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. 3 at the Young Bankers Leadership Conference in . The following nominees illustrate how both learning and leadership contribute to their growing success.

Erica Baumbach, OakStar Bank, CamdentonErica Baumbach
Assistant Vice President, Compliance Specialist
OakStar Bank, Camdenton

What began as a way to support her family transpired into a career that led to Erica Baumbach’s dream job. Erica joined the former First National Bank in 2010. She held positions as a teller and loan officer, where she found her calling in compliance.

In her role as BSA officer, Erica has seen customers fall victim to fraud and theft. She became heavily involved with programs educating the community on elder financial exploitation and has expanded the bank’s efforts to teach children about financial literacy.

A graduate of Central Methodist University in Fayette, Erica is a certified anti-money laundering specialist and certified regulatory compliance manager. She is a 2018 graduate of MBA’s Banking Leadership Missouri and will graduate from the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado in 2020. 

Brooke Clouse, Lead Bank, Kansas CityBrooke Clouse
Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Services
Lead Bank, Lee’s Summit

As a respected banker at Lead Bank, Brooke Clouse is a true leader who leads by example. She joined the bank in 2008 as a universal banker and spent the next six years working in each department of the bank. As a member of the bank’s leadership team, Brooke oversees compliance, operations and human relations functions.

Brooke seeks to create a welcoming bank environment for all. She is leading efforts to implement Immediate Funds and Western Union ACH and check cashing services, which will provide minority individuals access to better banking services. 

A graduate of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Brooke will graduate from the Graduate School of Banking in Wisconsin in 2020. She volunteers for Furry Kids’ Refuge and fosters homeless animals.

Zach Fayette, First State Bank & Trust, SikestonZachary Fayette
North Market President
First State Bank & Trust, Sikeston

In his career spanning 11 years, Zach Fayette has demonstrated a natural ability to build networks, reach people on a personal level, inspire giving and lead. 

Zach began his banking career in 2008 as an examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Zach joined First State Bank & Trust in 2014 as vice president of commercial/ag lending. He was promoted to his current position in 2016 and oversees three branches while leading his team to grow the bank’s market share. 

Zach graduated from the University of Missouri — Columbia and the Graduate School of Banking in Louisiana. He was selected for Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow, a two-year program promoting Missouri’s economy. Zach serves on the Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce board and volunteers with the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center and Sikeston Jaycees.

Chase Matticks, Central Bank of St. LouisChase Matticks
Assistant Vice President/Commercial Banking Officer
Central Bank of St. Louis

A key lesson during a college internship has guided Chase Matticks in his career — customer service is the No. 1 item in banking where you can stand out from your competition.

Chase joined the bank in 2013 as credit analyst. Since then, he has actively sought guidance from senior leaders with questions and projects. Chase has taken this same approach with his peers as he moves into a leadership role with the bank. He manages a customer portfolio totaling more than $27 million in outstanding loan balances across multiple customer bases and manages credit risk for several commercial portfolios/products.

A University of Missouri — Columbia graduate, Chase serves on the Young Professional Board for the Care to Learn Greater St. Louis Chapter. He volunteers with Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis and Pedal to the Cause. 

Josh Means, Equity Bank, WarrensburgJosh Means
Western Missouri Region President
Equity Bank, Warrensburg

Josh Means has greatly contributed to the companies he has served throughout his 16-year career in banking and finance. He has a solid track record of helping institutions grow their loan portfolios a great deal in a relatively short period of time.

Josh joined Equity Bank in March 2018 to manage 10 banks in west central Missouri and increase their growth. During his first 18 months at Equity Bank, bank deposits grew by almost $90 million and loans grew by nearly $45 million. 

Josh is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Texas. A member of the MBA Strikeforce Team, Josh serves on the board of the United Way of Pettis County and is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and assistant women’s basketball coach at Warrensburg High School.

Erica Vasquez, Enterprise Bank & Trust, ClaytonErica Vasquez
Senior Vice President, Banking Operations
Enterprise Bank & Trust, Clayton

A “prime example” of a young leader, Erica Vasquez continuously seeks opportunities for professional development while mentoring colleagues. 

Erica joined the bank in 2012. She oversees the bank’s operations department, leading multiple teams responsible for operational on-boarding and transaction processing. Erica is a primary driver of the successful integration of clients and banking operations when Enterprise acquires banks. She encourages her staff to pursue educational opportunities and leads training sessions to help her team learn and expand their professional growth.

Erica is a graduate of the University of Missouri — Columbia and the Women’s Leadership Institute through Washington University in St. Louis. She volunteers with St. Patrick Center, which provides opportunities for people who are homeless and individuals at risk of becoming homeless.