ARKANSAS CITY, KAN. (Aug. 1, 2017). – Eric Kurtz, Chief Executive Officer, recently announced the election of Mike Brand, co-founder of Brand Plumbing and a successful real estate developer, to the Board of Directors at Union State Bank. “Union State Bank is fortunate to be able to bring the experience and expertise that Mike offers to our Board of Directors. Mike is a quality individual and entrepreneur who will help us navigate the banking environment very well,” said Kurtz.
Mike Brand was born and raised in Colwich, Kansas. He is the second oldest of six children to parents Melvin and the late Rosella Brand. Mike graduated from Andale High School in 1976 and attended Wichita State University just before entering the plumbing business with his oldest brother Marc, and his two younger brothers Tony and Max. This partnership quickly evolved into Brand Plumbing, an established business for over 35 years. Mike’s dedication to plumbing has resulted in several leadership roles, including 10 years on the Sedgwick County Plumbing Board. In 2007, Mike and Marc purchased Cooks Heating and Cooling, and together their experience and expertise have grown the company to over 50 employees.
Mike’s dedication to this community is also reflected in his knowledge and success in real estate. Dating back to the mid 1980’s, he has built and maintained over one hundred rental properties across Wichita. In the last five years, Mike has led the development of three multi-million dollar apartment buildings. The most recent project includes an upscale apartment complex and retail development called Uptown Landing that will soon be at the Northeast corner of Hillside and Douglas.
Mike married his wife Rene in 2003. He has four children Shawn (wife Megan), Erica (husband Chad), and his two youngest boys Alex and Mikey. Mike is a proud grandpa to George, with another grandson to arrive in September. Mike enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and spending quality time at Table Rock Lake with his family.
Mike has been on the Union State Bank Advisory Board for the past year and is excited to join the Union State Bank Board of Directors.
About Union State Bank
Founded in 1908, Union State Bank has $300 million in total assets and seven full-service banking locations serving the communities of Arkansas City, Udall, Winfield, and Wichita. The bank also operates a loan production office located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Union State Bank offers a full range of deposit, digital lockbox and cash management services, as well as business and agriculture, commercial real estate, construction, mortgage, residential and consumer loans.