive Vice President for the Company and is currently the Director of Trust and Wealth Management for Equity Bank, overseeing the vision and execution of the investment, fiduciary, financial planning and private banking sectors of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, she held a similar role for Commerce Trust Company in its Kansas region. As an accomplished relationship manager and financial professional, Ms. McGregor has also served on several community boards and committees, including the Wichita Zoological Society, Junior League of Wichita, Mark Arts, Habitat for Humanity, Music Theater of Wichita and the American Heart Association. Ms. McGregor graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Brett Reber

Mr. Brett A. Reber is General Counsel of the company. Mr. Reber joined the Company in October 2018 and serves as General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company, he practiced for 30 years with Wise & Reber, L.C., a full-service commercial and civil law firm in McPherson Kansas, as the firm’s managing member. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors in General Studies Degree and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Following law school, Mr. Reber served as a law clerk to the United States District Court Judge Thomas R. Brett in the Northern District of Oklahoma. He has been active in bar association activities and has served as the President of the Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. He is a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation, and is a member of the American, Kansas, and Oklahoma bar associations, and the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Reber is active in state and local community affairs. He is a trustee of the Julia J. Mingenback Foundation and Director of the McPherson Industrial Development Company.

Gary Allerheiligen

Mr. Gary C. Allerheiligen serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Allerheiligen was a partner at Grant Thornton LLP from 1987 to his retirement in 2010, where he most recently served as a managing partner. Mr. Allerheiligen is a certified public accountant and is the past Chairman of the Board of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (“KSCPA”) and has served as the KSCPA’s elected member to the governing council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Orpheum Center for the Performing Arts and Forward Wichita, Inc. He is a former member of the School of Business Advisory Board at Emporia State University. Mr. Allerheiligen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Emporia State University. Mr. Allerheiligen’s experience and qualifications provide sound leadership to the board of Directors. In addition, as a certified public accountant, Mr. Allerheiligen brings extensive accounting, management, strategic planning and financial skills important to the oversight of our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.

James Berglund

Mr. James L. Berglund serves as an Independent Director of the Company. He worked for Sunflower Bank for thirty-five (35) years, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for twenty of those years. Since his retirement from Sunflower Bank in 2005, Mr. Berglund has served as lending consultant and on the board of directors of the State Bank of Osborne, Kansas. Mr. Berglund holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas. Mr. Berglund’s extensive banking experience and knowledge of the Kansas banking industry qualify him to serve on our Board.

Jeffrey Bloomer

Mr. Jeffrey A. Bloomer serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Since 2008, Mr. Bloomer has worked for Sunrise Oilfield Supply and is currently its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to 2008, Mr. Bloomer was Chief Operating Officer of Leslie Rudd Investment Company. Before joining Leslie Rudd Investment Company, he was Chief Executive Officer of IFR Systems, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company. Mr. Bloomer serves on the board of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association and as a trustee of the Sedgwick County Zoo. He graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Mr. Bloomer’s leadership experience of a NASDAQ listed company and diversified business experience qualifies him to serve on our Board.

Gregory Gaeddert

Mr. Gregory L. Gaeddert serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Gaeddert has served as Managing Partner of B12 Capital Partners, LLC since 2006. Prior to co-founding B12 Capital Partners, LLC in 2006, Mr. Gaeddert was employed in various capacities by Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and its affiliates, including serving as Kansas City officer manager for its private equity arm, Capital For Business, Inc. He also served in various management roles for Commerce Bank in Wichita and Kansas City, including serving as Executive Vice President and Commercial Group Manager, Executive Committee and Senior Loan Committee member for the Wichita Bank. Mr. Gaeddert currently serves on the board of directors of Great Plains Ventures, Inc., IBT Industrial Solutions and several of B12 Capital Partners’ portfolio companies. Mr. Gaeddert graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Economics and Business Administration and he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas. His experience and qualifications provide sound leadership to the Board. In addition, Mr. Gaeddert brings strong investment, accounting and financial skills important to the oversight of our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.

Jerry Maland

Mr. Jerry P. Maland is Independent Director of the Company. From 2005 until the Company’s acquisition of Community First Bancshares, Inc., Mr. Maland was appointed to the Company’s Board upon the closing of the merger of the Company and Community First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Maland served as a director on the board of Community First Bancshares, Inc. since its formation in 1997, and served as Chairman of the Board for Community First Bank and Community First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Maland is the former owner of McDonald’s restaurants in Harrison, Berryville, and Eureka Springs. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Security Bank and First Commercial Corporation from 1984 until forming Community First Bank in 1997. Mr. Maland is a 1972 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. A resident of Harrison, Arkansas for more than thirty-six (36) years, Mr. Maland has been active in the Harrison community and has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the City Advertising and Promotion Committee, the Harrison Parks and Recreation Commission, Boone County United Way, Boone County Special Services, American Legion Baseball and Consolidated Youth.

Shawn Penner

Mr. Shawn D. Penner serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Penner is the owner of Shamrock Development, LLC, a real estate development firm, which he founded in 1997. He also serves as a director of First Federal of Olathe Bancorp, Inc., First Federal Savings and Loan Bank, and GPV, Inc. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Penner worked as a national bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Penner graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Master of Business of Administration degrees. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Wichita State University Alumni Association. Mr. Penner brings experience as an executive and local knowledge of our markets as well as bank regulatory and investment experience to the Board.

Harvey Sorensen

Mr. Harvey R. Sorensen is Independent Director of the company. Mr. Sorensen has been a partner of Foulston Siefkin LLP, Kansas’s largest law firm, since 1978. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, venture capital investments and tax matters. Mr. Sorensen is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, the Boston University Graduate School of Management and Beloit College. He is active in a variety of civic and charitable organizations and currently serves as Chairman of The Orpheum Theatre Board of Directors. Mr. Sorensen provides the Board with mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance experience in addition to his active involvement in many professional, civic and charitable organizations.

John Hanley