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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

50 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Wendell Bontrager

48 2017 President, Director

Gregory Kossover

54 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Director

Jennifer Johnson

53 2012 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Rolando Mayans

66 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Patrick Harbert

43 2003 Executive Vice President and Community Markets President

Julie Huber

47 2003 Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Ann Main

58 2016 Executive Vice President and Ozark Mountain Region President

Elizabeth Money

48 2010 Executive Vice President and Retail Director

Dan Bowers

59 2016 Director

Randee Koger

55 2003 Director

Jerry Maland

67 2016 Director

Gary Allerheiligen

69 2014 Independent Director

James Berglund

82 2007 Independent Director

Jeffrey Bloomer

59 2014 Independent Director

Roger Buller

69 2006 Independent Director

Michael Downing

54 2008 Independent Director

Peter Eck

68 2003 Independent Director

Gregory Gaeddert

55 2007 Independent Director

Shawn Penner

47 2003 Independent Director

Harvey Sorensen

69 2003 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Brad Elliott

Mr. Brad S. Elliott serves as a Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the company. He is our founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also serves as Chairman, President 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.

Wendell Bontrager

Mr. Wendell L. Bontrager serves as a President, Director of the company. He joins 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.

Gregory Kossover

Mr. Gregory H. Kossover serves as a Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Director of the company. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and as Executive Vice President of Equity Bank since October 2013. 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.

Jennifer Johnson

Ms. Jennifer Ann Johnson serves as an Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Information Officer 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.

Rolando Mayans

Mr. Rolando Mayans serves as an Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of the company. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Mayans has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Equity Bank since 2013. 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.

Patrick Harbert

Mr. Patrick J. Harbert serves as an Executive Vice President and Community Markets President of the company.He has served as Executive Vice President and Community Markets President of Equity Bank since 2003. 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.

Julie Huber

Ms. Julie A. Huber serves as an Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer 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.

Ann Main

Ms. Ann B. Main serves as an Executive Vice President and Ozark Mountain Region President of Equity Bank since the closing of the Community First Bancshares, Inc. merger in November 2016. Prior to joining Equity Bank, Ms. Main served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Community First Bank and Chief Financial Officer of Community First Bancshares, Inc. where she was employed since 2002. Her prior experience includes 22 years with Bank of America and predecessors with her most recent position being Arkansas North Regional Retail Executive. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. She has also successfully completed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant exam (inactive).

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 has served as Executive Vice President and Retail Director of Equity Bank since 2010. 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.

Dan Bowers

Randee Koger

Ms. Randee R. Koger serves as a Director of the company. Ms. Koger has served as a member of our Board since 2003. Ms. Koger is currently a partner with the law firm of Wise & Reber, L.C. where she has practiced since 1991. Ms. Koger is a certified public accountant (currently inactive) and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa College of Law. She has served on numerous civic and charitable boards and is the past president of the Tax Section of the Kansas Bar Association, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and United Way of McPherson County. Ms. Koger brings legal, accounting and tax experience to the Board, providing oversight to our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.

Jerry Maland

Gary Allerheiligen

Mr. Gary C. Allerheiligen serves as an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Allerheiligen has served as a member of our Board since 2014. 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 (“KSPCA”) and has served as the KSPCA’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. 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 has served as a member of our Board since 2007. 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 served as a member of our Board since 2014. 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 boards of Dunn Plastics, 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.

Roger Buller

Mr. Roger A. Buller serves as an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Buller has served as a member of our Board since 2006. Mr. Buller has served as a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., a financial advisory firm, since 2010. Prior to 2010, Mr. Buller served as Senior Vice President of A.G. Edwards and after the firm was acquired, Wachovia Securities and Wells Fargo Advisors. He also served on the board of A.G. Edwards’ brokerage subsidiary. Mr. Buller is a graduate of Wichita State University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Mr. Buller provides excellent wealth management experience and enterprise and operational risk management skills to our Board.

Michael Downing

Mr. Michael R. Downing serves as an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Downing has served as a member of our Board since 2008. Mr. Downing was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Ellis State Bank from 1989 until the Company’s acquisition of Ellis State Bank in 2008. From 2008 until his retirement in 2012, he served as Western Kansas Market President for Equity Bank. He is currently involved in real estate sales, development and investment projects. At the appointment of the Governor of Kansas, he served two terms on the board of the Office of the State Bank Commissioner of Kansas. Prior to joining Ellis State Bank, Mr. Downing was a Field Examiner for the Office of the State Bank Commissioner from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Downing graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Mr. Downing adds significant financial services industry expertise relevant to our community banking and commercial lending businesses. His leadership experience with a financial services company is important to the oversight of our business model.

Peter Eck

Mr. Peter John Eck serves as an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Eck has served as a member of our Board since 2003. Mr. Eck is currently the owner of AGV Corp., an upstream oil and gas company, and Eck Agency, Inc., a property and casualty insurance company. Mr. Eck is also an owner of Auto Finance Corp. and an investor in numerous other entrepreneurial enterprises. He has served on the School Board, City Council, and Hospital Board in Attica, Kansas. He graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. His experience and qualifications provide sound leadership to the Board. In addition, Mr. Eck brings strong accounting, oil and gas expertise, insurance and financial skills important to the oversight of our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.

Gregory Gaeddert

Mr. Gregory L. Gaeddert serves as an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Gaeddert has served as a member of our Board since 2007. 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.

Shawn Penner

Mr. Shawn D. Penner serves as an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Penner has served as a member of our Board since 2003. 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. 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 serves as an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Sorensen has served as a member of our Board since 2003. 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 Theater 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.