Longtime commercial banker Brian Chamberlin has been named president at Andover State Bank.
Chamberlin, most recently executive vice president at startup RelianzBank, will take over the post held by Kirk McConachie, who is also the 90-year-old bank's chairman. McConachie will retain his position as chairman.
"He's a strong, positive, proven leader in banking," McConachie said of Chamberlin. "He's been in the Wichita banking community for almost 20 years. I think he can really help us grow the bank."
Chamberlin could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
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McConachie, 66, said the hiring is also about the bank's succession planning, and Chamberlin, 50, represents "the next generation of senior management" at Andover State.
"He gives us the option to remain independent and strengthen our situation," McConachie said.
Andover State has $68 million in assets and operates two locations: its main bank at 511 N. Andover Road and a branch in the Waterfront development in northeast Wichita.
Chamberlin began his career at the former Bank IV's holding company, Fourth Financial Corp., and worked up to senior vice president of commercial lending at Bank IV's successor, Bank of America.
And for four years he was the Wichita region president of Security Savings Bank before joining David Harris in the launch of RelianzBank in 2005.
Harris said Tuesday that Chamberlin resigned last week and that his position has been filled on an interim basis by Rob Pestinger, a former longtime Wichita banker who is an owner and director of RelianzBank.
McConachie, of Andover State, said he didn't have a specific start date for Chamberlin but expects it to be sometime in the next week or two.
McConachie hasn't personally known Chamberlin for long. He said he met him about nine months ago on a golf course.
"I just really liked him," McConachie said.