Equity Bank Adds Chief Information Officer and Treasury Management Director

John Blakeney and Michael Mange bolster Equity’s leadership teams.

WICHITA, Kansas – Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK), (“Equity”, “we”, “us”, “our”, or “the Company”), the Wichita-based holding company of Equity Bank, announced the hire of John Blakeney as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Equity Bank, and the hire of Michael Mange as Senior Vice President and Director of Treasury Management of Equity Bank. 

Mr. Blakeney will be based in Equity’s corporate headquarters at 7701 East Kellogg, and will oversee information technology, systems support, and project management throughout Equity’s footprint across Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. Jennifer Johnson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer will continue to manage deposit operations, systems conversions, customer care and electronic services for the Company. Ms. Johnson and Mr. Blakeney will each play key roles in defining and delivering Equity’s digital strategy. Mr. Blakeney will serve on the Company’s strategic leadership team.

Mr. Blakeney joins Equity 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.

Equity also announced the hire of Michael Mange as Senior Vice President and Director of Treasury Management. Mr. Mange will be based in Kansas City, Missouri and will oversee sales and development for Equity’s treasury management product suite, which includes business deposit account services, merchant services, and receivable, payable, and online business services. Mr. Mange will manage a team of treasury sales professionals throughout the Equity Bank footprint. 

Mr. Mange joins Equity after 15 years in sales and service roles for American Express, including client development for Global Commercial Payments, market development for Merchant Services, and Global Account Development for Corporate Services, managing three of the largest corporate client relationships in the American Express portfolio. Prior to American Express, Mr. Mange worked in sales and marketing roles with Sprint. He also is active in the community, serving as Co-Chairman for UNICO National Kansas City, providing scholarships for local Kansas City youth, and co-founded the Sam J. Pisciotta Foundation in 1997.

Brad Elliott, Chairman and CEO of Equity, said, “We’re eager to welcome dynamic and innovative leaders like John and Michael to our team. As we continue to grow organically and through strategic combination, it’s important for us to have talented individuals who will help strategically and functionally to support a growing company that serves three states through 37 branches. With the July announcement of our entry into Oklahoma, these individuals help us place even more emphasis on delivering our products and services.”

Wendell Bontrager, President of Equity Bank, said, “It’s important for Equity to continue to innovate, both in process supporting our mergers and combinations, as well as in delivery solutions and security enhancements for our customers. John will work in tandem with Jennifer Johnson to ensure we’re on the leading edge of technologies and services that impact our customers. Michael joins a talented and dedicated sales and service team that’s committed to providing unique, secure, and robust products for our business customers.”

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