The story of Emprise begins long before there was an Emprise Bank. It starts much earlier, in 1910 when Stockyards National Bank was formed in Wichita. From day one, the bank set out to be something special, something different. It elevated the standard for service and thus began a beautiful success story that has continued to endure, even all these years later.
When the Michaelis family acquired Stockyards National Bank in 1965, they eventually changed the bank’s name to United American Bank & Trust. However, its tradition of excellence remained a cornerstone of the bank’s success.
They also continued to expand. From the early 1970s and for the next two decades, the Michaelis family strategically continued to grow the bank. They acquired banks and opened locations in communities across Kansas including Council Grove, Eureka, Hays, Hillsboro, Iola, Moran, Potwin, and Toronto.
During this period of acquisition, the Michaelis family acquired the National Bank of Wichita and Wichita State Bank. In 1989, these three Wichita banks merged and introduced themselves to Kansas as Emprise Bank.
The growth didn’t stop there. Emprise Bank expanded into Lawrence in the early 1990s. Later in the decade, Emprise acquired Wichita Federal Savings & Loan, an acquisition that increased Emprise’s market share and doubled its asset size.
But Emprise wasn’t done growing – there were still people and communities that needed to be served. Emprise Bank continued to expand, adding locations in Chanute, El Dorado, and Humboldt.
But they knew there was a better way to get things done. In the early 2000s, the community banks were merged under one Emprise Bank charter – one bank, one cohesive way to do business.
Emprise Bank acquired Prairie State Bank in November 2006. This added eleven branches to the Emprise network and increased the number of employees to nearly 500. Through this merger, Emprise Bank reached $1 billion in total assets.
Today, we are a $1.5 billion bank serving more than 20 communities across Kansas. We still place a premium on the high level of service our bank was founded on over 100 years ago, and we're committed to nourishing our communities and delivering the superb level of service and innovative banking products that have made Emprise the premier community bank in Kansas.