|LINCOLN, Neb.– Kirk Riley, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Waypoint Bank in Cozad, was selected as chairman of the Nebraska Bankers Association during the association’s Annual Meeting. Riley succeeds Chris Hove, president and CEO of Nebraska Bank of Commerce in Lincoln.|
Riley received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kearney State College in 1981. He began his banking career in college, working at Platte Valley State Bank in Kearney as a teller. Riley’s more than 40 years in banking included serving in leadership roles at various banks, including First State Bank in Colorado Springs, First National Bank in Holdrege, First National Bank in Wisner, State Bank in Palmer and Farmers National Bank in Central City. In 2004, Riley joined Waypoint Bank in Cozad as executive vice president. He was promoted to his current role in 2012.
Riley is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, the NBA Leadership Class of 2012 and Dawson County Leadership Class of 2006.
Riley has taken an active role within the association, serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Government Relations Committee, BankPAC Committee and the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association Board of Trustees.
Most recently he has provided leadership to several local civic and charitable organizations, including the Cozad Hospital Foundation Board, Cozad Development Corporation Board, Dawson Area Development Advisory Board, Cozad Rotary Club and Dawson County Cattlemen Association.
Riley’s father, Jack, was president and director and his mother, Virginia, was a teller and bookkeeper at First State Bank in Shelton. Kirk is married to Kris, a fellow native of Shelton. They have three children, Dirk (Lanay) and grandsons Stone and Samson of Chicago, Dillon (Elise) and grandchildren Adam and Tessa of Chicago, Morgan (Drew Feller) and grandchildren Mila and Urban of Wisner.
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