Congrats to managers in Clinton, Warsaw, DeSoto, Lee’s Summit

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Mary Burke

Branch Manager, Warsaw

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Kim Carter

Branch Manager, Clinton

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Levon Kassabian

Manager, DeSoto

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Brandy Ballance

Manager, Lee's Summit Downtown

WICHITA, Kansas (August 15, 2013) – We're pleased to announce the promotion of two longtime local branch managers, a new branch manager in a new location, and the addition of a new customer service manager in downtown Lee's Summit.

Mary Burke, Warsaw

Mary Burke was named Branch Manager of our two Warsaw branch locations at 100 E. Main and 1601 Commercial Drive. Burke previously served as customer service manager in Warsaw.

Burke joined us as customer service manager in 2001 and played a key role in the establishment of First Community Bank in Warsaw as well as integration with Equity Bank. Burke has spent 25 years in the banking industry. She is a native of Benton County and attended Missouri Valley College. Prior to joining Equity Bank and First Community Bank, she spent 11 years working for UMB in Benton County and began her banking career in Sedalia as a teller for First State Savings.

Kim Carter, Clinton

Kim Carter earned a promotion to Branch Manager of our 615 E. Ohio location in Clinton, Mo. Carter previously served as customer service manager for the facility.

A native of the Clinton area, Carter joined us as customer service manager in 2005. As branch managers, Carter and Burke will be in charge of local customer service, personnel, operations, and will play a key role in strategic development and business development in their respective communities.

Carter grew up in Montrose, Mo. and earned her B.S. from Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. She's a 17-year veteran of the financial industry, having started her career with Great Southern Bank in Springfield prior to moving back to the Clinton area. She currently has her sales licenses for life insurance as well as Series 6, Series 63, Series 7, and Series 24 securities licenses.

Levon Kassabian, DeSoto

Levon Kassabian has been promoted to branch manager of Equity Bank's DeSoto office in its Kansas City market. Kassabian previously served as personal banker for Equity Bank in Spring Hill.

Kassabian began work in DeSoto in late July. As branch manager, he will oversee operations, personnel and contribute to local strategy in DeSoto and Kansas City. Prior to joining Equity Bank, Kassabian served as personal banker and CSR for US Bank and First National Bank in Overland Park, Kansas.

Brandy Ballance, Lee's Summit Downtown

Brandy Ballance has joined Equity Bank as customer service manager of the bank's downtown Lee's Summit office. Balance will oversee daily operations and teller and CSR staff. Balance will also contribute to sales, strategy and business development.

Ballance has nearly ten years' experience in retail banking and customer service, most recently as branch manager for Allsouth Federal in Columbia, South Carolina. A native of Missouri, she also served in supervisor roles for Allen Bank in Harrisonville and American Sterling Bank in Sugar Creek. Ballance began her duties with Equity Bank on July 29.

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