Sunflower Bank, N.A. Hires John Sawyer as Chief Investment Officer & Director of Wealth Management and Private Banking

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DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunflower Bank, N.A. (“Sunflower Bank”) is pleased to announce that John Sawyer has joined the bank as Chief Investment Officer & Director of Wealth Management and Private Banking. In this role, Sawyer is responsible for the strategy, management and growth of the bank’s wealth management services that include private banking, investment management, financial planning and personal trust services. Sunflower Bank is a $7.9 billion bank with a model of delivering relationship-driven, local decision-making with large bank solutions to locations throughout Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

“We’re thrilled to have John Sawyer join us to lead Sunflower Bank’s wealth management and private banking activities. His long history of building robust trust and wealth services teams will serve Sunflower Bank well as we continue to broaden client relationships,” said Neal Arnold, CEO and President of Sunflower Bank.

Sawyer has over 30 years of investment experience with a proven track record leading trust, investment management, brokerage and RIA units at regional and community banks. As Chief Investment Officer, he directs and manages Sunflower Bank’s investment process and portfolio development. In addition, Sawyer is responsible for strengthening and expanding Sunflower Bank’s existing wealth management infrastructure to provide additional services to current clients and grow its client base.

“I am excited to become a part of Sunflower Bank. It’s a great organization with a solid investment philosophy and wealth management infrastructure already in place. There is huge potential to grow the business even further and I look forward to both expanding our services to clients and our team,“ said Sawyer.

Currently based in Denver, Sawyer spent most of his career in various Texas markets. He received a BS in Finance from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Sawyer holds the CFA charter holder designation.

About Sunflower Bank, N.A.

Operating as Sunflower Bank, First National 1870 and Guardian Mortgage, Sunflower Bank, N.A. provides financial solutions to the individual communities it serves. With $7.9 billion in assets as of December 31, 2023, headquarters in Dallas, TX, bank locations in five states, and mortgage capabilities in more than 40 states, Sunflower Bank, N.A. provides a full range of relationship-focused services to meet personal, business and wealth management financial objectives. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. First National 1870 and Guardian Mortgage are divisions of Sunflower Bank, N.A. To learn more visit SunflowerBank.comFirstNational1870.com or GuardianMortgageOnline.com.

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