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Guaranty Bank Names New Board of Directors Chairman

Guaranty Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of James R. Batten as the chairman of its board of directors.

Mr. Batten, CPA, has enjoyed a long career and recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of International Dehydrated Foods, (IDF), a privately held manufacturer of ingredients for the food industry. He has also served in significant leadership roles at Convoy of Hope, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and the Whitlock Company. He has been on the Guaranty Bank board for 16 years and is a former member of the NASDAQ Issuer Affairs Committee.

Among his numerous community roles, Batten is a member of the board of AG Financial Solutions, and Foundation Capital Resources. Batten has also served on a number of other professional and civic boards including the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks, and New Covenant Academy.

Batten will replace current board chairman Jim Anderson. Anderson has served on the board for eight years and has been chairman since the merger of Springfield First Community Bank and QCR Holdings, Inc. in 2018. “Jim Anderson’s leadership has guided us over the years to become the preeminent bank in our market. I cannot thank Jim enough for his mentorship over the years,” said Guaranty Bank CEO Monte McNew. Anderson will continue to serve as a board member at Guaranty Bank.

"We are looking forward to achieving even more expansion in our markets with the leadership of Jim Batten. Jim’s experience in leading transformational growth for local companies and his strong community involvement will be a tremendous asset to the Guaranty Bank board leadership," said McNew. "Our mission is to be the preeminent community bank in Southwest Missouri, and we look forward to the board’s guidance to assist in achieving this objective.”

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