Goshen, IN, United States
Goshen, IN, United States

Goshen College is a private liberal arts college in Goshen, Indiana. The institution was founded in 1894 as the Elkhart Institute, and is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. It has an enrollment of around 1,000 students. The college is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.Goshen College maintains a distinctive Christian Mennonite environment, but admits students of all religions. U.S. News and World Reports ranks Goshen as a third-tier liberal arts college.Goshen is known for its Study-Service Term , a program that takes students to another country for three months. Students' time on SST is split into two sections. For the first half of the semester students study the country's language, history and culture, usually in the capital. In the second half, students live with host families in smaller cities or rural areas where they do service work. Service placements range from teaching English to working on a farm, recording traditional natural remedies to playing with children at a childcare facility. The Study Service program was founded in 1968 before study-abroad programs became widespread. Current SST destination options are Peru, Senegal, Tanzania, China, and Cambodia. The college has also offered a domestic SST to immerse students in the Latino culture and community in northern Indiana.Goshen College is home to the Mennonite Quarterly Review and the Mennonite Historical Library, a 75,000 volume library compiling the most comprehensive collection of Anabaptist material in the United States.Goshen tends to maintain a fairly steady 5550. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Indiana’s best colleges for 2017. Of the 46 schools honored, 44 four-year schools made the list with University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, DePauw University, Valparaiso University and Butler University taking the top five spots. Ivy Tech Community College and Ancilla College were also included as the best two-year schools in the state. A list of all schools is included below. “Education can make a huge difference when it comes to the job market,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “These schools in Indiana have not only shown a commitment to providing quality degree programs, but also the employment services that contribute to student success as they pursue careers.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Indiana” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, employment and academic services offered, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and the availability of financial aid. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Indiana” list, visit: Indiana’s Best Colleges for 2017 include: Ancilla College Anderson University Ball State University Bethel College-Indiana Butler University Calumet College of Saint Joseph DePauw University Earlham College Franklin College Goshen College Grace College and Theological Seminary Hanover College Huntington University Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana State University Indiana University-Bloomington Indiana University-East Indiana University-Kokomo Indiana University-Northwest Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indiana University-South Bend Indiana University-Southeast Indiana Wesleyan University Ivy Tech Community College Manchester University Marian University Martin University Oakland City University Purdue University-Calumet Campus Purdue University-Main Campus Purdue University-North Central Campus Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saint Joseph’s College Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary's College Taylor University Trine University Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses University of Evansville University of Indianapolis University of Notre Dame University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne University of Southern Indiana Valparaiso University Wabash College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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The Indiana CPA Society honored the state's top CPAs at its annual CPA Celebration on May 12. Each year INCPAS recognizes CPAs who have served their profession and/or communities in an outstanding manner. The contributions these professionals make reflect positively on the individuals as well as the CPA profession. This award is the Society's highest honor. It is given for making significant contributions to the CPA profession, the AICPA and/or the Society on numerous levels. Williams has been an assistant professor of accounting at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, since 1995 and has been actively involved with the Society since 2005. He has chaired the Ethics Committee, Finance Committee, Officer Nominating Committee and Leadership Succession Committee. His committee service culminated with five years on the INCPAS Board of Directors. During his year as chair in 2015, he helped lead two of the Society’s biggest milestones: the establishment of the CPA Center of Excellence® as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Society and the celebration of the Society’s centennial anniversary. For his efforts and innovations in education with the accounting program and creation of an entrepreneurship major at IWU, he received the INCPAS Outstanding Educator Award in 2016. This award is selected by the prior Chair for guidance, assistance and support during the Chair's term. Bolinger began his career with the Indiana CPA Society in 1984 as the field activities director and was named executive director in 1990. He has continued in that role while also serving on numerous state and national committees, including as president of the Indiana Society of Association Executives. He is a regular presenter at accounting conferences, business organizations and associations across the country. In 2001, he was named Association Executive of the Year by ISAE. In 2010, he received national recognition as AccountingWEB's Outstanding CPA Association Employee of the Year. In 2014, he received the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the highest distinctions an Indiana governor can present. This is the second time he has received the Chair’s Award, the first being in 1998.                                             Bolinger was named Accounting Today's "Top 100 Most Influential People" in the profession in 2015 and 2016. This award is given to an individual or firm committed to building and diversifying the talent pipeline. William B. Sharkey, CPA, JD Partner, PwC LLP - Indianapolis Sharkey has been involved with the INCPAS Scholars career awareness and mentoring program for minority high school students since its inception. He takes a genuine and active role in developing not only these students, but all young professionals within his firm. He dedicates substantial time to being a constant source of support, encouragement and inspiration for young professionals. He speaks at various INCPAS events and addresses the challenges of working in public accounting to give each student a better idea of what it is really like to be a CPA. His positive impact ultimately is helping build the talent pipeline and diversity with accounting students, candidates and CPAs who are better prepared to meet the current and future needs of the profession. This award recognizes up-and-coming leaders who have already demonstrated initiative in the profession and made significant contributions to the overall success of his/her employer. Michelle E. Boyden, CPA, CGMA Manager of Tax Services, MAccounting, LLC - Indianapolis Boyden has played an instrumental role not only on the financial side of her company, but in the operational, marketing and human resources sides. She has successfully implemented cross-departmental communications and procedures to improve work flow efficiency, cash flow and growth. She emphasizes the importance of cultivating a positive work environment and is not only passionate about what she does as a CPA, but also leads by example by living and promoting the importance of a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle that aligns with her organization’s mission. Garrett R. Cannizzo, CPA Supervisor, RSM US LLP - Elkhart Cannizzo has demonstrated incredible leadership skills when interacting with clients, team members and the community. He does his audit work efficiently but never fails to act as an advisor and build meaningful relationships with clients. He also takes extra time to help mentor his engagement team members by helping them understand the concepts behind the work they're doing. Outside of work, he is involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen where he serves as the treasurer. He also serves as an advisor for the Goshen College Athletic Committee and participated in a mentorship program for local high school students who have an interest in accounting. Kevin R. Koven, CPA Audit Manager, Somerset CPAs, PC - Indianapolis Koven has consistently proven that he is a leader in the profession through his involvement in the community in which he serves, the firm in which he works and the organizations to which he belongs. During his tenure as manager, he devoted over 60 hours annually to his firm's recruiting and retention programs while still exceeding the firm's charge-hour goals. He coordinated in-house training for staff and is always willing to help out when called upon to assist. Outside the firm, he contributes to numerous Indiana CPA Society and AICPA initiatives. He was selected as an Indiana representative for the AICPA's Leadership Academy in 2014 and has served on the Young Professionals of Central Indiana board. He is the new treasurer for the Sigma Chi House Corporation at Indiana University and is currently enrolled in the trueU Leader in Training program. Joseph T. O’ Connor, CPA Senior Accountant, Estep, Doctor & Co, PC - Muncie O'Connor's nominators point to both his people and technical skills as being unparalleled. In less than five years, he went from part-time intern to shareholder at his company. He was the first participant in its mentoring program, is now the face for all recruitment fairs and developed a training program for new hires. He also took the time and effort to spearhead his company's participation in the Delaware County Corporate Challenge, coordinating several evening events in which staff signed up for or came out to support. Outside of work, he is a volunteer for the YMCA of Muncie, member of the Muncie Elks Lodge #245, supporter of the Panther Pantry and visitor at his local middle school's special education classes. Joshua C. Smith, CPA Senior Accountant - Business Valuation, Blue & Co., LLC - Indianapolis Smith's nominators highlight his energy, enthusiasm and passion for the profession as reasons why he excels as a leader. He is adamant about helping those around him achieve the highest levels of success, whether they are coworkers, colleagues or clients. He sets aside time to take a pulse on what’s affecting the profession and assess how that will impact the work that needs to be done. He is constantly looking for ways to incorporate new ideas and processes, and does not hesitate to discuss them with the right stakeholders at the right time. He was recently voted to the board of Reach For Youth and also volunteers as an INCPAS High School Ambassador. He was given lifetime membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society which recognizes outstanding academic achievements of collegiate business and management scholars. This award recognizes outstanding service to the Society, CPA profession and community over a long period of time. John W. Perkins, CPA Senior Tax & Finance Analyst, Accuride Corporation - Evansville Perkins invests in his Evansville community. He is a board member for Meals on Wheels, president of the Downtown Optimist Club and a volunteer classroom teacher for the Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana. He also has played a key role for Historic Newburgh, where he currently serves as treasurer, co-created the new Free Movie Night Program in 2015 and served as the director for the 2016 Ghost Walks event. For his contributions and achievements as a young leader, he was a nominee for the 20 Under 40 award by the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Robert E. Reynolds, CPA, CGMA Director and Shareholder, Brady Ware - Richmond Reynolds has served in a volunteer leadership capacity for a number of nonprofit boards, committees and taskforces for over 25 years. His history of service to community organizations, professional organizations such as INCPAS and the AICPA, and his alma mater, Wright State University, make him an outstanding role model for others. Most recently he has taken on the role of board chair for the United Way of Whitewater Valley and is helping realign its focus to better address community needs. As a result, the United Way launched the new Hands up Guidance (HUG) Initiative to provide support necessary to overcome the various barriers to overcoming poverty and gaining greater financial stability. Last year he served as the Corporate Walk Chair for the Tri-State Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. Ronald Turpin, CPA, CGMA, JD Chief Financial Officer, Gibson - Fort Wayne Turpin has been giving back to Northeast Indiana in a variety of volunteer roles over the past 20 years. He currently serves as chair of the Board for Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the City of Fort Wayne’s Joint Legacy Funding Committee and the Finance Committee for Nazarene Theological Seminary. In board and committee member capacities, he has shared his financial and business expertise with the United Way of Allen County, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Turnstone, Grace Point Church, Indiana Association of United Ways, Leadership Fort Wayne, The Malpas Trust, Kates Kart, Early Childhood Alliance, Tower Bank, Kiddie Prep School, IPFW Advisory Board, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne Fiscal Policy Committee and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He also has served on various INCPAS task forces and written profession blogs for fellow members. This award recognizes significant contributions advocating for the CPA profession through government relations. Richard B. Wheeler, CPA President, Wheeler & Associates, P.C. - Indianapolis Wheeler has been closely involved with advocacy for the CPA profession and the Indiana CPA Society for many years. He currently serves as a member of the INCPAS Tax Resource Advisory Council and Leadership Cabinet. He previously served on the Tax Advisory Council, which he chaired in 2006; on numerous project teams including the Indiana Department of Revenue, UAA Exposure Draft, Continuing Professional Education, CPE Curriculum Advisors, AccountAbility Indiana, Business Symposium, Tax Institute Conference, Small Firm Conference; as a Discussion Leader for the Knowledge Network; and as a CPA Center of Excellence® Online Beta Forum Community member. This award is given to an individual or firm embodying excellence through collaboration, development of critical business (soft) skills, knowledge sharing and a competency-based approach to lifelong learning. Kevin G. Kruggel, CPA, CGMA Partner, Kruggel Lawton CPAs - South Bend Kruggel has been instrumental in advancing the mission to enhance vital business skills for the success of CPAs and other professionals. As one of INCPAS’ original Knowledge Management Task Force members and serving as its chair in 2010, his efforts helped lead to the conception and creation of the CPA Center of Excellence®, a wholly owned INCPAS subsidiary established in 2014. Within his own firm, he worked with fellow partners to engage the Center for advisory services to help with staff development and succession. The firm also had the majority of staff choose two of six available competency-based online interactive courses to build the soft skills they needed to advance their careers. He remains involved and is currently serving on the inaugural CPA Center of Excellence® Board of Directors. This award recognizes a transformative individual or firm implementing unique, forward-thinking activities designed to address future issues and needs. Summit CPA Group - Fort Wayne For the past seven years, the Summit CPA Group based in Fort Wayne has been initiating changes in its business model to thrive into the future. It is a leading provider of Virtual CFO services and Virtual 401(k) audits that has implemented many progressive strategies to differentiate itself among the marketplace. It has moved 70 percent of its business to the Virtual CFO or Controller model which provides flatfee billing to its customers. It resides in a virtual office environment with all but four staff members working remotely. It is now a completely cloud-based accounting firm. It’s grown its workforce from 10 to 40 full-time employees in only three years, employees are located in 10 states and its client base is represented in more than 40 cities across the country. Nearly 8,100 CPAs in public practice, business and industry, government and education are members of the Indiana CPA Society. INCPAS is the most trusted business resource and advocate in Indiana. Its members are required to abide by the CPA profession's code of conduct. INCPAS members also receive access to quality educational programs and peer networking for knowledge sharing. Society members are trusted advisors to Indiana's business community. INCPAS celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. For more information, visit incpas.org.


Sensenig R.L.,University of California at Davis | Sensenig R.L.,Mpala Research Center | Sensenig R.L.,Goshen College | Demment M.W.,University of California at Davis | Laca E.A.,University of California at Davis
Ecology | Year: 2010

The high herbivore diversity in savanna systems has been attributed to the inherent spatial and temporal heterogeneity related to the quantity and quality of food resources. Allometric scaling predicts that smaller-bodied grazers rely on higher quality forage than larger-bodied grazers. We replicated burns at varying scales in an East African savanna and measured visitation by an entire guild of larger grazers ranging in size from hare to elephant. We found a strong negative relationship between burn preference and body mass with foregut fermenters preferring burns to a greater degree than hindgut fermenters. Burns with higher quality forage were preferred more than burns with lower quality forage by small- bodied grazers, while the opposite was true for large-bodied grazers. Our results represent some of the first experimental evidence demonstrating the importance of body size in predicting how large herbivores respond to fire-induced changes in plant quality and quantity. © 2010 by the Ecological Society of America.


Pauls J.A.,Goshen College | Zhang Y.,Purdue University | Berman G.P.,Los Alamos National Laboratory | Kais S.,Purdue University | Kais S.,Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute
Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics | Year: 2013

The radical-pair mechanism is one of two distinct mechanisms used to explain the navigation of birds in geomagnetic fields, however little research has been done to explore the role of quantum entanglement in this mechanism. In this paper we study the lifetime of radical-pair entanglement corresponding to the magnitude and direction of magnetic fields to show that the entanglement lasts long enough in birds to be used for navigation. We also find that the birds appear to not be able to orient themselves directly based on radical-pair entanglement due to a lack of orientation sensitivity of the entanglement in the geomagnetic field. To explore the entanglement mechanism further, we propose a model in which the hyperfine interactions are replaced by local magnetic fields of similar strength. The entanglement of the radical pair in this model lasts longer and displays an angular sensitivity in weak magnetic fields, both of which are not present in previous models. © 2013 American Physical Society.


Srof B.,Goshen College | Taboas P.,Chamberlain College of Nursing | Velsor-Friedrich B.,Loyola University Chicago
Journal of Pediatric Health Care | Year: 2012

The purpose of this review is to describe and evaluate education programs for teens with asthma. Although asthma educational programs for children are plentiful, this is not the case for adolescents. The developmental tasks of adolescence require asthma education programs that are uniquely tailored to this age group. Although several well-designed studies appear in the literature, further research is needed to evaluate the efficacy of asthma education programs among teens. Although the quality of research varies, demonstrated program benefits include improved asthma self-management, self-efficacy, family support mechanisms, and quality of life. Practice implications point to the need for education programs in schools and camp settings that are consistent with national asthma guidelines. © 2012 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.


Trademark
Goshen College | Date: 2013-01-08

Metal key chains. Printed matter, namely, decals, notebooks, writing pads, stationery, folders, postcards, binders, bumper stickers, business cards, calendars, envelopes, letterhead paper, planning and appointment books, tablets of paper, writing pad holders, academic and entertainment publications, namely, event programs and brochures about student recruitment and student experience, fundraising, alumni, and church relations; printed university academic catalog; pamphlets in the field of traditional and adult student recruitment and student experience; school yearbooks; newspapers, books, brochures and pamphlets concerning university admissions, alumni activities and general university information; printed invitations; posters; pencils; pens. Mugs; cups; drinking glassware. Clothing and accessories, namely, t-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pants, jackets, coats, shorts, ties, caps, hats, sock caps, visors, socks, sleepwear, footwear, belts, hooded sweatshirts, long sleeved T-shirts, tank tops, jerseys, collared shirts, sweaters, boxer shorts, scarves, mittens, infant shirts, infant bodysuits, childrens t-shirts, childrens sweatshirts. Charitable fundraising services, namely soliciting and managing donations to promote the interests of the college, its students, and alumni. Educational services, namely, arranging and conducting, online and in person, instructional courses public lectures, workshops, seminars, conferences, and academic exhibitions at the college level, specifically at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and distribution of printed and multi-media course materials in connection therewith; entertainment services, namely, conducting intramural and intercollegiate athletic competitions, intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs, live show performances and presentation of lectures in the fields of academics and performing arts; arranging, organizing, conducting and hosting social events in the nature of parties for undergraduates and alumni; educational research; providing facilities for recreational activities, namely, athletic training, baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, recreational sports, soccer, softball, strength and conditioning, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; arranging and conducting artistic performances, concerts, and cultural events; providing online information concerning college admissions, alumni activities, and general college information; book and journal publishing.


Trademark
Goshen College | Date: 2013-01-08

Metal key chains. Printed matter, namely, decals, notebooks, writing pads, stationery, folders, postcards, binders, bumper stickers, business cards, calendars, envelopes, letterhead paper, planning and appointment books, tablets of paper, writing pad holders, academic and entertainment publications, namely, event programs and brochures about student recruitment and student experience, fundraising, alumni, and church relations; printed university academic catalog; pamphlets in the field of traditional and adult student recruitment and student experience; school yearbooks; newspapers, books, brochures and pamphlets concerning university admissions, alumni activities and general university information; printed invitations; posters; pencils; pens. Clothing and accessories, namely, t-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pants, jackets, coats, shorts, ties, caps, hats, sock caps, visors, socks, sleepwear, footwear, belts, hooded sweatshirts, long sleeved T-shirts, tank tops, jerseys, collared shirts, sweaters, boxer shorts, scarves, mittens, infant shirts, infant bodysuits, childrens t-shirts, childrens sweatshirts. Educational services, namely, arranging and conducting, online and in person, instructional courses public lectures, workshops, seminars, conferences, and academic exhibitions at the college level, specifically at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and distribution of printed and multi-media course materials in connection therewith; entertainment services, namely, conducting intramural and intercollegiate athletic competitions, intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs, live show performances and presentation of lectures in the fields of academics and performing arts; arranging, organizing, conducting and hosting social events in the nature of parties for undergraduates and alumni; educational research; providing facilities for recreational activities, namely, athletic training, baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, recreational sports, soccer, softball, strength and conditioning, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; arranging and conducting artistic performances, concerts, and cultural events; providing online information concerning college admissions, alumni activities, and general college information; book and journal publishing.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 598.00K | Year: 2013

This project provides scholarships to able and financially needy students majoring in the sciences and mathematics. The project is open to all students who meet academic and financial eligibility requirements and emphasizes supporting students, especially first-generation college students and members of groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Intellectual Merit: The academic programs into which the students go are strong, and there are academic support activities. Students are being attracted to the scholarships through family-based recruitment practices, collaboration with local high schools, and partnerships with local nonprofit agencies. Retention and graduation rates are being increased by a summer bridge program, an orientation program, supplemental instruction in key STEM courses, intensive academic advising, and summer research and internship opportunities. Professional success is encouraged through regular group meetings, individualized portfolios, and career services.

Broader Impact: The project is increasing the number and diversity of students who complete a STEM major and go on to work in the field or to further education. Results of this program are being disseminated through professional conferences and higher education publications and shared with partner high schools. Successful support structures built for these students are being incorporated into the colleges programs.


Trademark
Goshen College | Date: 2012-04-20

Printed matter, namely, decals, notebooks, writing pads, stationery, folders, postcards, binders, bumper stickers, business cards, calendars, envelopes, letterhead paper, planning and appointment books, tablets of paper, writing pad holders, academic and entertainment publications, namely, event programs and brochures about student recruitment and student experience, fundraising, alumni, and church relations; printed university academic catalog; pamphlets in the field of traditional and adult student recruitment and student experience; school yearbooks; newspapers, books, brochures and pamphlets concerning university admissions, alumni activities and general university information; printed invitations; posters; pencils; pens. Clothing and accessories, namely, t-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pants, jackets, coats, shorts, ties, caps, hats, sock caps, visors, socks, sleepwear, footwear, belts, hooded sweatshirts, long sleeved T-shirts, tank tops, jerseys, collared shirts, sweaters, boxer shorts, scarves, mittens, infant shirts, infant bodysuits, childrens t-shirts, childrens sweatshirts. Christmas tree ornaments and decorations. Educational services, namely, arranging and conducting, online and in person, instructional courses public lectures, workshops, seminars, conferences, and academic exhibitions at the college level, specifically at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and distribution of printed and multi-media course materials in connection therewith; entertainment services, namely, conducting intramural and intercollegiate athletic competitions, intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs, live show performances and presentation of lectures in the fields of academics and performing arts; arranging, organizing, conducting and hosting social events in the nature of parties for undergraduates and alumni; educational research; providing facilities for recreational activities, namely, athletic training, baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, recreational sports, soccer, softball, strength and conditioning, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; arranging and conducting artistic performances, concerts, and cultural events; providing online information concerning college admissions, alumni activities, and general college information; book and journal publishing.


News Article | January 26, 2017
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WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQBK), (“Equity,” or the “Company”), the Wichita-based holding company of Equity Bank, has announced the addition of a President to oversee the operating function, lending and strategy of Equity Bank throughout its 34 branches. Wendell Bontrager will join Equity on February 20, 2017. Bontrager most recently served as Region President for Old National Bank in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bontrager will report to Equity’s Chairman and CEO, Brad Elliott, who attributes the addition of a bank president to the Company’s continued growth. “Wendell is a great fit strategically for Equity Bank, but is also a key fit within our Company’s culture and future plans. We expect that Wendell will be a tremendous resource as we continue to grow from a $2 billion bank,” said Elliott. “We’re at the point in our organization that merits the addition of a strong leader to help us continue our path of organic growth, and managing the newly merged companies into our organic growth platform. Wendell has worked for financial institutions large and small, helping banks define competitive strategies, develop customers, and navigate business combinations. He’ll be a great fit for Equity Bank.” Mr. Elliott will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of both Equity Bank and the Company. Mr. Bontrager served as Executive Vice President for Tower Bank & Trust Company (“Tower”), headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He was employed from March 1999 through Tower’s merger into Old National Bancorp on April 25, 2014. Bontrager served as Chief Lending Officer beginning in 2008, and chair of the Board’s Loan & Investment Committee. He oversaw Tower’s transition from Tower Bank to Old National Bank in 2014, and led Old National’s northeast sales efforts following the combination. Bontrager began his banking career in Fort Wayne in 1992 and is an alumnus of Goshen College (Goshen, Ind.). He has been active in the northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne communities throughout his career, including board memberships with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships and Dupont Hospital and is a Future 40 Award Recipient of 2006, awarded by the Fort Wayne Business Journal. About Equity Bancshares, Inc. and Equity Bank Equity Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Equity Bank, which offers a full range of financial solutions, including commercial loans, consumer banking, mortgage loans, and treasury management services. As of December 31, 2016, Equity had $2.19 billion in consolidated total assets, with 34 locations throughout Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. Founded in November 2002 in Andover, Kansas by current Equity Chairman and CEO Brad Elliott, the Company expanded into Wichita in 2005, Kansas City in 2007, Western Kansas in 2008, Topeka in 2011, Western Missouri in 2012, Southeastern Kansas in 2015, and North Central Arkansas in 2016. Equity also announced a definitive merger agreement with Prairie State Bancshares, Inc., of Hoxie, Kansas, with expected completion date in 2017. Equity’s principal objective is to increase stockholder value and generate consistent growth by expanding its commercial banking franchise organically and by acquisition, serving as a home for seasoned bankers, businesspersons, and customers with an entrepreneurial spirit. Equity seeks to provide an enhanced banking experience for customers by providing a suite of sophisticated banking products and services tailored to their needs, while delivering the high-quality, relationship-based customer service of a community bank. Learn more at www.equitybank.com. Certain statements contained herein may be considered "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon the belief of Equity’s management, as well as assumptions made beyond information currently available to Equity’s management, and may be, but not necessarily are, identified by such words as “will,” "expect,” "plan,” "anticipate,” "target,” "forecast" and "goal.” Because such "forward-looking statements" are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Equity’s expectations include competition from other financial institutions and bank holding companies; the effects of and changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; changes in the demand for loans; fluctuations in value of collateral and loan reserves; inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; and acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses, and similar variables. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Except as otherwise stated in this news announcement, Equity does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise. For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, please refer to "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in our most recent Form 10-K Annual Report to Stockholders, or other SEC filings, available at investor.equitybank.com. If one or more of the factors affecting our forward-looking information and statements proves incorrect, then our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, forward-looking information and statements contained herein. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Equity Bancshares, Inc. assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements that are made from time to time.

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