By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Shonka joins American State Bancshares Board Of Directors
biz deh american state michael shonka mug
Michael J. Shonka

WICHITA – American State Bancshares, the holding company for two Kansas banks with branches in more than a dozen Kansas communities, has announced the appointment of Michael J. Shonka to its Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Donald R. LacKamp, American State Bancshares President and CEO. 

With a long and distinguished career in corporate management, Shonka currently provides strategic planning and performance consulting to companies principally in the nancial and aerospace industries.His vast experience includes 14 years as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cessna Aircraft Company (a Textron, Inc. company), and 20 years in banking, including eight years as chief financial officer of Fourth Financial Corporation. 

He has served as a director for a number of public, private equity, and family/employee owned businesses, and in key posts on audit, compensation, special litigation, and independent directors committees. In addition to his seat on the board of American State Bancshares, he currently serves as a director for The NORDAM Group and JR Custom Metal Products, Inc. 

“Mike is a highly respected voice in the nancial services community and we are extremely pleased to welcome him to ASB’s board of directors,” said LacKamp. “We believe the depth of experience he brings to our organization will be exceptionally valuable as we continue to grow and look for new opportunities to serve the financial needs of consumers and businesses.” 

Shonka holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master of science degree in accounting from the University of Kansas where he currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Business. He is also a graduate of several leadership and advanced management programs conducted by some of the nation’s leading business schools. His professional involvement includes membership in the National Association of Corporate Directors, the American Institute of Certied Public Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute.

American State Bancshares is the parent company of Rose Hill Bank which operates branches in Augusta, Wichita, Salina and Rose Hill; and American State Bank & Trust headquartered in Great Bend, with branches in eight other Kansas communities. The Company holds combined assets of more than $750 million.