KYW Career News Reports, April 15, 2018
Dara Klein, Managing Director at Kaplan Partners, discusses building relationships and making the cultural fit in the search process.
Bill Borkovitz, Managing Director at Kaplan Partners, discusses how to find success in executive search and recruitment.
KYW Career News Reports, April 8, 2018
KYW Career News Reports, April 1, 2018
This list highlights some of our current search assignments. If you think you are well qualified for one of these opportunities, you may e-mail your resume to Kaplan Partners for potential consideration. In addition, if you know someone who might be a prospective contender for one these roles, please make a confidential connection.
- President, Mortgage Banking
- Chief Financial Officer, Regional Bank
- SVP & CHRO, Large Regional Company
- EVP & Chief Risk Officer, Mid-Atlantic Regional Bank
KYW Career News Reports, March 25, 2018
Equity Bank Names Executives
March 21, 2018 Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK), the Wichita-based parent company of Equity Bank, announced the hiring of Craig Anderson, who is being named as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Craig Mayo, who is being named as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In his new role, Mr. Mayo will oversee Equity’s credit administration and loan operations personnel, processes, and decisions throughout Equity’s four-state footprint encompassing 42 bank locations. Mayo joins Equity after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Investors Community Bank in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Mayo also will be named to Equity’s senior leadership team and will be based in Wichita.
Mr. Anderson will oversee commercial banking divisions in Equity’s metropolitan markets of Kansas City, Tulsa, and Wichita. Anderson will join Equity’s senior leadership team and will help lead the Company’s organic growth, business development, commercial lending and sales strategies. Anderson joins Equity after 31 years in various executive and leadership roles at UMB Bank in Kansas City, where he most recently served as President of UMB’s Commercial Banking – Eastern Region.
Brad Elliott, Chairman and CEO of Equity, said, “As our Company grows, we’re pleased to welcome additional team members who add considerable community banking expertise, leadership, and vision for organic growth to our leadership teams. Craig Anderson will be an outstanding resource for our metro market customers, bankers, and colleagues. Craig Mayo will be an immediate asset as our Chief Credit Officer, and will continue our focus on high credit quality and customer experience.”
Mr. Anderson served as President, Commercial Banking – Eastern Region for UMB beginning in 2017, overseeing commercial banking divisions in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Illinois. Anderson managed national specialty lending businesses and developed products and strategies for specialty agribusiness, health care and aviation lines. Prior to this, he served as President, Commercial Banking beginning in 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri and President, Regional Banking in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Anderson also served as Chairman and CEO of UMB National Bank of America in Salina, Kansas from 2001 through 2009, operating out of Wichita. Anderson is an alumnus of the University of Colorado – Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado and a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He has been involved in numerous community involvement efforts, including the Greater Kansas City and Mile High United Way chapters, service on the executive committee of YPO Gold, and has served as a board member and held key leadership positions with Music Theater of Wichita, Junior Achievement of Wichita, and Arts Partners of Wichita.
Mr. Mayo served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Investors beginning in 2014, overseeing the bank’s overall credit quality and played a key role in helping the bank grow from two branches and $757 million of assets in 2013 to four branches and $1.4 billion of assets in 2017. Prior to joining Investors in 2011, Mr. Mayo served as a Vice President and Special Loans Officer with Citizens Bank in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mayo has spent more than 30 years in the financial industry, including roles in mortgage origination and commercial lending as well as credit analyst, loan review officer, and special assets. Mr. Mayo began his banking career with Northfield Savings Bank in 1984. Mr. Mayo graduated from the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking in 2016, and the Agricultural Lending School at the School of Banking in Topeka, Kansas, and he is an alumnus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
Equity Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Equity Bank, offering a full range of financial solutions, including commercial loans, consumer banking, mortgage loans, and treasury management services. As of December 31, 2017, Equity had $3.2 billion in consolidated total assets, with 42 locations throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, including corporate headquarters in Wichita. www.equitybank.com.
KYW Career News Reports, March 18, 2018
Hiring vampires and other missteps that hurt young companies
As vice president for talent at a technology startup, Steve Cadigan knew his company had enormous growth potential. But to realize it, he would have to win the war for talent against some industry giants.
“I was physically surrounded by Google buildings. I had Apple down the freeway, Facebook up the freeway and, in San Francisco, there were sexy, little technology darlings like Twitter and Zynga,” Cadigan said.
By comparison, his company at the time, LinkedIn, looked humdrum to many job seekers. Furthermore, it lacked the financial reserves to match the salaries and perks the coolest companies of Silicon Valley delivered.
Yet during his 3.5 years as VP of Talent, LinkedIn grew from 400 employees to 4,000, executed a successful IPO and grew annual revenues to nearly $1 billion. During a one-on-one talk, Cadigan shared some of the biggest talent lessons he learning while driving growth at LinkedIn and other companies.
Build an employer brand
Young companies need uniquely talented, highly motivated individuals to drive growth, but lack the resources and profile to attract top candidates.
At LinkedIn and elsewhere, Cadigan overcame that hurdle by developing a distinctive employer brand and offering a compelling value proposition to employees. LinkedIn’s brand, for example, included the opportunity to work alongside brilliant professionals and shape an emerging company while creating a product that would help other people find their dream jobs.
Don’t hire vampires
In the rush to place warm bodies in needed positions, managers sometimes hire imperfect fits. Taking the time to identify the traits you need in new hires and recruiting until you find them ultimately produces better results.
“Cutting corners and sacrificing quality standards for talent is a huge mistake,” Cadigan said. “You get some people who are wrong for the organization, and dealing with that becomes a huge distraction. It’s like having a vampire loose inside the organization. It sucks the life out of you.”
Beware of battlefield promotions
In a similar rush to fill managerial positions, executives sometimes give subject-matter experts “battlefield promotions” without assessing the individuals’ management skills and end up with under-performing managers.
The more effective practice is to take the time to provide leadership development within the company, create career advancement opportunities for skilled employees who wouldn’t make good managers, and search for highly skilled managers outside the company.