Our Mission & History

Our Mission

Build the most attractive commercial banking franchise in our region from the perspective and positive experience of our customers, our shareholders, our associates and our peers.

Our History

2002

Equity Bancshares, Inc. is formed by Brad S. Elliott, current Chairman/CEO.

2003

Equity Bancshares purchases the National Bank of Andover.

2004

National Bank of Andover changes name to Equity Bank.

2005

Equity Bancshares purchases two Wichita branches of Hillcrest Bank.

2006

Equity Bancshares opens a loan production office in Lee's Summit, Missouri and later purchases a state charter to allow the bank to operate a full service branch in Missouri.

2007

Equity Bancshares merges with Signature Bancshares, Inc. and two of Signature's branches located in the Kansas City metro area begin operating under the Equity Bank banner.

2008

Equity Bancshares acquires Ellis State Bank, adding locations in Hays and Ellis, Kansas. Opens new retail branch in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

2009

Equity Bank opens Kansas City Commercial Loan headquarters in Overland Park, KS (107th & Roe) in February and opens a new retail branch in Overland Park, KS (151st Street) in March.

2011

Equity Bank welcomes customers with the completion of the acquisition of four Topeka locations from Citizens Bank & Trust.

2012

Equity Bancshares acquires First Community Bancshares of Lee’s Summit, Mo., creating a $1.1-billion institution with nearly 30 Equity Bank branches.