Letter from David Herndon, BBOK Board Chairman

I read an article in a trade industry magazine not long ago titled “Long Memory – Short Vision.” It was about the risks facing the community banking industry as the economy emerges from the most vicious recession in 80 years, and cautioning against repeating past errors. The article raised some good and valid points but it was the title that really caught my attention.

As I write about my new role as chairman of the board for Bankers’ Bank of Kansas and the opportunities for you to lean on BBOK to help face the future, I think the appropriate title is the reverse – “Short Memory – Long Vision.” I’m not suggesting we ignore the past but we shouldn’t let it impede our vision for the future. We should heed the warning of George Santayana’s famous quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” There’s likely not a banker around anxious to repeat the past five or so years. But BBOK is a vibrant and growing bank well positioned to take advantage of the increasing optimism of its shareholders and customers with the anticipated recovering economy.

Want proof? Take a look at the menu of services BBOK offers and the professionalism in which those services are delivered. Want more proof? Take a look at BBOK’s performance and reputation among the other bankers’ banks in the country.

Mostly though, notice the group of Kansas bankers that have or are committing their time and talents as directors. It is a privilege to be associated with this group. The brain power is impressive and I haven’t left a meeting yet without learning something new. This type of board governance married to the management skills led by Bruce and Calvin make BBOK a very valuable partner. I’m excited about the year ahead and grateful for the opportunity to play a part. You can be a part too. BBOK is here to help you strategically develop and implement your “Long Vision” by offering an impressive menu of services and an even more impressive talent pool. Take advantage of your investment – use BBOK.


The Kansas Correspondent - First Quarter 2014