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CrossFirst to begin work on Wichita bank office

About two years ago, Ron Baldwin and CrossFirst officials began an effort to establish a Wichita foothold.

Bankers expect growth in farm lending in Kansas

After a period of tepid farm loan activity, area bankers said Wednesday that 2013 so far looks more promising.

Equity to build bank branch near planned Whole Foods in Waterfront Plaza

Equity Bank on Friday signed a contract to purchase land for a full-service branch north at the Waterfront Plaza development at 13th and Webb.

Most Kansas banks increase loans in Treasury program

The Treasury Department on Thursday released the results of its first Small Business Lending Fund Lending Survey, touting that more than 90 percent of the banks participating in the program reported stronger small business lending.

Bank of Oklahoma mortgage unit to expand Wichita office, regional manager says

A Bank of Oklahoma Mortgage Group official said Wednesday that he expects the company’s Wichita operations to double in employees and office space over the next six months.

More commercial lenders making switch among banks

Since March, at least 10 area commercial bankers have switched or are switching from one bank or organization to another.

Regulator to ag banks: Plan now for the bad times

National bank regulators have a message for banks making a lot of agriculture loans: Plan for the bad times during the good times.

Kansas credit unions’ assets rose in first quarter, report says

A regulator’s quarterly report on Kansas chartered credit unions showed another good three-month period for the financial cooperatives.

Executive changes at Equity Bank include departure of holding company president

Equity Bank’s top executive on Wednesday announced a couple of key personnel changes as well as the departure of its holding company president.

10 biggest Kansas-based banks in Wichita area saw profits in first quarter of 2013

The good news in the first quarter of 2013 is that the 10 biggest Kansas-based banks doing business in the Wichita area made a profit in the three-month period that ended March 31.

CUA executive to be next president of Wichita Federal Credit Union

A Credit Union of America executive will be the next president of Wichita Federal Credit Union.

Report: Fewer bank, credit union branches to come

The number of bank and credit union branches across the country will contract by more than a third over the next decade, according to a recent report

Kingman bank looks to merge its consumer finance business

Citizens Bank of Kansas hopes to roll a consumer finance business — and its sister company — into the bank later this year.

UMB rethinking branch banking through pilot program

UMB Financial Corp. is piloting a new branch concept as part of a broader effort to position its branch banking for the future.

More Kansas banks looking to convert to state charters

While the actual number is by no means huge, the number of Kansas-headquartered banks seeking to convert their charters from national to state is as high through April as it was in all of 2012.

Wells Fargo to move commercial banking team downtown

Wells Fargo is moving its newly formed commercial banking team downtown.

Report: Simmons First an active bidder for banks that have failed

Simmons First National Bank is one of the nation’s most active bidders on banks that have failed, according to a report released Friday.

Report: Credit Union of America 20th best-performing credit union in country

Credit Union of America is one of the nation’s best-performing credit unions.

Commerce Bank names new commercial banking leader for Wichita

When Doug Neff joined Commerce Bank’s Wichita region as its commercial banking leader, he was 34.

Former Sunflower Bank exec joins Emprise

Jim Faith’s move to Emprise Bank reunites the banking executive with some of the people he worked for and with in his first job in Wichita nearly 30 years ago.

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