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Equity Bank announces promotions for 2023 officers, including

WICHITA, Kansas, Feb. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Equity Bancshares, Inc (“Equity”, “the Company”, “we”, “us”, “our”), the Wichita Bank ( “Bank”) announced the promotion of several individuals to new management positions within the Company, following board approval in January 2023.

Promotions include regional CEOs overseeing corporate regions in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and key metropolitan markets; the promotion of the Chief Marketing Officer of Equity; and the promotion of the CFO for Equity Bank.

Brad Daniel, Josh MezziAND Mark Parma are promoted to regional CEOs of the three Equity regions. Mr. Daniel will oversee the bank’s locations in the Central, West and Southwest Kansas Equity markets, as well as Arkansas. Mr. Means will lead the Bank regions in Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northern Oklahoma, while Parman will lead the Metropolitan Equity teams in Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Daniel, Mr. Means and Mr. Parman will continue to report to Craig Anderson, President of Equity Bank.

“As we’ve grown, we’ve maintained an entrepreneurial culture for our clients and teams across our locations,” said Brad Elliott, president and chief executive officer of Equity. “It is important to our brand that we continue to deliver personalized and sophisticated products and services with the feel of an agile and dedicated community bank. Mark, Josh and Brad all serve as outstanding assets to our communities and constantly strengthen our teams and our brand with our mission statement.”

Equity announced the promotion of John Hanley a Chief Marketing Officer, a leader in branding, advertising, public relations and digital marketing for the company. Mr. Hanley joined Equity in 2012 as Senior Director of Marketing in Equity’s Kansas City offices. Equity also announced the promotion of Chris Navratil to SVP, CFO of the bank. Navratil joined Equity in 2018 as SVP of Finance at Equity’s Wichita home office and will oversee the company’s bank-wide financial performance and reporting, with Eric Newell continuing to serve as Chief Financial Officer Officer of Equity Bancshares.

Equity Bank announced additional officer promotions across the firm’s footprint:

  • Ed Nazar – Business Consultant, Senior Vice President. Ed joined Equity in 2021 in Equity’s Kansas City office with a broad range of legal experience and focuses on credit matters and resolving client claims for the firm.
  • Justin Harris – Regional President, Ozark Mountain. Justin joined Equity Bank in 2021 and served as Harrison’s President and Senior Lending Officer during his Equity tenure.
  • Chad Nieman – Vice President, Commercial Lender. Chad joined Equity 10 years ago in Wichita as a credit analyst and now serves as a commercial lender based in Kansas City.
  • Sarah Nienke – Vice President, responsible for treasury management. Sarah leads the sales team for treasury management and small business banking in Wichita, joining the Company in 2018.
  • Kristof Slupkowski – Vice President, Head of Regional Credit. Kristof joined Equity Bank in 2018 as a credit analyst and is now responsible for regional credit decisions and leads a team of credit analysts in the firm’s Wichita office.
  • Stephanie Whitekiller – Vice President, Head of Human Resources. Stephanie joined Equity as part of the firm’s combination with American State Bank & Trust in 2021 and is a key leader in the HR team.
  • Lorra Bagley – Vice President, Bank Manager. Lorra Bagley heads the Equity Bank office at 1251 Oldham Parkway in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and has been a member of the banking team for 24 years.
  • Olya Baker – Assistant Vice President, Head of Treasury Support. Olya joined Equity Bank in 2016 and leads support and service for Equity Bank’s treasury management client base.
  • Rhonda Crosby – Assistant Vice President, Head of Human Resources. Rhonda joined Equity Bank in 2019 and leads Equity’s recruiting efforts.
  • Michael Day – Assistant Vice President, Internal Audit Supervisor. Michael Day assists with the audit and review processes for the Company.
  • Eric Tucker – Assistant Vice President, Head of Customer Service. Eric joined Equity as a Customer Service Team Leader in 2019 and has helped develop the company’s customer service and support capabilities.
  • Elizabeth Wilson – Assistant Vice President, Head of Loan Quality Review. Lizz Wilson joined Equity Bank ten years ago and has been instrumental in developing the lending process, teammates and lending operations for the Company.

About Equity Bancshares, Inc.

Equity Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of Equity Bank, which offers a full range of financial solutions, including commercial loans, consumer banking, mortgage lending and treasury management services. As of December 31, 2022, Equity had total consolidated assets of approximately $5 billion, with full-service locations in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, including corporate offices in Wichita.

Equity offers an enhanced banking experience for customers through a suite of sophisticated banking products and services tailored to their needs, while providing the high-quality, relationship-based customer service of a community bank. Equity common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “EQBK”. Find out more at www.equitybank.com.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Equity’s management with respect to, among other things, future events and Equity’s financial performance. These claims are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may”, “should”, “may”, “foresee”, “potential”, “believe”, “probably will result”, ” expect”, “continue”, “will”, “anticipate”, “seek”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “project”, “predict”, “objective”, “target”, “would” and “prospects” or negative changes to those words or other comparable words that are future or forward-looking in nature.These forward-looking statements are not historical facts and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Equity industry, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond Equity’s control. Accordingly, Equity cautions that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, assumptions and difficult uncertainties to be expected.Although Equity believes that the expectation Thought reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date they are made, actual results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Equity’s expectations include impacts related to COVID-19; competition from other financial institutions and bank holding companies; the effects and changes of commercial, monetary and tax laws and policies, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; changes in loan demand; fluctuations in the value of collateral and loan reserves; inflation, interest rates, currency and market fluctuations; changes in consumers’ spending, borrowing and savings habits; and acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses; and similar variables. The above list of factors is not exhaustive.

For a discussion of these and other risks that could cause actual results to differ from expectations, please refer to the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Equity’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 9, 2022, and any updates to those risk factors disclosed in subsequent Quarterly Equity Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Equity’s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those anticipated by Equity. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date it is made, and Equity undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, such as COVID-19, and it is not possible for us to predict such events or how they may affect us. In addition, Equity cannot evaluate the impact of each factor on Equity’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in relation to any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Equity or persons acting on behalf of Equity may make.

Media contact:

John HanleyChief Marketing OfficerEquity Bancshares, Inc.. / Equity Bank.(913) [email protected]

Investor contact:

Chris NavratilChief Financial Officer, Equity Bank(316) [email protected]

Joshua Mezzi

Chris Navratil

John Hanley

Mark Parma

Brad Daniel

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