Equity Bank Series – Bud Gates: Entrepreneur, CEO, Executive, & Franchisee

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 …

Equity Bank Series – Bill Maness: Founder & CEO of Syndeo

Syndeo is 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 …

Equity Bank Series – Victor Lukic: President of Great Plains Industries

Victor Lukic joined GPI 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 …

Equity Bank Series – Jared Peterson: President/CEO of Vermillion

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 …