September 17, 2020
Bennington State Bank (BSB) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ernie Beaudet as Vice President, Business Development Loan Officer in Wamego and surrounding markets. Beaudet is joining the business development efforts to grow Commercial Business relationships while maintaining current client relationships and sales.
Beaudet has a span of 40 years in the Banking Industry, providing customers with solutions to fit their financial needs. A Kansas native, Beaudet was born and raised in Manhattan, KS, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kansas State University. He started his career in banking as a teller while attending Kansas State University and quickly moved up from there. Beaudet is well known throughout the business community and brings over three decades of experience as President/CEO at community banks in Kansas. He most recently held the position of President/CEO with Heritage Bank in Topeka.
“The aspect of banking that I most enjoy is providing financing for individuals to be successful in business,” Beaudet stated. “I have admired BSB since arriving in Topeka and becoming more familiar with their rich history. BSB is made up of hard working community bankers who care about their customers.”
Beaudet’s banking experience and knowledge will further support BSB’s goal of becoming a premier commercial lender in Kansas.
“Having Ernie as part of our team is an important next step in expanding Bennington State Bank’s commercial lending presence in the Wamego area with a focus on Manhattan and expanding into Topeka,” said Josh Marquardt, Bennington State Bank Wamego Market President. “Ernie has a wealth of experience and contacts through his multiple years in banking. His comprehensive knowledge of financial services will be an added benefit to our customers.”
“Ernie’s extensive experience and passion for community banking makes him an important asset to our team and to our clients,” stated Darren Gragg, Bennington State Bank Chief Operating Officer. “His broad range of commercial banking experience and focus on building long term relationships with customers aligns perfectly with our goals.”