EQUITY BANK - DOSE OF LEADERSHIP INTERVIEW SERIES
Have you ever noticed that most business bankers seem to really understand just one thing, banking...and not much about business?
Makes sense, since most banks were built generations ago and now they’re often run by ‘caretakers’ not business builders.
The bankers at Equity Bank didn’t inherit a bank generations ago, they built one of their own. They know that building something takes expertise, vision and hard work.
In this special podcast series, Equity Bank celebrates the entrepreneurial and leadership values that create great organizations.
Thanks for listening to this special Entrepreneurial / Leadership Series of Dose Of Leadership, brought to you by Equity Bank.
Jared Peterson began working at Vermillion in 2009 as a Sales Associate, specializing in sales of wire harness and custom cable for the aerospace and defense industries.
He quickly rose through the ranks and became Director of Manufacturing Operations in 2014. During that time, Jared worked closely with the former president and in 2017, the president retired, leaving Jared at the helm.
Jared went to Douglass High School and graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is on the Executive Committee of the Wichita Manufacturers Association, where he is the publicity co-chair.
Vermillion specializes in custom-made cables and shielding built to meet a vast number of MIL-Spec requirements for applications in the Army, Navy, and Air Force as well as for General Aviation and OEM applications.
For over 50 years, Vermillion has provided the military and aerospace industry with high-quality harness assemblies.
Victor Lukic joined Great Plains Industries as president in November of 2012 following the unexpected death of Grant Nutter. Vic has extensive experience in companies which manufacture proprietary products. He has work in companies of varied sizes and in diverse industries from truck bodies to cabinets to pumps.
Vic has degrees in both Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering. Since arriving at GPI Vic has initiated lean programs, assembled an innovation team and led a re-branding effort. Vic really enjoys getting out and spending time with current and potential customers.
When Vic isn’t at work you may see him out running, attending the soccer games of son Jack or dance recitals of his daughter Victoria. Vic and his wife Julie enjoy traveling but mostly they love the local family life.
Founded in 1972 and privately-held, Great Plains Industries, Inc. is respected globally for its high-quality fuel transfer pumps, fuel meters, flow-meters and Industrial instrumentation for fluid transfer pump and liquid flow-meter markets around the world.
Great Plains Industries’ products are manufactured in the U.S.A. by more than 200 employees.
Great Plains Industries is headquartered in Wichita, Kan., with locations in Sydney and Mexico City.
Syndeo is a Kansas-based, independently owned human resources company.
The Syndeo family of companies is made up of Syndeo Outsourcing — a full-service human resources outsourcing (HRO) provider, Syndeo Payroll Solutions — a full-service payroll services provider, and Syndeo Staffing — a full-service recruiting and staffing services provider.
While all of these options are available to companies, these branches of Syndeo provide targeted solutions for every client.
Bill Maness. Entrepreneur. Dedicated. Loyal. Fiercely competitive. Demonstrative.
All very descriptive of this high performing bundle of energy, but don’t be fooled by his burly exterior.
Everyone who works at Syndeo knows he just a big ole softy.
Bill is committed to driving Syndeo’s growth into the future and looking forward to enjoying the ride getting there.
Bud Gates has served as Chairman and CEO of Easygates, LLC, from March 2007 to present. In addition, he serves as President and CEO of Gates Enterprises, Inc., 1985 to present.
Gates was owner and operator of Rent-A-Center and ColorTyme franchises from 1996 to 2006 and Pizza Hut franchises from 1985 to 2007. The company owned and operated Heroes Sports Bar and Grill in Wichita, Kansas from 1991 to present, and has owned and operated various other businesses in the past.
Mr. Gates served as Deputy Chief Executive of THORN Group, THORN EMI’s worldwide organization of rental companies which employed 20,000 people in 20 countries and he was a member of the THORN Executive Committee.
As Chairman and CEO of THORN Americas, Inc., 1992 to 1996, he was responsible for rental operations of THORN EMI plc in the Americas (including Rent-A-Center) and the Asia-Pacific region. He held the title of President of Rent-A-Center, Inc. in 1986 and added the title of CEO upon THORN EMI plc acquiring Rent-A-Center in 1987.
From 1979 to 1985, Mr. Gates was an executive of Pizza Hut, Inc., a Division of PepsiCo, Inc. He held various marketing roles within Pizza Hut, culminating in the role of Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Mr. Gates began his career with PepsiCo in its Wilson Sporting Good division in Chicago, IL in the Team Sports Group ultimately heading up the company’s athletic footwear business.
Mr. Gates received a B.S. cum laude with a major in mathematics and a minor in physics from the State University of New York (Albany). He received a Master of Education from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard University.
In 2002, he moved back to Wichita to work in his family’s business, Sasnak Management, where he is now the President. Sasnak owns and operates over 60 Carlos O’Kelly’s and Applebee’s across 10 states, along with two breakfast concepts in Wichita - The Good Egg and HomeGrown. Jon currently serves as co-chair of The Greater Wichita Partnership, and on the board of Intrust Bank and the CEO Forum.
Jon has served as the Chairman of Visioneering Wichita and has sat on the boards of the Wichita Children’s Home, United Way of the Plains, the YMCA, and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Jon and his wife, Lauren, have been married for 12 years and have five children: Emma, Olivia, David, Peter, and Austin.
Previously, Ms. Lovelady served as the Vice President of Prevention and Advocacy at the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas. Teresa has served on many taskforces, coalitions and committees including National Mental Health America, Visioneering Wichita, African-American Coalition, the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, Wichita State University, Wichita Public Schools (several site councils and parent teacher organizations), Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS) statewide review of disparities in the child welfare system, and COMCARE in addressing needs of disadvantaged persons, particularly children.
Teresa has demonstrated leadership and excellence by being a team player willing to negotiate and mediate for “win/win” situations and serving as a positive role model within the community.
Ronnie graduated from Wichita State University in 1987 and worked for Baird, Kurtz & Dobson as a CPA for 5 years and as a controller for NPC, a local manufacturer, for 5 years.
Ronnie serves as a member of the Fairy Godmothers, a women’s community organization that provides scholarships for women at Wichita State University. She also currently serves as the treasurer for Kansas Global Trade Services and the assistant treasurer for the Ninnescah Sailing Association
Over the ensuing time frame, Ensignal has grown into sizeable regional Verizon Premium agent, with 94 locations in eight states.
The company’s primary market focus has always been in the rural markets of the west.
For strategic reasons, Ensignal has intentionally avoided putting store operations in Kansas. Current employee count is in the 350-365 range.
Dan believes success comes from having a strong and consistent focus on three key areas:
Knowledge is the most vital component of success. Knowledge of your industry, your product, your peer companies, and competitors is critical. Knowledge of acquisition targets, not only the company but the executives—their interests, their aspirations, their personalities…all these are critical. Knowledge of your employee’s abilities, where they need development, when they need confidence, when is the right time for them to “fail”. Failure is the best tool to teach leaders. Assist them in learning and understanding the difference between ego and ability.
Objectivity in decision making is the second component of success. Separating emotions, opinions and organizational politics away from decision making is difficult, but critical to maintaining successful organizations. Creating objectivity in decision making is difficult to do, and very difficult to maintain as organizations grow larger.
Ethics and Values is the final key. Knowledge can be gained through intensive learning and teaching. The ability to become objective in decision making can also be learned through example and consistency in decision making. Ethics and values, however, are deeper ingrained in personalities. Core beliefs of what is right versus wrong, fairness in dealing with delicate situations, and most importantly, the ability to acknowledge your own mistakes and shortfalls are the final piece to success. The inability of leaders to see, or even acknowledge their mistakes has led to many spectacular failures not only in business but when you look back at history, the same faults in world leaders have changed the course of the world.