OVERLAND PARK – Bank of Blue Valley, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. recently announced that Brent Giles has been appointed President and CEO, effective Thursday, July 1.
Giles will also be a member of the bank’s board of directors.
Morill & Janes Bank with branches in Atchison, Hiawatha and Sabetha has been a division of Bank of Blue Valley since a merger in 2019.
“We are fortunate and delighted to have Brent Giles at the helm of Bank of Blue Valley,” said Bob Regnier, vice chairman of the board of directors of Bank of Blue Valley. “Brent has over 30 years of banking experience in successful business ventures and as a key market leader in Kansas City. As a local bank with local decision making, helping to stimulate growth and contribute to the vitality of our community is essential.
Giles is an exceptional banking executive who brings over 30 years of experience in commercial and consumer banking, strategic leadership, team building and customer satisfaction. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Wisconsin Bank and Trust, another subsidiary of HTLF. Prior to this role, Giles served as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Liberty Bancorp, Inc. and BankLiberty, both based in Kansas City, Missouri. Giles holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from the University of Missouri. “Bank of Blue Valley is a great bank with a tremendous history of growth and commitment to the community over the years,” said Giles. “I am delighted to help lead Bank of Blue Valley as we continue to build on this history and help grow the Kansas City community and the communities in Northeast Kansas we serve.” Wendy Reynolds, current President of Bank of Blue Valley, will become HTLF’s new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, effective July 1. Reynolds brings a strong history of community service to this newly created role. She was recently recognized as the Kansas City Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Laureate for her work in industry and community.