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Understanding Bank IV's effect

I’ll be the first to admit that being the Eagle’s banking reporter I can be pretty fixated on talking about Bank IV alum.

You’ll see that in a story I wrote for Saturday about some former Bank IV trust and wealth management officers joining Emprise Bank.

I fixate on the whole Bank IV connection because many of its leaders continue to operate in top jobs at several Wichita banks and companies.

That point was underscored recently while I was searching the Eagle’s library. Though I wasn’t looking for it, I ran across the Spring 1994 Kansas Bank Directory, which is sort of an industry guide to all of the banks that operate in the state and the people who guide them.

On page 280 of the 15-year-old directory is a list of Bank IV’s executive team: Tom Page, president, community banking; David Strohm, president, investments; Marilyn Pauly, president, Bank IV Wichita; Kurt Watson, executive vice president, retail and commercial banking; Monty Briley, executive vice president, specialized banking; Rolando Mayans, senior vice president and auditor;Jim Faith, senior vice president, correspondent banking; and Bryce Carr, president, Bank IV Derby.

Now, if we took that list of names, here’s what it looks like today: Tom Page, president and CEO of Emprise Bank; David Strohm, president of TrueNorth; Marilyn Pauly, vice chairman of Commerce Bank; Kurt Watson, president and chief operating officer of IMA Financial Group; Monty Briley, executive vice president of commercial banking at Emprise; Rolando Mayans, executive vice president at Equity Bank; Jim Faith, Sunflower Bank Wichita president; and Bryce Carr, executive vice president of trust and investments at Emprise.

Just from that sampling it’s easy to see that not only was Bank IV the state’s biggest bank ever, but it also was a training ground for Wichita’s business leaders today.