Farmers Bank and Trust named bank veteran Robert Rugan as the new central Kansas market president. He will be based at the headquarters in Great Bend and will be responsible for all central Kansas bank locations.
A native of Barton County and graduate of Wichita State University with an MBA in finance, Rugan brings numerous years of banking and farming experience to this new responsibility. He is a graduate of both the Kansas Bankers Association Commercial Lending School and KBA Agriculture Lending School. He is a current student at the Graduate School of Lending at the University of Colorado.
Active in community involvement, Rugan currently serves as director of Central Kansas Development Inc., Chamber Ambassador and past president, board member Great Bend High School Panther Booster Club, a member of Noon Lions Club and attends Grace Community Church. Rugan has served as past director of Central Kansas Renewable Fuels, director of Barton Community College Foundation, and director of Barton County Extension Council. He served as a member of Optimist Club and an officer of Jefferson School PTO.
He resides in Great Bend with his wife Cheryl and children Wyatt and Olivia.
“Since the beginning, Farmers Bank and Trust has been committed to growing and expanding our organization as a premier regional bank focused on customer service and improving our local economy,” said W.R. Robbins, CEO and corporate president of Farmers Bank and Trust. “Attracting someone with Robert’s background, knowledge of the market, relationships, and leadership capabilities made him uniquely qualified for this position. We are very pleased to have him join our team.”
Farmers Bank and Trust is headquartered in Great Bend, operating with total assets of $685 million and a strong capital account base of over $90 million. The bank serves customers in six communities in Central Kansas and a location in Overland Park.