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After a 37-year career in banking with 23 as President and CEO at Emprise Bank, Tom Page announced his plans to retire at end of this year. As part of Emprise Bank’s continued transition to the next generation of leadership, Matthew (Matt) Michaelis will assume the leadership roles in addition to his current role as Chairman.
President and CEO Page announces retirement; Emprise Bank to celebrate his legacy and leadership
“Those who have worked with Tom know his passion for banking and for our company,” Matt Michaelis said. “He’s built a tremendous team and positioned Emprise well for our future. The bank will be celebrating Tom’s leadership as he prepares for a well-earned and deserved retirement.”
Page said, “It’s a great feeling to have worked alongside such dedicated and talented employees. We have grown Emprise to serve the state of Kansas which personally means a lot to me.”
Page will continue to serve as an Emprise Board member and senior advisor. Under his leadership the bank has more than tripled its assets from $503 million in 1994 to $1.7 billion today. Page led the organization through multiple acquisitions and in consolidating the individual banks into one charter. The Michaelis family hired Page in 1994 as President and CEO.
M.D. (Mike) Michaelis said, “Prior to 1994, we had worked with Tom and knew he was the right person to lead Emprise with his community banking knowledge coupled with his commercial banking and business acumen. We wish him well in his retirement and we are pleased he will continue to be associated with the bank.”
Chairman Matt Michaelis to assume President and CEO duties January 1, 2018
Matt Michaelis spent the first 15 years of his career at investment banks including Salomon Brothers and Greenhill & Co., primarily focused on merger and acquisition advisory. He then founded private equity firm Perla Capital Partners in 2010 to focus on investing in wireless infrastructure. In 2015, shortly after returning to Wichita, Matt Michaelis committed to focus his professional energies on Emprise and pursue a leadership role. Matt Michaelis has served on the Emprise Board since 2006.
“Emprise Bank is in a position of strength based on the foundation that Tom and the team has built over the years,” Matt Michaelis said. “It’s also a dynamic time to be in the banking business and Emprise Bank will continue to see growth by anticipating our customer’s needs and delivering differentiated solutions combined with great customer service.”
Matt Michaelis said in the next few months he will continue working with the leadership team to accelerate strategic initiatives for 2018. “I’m excited to add my experiences working with banks as an advisor, business owner and borrower to our existing team’s extensive experience,” Matt Michaelis said.
Matt Michaelis follows his father, Mike, and grandfather, W.A. Michaelis, Jr., in leadership roles at Emprise Bank.
Mike Michaelis said, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with great bankers and business leaders throughout my career. It’s especially gratifying to watch as the third generation prepares to take the helm at Emprise Bank. We’re pleased Matt chose to return to Wichita and to lead Emprise Bank’s next chapter.”
Matt Michaelis is active in community leadership serving on a number of community boards including the Greater Wichita Partnership, the Foundation Board of the Sedgwick County Zoo and the investment committee for the Wichita Art Museum.