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Keith Blake served four years in the United States Air Force as a medic, including a tour in Vietnam. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from Kansas State University. In 1978, he joined Hutchinson Mfg. in sales and advanced to the position of sales and marketing manager. During this time, Keith traveled extensively promoting grain handling equipment including the newly developed en-masse conveyors. Keith was highly involved with Hutchinson as the ownership transitioned from Royal Industries, to Lear Siegler Inc., to Forstmann Little & Co. and to TIC United. In 2003, he joined Union State Bank and was promoted to Vice President. As a loan officer, he works with consumer, farm and commercial accounts. He has served on the USD 379 site council for 21 years; coached youth sports and is an Elder at his church. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Mindy and their four sons, attending his kid’s activities, hunting, fishing and working out.

Jim BrownJim Brown is President and majority owner of Fourth & Pomeroy Associates, Inc., a regional feed manufacturer doing business as Key Feeds.  Since graduation in January 1959 with a BS degree in Feed Technology (operations option), Jim has held various management positions with mid west agribusiness companies.     Raised on a farm in north central Kansas, Jim now lives in Clay Center, Kansas with his wife Carol. He is active in community affairs and is currently serving on the College of Agriculture's Deans advisory board, Clay County Economic Development Group board, City Council member, International Executive Service Corporation volunteer and active in St. Paul's Episcopal Church


Maury Catlin, Board Chair, entered the banking profession at People’s National Bank in 1984 and was a Vice President when he resigned in 1998 to assist in the establishment of the Clay County National Bank in Clay Center, a de novo branch of the Girard National Bank.  He first served as Vice President, and by 2004, helped the branch grow from its downtown corner location experiment phase to a new banking facility on the west side of town.  In 2008, he was promoted to President, and in the years since, the branch has experienced approximately 50% growth.  Prior to banking, Maury taught vocational agriculture and was the FFA Advisor in Clay Center for seven years.  He received his BS and MS degrees in agricultural education from Kansas State University. He and the bank actively support local community and county organizations, events, and projects.  He enjoys gardening, fishing, and hunting; but his favorite past times are spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife Beth, and taking an active role in their church

Gary Griffiths is a retired president of Hutchinson/Mayrath and the Wil-Rich Division in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  He joined the company in the sales department and by retirement had led the company in increasing sales from a half million to over thirty million.  In addition to his work at Hutchinson/Mayrath, Gary also served as a Clay County Medical Center Foundation board member, and is the Chairman of the Board for the Union State Bank.  Gary grew up on a farm west of Clay Center, attended a one room grade school and the local high school before graduating from the University of Kansas.  After several initial jobs in Texas and Missouri, he and his wife decided to return to their hometown to raise their family and have been active in the local community ever since.  They are grateful for the opportunity to live in this community and for the benefits it has provided to their sons.

Bryant Johnson, Board Treasurer is a Vice President and Facility CEO of the The Citizens National Bank in Clay Center. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Kansas State University in 2011, Bryant started his career in the banking industry as an Agricultural Lender. He spent a year in that position before starting   his career with The Citizens National Bank. Bryant is also a licensed insurance agent with the Padgett Insurance Agency. He is actively involved in the community in which he has served as the Chamber of Commerce Chairman and remains a member of several other civic organizations. Bryant and his wife, Shaley, have one daughter, Annalyn. When Bryant isn’t in the office, you can find him spending time with his family and friends or helping on his family farm near Concordia where he was raised. Bryant resides in Clay County and is an avid sports and fitness enthusiast.

Scott Leitzel serves as the Vice President of Operations for Twin Valley Telephone & Communications, Inc., with 18 total years of experience in the Telecom industry.  Prior to his current 5 years at Twin Valley, Scott spent 13 years at at&t in several leadership roles within network operations, field marketing, and online marketing & sales.  Scott was born and grew up in Wichita, KS, graduating from Bishop Carroll High School in 1993.  Scott holds a B.S. in Physics & Math from Rockhurst University and a M.S. in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University.  He also serves on the Parish Council for SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and coaches youth baseball.  He resides in Clay Center, KS, with his wife Tresy and their three children, Alexa, Ethan and Braden.

Steve McMahan, Board Vice-Chair, and his wife Sheryl were both born and raised in Clay County.  After graduating from Kansas State University and teaching Junior High Math and Science at Chapman for two years, the couple returned to Clay Center and Steve started working at Central Office Service and Supply.  In 1977 he became a co-owner of the organization helping it expand in both products offered and geographic area in North Central Kansas.  Steve and his wife have three grown children and five grandchildren.  He is active in community and church affairs, serving as an Elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and as a frequent delegate to the denominational Synod.  He served on the National Reformed Presbyterian Board of Trustees and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA.  Steve has served as president of the Clay Center Rotary Club, of which he is still a member, as well as the Clay Center Housing Authority and the Chamber of Commerce.

Jenna Pfizenmaier is a Senior Accountant with Varney & Associates, CPAs in Manhattan working primarily from her home.  She specializes in agricultural taxation, which is a true passion of hers being married to a farmer and having lived on a farm her entire life.  In 2010, she graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Jenna is married to Brett Pfizenmaier and they have two sons, Will and Aden.  When not at work, Jenna enjoys spending time playing with her boys and keeping their household operating.




Randy Rundle is the owner and founder of Fifth Avenue Antique Auto Parts. Randy established Fifth Avenue Antique Auto Parts  in 1987 to market his new invention, a six volt alternator for antique vehicles. Randy's 6-volt alternator provides a 60 percent greater output from the charging system of antique and classic vehicles resulting in brighter headlights and easier starting and a more dependable vehicle. Randy has gone on to develop over forty specialized products for antique vehicles for customers in all of the fifty states and sixteen foreign countries. Among his more notable customers are the Queen of England and the movie studios of Hollywood. Among the movies he has worked on include..."Devil In A Blue Dress, LA Confidential, and the most recent Indiana Jones movie "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". You can view some of his past projects at his website

Karla Sweet is Assistant Vice President at United Bank & Trust.  Karla has been in the banking industry for 11 years holding responsibilities on the deposit and loan side.  Karla recently graduated in December 2014 from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  Karla and her husband Jeremy have 2 children, Emilee and Aiden.





James Thatcher - Mayor of Clay Center
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Ned Valentine has been editor of the Clay Center Dispatch since 1969 and is now publisher. The Valentine family has been part of the Clay Center community since his great uncle, Del Valentine, came to Clay Center and got into the business in the early 1880s.  He attended the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and is a former president of the Kansas Press Association. Ned was a founding member of CCEDG in 1985 and served numerous times as chairman.

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