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August 23, 2022 | Article | 5 min

Growing group of local, veteran Commercial bankers has 173 years of combined experience in Kansas City metro banking

Overland Park, KS – June 21, 2022 — Bank of Blue Valley announces the expansion of its commercial banking team, hiring new talent and the “next generation” of leaders as part of the company’s ongoing growth in the greater Kansas City market. With the bank’s increased emphasis on commercial banking, the appointments of this local team help increase its reach and ensure the bank continues to provide the exceptional level of service that clients have come to expect.

New hires include:

Jim Kleikamp, Vice President, Commercial Banker
As a resident of southern Johnson County for 26 years, Jim brings over 30 years of experience and knowledge to the Bank. In his new role, he will be responsible for growing the commercial and middle-market presence across the footprint as well as help clients build efficiencies in payables and receivables and other activities to help their business grow. Kleikamp has a strong background in commercial and industrial lending, with an emphasis on manufacturing and distribution. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Kansas.

Greg Bennett, Senior Portfolio Manager
With more than 25 years of banking experience, Bennett is skilled in underwriting, credit analysis and loan portfolio management. He has worked for both small, regional banks and global corporations, where he focused on several specialty markets, including agriculture, oil and gas, construction, commercial real estate and non-profit organizations. Bennett holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“Kleikamp and Bennett bring decades of experience in commercial banking at a crucial time for businesses,” said Will Fox, executive vice president, Commercial Banking. “Many companies have been impacted by the pandemic which increases the need for intelligent financial advice and innovative solutions," said Fox. "With our local team, we are bringing an entire group of seasoned professionals who are all committed to leveraging their specialized experience to help companies succeed."


About Bank of Blue Valley
Bank of Blue Valley is a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., which operates under the brand name HTLF. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, Bank of Blue Valley has assets of more than $1.4 billion and provides a broad range of banking and financial services to consumer and commercial customers from 10 banking centers in Kansas and Missouri. Bank of Blue Valley offers various types of deposit products and provides personal loans, small business loans, commercial real estate and residential mortgage loans, working capital financing and other commercial loans. In addition, Bank of Blue Valley offers wealth management services (including financial planning, private banking, trust and investment services), card services, and online and mobile banking services. Bank of Blue Valley is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information, visit www.bankbv.com.

About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF), operating under the brand name HTLF, is a financial services company with assets of approximately $19.23 billion. HTLF’s banks serve communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin. HTLF is committed to its core commercial business, supported by a strong retail operation, and provides a diversified line of financial services including residential mortgage, wealth management, investment and insurance. Additional information is available at htlf.com.