The Young Bankers Leadership Award recognizes outstanding achievement of a Missouri banker age 45 or younger who is employed by an MBA-member bank. The winner, chosen by a selection committee of bank leaders, will be honored Oct. 18 at the Young Bankers Leadership Conference in St. Louis. The following nominees illustrate how both learning and leadership contribute to their growing success.

Will Cologna, Guaranty Bank, SpringfieldWilliam Cologna III

Vice President, Product Services
Guaranty Bank

As Will Cologna’s career has progressed at Guaranty Bank in Springfield, he discovered that having a voice in the bank and being involved in its decision-making process is more important than a title. 

Throughout his 21-year banking career, Will continually demonstrates his commitment to the bank. He identifies opportunities to meet customers’ banking needs. As project manager, he led the successful conversion of Hometown Bank to Guaranty Bank.

Will serves on the superintendent’s parent advisory council for Springfield Public Schools and participates in schools’ career days. He is the current president of the Jack Henry and Associates Core Director National User Group Board.

Will earned his bachelor’s from Drury University in Springfield and master’s from Missouri State University in Springfield. He is a member of Banking Leadership Missouri and is leading his bank’s advocacy involvement as a member of the MBA Strikeforce Team. 

Kyle Hofstetter, First State Community Bank, SullivanKyle Hofstetter

Vice President
First State Community Bank

It’s been said you only get to make one first impression. Kyle Hofstetter has quickly made an impact at First State Community Bank in Sullivan.

Kyle joined the bank as a teller in September 2012 and was soon promoted to credit analyst. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the bank’s Real Estate Committee. Today, he mentors other bankers while managing a $28 million portfolio.

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Kyle has completed the bank’s three-year officer leadership development program. In June, he was elected to serve on the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. Kyle volunteers for Life House Center, a community center in Sullivan that provides a safe place for children to enjoy activities while receiving educational, social and emotional support.

Kyle completed the MBA School of Lending in 2015 and School of Bank Management in 2018.

Jamie Holtmeier, Bank of WashingtonJamie Holtmeier

Assistant BSA & Deposit Compliance Officer
Bank of Washington

In pushing herself to step out of her comfort zone, Jamie Holtmeier has learned leaders build strong networks, collaborate with those with various strengths and inspire others.

In just four years as banker, Jamie is an integral contributor to the Bank of Washington’s compliance team. Jamie, who previously was in the financial security industry, immersed herself in various departments to become more familiar with banking. She initiated and co-developed the bank’s paid internship program for summer 2018 and mentored two of the six interns.

Jamie chairs the Board of Washington Jaycees and was part of the chapter’s project to build the All Abilities Park, a playground for children of all abilities. 

A graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Jamie serves on the Young Bankers board and chairs its legislative committee. She has participated in several Target Banker visits and the MBA School of Compliance and School of Bank Management.

Jennifer Lee, First State Community Bank, FarmingtonJennifer Lee

Senior Vice President
First State Community Bank

Jennifer Lee didn’t consider herself a banker when she joined First State Community Bank. Today, she is a vital member of the bank’s executive team. 

Jennifer oversees the bank’s retail and business deposit delivery teams. She shares her leadership philosophy with her team so they know her expectations and what they can expect from her. Together with a colleague, Jennifer started a young banker program at the bank to bring together employees to discuss bank projects and industry issues. That original group has upgraded to the “Innovation Team” as a new generation has joined the bank’s young banker group.

A Girl Scout Troop leader, Jennifer has taught financial literacy classes to women at the SEMO Family Violence Council and visits schools for Teach Children To Save. 

Jennifer is chairman-elect of the Young Bankers board. She is a graduate of the Barrett School of Banking, MBA’s Banking Leadership Missouri and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. 

Daniel McKinnney, Community First Banking Company, West PlainsDaniel McKinney

Assistant Vice President
Community First Banking Company
West Plains

When Daniel McKinney joined Community First Banking Company in May 2012, he had limited banking experience. Despite this, Daniel’s supervisors quickly realized his potential to become a successful banker.

Daniel has eagerly accepted new challenges throughout his 10-year banking career. He currently is the lead officer for the bank’s mortgage lending program and serves as the bank security officer. 

Daniel is passionate about teaching his children to help others who are less fortunate. He began a tradition with his young son to sell hotdogs to raise money for the West Plains Bridges Program, a nonprofi t organization that provides food, clothing,
school supplies, hygiene items or other items to students facing obstacles.

A graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Daniel has completed the MBA School of Lending and Advanced School of Lending. He supports MBA’s political action committees and Segs4Vets campaign.