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Equity Bancshares Inc (EQBK.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Brad Elliott

51 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Gregory Kossover

55 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Director

Wendell Bontrager

49 2017 Equity Bank President

Jennifer Johnson

54 2017 Chief Operations Officer, Executive Vice President

John Blakeney

68 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Rolando Mayans

67 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Julie Huber

48 2017 Executive Vice President - Strategic Initiatives, Secretary

Patrick Harbert

44 2003 Executive Vice President and Community Markets President

Elizabeth Money

49 2010 Executive Vice President and Retail Director

Gary Allerheiligen

70 2014 Independent Director

James Berglund

83 2007 Independent Director

Jeffrey Bloomer

60 2014 Independent Director

Gregory Gaeddert

56 2007 Independent Director

Jerry Maland

68 2016 Independent Director

Shawn Penner

48 2003 Independent Director

Harvey Sorensen

70 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, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He is is our founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 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 and asset 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 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.

Wendell Bontrager

Mr. Wendell L. Bontrager is Equity Bank President of the Company. Mr. Bontrager joined Equity Bank from Old National Bank where he served as Region President from 2014 to 2017. Prior to Old National Bank, Mr. Bontrager was the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Tower Bank & Trust Company from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Bontrager is a graduate of Goshen College.

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 27 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 Equity Bank after nearly five years in an executive role as Chief Operations Officer for CoreFirst Bank & Trust in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Blakeney developed several key treasury management, cash and deposit operations, and electronic processes for CoreFirst, and led software engineering and information security processes throughout his tenure at CoreFirst. Mr. Blakeney served as Chief Information Officer for Commerce Bank of Kansas City from 2004 through 2010 and Group Vice President for Summit Service Corporation from 1997 through 1999 before Summit’s merger into Wells Fargo. He also has served as an information technology consultant and outside the banking industry, worked as Chief Information Officer for a directory assistance and technology company in Pennsylvania. Mr. Blakeney has an M.B.A. from Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his B.S. from Kean University in Union, N.J.

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. She serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Equity Bank. Ms. Huber joined Equity Bank in 2003 and has served in a variety of leadership roles for Equity Bank over a period of twelve 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. Harbert was elected to the Kansas Bankers Association Board of Directors in 2014 to serve a three year term.

Elizabeth Money

Ms. Elizabeth A. Money serves as an Executive Vice President and Retail Director of the Company. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Money served as a consultant to the FDIC for SolomonEdwards Group, a privately held, national professional services firm focused on strategy execution. Before joining SolomonEdwards Group, Ms. Money was Vice President, District Manager for U.S. Bank in Kansas City, where she oversaw 16 U.S. Bank locations in the Kansas City metropolitan area and over 150 employees for nearly 10 years. She was also employed by U.S. Bank for nine years in various retail banking roles in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area. She is a 2014 graduate of Banking Leadership Missouri, a program of the Missouri Banker’s Association. Ms. Money graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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 is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Emporia State University Foundation. 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. 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 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.

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.

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 served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Community First Bancshares, Inc. and its subsidiary bank, Community First Bank. Prior to joining Community First Bank, Mr. Maland owned and operated multiple McDonald’s franchises. Mr. Maland currently serves on the board of directors of several local charitable organizations in Harrison, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Luther College and holds a Bachelor of Science. Mr. Maland has significant experience in the banking industry in the North Arkansas market area, which is important to the Board’s oversight and the Company’s integration of this market.

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 Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Wichita State University Alumni Association.

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