Featured business person: Evan Funk

03/07/2013 12:00 AM

03/06/2013 5:28 PM

Evan Funk

Vice president-commercial relationship manager, Fidelity Bank

Funk followed his father into banking, but not before giving serious thought to becoming a basketball coach.

The 6-foot, 5-inch Funk played power forward at Bethany College for a couple of years, then was a student manager at Wichita State University as former coach Mark Turgeon was turning the program around.

As exciting as that was, Funk said, “I kind of came to the realization that putting your career in the hands of 18-year-old guys may not be the best career choice for me.”

Funk grew up in El Dorado, where his father worked for Walnut Valley State Bank and his mother taught school.

At WSU, he switched majors from teaching to business and landed a job with Fidelity during his last semester.

He worked his way up the ranks of retail banking, from teller to branch manager, then moved into the credit administration department. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University.

In 2011, Funk moved to Legacy Bank, where he helped create a credit department, and then left for Equity Bank, where he was a commercial loan officer. Funk said he “got a lot of great experience” at both of those banks but decided to return to Fidelity in February when a commercial lending post opened up there.

“It’s been really cool coming back. I still know all the same faces; it’s the same culture.”

Funk and his wife, Angie, have a daughter, Finley, 3, and a son, Landrey, 11 months.

In addition to enjoying travel, he said, “We just went in with my parents on a house on Toronto Lake. We’re hoping to turn into lake people, maybe get a boat or something.”

Joe Stumpe

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