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Chairman Matthew Michaelis has officially assumed the role of president and CEO. He follows his father, Mike, and grandfather, W.A. Michaelis, Jr., in leadership roles at Emprise Bank. Michaelis will continue to serve as the bank’s chairman.
Michaelis succeeds Tom Page, who retires from the bank after a 37-year career in banking and 23 years as president and CEO. During his tenure, Page led efforts to more than triple assets from $503 million in 1994 to over $1.8 billion today. He will continue to serve as a board member and senior advisor.
“Tom’s passion for banking and for our company is contagious,” said Michaelis. “He has put Emprise in a position to succeed and built a strong foundation for the future. We thank him for his leadership and wish him well into his retirement.”
In his new and expanded role, Michaelis will continue working with the leadership team to further grow the bank and accelerate strategic initiatives in 2018. He began his career working for several investment banks, including Salomon Brothers and Greenhill & Co., where he 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, Michaelis began pursuing a leadership role at Emprise. He has served on the company’s board since 2006.
“Throughout my career, I’ve worked with many successful bankers and business leaders,” said Mike Michaelis, vice chairman of the board at Emprise. “Bringing Matt into this leadership role is a terrific opportunity for Emprise Bank. With his strong background in banking and knowledge of Emprise, we are confident in his ability to lead and continue our growth. The combination of an outstanding leadership team, energized employees and already strong momentum positions us to be a true leader. We look forward to the New Year and the success we’ll see under Matt’s leadership.”
In addition to leading Emprise Bank, 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.