The Lead Bank community bank tech advisory board

Lead Bank Introduces Technology Advisory Board

July 02, 2018

CONTACT: Melissa Beltrame, Marketing Director
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(KANSAS CITY, MO) JULY 2018 Lead Bank, a leader in financial technology for the Kansas City region, today announced the creation of their new Technology Advisory Board. The Board has been formed to assist the Bank by providing a quarterly forum for the discussion of local and national developments in innovation and technology. Comprising of industry leaders with experience in technology entrepreneurship and venture investing, The Advisory Board will encourage discussion that supports the Bank’s efforts to provide products and services to Bank clients, and in the utilization of innovative technology for improving the Bank’s operations.

New technology is quickly transforming the financial sector. From upgraded ATM’s to mobile and digital banking, remote applications and changes to security, all of these new technologies will increase accountability in banking and improve customer experiences. As financial technology continues to advance, Lead Bank will be the community bank offering these types of innovations.

“The Technology Advisory Board is key to helping us adopt technology that makes Lead Bank smarter, simpler and cutting-edge for our clients,” says Joshua Rowland, CEO of Lead Bank. “We have made significant progress in banking technology this past year with the addition of and Hyphen Funding, and we look forward to exploring more ways we can better serve our clients through this technology,” Josh added.

Members of The Technology Advisory Board are as follows: Lesa Mitchell, Managing Director of Kansas City, who has held roles such as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, and consultant to multi-national corporates expanding their innovation footprints. Jeff Glasco, Founder of Happy Foods, a meal kit company that works with local to offer fresh, locally grown ingredients for people to make at home. Keith J. Berets, head of Cooley's Technology Transactions Practice whose practice focuses on the legal and business needs of his clients in connection with their technology and intellectual property transactions, Chris Costello, CEO, and co-founder of the financial tech startup, , and Bob (Robert) Litan. Litan is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and has had nearly four decades of experience in the worlds of the law, economic research and policy, and as an executive in the private, public and government sectors. He has served as Vice President for Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation and also the Director of Research at Bloomberg Government.

“I am excited to join Lead Bank’s Technology Advisory Board as an advisor. Based on my experience in economic research, law and having been involved with the Kauffman Foundation, I feel that Lead Bank is headed in the right direction with financial technology. Their leadership and innovative approach to working with and supporting their clients, them a standout in the banking industry,” said Litan.

The Board will meet quarterly with the goal of helping Lead Bank strategize their leadership in financial technology and banking innovation, so they can continue to serve their clients in the best way possible.

About Lead Bank

For 90 years, Lead Bank has remained a strong, independent commercial bank dedicated to delivering smart financial solutions for business owners, managers their families and communities. With locations in Garden City, Lee’s Summit and now the Kansas City Crossroads, Lead Bank continues to provide treasury management, lending services, and personal client products. The new flagship location in Kansas City’s dynamic KC Crossroads District introduces clients to a new “era of banking.” Lead Bank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Mr. K Award, named after the late Ewing M. Kauffman. This award goes to companies who shown growth and sustainability of their business, a positive company culture and a record for giving back to the community.

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