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

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Kelly McReynolds

Our home loan division, Guardian Mortgage, is proud to highlight the career paths of top performing salespeople to show what it means to Grow with Guardian. Kelly McReynolds, Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, NM is a great example. Kelly continually ranks as one of our top performing MLOs, and her motivations and accomplishments were shared in a success story. Congratulations on all of your achievements, Kelly, and we are grateful you are part of the Guardian team.

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Ernesto Avila

Congratulations to Ernesto Avila, Regional President for El Paso and Las Cruces, for being announced as Board Vice Chair of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s 2024 Board of Directors. The Paso del Norte Community Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of individuals, families, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations to improve education, health, social services, economic development, and quality of life in the greater El Paso region.
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Mike Briney

After over 17 years at Sunflower Bank, we want to congratulate Mike Briney on his well-earned retirement! Through his years at the bank as a lender and as Western Kansas Regional President, Mike has been an incredible inspiration not only to his team but to many throughout the Sunflower Bank organization.  Thanks Mike for your leadership, your partnership, and your friendship. We wish you all the best in your retirement!

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2023 Guardian Mortgage President’s Club Award

Guardian Mortgage presents the President's Club Award each year to 10 mortgage loan originators who consistently go above and beyond achieving remarkable performance and impact throughout their communities. We congratulate the 2023 recipients and are proud of their achievements in the industry and in their communities.

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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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