Board of Directors

  • Brad Elliott
    Chairman & CEO, Equity Bancshares, Inc.

    Brad S. Elliott is our founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Bank. Before founding the Company, Mr. Elliott served as Director of Marketing at Koch Industries, Inc., a privately-held multinational corporation. Prior to joining Koch Industries, Inc., he served as a Regional President at Sunflower Bank, a community bank with locations throughout Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. Prior to joining Sunflower Bank, Mr. Elliott was employed in various capacities by Home State Bank and Trust for six years following graduation from McPherson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management. Mr. Elliott is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He has served on the board of directors for the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Wichita State University Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, PCS Advisory Board, Via Christi Health, and the Kansas Bankers Association. Mr. Elliott adds financial services experience, especially lending and asset liability management to the board of directors, as well as a deep understanding of the Company’s business and operations. Mr. Elliott also brings risk and operations management and strategic planning expertise to the board of directors, skills that are important as we continue to implement our business strategy and acquire and integrate growth opportunities.
  • Gary Allerheiligen
    Director

    Gary C. Allerheiligen has served as a member of our board since 2014. Mr. Allerheiligen was a partner at Grant Thornton LLP from 1987 to his retirement in 2010, where he most recently served as a managing partner. Mr. Allerheiligen is a certified public accountant and is the past Chairman of the Board of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (“KSPCA”) and has served as the KSPCA’s elected member to the governing council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Orpheum Center for the Performing Arts and Forward Wichita, Inc. He is a former member of the School of Business Advisory Board at Emporia State University. Mr. Allerheiligen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Emporia State University. Mr. Allerheiligen’s experience and qualifications provide sound leadership to the board of Directors. In addition, as a certified public accountant, Mr. Allerheiligen brings extensive accounting, management, strategic planning and financial skills important to the oversight of our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.
  • Jim Berglund
    Director

    James Berglund has served as a member of our board since 2007. He worked for Sunflower Bank for 35 years, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for twenty of those years. Since his retirement from Sunflower Bank in 2005, Mr. Berglund has served as lending consultant and on the board of directors of the State Bank of Osborne, Kansas. Mr. Berglund holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas. Mr. Berglund’s extensive banking experience and knowledge of the Kansas banking industry qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
  • Jeff Bloomer
    Director

    Jeff Bloomer has served as a member of our board since 2014. Since 2008, Mr. Bloomer has worked for Sunrise Oilfield Supply and is currently its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to 2008, Mr. Bloomer was Chief Operating Officer of Leslie Rudd Investment Company. Before joining Leslie Rudd Investment Company, he was Chief Executive Officer of IFR Systems, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company. Mr. Bloomer serves on the boards of Dunn Plastics, the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association and as a trustee of the Sedgwick County Zoo. He graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. Mr. Bloomer’s leadership experience of a NASDAQ listed company and diversified business experience qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
  • Dan R. Bowers
    Director

    Dan R. Bowers was appointed to Equity’s Board of Directors upon the closing of the merger. Mr. Bowers served as a director on the board of Community First Bank since its formation in 1997 and served as a director, secretary and vice-chairman of Community First Bank and Community. Mr. Bowers is a licensed attorney and has practiced law in Harrison, Arkansas for more than 30 years. He received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1982 from the University of Arkansas. He has also served on the board of directors of Signature Bank of Arkansas and its parent holding company, White River Bancshares, since 2010. Mr. Bowers is active in his community and currently serves on the board of directors of the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. He has previously served on the boards of the North Arkansas College Foundation, Hillcrest Home Administrative Board and the Arkansas Baptist Foundation.
  • Roger Buller
    Director

    Roger A. Buller has served as a member of our board since 2006. Mr. Buller has served as a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., a financial advisory firm, since 2010. Prior to 2010, Mr. Buller served as Senior Vice President of A.G. Edwards and after the firm was acquired, Wachovia Securities and Wells Fargo Advisors. He also served on the board of A.G. Edwards brokerage subsidiary. Mr. Buller is a graduate of Wichita State University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Mr. Buller provides excellent wealth management experience and enterprise and operational risk management skills to our board of directors.
  • Michael Downing
    Director

    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.
  • John Eck
    Director

    P. John Eck has served as a member of our board since 2003. Mr. Eck is currently the owner of AGV Corp., an upstream oil and gas company, and Eck Agency, Inc., a property and casualty insurance company. Mr. Eck is also an owner of Auto Finance Corp. and an investor in numerous other entrepreneurial enterprises. He has served on the School Board, City Council, and Hospital Board in Attica Kansas. He graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business. His experience and qualifications provide sound leadership to the board of directors. In addition, Mr. Eck brings strong accounting, oil and gas expertise, insurance and financial skills important to the oversight of our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.
  • Greg Gaeddert
    Director

    Gregory L. Gaeddert has served as a member of our board since 2007. Mr. Gaeddert has served as Managing Partner of B12 Capital Partners, LLC since 2006. Prior to co-founding B12 Capital Partners, LLC in 2006, Mr. Gaeddert was employed in various capacities by Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and its affiliates, including serving as Kansas City officer manager for its private equity arm, Capital For Business, Inc. He also served in various management roles for Commerce Bank in Wichita and Kansas City, including serving as Executive Vice President and Commercial Group Manager, Executive Committee and Senior Loan Committee member for the Wichita Bank. Mr. Gaeddert currently serves on the board of directors of Great Plans Ventures, Inc., IBT Industrial Solutions and several of B12 Capital Partners’ portfolio companies. Mr. Gaeddert graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Economics and Business Administration and he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas. His experience and qualifications provide sound leadership to the board of directors. In addition, Mr. Gaeddert brings strong investment, accounting and financial skills important to the oversight of our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.
  • Michael High
    Director

    Michael B. High has served as a member of our board since 2011. Mr. High has served as a Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, L.P., a private equity firm focused on investing in community banks, thrifts and financial service related companies throughout the United States, since 2009. Prior to joining Patriot Financial Partners L.P., he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Harleysville National Corporation from 2005 through 2008 and as its Chief Financial Officer during 2004. He began his career in the Philadelphia office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). Mr. High graduated from the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. In addition, he is a certified public accountant (currently inactive). Mr. High’s service as a banking executive and investment, accounting and financial skills adds administration and operational management experiences, as well as corporate governance expertise to the board of directors.
  • Randee Koger
    Director

    Randee Koger has served as a member of our board since 2003. Ms. Koger is currently a partner with the law firm of Wise & Reber, L.C. where she has practiced since 1991. Ms. Koger is a certified public accountant (currently inactive) and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa College of Law. She has served on numerous civic and charitable boards and is the past president of the Tax Section of the Kansas Bar Association, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and United Way of McPherson County. Ms Koger brings legal, accounting and tax experience to the board of directors providing oversight to our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management.
  • Greg Kossover
    Director

    Gregory H. Kossover has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and as Executive Vice President of Equity Bank since October 2013. He has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kossover served as President of Physicians Development Group, a builder and manager of senior living facilities in the Wichita, Kansas metropolitan area, from 2012 to 2013. From 2004 to 2011 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Value Place, LLC, one of the largest economy extended stay lodging franchises in the United States. Mr. Kossover previously served as Treasurer of Western Financial Corporation, a publicly-held thrift holding company. Mr. Kossover graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and has successfully completed the Uniform Certified Public Accountants exam. Mr. Kossover’s leadership and financial experience provide important oversight of our financial reporting and enterprise and operational risk management to the board of directors.
  • Jerry P. Maland
    Director

    Jerry P. Maland was appointed to Equity Bancshares’ Board upon the closing of the merger of Equity and Community First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Maland served as a director on the board of Community First Bancshares since its formation in 1997, and served as Chairman of the Board for Community First Bank and Community. Mr. Maland is the former owner of McDonald’s restaurants in Harrison, Berryville, and Eureka Springs. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Security Bank and First Commercial Corporation from 1984 until forming Community First Bank in 1997. Mr. Maland is a 1972 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. A resident of Harrison, Arkansas for more than 36 years, Mr. Maland has been active in the Harrison community and has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the City Advertising and Promotion Committee, the Harrison Parks and Recreation Commission, Boone County United Way, Boone County Special Services, American Legion Baseball and Consolidated Youth.
  • Shawn Penner
    Director

    Shawn D. Penner has served as a member of our board since 2003. Mr. Penner is the owner of Shamrock Development, LLC, a real estate development firm, which he founded in 1997. He also serves as a director of First Federal of Olathe Bancorp, Inc., First Federal Savings and Loan Bank, and GPV, Inc. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Penner worked as a national bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Penner graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Master of Business of Administration degrees. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Wichita State University Alumni Association. Mr. Penner brings experience as an executive and local knowledge of our markets as well as bank regulatory and investment experience to the board of directors.
  • Harvey Sorensen
    Director

    Harvey R. Sorensen has served as a member of our board since 2003. Mr. Sorensen has been a partner of Foulston Siefkin LLP, Kansas’s largest law firm, since 1975. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, venture capital investments and tax matters. Mr. Sorensen is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, the Boston University Graduate School of Management and Beloit College. He is active in a variety of civic and charitable organizations and currently serves as Chairman of The Orpheum Theater Board of Directors. Mr. Sorensen provides the board of directors with mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance experience in addition to his active involvement in many professional, civil and charitable organizations.