The organizers and board of directors of CrossFirst Bank are all active leaders who understand that a bank can make a significant difference in its community. These individuals are dedicated to the CrossFirst Purpose: To Serve People in Extraordinary Ways.
Ron Baldwin, Chairman of the Board– Ron Baldwin is Chairman, President & CEO of CrossFirst Holdings, LLC, a private equity company investing in the financial services industry. Baldwin was a long-time Wichita, Kansas resident who, in 2005 after a 10-year tenure, left the position of President & COO of Intrust Bank, the largest privately held bank in Kansas. Baldwin’s 36 years of distinguished service includes a 23-year term with Fourth Financial Corporation, a $7.8 billion bank holding company, where he served in various positions including CFO, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer, President of BANK IV Oklahoma and EVP of Retail Banking. He holds a B.B.A. degree from Wichita State University and obtained a CPA designation. Baldwin resides in Overland Park, Kansas and is a current board member of Kanakuk Ministries. He is Managing Member of The Standard, LLC, a Kansas City-based his and her boutique with stores at Leawood Town Center, Country Club Plaza and on the Internet at standardstyle.com.
Mike Maddox – President & Chief Executive Officer – Board Member Mike Maddox graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business. He continued his education at the University of Kansas School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree. While at KU, Maddox was a four-year letterman and a member of the KU basketball team that won a National Championship in 1988. He was captain of the 1991 KU team that was the national runner-up. Maddox practiced Law in Lawrence, Kansas for more than six years and has been in banking for almost nine years. He was hired by INTRUST Bank in February of 2000 as Community Bank President in Lawrence, and was later promoted to Regional President where he managed all of the bank’s operations in Northeast Kansas. Maddox completed the Graduate School of Banking in Wisconsin in 2003. He is currently involved in a number of community activities and boards such as the Kansas City Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, KU School of Business, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, KU Athletic Corporation Board, and the Kansas Board of Regents Task Force on Admissions.
Eric Schroeder, Managing Director, Private & Small Business Banking – Board Member A Missouri native, Eric Schroeder graduated from Sweet Springs High School and Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His strong work ethic can be traced back to the family farm near Sweet Springs, Missouri, where he still maintains an active role. In his 19 years of banking experience, Schroeder has been involved in virtually every aspect of banking from teller to market president. His banking background also includes regulatory experience with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He has spent the last 16 years in the North Cass County area as an active community leader.
Steve Peterson, President, Wichita - Board Member Before being named a Director and Wichita President for CrossFirst Bank, Peterson served as Division President for Stillwater National Bank in Austin, Texas, where he placed special emphasis on serving selected market segments including real estate, healthcare and executives. Prior to joining SNB, Peterson was a City President for Compass Bank and a Vice President, Commercial Banking, at Commerce Bank in Wichita. He also served as Commerce Bank's Community Bank President in Derby, Kansas. His banking career began nearly 25 years ago at BANK IV where he worked in lending and commercial business development. Peterson also owned and operated a successful restaurant franchise in Wichita from 1991, until he and his wife sold the company in 1998. Peterson earned a degree in business administration from the University of Kansas. While in Austin, Peterson served on the Saint Williams Church Finance Board, Executive Board of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and Austin Medical Practice Managers Association Board. He also was President of the Georgetown Symphony Society Board of Directors. Peterson and his family now reside in Wichita, Kansas.
Mike Wynn, President, Oklahoma City – Board Member With more than 30 years experience, Mike Wynn has established himself as a leader in community banking. Wynn spent more than 10 years as market president for Intrust Bank in Oklahoma City. His background includes commercial and consumer lending, retail, operations and overall bank management, much of which was earned at Bank of America predecessor BANK IV. He is a graduate of Missouri State University where he received a degree in business administration. Wynn is active in the community and has served on several community boards and committees in Central Oklahoma, such as United Way of Norman, Norman Regional Hospital Foundation, Norman Public Schools Foundation, Norman Chamber of Commerce, Special Care, Inc., Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and has held memberships in the Oklahoma City, Edmond, Mustang and Moore Chambers of Commerce. He is currently the first vice chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association and will serve as chairman in 2014. Wynn resides in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Joe Balentine – Senior Advisor- Board Member Joe Balentine is a seasoned executive whose family has been involved in banking for years. He also is owner of Balentine Development, a real estate and capital solutions company, and former CEO and owner of Bank 10 where he spent 20 years. A graduate of Missouri Southern State University, Balentine played on the national championship football team in 1972. He has served as co-chairman of the metro Kansas City Fellowship of Christian Athletes board and is also a national trustee for the organization. Balentine resides in Raymore, Missouri.
Larry Beamer, MD – Board Member Larry Beamer is a surgeon with Wichita Surgical Specialists, P.A. and has served on its Board of Directors. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita and Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at Via Christi Regional Medical Center. Beamer is a graduate of Emporia State University and received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in endoscopy at Thomas Jefferson University. Beamer resides in Wichita.
Philip Elder – Board Member
Howard Fleischer – Board Member Howie Fleischer is an advisor and shareholder of Renaissance Financial Corporation, a firm specializing in investments and insurance for businesses and individuals. Fleischer attended Ottawa University and holds numerous securities and insurance licenses. He serves on the boards of Project S.O.S. and Heart to Heart International. Fleischer resides in Leawood, Kansas.
Bruce Kruenegel – Board Member Bruce Kruenegel is a consultant for Enterprise Rent-a-car, where he is a retired member of the executive management team. He resides in Leawood, Kansas.
Nancy Martin – Board Member Nancy Martin is Chief Operating Officer of Wichita-based Emergency Services, P.A., the largest emergency medicine group practice in the state of Kansas. She is a graduate of Wichita State University and has served the university in many leadership capacities. Martin has held numerous board positions for non-profit organizations such as the Ronald McDonald houses, Wichita Rotary Foundation, and Heartspring, a nationally-recognized school for children with special educational needs. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.
Lenny Mullin – Board Member
Gary Nagel – Board Member Gary Nagel is President of Wealth Management Group of Kansas City. He holds a B.S. degree from Fort Hays University. Nagel resides in Overland Park, Kansas where he serves on the Servant Christian Community Foundation community board, the Integrity Resource Center board and is involved with Crown Ministries. He is a charter and certified member of Kingdom Advisors.
David O’Toole – Board Member David O'Toole is Chief Executive Officer of CrossFirst Advisors, LLC, Overland Park, Kansas, a professional services firm of consultants, advisors and investment bankers to financial institutions and general business. Previously, he was President of Index Capital, LLC, a private investment banking and business valuation firm. O’Toole has several other business interests and holds board positions in the banking, publishing and food service industries. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and resides in Leawood, Kansas.
Glen Posladek – Board Member Glen Posladek obtained a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas University and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University. He is the President of R.S. Andrews Enterprises d.b.a. A.B. May Company. A.B. May is a home and commercial service company providing heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, electrical, and appliance repairs and replacement. Posladek resides in Leawood, Kansas.
Jack Redwine – Board Member Jack Redwine obtained his undergraduate degree in Business and Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Kansas. He was a founding Partner in the worldwide consulting firm of Accenture. Redwine is retired and resides in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Michael Robinson – Board Member Michael Robinson is Executive Vice President of Transaction Network Services, Inc., an international telecommunications and payments transaction company headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and serves as President of the Telecommunications Services Division headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. He is also a founder and Chairman of Leadergy Inc., an executive advisory company that provides leadership focus on new product innovation, market penetration strategies and strategic acquisitions. Robinson is a global executive, having led companies and organizations in France, Germany, and Mexico, as well as developed bi-lateral relationships in the U.K., Ireland, China, Japan, Indonesia, and Argentina. He now resides in Overland Park.
Bernie Zarda – Board Member
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