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Kohake Named President of Elk State Bank


The Elk State Bank, with locations in Clyde, Concordia, and Seneca, is pleased to announce that Nate Kohake of Seneca has been named President of the bank effective January 1, 2024. Kohake joined Elk State in 2016 and brings a wealth of industry experience including 15 years in banking and finance and 2 years as a controller for Midwest Ag. He holds a degree from Kansas State University in Finance.

Kohake says, “I am honored to be selected as the next President and CEO of Elk State Bank. The bank’s commitment to its customers makes it an important part of the communities we serve. I am excited to build on the history, foster relationships and grow the bank.”

Kohake resides in Seneca with his wife Dana and their four children.

Other promotions include Weston Ohlde assuming responsibility as Operations Manager replacing Debbie Deneault who is transitioning to a part time role after 47 years of banking. Ohlde has experience in the Dairy Processing industry and an investment firm. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State and is a Certified Financial Planner. Ohlde joined the Seneca location in September of 2022 as the IT Officer/Credit Analyst and resides with his family in Frankfort.

Lance Nobert has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Commercial Lending after 15 years with Elk State Bank. His prior work experience was with the United States Department of Agriculture and as an agronomist for various seed companies. He holds a degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University and resides with his family in Clyde.

Lynette Fredrickson has been promoted to Branch Manager in Concordia. Fredrickson has been with the bank for 16 years. She and her husband, Ric live in Concordia. She has a background in customer service, operations, and marketing including a degree in Marketing and Management from Emporia State University.

“We are excited to announce these promotions. Each of these individuals has been an integral part of the bank’s past accomplishments, and we look forward to the success they will achieve in their new roles”, commented Kohake.

Tim Ohlde, who has served as President since 1997, is stepping back due to health reasons, but plans to continue to serve on the Elk State Bank board.

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