Bill Greiner is chief investment officer of Mariner Wealth Advisors. His responsibilities include serving as the firm’s senior executive in all investment-related matters. He drives and delivers the economic and capital markets outlook and manages strategic and tactical asset allocation policies, procedures and applications -- working directly with clients to develop custom investment solutions. Bill also serves as the firm’s public representative with various media outlets, specifically offering his viewpoints on economic and capital markets issues. Bill has 32 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Mariner, he was chief investment officer of Scout Investments, where he was directly responsible for the Scout Investments Global Equity investment process. Bill started with Scout’s parent company, UMB, in 1999. During his time with UMB, he was the manager of the UMB Trust Investment Division and had ultimate responsibility for all UMB portfolio managers. He also served as chairman of the UMB Asset Allocation and Large Cap Equity Strategy Committees and was a member of the UMB Fixed Income Committee. Before joining UMB, Bill worked for Northern Trust Company in Chicago. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is a CFA charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and a member of the Kansas City CFA Society. He is a trustee for the Washburn Foundation. Bill was named BusinessWeek’s 2005 Stock Market Strategist of the Year and has appeared on Bloomberg Television, CNBC and CNBC Worldwide. He has also been featured in multiple financial publications such as Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek discussing his views on the U.S. economy.
Kirk Johnson, CFP, is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Investment Management Group of CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Topeka, Kansas. He is a graduate of Kansas State University, holding a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He also earned his Certified Financial Planning designation from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, and has more than 25 years experience in the trust field. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Kansas Capital Area Chapter-American Red Cross, Board of Directors of Downtown Topeka Rotary, and is also involved in his church and several community organizations.
Mike Orozco is the Regional President for the Kansas, NW Missouri and SW Iowa markets for U.S. Bank. As the executive responsible for these markets, Mike’s functional responsibility is leading, coordinating and directing U.S. Bank’s various lines of business including Wholesale Banking, Retail, Wealth Management & Trust as well as the Bank’s Community involvement in those markets. Mike has 28 years of banking experience and has been in his current role for the past seven years. Mike has worked in Global Corporate Banking, Middle Market Banking and Asset Based Lending in both relationship manager and leadership roles prior to assuming his current responsibilities. He is currently on the Board of the Lawrence Arts Center and is a founding Board member of the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.
Mayo Schmidt is President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a Director, of Viterra, a leading western Canadian agribusiness recognized by Canadian Business Magazine among the top 50 most important companies in Canada’s history. Since arriving at Viterra in 2000, Mr. Schmidt has spearheaded dramatic changes, including a comprehensive operational and financial restructuring that has restored Viterra’s financial strength and its ability to generate value for shareholders. Before joining Viterra, Mr. Schmidt led the reorganization of ConAgra Global Specialty Crops businesses and held a number of key management positions at General Mills. Mr. Schmidt is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executive Officers (open to the top 150 Canadian corporations), the C.D. Howe Institute, a Director on the Conference Board of Canada and a Trustee for The Conference Board, Inc. Mr. Schmidt is also a Director of Prairie Malt Ltd. and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Washburn University in 1980, receiving both athletic and academic scholarships. In 2003 Mr. Schmidt was honored as Washburn’s annual Alumni Fellow. He has two daughters and makes his home in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Kent Townsend currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Capitol Federal Savings Bank and Capitol Federal Financial. Mr. Townsend has been with the firm since 1984, where he also directs strategic development and manages a $2.4 billion investment portfolio, and participates on the Bank’s Information Technology and Oversight Committees. Mr. Townsend received his Master of Business Administration degree at Washburn’s School of Business in 1987. He is involved with the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation, serving as President, and the United Way of Greater Topeka, receiving their Volunteer of the Year award in 2006.