During MBA’s 2018 regional meetings held in August and September, the following bankers were elected to serve as regional directors on MBA’s Board of Directors. Their terms begin in June 2019.

Jill Niece, Independent Farmers Bank, MaysvilleRegion 1

Jill Niece
Independent Farmers Bank
Maysville

Jill Niece first began working at her hometown bank in Rock Port while attending high school. As a student at Northwest Missouri State University and after graduation, she worked at a Maryville bank. After moving with her family to Maysville, Niece joined Independent Farmers Bank as a loan secretary and was promoted throughout the years to various positions at the bank. In January 2016, Niece was named bank president/CEO. She currently serves on the MBA Pony Express Political Action Committee and MBA Bankers Benefi t Corporation Board. 

Ron Schepker, Merchants & Farmers Bank, SalisburyRegion 2

Ron Schepker
Merchants & Farmers Bank
Salisbury

Ron Schepker’s roles and responsibilities have expanded tremendously with promotions throughout his banking career, and each accomplishment was with Merchants & Farmers Bank. Schepker joined the bank as a teller in 1991 and, as a loan officer, opened the bank’s Columbia facility in 1994. He has served as vice president, senior vice president and senior lender for the bank. Schepker serves on the bank’s board of directors and was named CEO in 2015. He has attended MBA’s School of Lending and Bank Management and has served as a Target Banker.

J.R. Buckner, First Federal Bank of Kansas CityRegion 3

J.R. Buckner
First Federal Bank of Kansas City

J.R. Buckner joined First Federal Bank of Kansas City in November 2012 and was named president and CEO in April 2014. Throughout his 24-year career, Buckner has worked in three community banks. He is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Mutual Institutions Council and is a member of the Mutual Savings Association Advisory Council to the Offi ce of the Comptroller of Currency. Buckner is a graduate of the Missouri School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado, where he was an instructor for nine years.

Mark Laune, Peoples Savings Bank, RhinelandRegion 4

Mark Laune
Peoples Savings Bank
Rhineland

Mark Laune has achieved several milestones in his banking career, and every achievement has occurred at Peoples Savings Bank. Laune joined the bank as an accountant in 1991 after graduating from Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State University) in Springfield. Through the years, he was promoted numerous times at the bank and was named president and CEO in July 2008. Laune is a member of the New Haven Lions Club and currently is on the advisory council for the St. Louis region’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  

Greg Smith, 1st Advantage Bank, St. PetersRegion 5

Greg Smith
1st Advantage Bank
St. Peters

Greg Smith’s banking career has taken him on a journey through the Show-Me State, from northern Missouri to Kansas City to St. Louis to Cape Girardeau to Hannibal and back to St. Louis. He joined 1st Advantage Bank, which was chartered in 2005, as president and CEO in 2010. For more than 40 years, Smith has worked in large and small banks in various capacities and positions, from compliance to operations to accounting. Most of his time has been spent in the lending and credit side of the business.

John Everett, Legacy Bank and Trust Company, RogersvilleRegion 6

John Everett
Legacy Bank and Trust Company
Rogersville

John Everett, president and CEO of Legacy Bank and Trust, has served on multiple MBA committees throughout his banking career. He currently serves in an advisory role with MBA’s Board of Directors as the chair of the Legislative Affairs Commitee and also served on the board in 2015 when he chaired MBA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee. Everett began his banking career in 1991 while attending Drury University in Springfi eld and joined Legacy Bank and Trust Company in 2004 as a chief financial officer.

Adrian Breen, The Bank of Missouri, PerryvilleRegion 7

Adrian Breen
The Bank of Missouri
Perryville

Adrian Breen is president and CEO of The Bank of Missouri, which he joined in February 2017. A banker for more than three decades, Breen is a third-generation banker who began his career in Cincinnati as a teller and worked his way up in various managment positions. Before joining The Bank of Missouri, Breen was president and CEO of a top-performing, privately held $3 billion commercial bank with 37 branches in three states and 500 full-time employees. He is passionate about developing bankers and financial literacy and how both play key roles in building strong, vibrant communities.