CEO Roger Kepley to retire from Rose Hill Bank

Rose Hill Bank president Roger Kepley, left, and chairman Don LacKamp. (March 5, 2014)
Rose Hill Bank president Roger Kepley, left, and chairman Don LacKamp. (March 5, 2014) File photo

Roger Kepley of Rose Hill Bank said Monday he will retire from the banking business early next year.

Kepley, the president and CEO of Rose Hill Bank and a former longtime executive at what is now Intrust Bank, will retire in January after more than four decades in the business.

“I’m ready to move on,” Kepley said. “I’ve been in banking for 42 years. It’s been challenging and rewarding, but I’m tired.”

A native of Ulysses, Kepley, 64, said he’s both excited and a little anxious to embark on his next stage in life.

“I grew up a farm kid, so there’s never been a time when I haven’t worked,” Kepley said. “I will soon have 12 grandchildren, and this will free up more time to spend with them. There’s also a lot of golf to be played and a lot of places to see in the world.”

Kepley spent the first decade of his career with Grant County State Bank in Ulysses before moving on to what is now Intrust Bank in Wichita, where he worked for 25 years. Kepley, who makes his home in Wichita, agreed to take the lead at Rose Hill Bank after its acquisition by American State Bancshares in 2011.

“Roger has been a tremendous leader at Rose Hill Bank, and we look forward to his continuing guidance through 2016,” Don LacKamp, chairman of Rose Hill Bank and president of American State Bancshares, said in a statement. “He has been a leader in our industry for many years, and we have been very fortunate to have benefited from his extensive experience.”

The outgoing bank executive has also been active in a number of Wichita-area charitable organizations, including the United Way and the Kansas Food Bank. Kepley said he owes a debt of gratitude to LacKamp and American State Bancshares chairman Lee Borck.

“It’s bittersweet,” Kepley said. “I’ll never forget what Don LacKamp and Lee Borck did for me. They are both Class A people.

“They probably could have had their pick from a lot of great people when they offered me this position (at Rose Hill Bank).”

A search that will include both internal and external candidates will be conducted to find Kepley’s replacement, according to a news release.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath