Sunflower Bank Welcomes Jim Haines, Jr. to the Board of Directors
SALINA, Kan., March 13, 2013 – Mollie Hale Carter, President & CEO of Sunflower Bank, a regional community bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Haines, Jr. of Lawrence, Kansas, to the bank’s board of directors.
Mr. Haines joins the board with a long history of professional accomplishments and community involvement. Haines is currently a Director of Allette, Inc. and a Clark Distinguished Professor of Business at Washburn University. He began his career as Assistant Attorney General in Missouri after graduating from law school at the University of Missouri and, shortly thereafter, began a distinguished career in the utility industry. Before retiring in 2007, he was CEO and Director of Westar Energy.
“We are pleased to welcome a leader of Jim Haines’s caliber,” said Carter. “I am looking forward to working with him and our other directors as we build upon Sunflower Bank’s strong foundation in our region. At this keenly dynamic time in our industry, we are well-positioned with a healthy balance sheet and experienced leadership team to deliver the reliable financial services upon which our customers and communities rely.”
Investing in the community is natural for Jim Haines as indicated by a long list of leadership positions in organizations such as Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Inc., Douglas County Citizen Review Board, Topeka Community Foundation, Hospice of Wichita, United Way of Greater Topeka and many more.
Mr. Haines is also a well-known as a lecturer and educator in the areas of executive education, strategic planning, business ethics, and electric energy policy.
Other Sunflower Bank directors include Chairman Mollie Hale Carter, David O’Dell, Van Witthuhn, Karen Hale Young, and Lisa Hale. Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion financial services company with 32 locations in 20 communities across Kansas, eastern Colorado, and western Missouri.