Kansas Bankers Association

Bank Leaders of Kansas (BLOK)

KBA’s Bank Leaders of Kansas (BLOK) Program was unveiled in 2006 with the primary goal of preparing bankers to play an active, positive role in molding the future of the KBA and the Kansas banking industry. Since the program’s inception, more than 120 Kansas bankers have completed the BLOK training experience and are playing important leadership roles within the KBA and within their communities.

BLOK Program Objectives:

  • Objective 1:

To increase individual banker’s understanding and knowledge of the structure and governance of the KBA, including a complete overview of programs, services, and representation provided by KBA.

  • Objective 2:

To increase individual bankers’ understanding of the state and federal legislative process and increase their willingness to actively support and defend the Kansas banking industry.

  • Objective 3:

To increase individual banker’s understanding and awareness of the various state and federal agencies that govern the banking industry in Kansas and how those agencies interact with the KBA.

  • Objective 4:

To improve individual banker’s leadership and communication skills and to provide a clear understanding of their role as a volunteer KBA leader.

BLOK Training Sessions:

Session I includes an inside look at the structure, governance and history of the KBA and a behind the scenes look at the state legislative process. Participants will also be treated to an in-depth look at the Office of the State Bank Commissioner.

Session II is built around a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, including presentations by key leadership. This session will also feature personal and professional accountability training, a unique look at how community banks in Kansas are competing with one another, and a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing bank CEOs in Kansas’ fastest growing region.

Session III consists of a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., chaperoned by members of KBA’s Federal Affairs Committee. This session included stops at the American Bankers Association, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the offices of Kansas Congressional Delegation.

Session IV is focused on Improving Bank Performance through Leadership, Accountability and Maximizing Team Results. This session includes special training on leadership communication skills, building a winning team and also includes a final leadership challenge from KBA leadership.

For additional information about the BLOK program contact Doug Wareham or Sara Blubaugh by e-mail or by phone at 785-232-3444.