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Jim Birkbeck

Jim Birkbeck is the Chairman of the Board at Denison State

Bank in Holton, KS. He began his career in the banking

industry as Assistant Vice President and Ag Representative

at Peoples Bank & Trust in McPherson in 1964. Following a

promotion to Vice President in 1967 he accepted a position at

Commercial National Bank in Kansas City as a Correspondent

Banking Officer. In 1972 Jim made his final move to Denison

State Bank in Holton as VP, Cashier and Director. In 1977 he

was named President & Director and in 2004 he earned the title

of CEO & Director. He has held the title of Chairman of the

Board since 2013. Jim grew up on a family farm in Burlington,

KS, and graduated from Kansas State University with both a

bachelor’s and master’s degree in ag economics. He is also a

graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Madison. He is

very active in his community serving as an officer for both the

local rotary club and the Holton Area Chamber of Commerce.

He served for 7 years on the school board, and is very active

in his church, serving as the Pastor Parish Chairman. Jim

also served on the KSU Board of Trustees. Jim noted that a

highlight of his career has been getting well acquainted with

local bank customers and feeling the satisfaction of watching

them grow and succeed.

Dale Bradley

Dale Bradley graduated from Ford High School in 1955. He

attended Hutchinson Community College where he graduated

in 1957 and then went on to Kansas Wesleyan University where

he graduated in 1959. Dale worked as a teacher and coach for

several years before joining Citizens State Bank in Miltonvale

on a part-time basis in 1964. He began his full time career in

June of 1965, working for his in-laws, James R. and El Dana

S. Ayers. Dale was named Chairman/CEO of the Citizens

State Bank in 1992. He has been very active in the banking

industry serving as KBA Board President in 1998 and also

serving on numerous committees prior to going through the

chairs. He currently serves on the Federal Affairs Committee

for the KBA. He also served on the boards for Bankers’ Bank

of Kansas, Kansas Bankers Surety Company of Topeka, and

the District Council for Bank Administration Institute. Dale has

also been active on the PAC Committee for the Independent

Bankers Association of America serving two terms on the

executive committee. He also served as the Secretary for the

ICBA. Dale has a strong community service history serving

the Board of Trustees for Kansas Wesleyan University

including chairman of the board. He is currently serving on the

Foundation Board for Kansas Wesleyan University. He is Past

Chairman of Homecare/Hospice of Manhattan, Vice President

of the Sunset Zoo Trust of Manhattan and a member of the

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member and

past chairman of both Miltonvale Lions Club and Chamber of

Commerce.

J.D. Hager, Jr.

J.D. Hager, Jr., began his banking career in 1964 when he was

hired as a teller at the St. John National Bank. In 1965 he was

promoted to Assistant Cashier and just a year later he was

named Cashier. J.D. joined the Board of Directors in 1969 and

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