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Te  recently announced several staff promotions. Jess Bowen was promoted to assistant vice president of retail banking. Bowen joined the bank in 2006 and has experience throughout many departments inside the bank, including new accounts, bookkeeping, electronic banking and branch management. Her experience has provided a high level of understanding of the bank’s operations to create effective practices and policies to further enhance customer experiences. Angelia Brinley was promoted to senior vice president of finance and risk management. Brinley joined the bank in 2016 and has 25 years of financial experience. She started her career at a CPA firm doing banking audits, moved into the banking industry shortly aſter and has experience as an internal auditor, credit analyst, controller and chief financial officer, working in both small and midsize community banks. Kent Buhr was promoted to assistant vice president of electronic banking. Buhr joined the bank in 2014 as an electronic banking associate and continued to take on more leadership roles. His main focuses are leading his team, helping customers feel comfortable and confident in the bank’s digital environment and assisting business customers attain greater efficiencies with the bank’s products. Jamie Holtmeier was promoted to assistant vice president of deposit compliance and BSA officer. Holtmeier joined the Bank of Washington in 2014 aſter serving as a compliance officer in the financial securities

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industry and was promoted to an officer position in 2018. She received the MBA Young Bankers Leadership Award in 2018 and serves as chairman of the MBA Young Bankers Leadership Division. Kristen Spaunhorst was promoted to director of


product development. Spaunhorst joined the bank in 2002 as a teller/customer service representative, was promoted to a branch manager position in 2008 and was promoted in 2011 to the newly created position of product development coordinator. She plays a key role in helping formulate and execute product and technology strategy, ensuring the integration, compliance, risk and vendor diligence of each piece is properly assessed and completed effectively. Danielle Unnerstall was promoted to the newly created position of director of digital strategy and marketing. Unnerstall joined the bank in 2011 as the director of marketing and was promoted to director of marketing and public relations officer in 2013. She will continue to play a pivotal role in leveraging data, research and analytics to create strategies that enhance the bank’s overall performance, growth, market share and customer experience.

Kristen Spaunhorst

Danielle Unnerstall

Ashly Hanson was promoted to chief administrative officer at Country Club Bank in Kansas City. She will work with finance, human resources, operations and administrative team executives to facilitate daily operations, coordinate communications and create efficiencies among departments. She joined the bank in 1988, and most of her responsibilities have

been in finance and operations, including stints as the bank’s controller and chief financial officer.

First Missouri State Bank in Cape Girardeau promoted Brittney Lee and Heather Dameron to senior vice president. Lee began her career as a personal banker when the bank opened in November 2002. She also served as sales and marketing manager and became chief financial officer in 2016. Dameron joined the bank in 2003 as a mortgage

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