Matthew S. Ruge, Executive Director of the Missouri Independent Bankers Association (MIBA), the state's premier banking association exclusively representing over 150 independently-owned community banks state-wide, announced the election of the group's new officers for the 2021-2022 term of office:
Chairman of the Board: Darrell Harke, Bank of Old Monroe, Old Monroe, Missouri; President: Jack Hopkins, Community Bank of Raymore, Raymore, Missouri; President-Elect: Tyler Bender, Midwest Regional Bank, Festus, Missouri; Vice-President: Mark Laune, Peoples Savings Bank of Rhineland, Hermann, Missouri; and Secretary-Treasurer: Matthew Sinnett, Midwest Independent Bankers Bank, Jefferson City, Missouri.
Mark Laune, the Association's newly elected Vice President, has previously served on the Board of Directors for several years and on various MIBA committees. Laune has been actively involved as a community banking leader throughout his 30 years at Peoples Savings Bank in Hermann, MO, where he has served as President and CEO since 2008. Laune has played an instrumental role in PSB's growth, which now has 11 branches across seven counties in East Central Missouri.
Laune currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ozark Gateway Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the Assumption Catholic Church. He has also served on Franklin County Area United Way Board of Directors, New Haven Community Youth Fair Board and has been a member of the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus.
The Association's elections were held at its 44th annual convention, September 13-14, 2021, at The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Missouri. The Missouri Independent Bankers Association, which exclusively represents the interests of Missouri's independently-owned community financial institutions, was the first state independent bankers association to be formed in the country and was chartered in 1959. The Association serves community banks throughout Missouri, providing legislative representation, education and seminar programs, as well as other services designed exclusively for community banks.