Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To read more about any of the committees, click on committee names in the chart below.
Chairperson Chairperson Committee Member Member
 Audit CommitteeCompensation CommitteeCorporate Governance CommitteeCredit CommitteeRisk Committee
Gary Allerheiligen 
Gary Allerheiligen

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... 
Committee Member Chairperson    
Jim Berglund 
Jim Berglund

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... 
Chairperson    Committee Member  
Jeff Bloomer 
Jeff Bloomer

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... 
  Committee Member    
Wendell Bontrager 
Wendell Bontrager

Wendell Bontrager joined Equity Bank as President in February 2017. Mr. Bontrager served as Executive Vice President for Tower Bank & Trust Company (“Tower”), headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was employed from March 1999 through Tower’s merger into Old National Bancorp on April 25, 2014. Bontrager served as Chief Lending Officer beginning in 2008, and chair of the Board’s Loan & Investment Committee. He oversaw Tower’s transition from Tower Bank to Old National Bank in 2014, and led Old ... 
Dan R. Bowers 
Dan R. Bowers

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 Arkan... 
Roger Buller 
Roger Buller

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 ... 
     Committee Member
Michael Downing 
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... 
     Committee Member
John Eck 
John Eck

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. Hi... 
   Committee Member   
Brad Elliott 
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, M... 
   Committee Member Committee Member Committee Member
Greg Gaeddert 
Greg Gaeddert

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... 
Committee Member     Chairperson
Michael High 
Michael High

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... 
Committee Member     
Randee Koger 
Randee Koger

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 Uni... 
Greg Kossover 
Greg Kossover

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... 
    Committee Member Committee Member
Jerry P. Maland 
Jerry P. Maland

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 Commerci... 
Shawn Penner 
Shawn Penner

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 Ad... 
   Committee Member Committee Member  
Harvey Sorensen 
Harvey Sorensen

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 ... 
   Chairperson   Committee Member