March 10, 2017

Equity Bank announces Kelley to Focus on Treasury Management and Adds Wilburn to Commercial Loan Team

Equity Bank announces that Lori Kelley will oversee treasury management sales and business development, as well as contribute to overall strategy for the $2.1-billion bank’s Southeastern Kansas market of Coffeyville, Independence, Neodesha and Pittsburg.

Kelley has helped lead Equity Bank’s Independence market for more than 15 years. She served as Vice President and Senior Operations Officer for then-First Federal Savings & Loan in Independence, up to and through Equity Bancshares’ 2015 merger with First Independence Corporation, and the subsequent rebranding of First Federal to Equity Bank. 

Kelley will concentrate on development of Equity’s commercial customer base in Independence, and specialize in providing treasury management services for business customers – including payment solutions, account receivables, commercial deposit relationships, and money management services. Equity added treasury management and numerous commercial product offerings to its Independence and Southeastern Kansas markets following the merger. 

“We’re proud to count on Lori for her leadership and her commitment to our Southeastern Kansas customers,” said Fred Osborn, regional president of Equity Bank’s Southeastern Kansas market. “Lori is a tremendous resource for our team members and our community, and we’re pleased to have her concentrate on business development and innovative business solutions for our customers.”

Kelley will continue to be based in Independence, and has nearly 30 years of banking experience in the Independence market. She began working for First Federal in 1989 overseeing compliance before ascending to Senior Operations Officer in 2002, overseeing retail banking, product management, marketing, and operations for the four-location bank. Kelley has been involved in numerous community organizations, and is currently a board member of Junior Achievement and Friends of Riverside Park and Zoo, a past president of FORPAZ, Soroptimist International, and a previous board member and chair of Mercy Health Systems, Mercy Hospital Foundation, St. John’s Health System, and more. Kelley is the chair of the Independence Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee, a member of the City of Independence Steering Committee, and has served in numerous other community leadership positions. She is an alumnus of Kansas State University.

Equity Bank announces the hire of Ben Wilburn as Assistant Vice President and Commercial Lender in the community bank’s Harrison, Arkansas market.

Wilburn joined Equity Bank in February, based at the bank’s north Harrison location at 1304 Hwy 62/65 N. Wilburn will be part of a team responsible for commercial and ag lending, as well as business development and overall bank strategy. Wilburn joins Equity Bank after serving in credit analyst and commercial banker positions for Arvest Bank in Clarksville and Harrison. 

 “We’re pleased to add a bright, dedicated commercial loan officer to our Harrison team,” said Tommy Richardson, President of Equity Bank in Harrison. “Ben is committed to customer and community service, and is an excellent resource for ag loans and ag service, an important part of Equity Bank. He will be an asset to our local team as well as our customers.”

Wilburn is a native of Harrison and a graduate of Valley Springs. He has an M.S. in Agriculture Economics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as well as a B.S. in Agriculture Business from UA. He is involved locally with Kiwanis Club and is a member of the Boone County Fair Board.

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