Sunflower Bank News Feed (RSS) en-us https://www.sunflowerbank.com/ Recent news articles posted on the Sunflower Bank Website. <![CDATA[Important Resource from FTC Designed to Assist Identity Theft Victims]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/405/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/405/ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:31:28 -0500 <![CDATA[Sunflower Bank Donates $1M to Kansas Wesleyan University to Power Technology Upgrades]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/403/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/403/ Salina, Kan. – Kansas Wesleyan University has received a $1M gift from Sunflower Bank for a comprehensive campus-wide technology infrastructure upgrade. The university has awarded the project to Nex-Tech, a Lenora, Kansas-based technology company.

The gift will cover the majority of a $1.2M contract with Nex-Tech that will include installation and maintenance of a one-gigabit fiber network, linking residence halls, administrative and academic buildings with an advanced, secure, managed IP infrastructure. The robust high-speed network will accommodate advanced data and voice services campus wide, including a state-of-the-art wireless network accessible to students, faculty and staff.

“This is an exciting day for Kansas Wesleyan University,” said President and CEO Matt Thompson, Ph.D. “This is a perfect collaboration between two institutions that have been integral to the Salina community for more than a century and a regional company with tremendous capabilities to move our campus forward. This initiative will open new doors to expand our online and distance education opportunities as well as enhance the student experience.”

The gift will also allow the university to expand its KWU Everywhere initiative. KWU Everywhere, the university’s unit that encompasses global experiential learning through the Center for Global Service Learning, as well as KWU Online and distance education opportunities, opens educational access to students across the state, the country and the world.

Mollie Hale Carter, president and CEO of Sunflower Bank, and Jimmy Todd, CEO and general manager of Nex-Tech, joined Dr. Thompson at a press conference on Wednesday, April 8 on the Kansas Wesleyan University campus to share the news.

“We are thrilled to sponsor this technology upgrade for KWU,” said Ms. Carter, “This partnership perfectly fits our company mission of Bringing out the best in the lives we touch… Creating Possibility. Strengthening our communities through educational access is a possibility that is nearing reality, and together with Kansas Wesleyan we look forward to seeing the difference this will make for students in the communities we serve across Kansas and Colorado.”

Sunflower Bank and its parent Sunflower Financial, Inc., a $1.7-billion community bank based in Salina, KS, supports 34 branch locations throughout Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.

As part of the agreement, Nex-Tech is making a $150,000 in-kind donation to KWU in support of the Graves Family Sports Complex construction project.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with KWU on this exciting technology project,” stated Mr. Todd. “With this layered network technology investment, Kansas Wesleyan will be providing its students and faculty the very best broadband experience possible.”

Nex-Tech construction and upgrade activities on the campus are scheduled to begin this spring, with completion expected in the fourth quarter.

“This gift will change the infrastructure of our campus,” said Dr. Thompson. “We are grateful to Sunflower Bank for providing us the opportunity to make critical upgrades that will help us better support our students, faculty and staff. The generous support Nex-Tech is providing for the new Graves Family Sports Complex not only enhances our student experience, it enriches the experience of our visitors and neighbors who utilize the facility. “

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion community bank, offering a complete line of personal checking, saving, mortgage and loans options, as well as business deposit, loan, and treasury management services and trust and wealth management services. Sunflower Bank is based in Salina, Kansas, with other locations throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. For more information, please visit www.SunflowerBank.com.

Kansas Wesleyan University

Founded in 1886. Kansas Wesleyan is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and accepts students of all faiths. KWU provides a rigorous academic liberal arts education in its undergraduate and pre-professional programs and its MBA degree. Signature programs among the 50-plus degree options are Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Christian Ministry, Teacher Education, and Environmental Studies and Community Resilience. Kansas Wesleyan is a trailblazer by being the first four-year institution in the country to combine all of its academic study-away courses with intentional service-learning experiences and travel, in the U.S. or internationally, through The Center for Global Service Learning at KWU. The institution guarantees qualified students one such course, known as The Wesleyan Journey, at no additional cost. Check us out at www.kwu.edu.

Nex-Tech

Headquartered in Lenora, Kansas, Nex-Tech provides a full line of technology services. Residential services include Internet, Digital TV, home security, and local and long distance phone service. In addition to Internet and phone service, Nex-Tech provides an array of enterprise I.T. solutions including cloud services, Hosted PBX, network security, physical security and surveillance, and managed services. Nex-Tech prides itself on bringing affordable, state-of-the-art technologies to its customers. For more information, please visit www.nex-tech.com.

Media Contacts:

John Elmore | john.elmore@kwu.edu | 785-827-5541, ext. 1127 | Cell: 616-340-2301
Mark Grant | | Sunflower Bank | 785-4993-8857 | MarkG@SunflowerBank.com
Dustin Schlaefli | Nex-Tech | 785.625.7070 | Fax: 785.625.4479 | Dustin@nex-tech.com

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:04:57 -0500
<![CDATA[Sunflower Bank sets a goal to donate $50,000 to Make-A-Wish®]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/402/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/402/ SALINA, Kan., April 2, 2015 – Sunflower Bank is partnering with Make-A-Wish® to help fulfill the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Sunflower has set a goal to donate $50,000 to Make-A-Wish chapters serving the Sunflower communities in Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. To reach this goal, Sunflower will donate 5¢ for every swipe of a Sunflower Bank debit card, now through June 30, 2015.

“We are thrilled to partner with Make-A-Wish,” said Mollie Carter, president and CEO of Sunflower Bank. “I can think of nothing more important than helping the children in our communities’ dreams come true with the assistance of Make-A-Wish. We are fortunate to be in a position to help.”

Sunflower Bank works with organizations and schools in their communities to provide them much needed attention and resources. In addition, Sunflower team members volunteer several thousand hours of service each year.

“Our vision is to make every eligible child’s wish come true,” said Dr. April Abernethy, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Kansas. “The inspiration and creativity it takes to grant a wish doesn’t come from a process or formula, it comes from the heart and community engagement. We applaud Sunflower Bank for making such a bold statement that community and our wish kids matter. Their commitment to helping Make-A-Wish will have such a positive impact.”

A child can be referred to Make-A-Wish by an immediate family member, guardian, healthcare professional, or a child can refer themselves. Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish volunteers work with the family to ensure the wish is memorable for the wish kid and their family.

The Make-A-Wish Kansas chapter will be the beneficiary of all funds raised in Kansas. Customers and non-customers can also make donations to Make-A-Wish Kansas at any Sunflower Bank branch.

For more information on Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can support this worthy cause, please visit www.SunflowerBank.com.

About Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion community bank, offering a complete line of personal checking, saving, mortgage and loans options, as well as business deposit, loan, and treasury management services and trust and wealth management services. Sunflower Bank is based in Salina, Kansas, with other locations throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. For more information, please visit www.SunflowerBank.com.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories through local chapters. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone.

Contact:

Mark Grant
Sunflower Bank
785-827-5564
MarkG@SunflowerBank.com

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:51:58 -0500
<![CDATA[Join Us & A Stronger Cord in Denver for the "Restore the Union" Easter Egg Hunt]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/400/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/400/ Egg Hunt - Denver.jpg If you are in Denver on Sunday, April 5, join us from 1 – 4 PM for the Restore the Union Easter Egg Hunt. Restore the Union is A Stronger Cord’s campaign to restore the gym at Union Baptist Church. The gym is quaint and beautiful but in need of attention. It is also home to students of charter school Hope Learning Academy. A Stronger Cord’s mission is to unite isolated individuals with fitness-minded, dependable and productive Americans to sweat, bond and grow in a group workout.

Our goal is to help A Stronger Cord raise the funds needed to restore the gym’s luster and potential and provide a great facility for those who need it most.

Event includes:

  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Release
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Coloring Contest
  • Food & Games

Event address:

3200 Dahlia St | Denver, CO
Marvin Freeman Field
Corner of Martin Luther King JR Blvd & Dahlia St

More information:

Visit us on Facebook or call Mark at 303.667.5957 for details.

Sponsored by:

  • A Stronger Cord | www.astrongercord.org | Facebook
  • Sunflower Bank | www.SunflowerBank.com

You don’t want to miss this fun and free community event!

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:47:20 -0500
<![CDATA[Sunflower Bank Helping Crunch Out Obesity in Ellinwood]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/399/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/399/ ELLINWOOD, Kan., March 6, 2015 – Unfortunately, America’s growing obesity statistics can be staggering. Inactivity and diet have replaced smoking as the number one preventable cause of serious health issues among Americans.

Fortunately, Becca Maxwell saw an opportunity to make an impact. Maxwell spearheaded a grant to bring a healthy lifestyle to Ellinwood’s fourth, fifth and sixth graders. The grant, Crunch Out Obesity, provides exercise balls, jump ropes, and other items to encourage a healthy way of living during the six-week program, and hopefully beyond.

Sunflower Bank partnered with Ellinwood Public Schools and St. Joseph Catholic School to make the program a reality and challenge students to get on the ball. The students are provided an activity journal that they’re encouraged to complete to be eligible for incentives and prizes.

“As we work towards fulfilling our mission statement of Bringing out the best in the lives we touch… Creating Possibility, it’s an exciting time of innovation at Sunflower Bank,” commented Maxwell, Retail Service Manager at Sunflower Bank. “With diabetes on the rise and one out of every three children and adolescents in Kansas considered to be either overweight or obese, we knew we had to take steps to get kids more active and healthy. Our new partnerships with the Ellinwood Rec, Golden Belt Community Foundation and The United Way of Central Kansas help us with these types of initiatives that will get us started down that path.”

Crunch Out Obesity is also sponsored by: United Way of Central Kansas, Golden Belt Community Foundation, Ellinwood Recreation Center, Central Kansas Orthopedic Group, and Dr. Charlie and Denise Joslin.

The Crunch Out Obesity grant comes on the heels of a $7,000 WorkWell Kansas grant and $3,000 in-kind contribution from Sunflower Bank to open Ellinwood’s new fitness center in the upper level of Sunflower Bank. The fitness center is expected to open in April.

About Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion community bank, offering a complete line of personal checking, saving, mortgage and loans options, as well as business deposit, loan, and treasury management services and trust and wealth management services. Sunflower Bank is based in Salina, Kansas, with other locations throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. For more information, please visit www.SunflowerBank.com.

Contact:

Mario Molina
785-827-5564
MarioM@SunflowerBank.com

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Sunflower Bank raised $62,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/398/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/398/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:49:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Join us for the Yellow Ribbon Fund check presentation on Thursday, Feb 26.]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/397/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/397/ SALINA, Kan., Feb. 12, 2015 – Sunflower Bank partnered with Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) for the last three months of 2014 to raise funds and awareness for injured service members and their families. Sunflower had a goal to raise $50,000 for YRF. The campaign was so successful, Sunflower exceeded their goal and the final amount will be announced at a celebration and check presentation to YRF.

This celebration and check presentation will be held on February 26 and begins at 11:30 AM with the sign-in and refreshments. At 12:00 PM, there will be speakers in addition to the check presentation. The speakers, who will be available for interviews, include:

  • Linda Herrick – Yellow Ribbon Fund local recipient, mother and caregiver of an injured soldier
  • Ralph Compton – Yellow Ribbon Fund local volunteer ambassador
  • Mollie Carter – Sunflower Bank President and CEO
  • Mark Robbins – Yellow Ribbon Fund Executive Director

“At Sunflower Bank we are committed to the communities we serve. This is why we decided to raise funds and awareness for Yellow Ribbon Fund, a highly acclaimed organization which provides critical support for an important group of citizens within our communities, returning service members and their families,” said Mollie Carter, President and CEO of Sunflower Bank. “We are proud of what we have accomplished which is why we are celebrating with an event to honor our veterans and present a check to Yellow Ribbon Fund.”

“We were thrilled to partner with Sunflower Bank and its customers to fund efforts to help fill gaps in services for injured veterans and families,” said Mark Robbins, Executive Director of Yellow Ribbon Fund. “Since many of today’s injured veterans and their families will need the support of their communities for years after they leave the hospital, Yellow Ribbon Fund is extending its services to serve hometowns across the country including Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. Sunflower’s very generous donation will be a great help.”

The public is invited to attend the free event to honor not only the injured service members and their families, but all of our veterans. Veterans are especially invited to attend. The event will be held at the Sunflower Bank Corporate Office. 3025 Cortland Circle, Salina, Kansas 67401. Attendees are asked to enter through the north doors.

About Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion community bank, offering a complete line of personal checking, saving, mortgage and loans options, as well as business deposit, loan, and treasury management services and trust and wealth management services. Sunflower Bank is based in Salina, Kansas, with other locations throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. For more information, please visit www.SunflowerBank.com.

About the Yellow Ribbon Fund

The Yellow Ribbon Fund fills gaps in services for injured service members and their families, providing free transportation and housing during recovery, plus social events and outings, career and education mentoring, and support for family caregivers. After they return home, YRF’s nationwide network of volunteer ambassadors continue to offer practical support. Since 2005, 83 cents of every dollar spent has gone to services and programs.

Contacts:

Mark Grant
Sunflower Bank
785-827-5564
MarkG@SunflowerBank.com

Mark Robbins
Yellow Ribbon Fund
240-223-1180
Mark@YellowRibbonFund.org

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:12:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Location Hours on Presidents Day]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/396/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/396/ Most Sunflower Bank locations will be closed on Monday, February 16 in observation of Presidents Day, but several locations and our Customer Care Center will be open.

The following locations are open shortened hours on Presidents Day:

  • Cañon City In-store: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (MST)
  • Hays Main: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Drive-thru) and 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Lobby)
  • Hays North: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Drive-thru) and 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Lobby)
  • Manhattan In-store: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • McPherson: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Salina South 9th: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Customer Care Center: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (CST) / Ph. 888.827.5564

Please note, our ATMs, Mobile Banking, SunNet Online Banking and Check-It are available anytime for your convenience.

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Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:55:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Valuable tips on safety and security for mobile device users.]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/395/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/395/ Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:15:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Sunflower Financial and First Western have mutually decided to terminate our merger agreement.]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/393/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/393/ Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. (“Sunflower”) and Colorado‐based First Western Financial, Inc. (“First Western”) today announced the mutual termination of their definitive merger agreement, dated September 22, 2014.

Although the original rationale for the merger had merit, the parties determined that terminating the merger was in the best interest of both companies and their respective shareholders at this time. The termination of the merger agreement has been approved by the board of directors of both parties. In association with the termination, each party will release the other from all obligations with respect to the merger transaction, bear its own fees in connection with the transaction and is free to pursue other strategies.

About Sunflower

Sunflower Financial, Inc. is a bank holding company with $1.7 billion in total assets, $1.3 billion in deposits and $189 million of equity capital as of September 30, 2014. Headquartered in Salina, KS, Sunflower is the parent company of Sunflower Bank. Sunflower Bank has been serving commercial and consumer clients in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado communities since 1892. www.sunflowerbank.com

About First Western

First Western Financial, Inc. is a bank holding company with $724 million in total assets, $600 million of deposits and $4.7 billion of trust and investment assets under management as of September 30, 2014. Headquartered in Denver, CO, First Western is the parent company of First Western Trust Bank and First Western Capital Management. First Western provides private banking and wealth management services through local boutique banking offices in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and California. www.myfw.com

Contacts

Sunflower Financial, Inc.
Mark Grant, 785‐493‐8857
markg@sunflowerbank.com

First Western Financial, Inc.
Alexis Owen, 303‐531‐8117
alexis.owen@myfw.com

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:40:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Sunflower Bank voted best bank in Hays and Pueblo]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/389/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/389/ Sunflower Bank has been voted the best bank in Hays, Kansas and Pueblo, Colorado, according to the Hays Daily News and Pueblo Chieftain, respectively. 2014 marks the 10th straight year for Sunflower Bank in Hays to be voted the best bank and the 3rd straight year for Pueblo.

In Hays, Sunflower Bank is located at 1010 E. 27th St. and 4720 Roth Ave. Locations in Pueblo are at 510 W. 29th St., 1715 S. Pueblo Blvd. and 1701 Santa Fe Dr.

The bank also earned the best bank award in Dodge City in 2014, as voted on by the public.

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Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:00:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Location Hours on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/386/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/386/ Most Sunflower Bank locations will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but several locations and our Customer Care Center will be open.

The following locations are open shortened hours on January 19, 2015:

  • Cañon City In-store: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (MST)
  • Hays Main: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Drive-thru) and 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Lobby)
  • Hays North: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Drive-thru) and 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Lobby)
  • Manhattan In-store: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • McPherson: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Salina South 9th: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Please note, our ATMs, SunNet Online Banking and Check-It are available anytime for your convenience.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:55:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Did you know...?]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/content/upload/files/Did You Know_Credit Card.pdf https://www.sunflowerbank.com/content/upload/files/Did You Know_Credit Card.pdf Our Visa® credit card offers smart spending and personalized service plus a wide variety of perks and privileges all designed with you in mind. Learn more.

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:59:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Sunflower Bank hires Steve Johnson as Salina president]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/348/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/348/ SALINA, Kan. – Steve Johnson has joined Sunflower Bank as Salina’s Market President. In this capacity, Johnson will continue to expand Sunflower Bank’s commercial relationships in the Salina area and will oversee the market’s growth strategy for consumer and small business, mortgage banking, wealth management and retail deposits.

“We’re happy to have Steve on board with Sunflower,” said Mollie Carter, president and CEO of Sunflower Bank. “He has demonstrated success in helping businesses reach their financial goals in many Kansas markets, including Salina. He’s a huge asset as Sunflower moves forward.”

Johnson has 33 years of experience in the banking industry, spending most of his career lending and leading teams of loan officers. Most recently, he served as senior lender for American State Bank in Great Bend, and prior to that he served as chief lending manager for Security Savings Bank and was responsible for the Wichita, Salina and Kansas City markets.
Johnson is a graduate of Kansas University and The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

About Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion community bank, offering a complete line of personal checking, saving, mortgage and loans options, as well as business deposit, loan, and treasury management services and trust and wealth management services. Sunflower Bank is based in Salina, Kansas, with other locations throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. For more information, please visit www.sunflowerbank.com.

Contact:

Mark Grant
Sunflower Bank
785-493-8857
Markg@sunflowerbank.com

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:04:52 -0500
<![CDATA[Sunflower Bank is donating up to $50,000 to Yellow Ribbon Fund]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/346/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/346/ SALINA, Kan., Oct. 8, 2014 – Sunflower Bank is partnering with Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) to support injured service members and their families. Sunflower has set a goal to contribute up to $50,000 to YRF. To reach this goal, Sunflower will donate $3 for every new account opened and 3¢ for every swipe of a Sunflower Bank debit card, now through December 31, 2014.

“A wounded service member’s journey from the battlefield back to America is always difficult. And every courageous step that he or she makes requires the support and love of family and friends, who also sacrifice more than most of us realize,” said General Stanley McChrystal, USA (Ret.), board member of YRF. “But although it will always be hard, the Yellow Ribbon Fund is a special team that eases that burden, and reminds us that no one should have to travel that road alone.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Yellow Ribbon Fund. It’s an important cause and a group of citizens that we can’t support enough. We’re honored to have the opportunity to increase awareness of an exceptional organization,” said Mollie Carter, president and CEO of Sunflower Bank.

Since 2005, the Yellow Ribbon Fund has been filling gaps in services for injured service members and their families, with 83 cents of every dollar spent going to services and programs. During the recovery process, YRF offers free rental cars, taxi rides, hotel stays, and apartments; support for family caregivers; and social events, outings, free tickets to sporting and cultural events, and career and education mentoring. After they return home, YRF’s nationwide network of volunteers continue to provide practical support.

“The injured service members and their families that we serve make up a unique community. Their heroism and commitment is extraordinary,” said Mark E. Robbins, executive director of the Yellow Ribbon Fund. “We are excited that the Sunflower Bank community is reaching out to aid these heroes through this program. It truly makes a difference.”

Sunflower is hosting veteran appreciation events in many of their communities during the month of November. Customers and non-customers can also donate to YRF at any Sunflower Bank branch.

For more information on YRF and to learn how you can join the support of YRF, please visit www.SunflowerBank.com.

About Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion community bank, offering a complete line of personal checking, saving, mortgage and loans options, as well as business deposit, loan, and treasury management services and trust and wealth management services. Sunflower Bank is based in Salina, Kansas, with other locations throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. For more information, please visit www.SunflowerBank.com.

About Yellow Ribbon Fund

The Yellow Ribbon Fund fills gaps in services for injured service members and their families, providing free transportation and housing during recovery, plus social events and outings, career and education mentoring, and support for family caregivers. After they return home, YRF’s nationwide network of volunteers continue to offer practical support. Since 2005, 83 cents of every dollar spent has gone to services and programs.

Contacts:

Mark Grant, Sunflower Bank
785-827-5564
MarkG@SunflowerBank.com

Mark Robbins, Yellow Ribbon Fund
240-223-1180
Mark@YellowRibbonFund.org

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:11:08 -0500
<![CDATA[A letter to our valued customers from our President & CEO]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/342/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/342/ To our valued customers,

As you may have heard, we announced some very big news for Sunflower Bank. As a valued customer, we want to help you understand why we see this as a positive step in our ability to better serve you.

Sunflower Bank and First Western Trust Bank have entered into a merger agreement. As you know, we are a healthy, strong 122 year old community bank. First Western, which is headquartered in Denver and has 10 offices in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and California, is an entrepreneurial, growing private bank and wealth management company.
We are bringing together two organizations with a rich tradition of building customer relationships. We will have the capacity, scale and strength to continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of our current and future clients, as well as respond to shifts in the industry landscape.

To continue to deliver the high degree of service you have come to expect requires:

  • A significant regional footprint of local, client-focused relationship teams;
  • Local access to a broad array of products, services and advisory experts;
  • Investment advisory capabilities that integrate the personal, business, and wealth management needs of our customers;
  • A continuing investment in technology to meet the expectations of our customers; and,
  • Management that is forward looking and focused on being an industry leader.

With this merger we are in a much stronger position to excel in each of the above areas to deliver to you, our clients, what you need and deserve in the years ahead.

Your experience as a Sunflower Bank customer remains our highest priority, and the level of service you have come to expect from us will continue without interruption. Your entire relationship team will remain the same, as will the locations of our local offices. What will change is our ability to bring you a wider range of products and solutions to meet your unique needs.

Sunflower Bank and First Western Trust will continue to operate under our respective names through the closing of the transaction. We do eventually plan to unify under a single, new brand that best represents who we are together – a strong, regional, client-focused financial advisory firm.

We have planned for regulatory approval by the first quarter of 2015 with the merger becoming effective shortly thereafter. Our integration work is beginning immediately and continuity of service to you will continue to be paramount.

In the meantime should you have any questions or concerns, please do reach out. As always, we are grateful for the trust you have placed in Sunflower Bank and look forward to continuing our relationship with you in the years to come.

Respectfully,

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Mollie Carter
President & CEO

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:21:13 -0500
<![CDATA[Did you know...?]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/content/upload/files/Did You Know_HELOC.pdf https://www.sunflowerbank.com/content/upload/files/Did You Know_HELOC.pdf Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:47:24 -0500 <![CDATA[Sunflower Financial and First Western Financial announce agreement to merge]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/340/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/340/ Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. (“Sunflower”) and Colorado-based First Western Financial, Inc. (“First Western”) today jointly announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge.

The pro forma combined company will have approximately $2.5b in banking assets and approximately $5.5b in trust and investment assets under management. The transaction creates a strong, focused regional institution with a unique private bank that will initially serve six states. The transaction partners a well-established and well-capitalized bank in Sunflower with a growth-oriented private bank and wealth management platform in First Western. The combined company’s fee income business will contribute approximately 40% of the pro forma company’s revenues. The combined banking footprint will include 45 offices in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Arizona and California.

Mollie Hale Carter, Chairman and CEO of Sunflower, will serve as Executive Chairman of the holding company. Scott Wylie, Chairman and CEO of First Western, will be the Chairman and CEO of the combined bank and investment management subsidiary, as well as CEO and President of the holding company. The combined board of directors will be made up of select legacy Sunflower directors, select legacy First Western directors, and new directors appropriate for the new institution’s strategic focus and direction.

Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of both Sunflower and First Western and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval and other customary conditions.

Mollie Hale Carter stated, “This is an exciting transaction for our associates, our clients and shareholders. We believe the expanded wealth management expertise of First Western as well as the additional growth opportunities in our adjacent markets will provide a meaningful path to our success for years to come.” Scott Wylie added, “The strength and history of a 122 year old bank will significantly add to the breadth and depth of support that we can provide to our clients. Our markets are similar in many ways and the combined footprint makes a lot of sense for our platform.”

Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor to Sunflower and First Western; Raymond James Financial, Inc. provided a fairness opinion to First Western. Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough, LLP served as legal counsel for Sunflower and Hogan Lovells served as legal counsel for First Western.

About Sunflower
Sunflower Financial, Inc. is a bank holding company with $1.7 billion in total assets, $1.3 billion in deposits and $187 million of equity capital as of June 30, 2014. Headquartered in Salina, KS, Sunflower is the parent company of Sunflower Bank. Sunflower Bank has been serving commercial and consumer clients in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado communities since 1892. www.sunflowerbank.com

About First Western
First Western Financial, Inc. is a bank holding company with $648 million in total assets, $522 million of deposits and $4.8 billion of trust and investment assets under management as of June 30, 2014. Headquartered in Denver, CO, First Western is the parent company of First Western Trust Bank and First Western Capital Management. First Western provides private banking and wealth management services through local boutique banking offices in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and California. www.myfw.com

Contacts
Sunflower Financial, Inc.
Mark Grant, 785-493-8857
markg@sunflowerbank.com

First Western Financial, Inc.
Alexis Owen, 303-531-8117
alexis.owen@myfw.com

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<![CDATA[Did you know...?]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/content/upload/files/DYK_Remote Deposit Capture.pdf https://www.sunflowerbank.com/content/upload/files/DYK_Remote Deposit Capture.pdf Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:30:05 -0500 <![CDATA[Record year for the 15th Annual Sunflower Bank Softball Showcase]]> https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/334/ https://www.sunflowerbank.com/news/view/334/ This past weekend over 260 high school softball players participated in the 15th Annual Sunflower Bank Showcase in Salina, Kansas. The event kicked off with a banquet hosted at Kansas Wesleyan University on Friday evening for players and parents and tournament play began at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Bill Burke Softball Complex.

This Kansas Amateur Softball Association sanctioned tournament serves as an opportunity for high school softball players to gain valuable game experience, the ability to network with coaches and assistants from colleges throughout Kansas and the region and a possibility to earn college scholarships.

Sunflower Bank is committed to creating possibility for our youth and our communities and is proud of the volunteers, players, parents and coaches that participate and make this event a success for the young ladies each year.

Check out the Sunflower Bank Softball Showcase Facebook page for pictures and more information.

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