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Awards & Recognition

Named a Best Bank to Work For by the American Banker

Lead Bank, an independent community bank headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has been named one of the 2022 Best Banks to Work For. American Banker has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify banks that excel at creating positive and supportive workplaces for employees. On the 2022 list, Lead Bank was ranked No. 69. It is the second time Lead Bank has been recognized by the annual Best Banks to Work For program. The survey and awards program is designed to identify and honor banks with the best cultures for encouraging employees to thrive.

This year 90 banks earned a spot in the ranking of Best Banks to Work For, based on an anonymous employee survey and a thorough review of the benefits and perks offered. The full 2022 Best Banks to Work For list will be featured at 

“The banks recognized on this list are trying hard to create workplaces that employees want to join,” said Chana R. Schoenberger, Editor-in-Chief of American Banker. “Especially during this moment when companies are experiencing a shift in how, where, and how much employees work, banks are paying attention to how they can best retain their people.” 

Lead Bank is a community-minded bank recognized for its innovative approach to community banking and banking solutions that allow real people, businesses, and communities to thrive—serving communities with traditional banking products for businesses and households, along with treasury management, lending services, and innovative financial technology services for financial technology companies. 

“We’re honored to once again be recognized as a Best Bank to Work For. We have a phenomenal team that cares deeply for our community, delivering for our clients, and creating financial pathways for those who have been financially marginalized. We define our success by the success of the people we serve,” said Jacqueline Reses, chairman and CEO of Lead Bank. “Lead bank will continue to invest energy and resources in our incredible neighbors and clients.”

As a devoted small business advocate, Lead Bank has an outstanding reputation for creating valuable local partnerships, contributing significant community investments, and having a focus on developing financial pathways for those who, in the past, have been financially marginalized, particularly minority and women-owned businesses. 

Determining the Best Banks to Work For involved a two-step process. The first consisted of evaluating each participating bank’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second consisted of employee surveys aimed at assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the final ranking. 

To be considered for participation, banks had to have at least 50 employees working in the U.S. and been in business for a minimum of one year. Best Companies Group managed the registration and survey process and also analyzed the data to determine the final ranking.  

About Lead Bank

For more information on the Best Banks to Work For program, visit 

Chartered as Garden City Bank in 1928 and re-founded in 2010 as Lead Bank, Lead Bank is a community bank that excels in traditional banking services, BaaS (Banking as a Service), and payments solutions. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, but serving clients digitally throughout the United States, Lead Bank is a recognized progressive financial institution. For more information, call (816) 220.8600 or visit

About American Banker

American Banker empowers banking professionals with unique analysis and insight into the ideas transforming their business and industry. Across its journalism, events, research and benchmarking, it helps drive the way forward through the complexity of business innovation, retail and commercial disruption, technology, regulation and reform. With a banking community 850M strong, American Banker’s content connects leaders online, in person and in print every day.

About Best Companies Group

Since 2004, Best Companies Group has specialized in identifying and recognizing great employers to work for. We are an independent research firm that ranks companies based on our established research methodology. Our surveys provide actionable, hard-to-obtain data that companies use to improve employee recruitment and retention.

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