After leaving the local banking industry as president of Central Bank and Trust about six years ago, David Hodge has returned to the business in a different role and with a different bank.
Hodge, 54, joined Emprise Bank in June as senior vice president of corporate lending.
The North Carolina native left Central Bank in 2007 to serve as chief financial officer and chief of operations for the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., and then moved on to assist Eastside Community Church in developing and executing a strategic plan. For a good portion of that hiatus from banking, he said, he still had some involvement in the industry, working as a consultant for the past three years.
And he maintained his home in Wichita. His wife, Jill, is a teacher in Andover.
Hodge came to Wichita in 1998 through the former NationsBank acquisition of Boatmen’s Bank, which had earlier acquired Wichita-based Bank IV. NationsBank was later acquired by Bank of America. Hodge’s nearly 30-year commercial banking career also included a stop at Commerce Bank in Wichita.
He has a grown daughter, Lauren Davis, and a son, Bill, who is in college.
Q. What led you to go to work for the seminary and later, the local church?
A. It was the continuation of a process that involves change management, leadership and my own spiritual growth. I had a phase where it led to serve and use my business skills there.
Q. Did those experiences benefit you as a banker?
A. I think I’m a different banker because of that, understanding how to do business plans, strategic thinking and capital plans.
Q. What have you been up to since joining Emprise?
A. Business development, community visibility and … helping to contribute to the direction of the community.
Q. What prompted your departure from the church and a return to banking?
A. The roles at the seminary and church concluded favorably. … The unique piece that I brought had been accomplished. I could have stayed, but here came the next opportunity.
Q. Why do you enjoy banking?
A. I think the thing I really value about banking is that ability to work your experiences around a relationship and provide value that can speak to leadership, strategic thinking and financial principles. It’s rewarding and intense. The banking platform gives you a wonderful place to develop those relationships and have the connectivity to your clients.