Board Member Spotlight – Kendra Oakes

Board Member Spotlight – Kendra Oakes

Kendra Oakes
VP Trust Department Manager
Chamber Board Term: 2019-2022
McPherson Chamber Board Presiden

“I grew up in Salina Kansas, then made my way to Colorado where I started my banking career as a loan officer in 2005 and gained experience in different banking positions in mortgage lending and small business lending. I served on the Superior Chamber of Commerce, and then three years with a Denver non-profit, Arts Street, as secretary then Vice-President. My family and I started missing home and moved back to Kansas in 2014 where I gained experience in banking with branch management and then lender training. In 2018 I joined Peoples Bank & Trust as a trust officer, and I’m currently the Trust Department Manager and working on my CTFA. I am actively serving as the President of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce.”

•The value of investing in the McPherson Chamber?
 “The McPherson Chamber of Commerce has been able to engage business of all sizes, and create connections between the community members that focuses on business development while recognizing community needs.”

•First job?
 “Tandy’s Hallmark Assistant Manager in Dodge City, KS. I remember each Christmas we would decorate probably thirty Christmas trees or more, it was like working in Santa’s workshop. I Loved it!”

•Favorite pet of all time?
 “Maggie is my German short-hair/jack-russell mix and she already knows she’s my pretty girl and can do no wrong in our eyes. I also have a miniature dachshund, Yoda, which would be heart-broken if he knew how small he really is. They are both my fur babies.”

•Other than work, what would you rather be doing on a summer day?
 “During the summer, fishing with my husband and daughter at the lake, and during the winter, working on an oil painting of the lake.”

•What three words would you use to describe the McPherson Chamber?
 “Community, Support, & Growth