Vision, Mission and Values
Our Shared Vision
Be a leader in, and have an impact on Topeka, helping those we touch achieve financial security and success.
Our Shared Mission
Given our position of trust and tradition of integrity, our shared mission is to know our customers and always be an attentive listener; treating all those who either enter our premises, or engage us outside the bank with respect and devote the required time to serve their present need.
Our Shared Values
- Be Engaged
- Be Real
- Be Bold
Meet Our Team
President / CEO
Ernie has been in banking for over 40 years. The expertise he brings compliments the community bank approach of Heritage Bank. He is a loyal fan and alumni of Kansas State University.
Ernie is known for his community involvement and personal service. He likes to attend area High School Sports events and Arts/Cultural events. When not at work, he can be found golfing, gardening or biking.
Senior Vice President / CCO
Dave is a native Kansan with over 35 years of banking experience. He enjoys the approach to banking that a community bank offers.
A Rules 10 coach, Dave enjoys coaching youth basketball. In his free time, he enjoys running. A resident of Topeka for 4 years, he enjoys the diverse culture of the city. He has two children.
Vice President / Business Development
Born and raised in Seneca, Kansas, Barb moved to Topeka in 1975 and has been in banking world ever since. Barb enjoys working with people and helping them with their banking needs. Barb has raised four boys in the Topeka community and is blessed with four grandchildren. Barb loves the outdoors, walking, working in the yard and playing with the grandchildren.
Assistant Vice President / Cashier
Jamie is a graduate of Baker University with a Master's degree in Business Administration and seven years of bank experience. In her free time, Jamie enjoys painting, reading, running and rock hunting.
Assistant Vice President
Ben, a Kansas native, is a 2010 graduate from Kansas State University with six years of bank experience. He has a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. In his spare time, Ben enjoys attending K-State sporting events, reffing Upward Basketball and golfing.
Operations / IT Officer
Kathy has nine years of bank experience, with four years at Heritage Bank. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her grandson, gardening and playing with her dogs.
Loan Administration Assistant
Loan Administration Assistant
Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek Chairperson
Juli is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Washburn University where she has served since 2002. She previously held posts as President/CEO of Washburn University Foundation, dean of the School of Business at Washburn University and as associate professor of accounting. She was drawn to Washburn because of the match between her and the University’s commitment to high-quality teaching. She was recognized with the Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching award while a professor.
Juli earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1984, an MBA from the University of Kansas in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Kansas in 1993. Juli currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kansas, the Kansas Hospital Association, Junior Achievement of Kansas, and the Kansas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Juli, and her husband Dr. Keith Mazachek, director of the engineering transfer program at Washburn University, have been married 30 years and have three children.
Carol worked in various banking positions for 21 years; Trust Investments, Correspondent Banking, Commercial Lending and Cash Management ending her working career as a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking. She is one of the founding Board of Directors of Heritage Bank, 2004 to present.
Carol was born in St. Louis and grew up in Emporia. She holds her undergraduate degree from Emporia State University majoring in Business (computer science) and Economics, She earned an MBA from University of Kansas.
She is also currently the Recording Secretary of the Board of Directors, Topeka Country Club.
Her husband, Ken, retired from ownership of a commercial general construction company and a masonry company. They belong to Christ the King Church. The Pecis’ have two grown children.
B. Kent Garlinghouse
Kent was born in New York City and grew up in St. Louis. He graduated from Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and received an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Kent is Chairman of M-C Industries, Inc. (Polo Custom Products), a Topeka-based manufacturer with plants in Iowa and Mississippi and production in Asia.
Kent and his wife founded Topeka Collegiate School (K through 8th grade) in 1982; at the time it was only the second independent school in Kansas.
He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and chaired Topeka Collegiate School, Heritage Bank, St. Francis Health Center, and Children’s Discovery Center. He has served on the Boards of Washburn University Endowment Association and Topeka Community Foundation.
Kent and his wife, Susan, live in Topeka, Kansas. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.
Margaret S. La Rue
Margaret is a community volunteer and a Director of her family's business, Salisbury Supply Co. Inc., a distributor of construction and industrial supplies. Previously, she was a Vice President with Capitol Federal Savings in Topeka. During her tenure she served in the areas of Retail Banking and Residential Mortgage Lending.
Margaret holds a B. S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
A life-long resident of the Topeka area, Margaret has volunteered for over 15 years for the Kansas Children’s Service League currently serving as Vice Chairman, she’s a Kansas Children’s Service League Foundation Trustee and the Fund Development Chairman, also an Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Trustee and the Finance Committee Chairman, while serving the Topeka West High School PTO/Booster Club as Treasurer.
Margaret is a founding member of The Women’s Fund and a sustaining member of The Junior League of Topeka.
She and her husband, Tighe, have two children.
Brett is the Vice President of Operations at Midwest Health in Topeka. He graduated from the University of Kansas. He has been a Topeka resident his entire life.
Brett is involved in many community organizations including Chamber of Commerce, Topeka Community Foundation, 20/30 Club and Visit Topeka.
Lee is the Vice President of Senior Living at Midwest Health in Topeka. He graduated from Washburn University. He has lived in and around Topeka for his entire life.
Lee is involved in many community organizations including Junior Achievement, Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Kidney Foundation, 20/30 Club and local hospital charities.
Dave Sandir grew up in Kansas, having attended Shawnee Mission West schools and furthering his education at KU, graduating with a BSB in Business Management and minors in Marketing and International Management. At an early age Dave developed a passion for business, joining Commercial Group in 1999. He rose quickly to senior executive staff, eventually purchasing the Company. In his role as President and CEO, Dave supervises all new development and acquisition projects as well as overseeing over 50 properties and assets of over $150 million dollars in Commercial Management’s current portfolio. He collaborates with partnerships that require him to work directly with government officials, attorneys and syndicators. Dave is often sought out for his strategic planning and entrepreneurial expertise.
Dave & his wife, Panna, reside in Topeka and stay very busy keeping up with their two boys and their many activities.
J.D. Lakhani is a long time Topeka resident having moved here from India. He has been instrumental in the development of many commercial properties in and around Topeka as well as being the founder of Commercial Group, a development company providing low income housing in many states throughout America. Even though he officially “retired” at age 80, that hasn’t slowed J.D. down any. He serves in an advisory capacity to many Topeka businesses and volunteers his time as a mentor through the local chapter of the nationwide non-profit organization, SCORE, dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship .
JD and his wife, Kusum, are the proud parents of two daughters, Priti and Purvi. They love to travel and cherish the time they spend with their grandson Paul.