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Michael Downing

Michael R. 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 the 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.