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Jeffrey Toobin

Southwestern College and Union State Bank Announce Jeffrey Toobin as Docking Lecture Series Speaker

Winfield, Kan., Dec. 2, 2016 — Best-selling author and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin will present the 2017 Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m., on the campus of Southwestern College. The Docking Lecture Series is sponsored by Union State Bank. The public is invited to attend and there will be no admission charge. Learn More

Renee Price

Renee Price Named to Board of Directors of Union State Bank

ARKANSAS CITY, KAN. (November 18, 2016) – Eric Kurtz, Chief Executive Officer, recently announced the election of Renee Price to the Board of Directors of Union State Bank. “Renee is a highly respected small business owner who is extremely active within the Ark City and Winfield Communities. We feel fortunate to have Renee join our board at a point in time in which our organization is experiencing continued solid growth,” said Kurtz. Learn More

Damon Mendoza

Damon Mendoza Awarded Wichita Business Journal's CIO Award for 2016

Union State Bank's Chief Technology Officer, Damon Mendoza, was nominated for a CIO Award through the Wichita Business Journal. He was honored at a luncheon, along with the other CIO Award nominees, on Monday, November 14th at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. Learn More

Lance Niles

Ark City Native Lance Niles Joins Union State Bank as Arkansas City Market President

(ARKANSAS CITY, KS – October 19, 2016) Union State Bank recently announced the appointment of Arkansas City native, Lance Niles to Arkansas City Market President. “Lance has a solid background in the banking industry, including building a branch from the ground up.” said Eric Kurtz, Union State Bank President and CEO. “Lance is well-known in the community, and with his 22 years of experience in the financial industry is the best person for the position.” Learn More

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Union State Bank Converts Wichita LPO into Full-Service Branch

Full Service Banking for USB Customers Now Available in East Wichita!

(ARKANSAS CITY, KS – July 1, 2016) - Union State Bank (USB) is excited to announce thecompletion of the conversion of their Wichita Loan Production Office into a full-service branch. The branch is located at 10111 East 21st Street North in Suite 100 of the Offices at Cranbrook in East Wichita. Learn More

Gary Watkins Joins Union State Bank as Senior Vice President

(ARKANSAS CITY, KS – February 19, 2016) Union State Bank recently announced the hiring of Gary Watkins, a veteran banker and lender to serve as Senior Vice President/Cowley Lending Division. Eric Kurtz, CEO/President stated, “Gary brings a wealth of banking knowledge to our Cowley County lending team and customer base. He has been in the banking industry for over 30 years with a significant amount of time spent managing commercial and community lending teams.” Read More

Brad Bryant

Brad Bryant Joins Union State Bank as Vice President, Agricultural and Commercial Lending

(ARKANSAS CITY, KS – January 19, 2016) Union State Bank recently announced the appointment of Arkansas City native Bradley Bryant to Vice President of Agricultural and Commercial Lending. “Brad has a solid agricultural and financial background and understands the needs of farmers, ranchers and businesses in Cowley County,” said Eric Kurtz, Union State Bank President and CEO. “Brad is well-known in the area with solid farming ties and we are excited to have him join our team as an ag and commercial lender.” Read More

Cory Helmer

Helmer Named Union State Bank's Winfield Market President

(ARKANSAS CITY, KS - January 14, 2016) – Union State Bank has announced the recent promotion of Cory Helmer to Winfield Market President. Helmer, a Winfield native, has been with Union State Bank since 2009 and was serving as Sr. Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Union State Bank President and CEO, Eric Kurtz stated, “With Cory’s years of experience and banking education, he is the perfect fit and a great asset to USB. In the seven years he has been with us, he has shown tremendous work ethic and has a great rapport with his customers and members of the Winfield community. He will be a great leader for our employees and customers.” Read More

Bill Docking, Eric Kurtz & David Harris

RelianzBank Merger with Union State Bank Complete

(ARKANSAS CITY, KS – July 1, 2015) - Officials of Union State Bank, an affiliate bank of Docking Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in Arkansas City, KS, announced today that all approvals have been received from the Office of the State Bank Commissioner of Kansas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for the merger of Wichita-based RelianzBank into Union State Bank. Read More

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Union State Bank Named 114th Healthiest Bank in the Nation with A+ Rating

Each year evaluates the financial health of every federally insured bank in the United States. Each institution is graded on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan to reserve ratios, in order to determine a comprehensive health score.

From the list of around 6,000 FDIC Insured banks, recognizes those who have shown exceptional fiduciary responsibility in its 2017 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America.

Union State Bank is proud to be ranked 114th in the Nation, along with an A+ Rating in bank health. USB is the only bank in Cowley County and the Wichita area to receive such recognition. In 2016, Union State Bank was ranked 129th in the Nation, therefore improving it's ranking in 2017 by 15 spots.

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