Our Culture: People Love Working at First National 1870

This is More Than Just Another Place to Work

Our mission, “Bringing out the best in the lives we touch … Creating Possibility,” applies to more than just our customers, it permeates through everything we do. When you come work at First National 1870, Sunflower Bank and Guardian Mortgage you’re introduced to a culture of support and caring that drives both internal actions as well as activities in the communities we serve. Our employees aren’t just bankers, managers, salespeople, or executives, they’re also decorated professionals, leading industry voices, community leaders, and much more.


Saluting Employees: We Recognize and Support our Outstanding Team Members for Their Accomplishments

Luke Baker

Luke Baker

Our home loan division, Guardian Mortgage, is proud to highlight the career paths of top performers to show what it means to Grow with Guardian. Luke Baker, Mortgage Sales Manager in Spokane, WA is a great example. Luke has worked his way into being one of the top mortgage professionals in Spokane, and his career path and journey to fulfillment at Guardian Mortgage were shared in a success story. Congratulations on all of your success, Luke, and we are grateful you are part of the Guardian team.

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Randy Lucero First National 1870 Santa Fe

Randy Lucero

Congratulations to Randy Lucero, Regional Business Banking Team Lead, for being announced as the new Board President of the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Randy has served on the Chamber’s board for many years in support of its mission to promote a strong business economy, quality of life through cultural diversity, and an educational environment for the overall well-being of the Santa Fe, NM community. Read more about Randy and meet the rest of the board on the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber’s website.

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Wanda Karlin Sunflower Bank

Wanda Karlin

Wanda Karlin has been an essential fixture of Sunflower Bank for 47 years. During her time with the bank, she has worn various hats, but one thing has remained a constant no matter the title: her commitment to the bank and our customers. Wanda always gave her job the absolute best she could and set the tone for being “All In” on finding what is best for our team and our customers alike. Her shining example is one that will have a lasting impact on our bank. Congratulations Wanda on a well-earned retirement!

Keys to Success Sales Excellence Retreat

2024 Sales Excellence Retreat

The “Keys to Success” 2024 Sales Excellence Retreat is a prestigious annual event celebrating outstanding sales achievements and top performers across Sunflower Bank, including our First National 1870 locations.
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Commercial Banking Team Lead Says:

Solid leadership combined with an entrepreneurial spirit are what I love about the bank.

Mortgage Loan Originator Says:

I love how this company takes care of each other.

I know I can count on the people I work with. In times of struggle, help and support is never in short supply. We also celebrate big wins together. It’s that personal touch, within the company, and when serving customers that sets us apart.

Senior Branch Manager Says:

I love being a part of a successful culture and the camaraderie that comes with it.

Mortgage Regional Sales Manager Says:

Sunflower Bank provides the perfect platform for originators to be as successful as they desire.

I am fortunate to work for a company that focuses on providing the sales tools necessary to achieve our goals.

Commercial Banking Team Lead Says:

I love that Sunflower Bank is an organization that has a clear focus on what we are trying to accomplish.

This company is comprised of so many good, smart and talented individuals.

Retail Regional Manager Says:

Seeing the growth of the company over the past six years and being a part of the retail changes along the way are a few things I love about Sunflower Bank.

SBA Business Development Officer Says:

The best thing about Sunflower Bank is the people.

All banks have similar pros and cons, but Sunflower’s people are the reason I enjoy working here.

Treasury Management Officer Says:

I love the culture and people I work with at Sunflower Bank.

I also love being heard as an employee, being able to make a difference at the Bank, and being able to get things done for our clients.

Wealth Management Advisor Says:

There are a lot of hard working and successful individuals here at Sunflower Bank.

Our Culture Is Reinforced by Our Actions.

First National is proud of the culture we have built and even prouder of the activities we engage in to ensure our culture only continues to improve.

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