Chris Kollman: small-town banker, community builder
published on 03/17/2017
Lawrence, Kansas – Chris Kollman joined RCB Bank as Market President in December 2016. Since that time, he has been focused on rebuilding tradition. Nearly every customer who joined Kollman since he started banking in 1984, including his first customer, was still with him on his last day at his previous employer.
Honest, enthusiastic and community-minded, Kollman mirrors what RCB Bank stands for: Relationships, Community and Boldness.
“I am proud of my customers,” Kollman said. “To know them as friends and to be a part of their journey.” He helped a young person start a new business who was later selected the National SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He assisted a small veterinary clinic rent space which now is a regional organization with 10,000 ft. of owned space and five veterinarians in their practice. He is proud to have helped finance many local businesses that have contributed jobs to the local community and secured affordable housing grant projects for the city.
Kollman believes, “What you contribute to your community and your character are more important than what you’ve accumulated.” He served as Chairman for 30 years of a local lobbying group that visited the State Capital in Topeka each year to support rural Kansas issues, including bringing a correctional facility to the community that created good jobs in the economy. He was School District Treasurer for 25 years and promoted the building of a new middle school. He served two terms as President for the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and helped keep the business community vibrant and organized. He served on the Loan Committee for Pioneer Country Development Inc., a certified development company for the 18 Northwest Counties in Kansas. He was also Chairman of the Rooks County Airport Commission, a project that secured FAA grant funding for a new regional airport, the first new airport built in Kansas in over 20 years, and can accommodate business jet operations. He has served 30 years as President or Secretary of the Stockton Industrial Development Corp., supporting commercial financing projects around the community and assisting in moderate to low income housing projects, and served four terms on the Congregational United Church of Christ Board of Trustees.
“Boldness to me means doing what is right, even if it means exposing yourself to criticism or being out of your comfort zone,” Kollman said. “That’s what the settlers of Lawrence, Kansas did all those years ago - pioneers who endured great hardship to make a stand for what they believed in. I have such pride in this community and look forward to helping its citizens make their next bold stands.”
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