Board of Directors
The following individuals serve on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Sullivan.
Branum was re-elected Chairman of the Board in January 2015, a position he held as recently as 2013, when he resigned to focus on other interests. He was president of Bank of Sullivan from 1990 to 2011, leading the bank to nearly triple in size during his tenure. Under Branum’s leadership the Bank of Sullivan opened their second location in Sullivan, and branches in Cuba, Union and Labadie. Branum is married to wife, Ginny; they have two grown children and six grandchildren.
Is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Sullivan. Hoffman has served on the Board since 2004; he has been with the bank since 1997 and has been in banking since 1991. Hoffman, a 1989 graduate of Missouri State University (B.S. Financial Management), also attended the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado and Missouri School of Banking at Springfield. Hoffman also serves on the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital board as Chairman, Board Member of Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Board Member of Midwest Independent Bankers and is a past board member on the Spring Bluff school board. He is a member of Rotary and various civic and youth groups. Hoffman and his three children reside in Sullivan.
Has been a member of the Board of Directors of Bank of Sullivan since 1986. Schlueter is a retired attorney. A graduate of St. Louis University (BS 1961) (LLD 1964) He and his wife, Susan, reside in Creve Coeur Missouri and have four grown children and six grandchildren.
Was named to the Bank of Sullivan Board in 1999. He is the founder of Strauser Drugs and Four Rivers Homecare in Sullivan, Linn Drugs in Linn, I.S. Land and Strauser Properties L.L.C. and a co-founder of the Sullivan Emergency Assistance Fund. He is currently a member of the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Pharmacy Association and International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. He has served as Mayor of Sullivan, past Alderman of Ward 3, and past President of the Sullivan C-2 School District Board of Education. Strauser is a graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (1976). He and his wife, Joan, reside in Sullivan and have four children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Tiefenbrunn a life long resident of Sullivan was appointed to the Board in January 2009. He is a graduate of Sullivan High School; he attended Washington University where he received his undergraduate degree. Tiefenbrunn went to the University of Missouri for medical school and completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He did a fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. In 1999 he returned to Sullivan to start his private medical practice. He has been on the board of Patients First Health Care, past Chief of Staff at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and he is currently on the board of Mercy Clinic. Active with his farm that raises registered Angus Cattle. Dr. Tiefenbrunn, his wife, Mia, and their six children reside in Sullivan.
Dale Cottrell, appointed to the board in 2011, has been a longtime resident of Sullivan. He is a graduate of Sullivan High School; he attended Missouri State and received his MBA from Webster University. He and his wife Alyssa are avid sports fans; they enjoy watching their four children participate in their activities and games. Cottrell joined the Bank of Sullivan in 1997 working as a teller while in high school and attending East Central College until 1999. He returned to the Bank in 2001 as a lender and is currently a Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Cottrell currently serves on the Grace City Church financial committee; he's a past president of the Sullivan Eagles Sports Booster Club and has served on the Industrial Development Authority and Planning & Zoning Committee in Sullivan. In 2013 Missouri Bankers Association presented Cottrell with the Young Banker of the Year award.
Steve Dickey, owner of Dickey Bub Farm and Home, Outdoor Gear and Dickey Properties resides in St. Clair with his wife, Denise. Dickey, elected to the board in 2011, attended East Central College and Missouri State. He is a member of the Union, Sullivan and Eureka Chamber of Commerce. Dickey has has been in the retail business since 1975. He also has vast experience in the real estate investment area. The Dickey’s are members of Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Union and are involved in the St. Frances Borgia Catholic School band organization, where their youngest daughter attends. They have three other grown children. He enjoys cattle farming, motorcycle riding and is an avid Cardinals and Rams fan.
Cliff Dudley, a native Sullivan resident, graduated from Sullivan High School going on to receive his Bachelor of Human Environmental Sciences degree in Consumer and Family Economics from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1993. Dudley successfully completed the graduate study program from Webster University, St. Louis, where he received his M.B.A. degree in 2001. He also has a background in sales, purchasing and insurance. Dudley, who joined the board in 2011, he has been with the Bank of Sullivan since 2000 and is currently a Executive Vice President and is also the Chief Financial Officer and Branch Manager of the I-44 location in Sullivan. Dudley, his wife, Vivian, and their three children make Sullivan their home.
Kevin Mullally is President and CEO of Mullally Distributing Company located in Cuba Missouri. Mullally, accepted a position on the Bank of Sullivan board in 2011. He has been very active in the Cuba community. He is an active member of the Missouri and National Beer Wholesalers Associations. Mullally is also a staff member of Showtime Pyrotechnics, assisting in the design, choreography, and presentation of pyro musical firework displays. Mullally and wife, Sarah, reside in Cuba. They have three grown children and one grandchild.
Dave Schatz, State Senator for the 26th District, is Vice President of Schatz Underground, Inc. and joined the bank board in 2011. Schatz, a 1982 graduate of Sullivan High School, is a lifelong resident of the Sullivan and Spring Bluff area, where he formerly served on the Board of Education for the Spring Bluff School District. He is an active member of Temple Baptist Church, where he has served on the board there as well. Currently, Schatz spends much of his time being a mentor in the community to young individuals at Sullivan High School and to a group of collegiate men. He has volunteered as coach for junior football, baseball, boys and girls basketball. Schatz and his wife, Chara, have five children.
Leonard Armstrong joined the bank board in 2012. He is a lifelong resident of the Bourbon area. He is retired and enjoys farming. He has vast experience in the contracting, hardware & lumber business. He also has 35 years in the banking industry both in Sullivan and Bourbon. He currently serves on the Bourbon Area Community Center and the Crawford County Enhanced Enterprise Zone. He is a current member and past president of the Crawford County Cattleman’s Association and past board member of the Autumn Age Homes in Bourbon. Armstrong and his wife, Brenda, have 6 grown children and 20 grandchildren.
Downard, a lifelong resident of the Union area, has many years of business experience in insurance and the practice of law. He joined the Board in May of 2015. Downard graduated locally from Union High School and East Central College, then went on to receive his Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. He then obtained his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1984. Downard is a partner in the law firm of Hansen, Stierberger, Downard, Schroeder & Head, LLC, which he joined in 1985. He has held the Prosecuting Attorney position for the City of Sullivan since 2004. He is currently Secretary of Physicians Insurance Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah, Executive Vice President of MPM-PPIA in St. Louis, Executive Vice President of MPM Insurance Company of Kansas in St. Louis, and President of Corporate Insurance Services, LLC, in Union, Missouri. Downard is a Past President of the Twentieth Judicial Bar Association and a former Treasurer of the Franklin County Republican Central Committee. He is also a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church in Beaufort, MO. Downard and his wife, Diana, have four daughters and two granddaughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, loves Cardinals baseball, traveling, trout fishing, and bird hunting.
Earl Gates was appointed to the board in August of 2016. Gates is currently President and CEO of Servco Companies and Gates Manufacturing, a family owned business that was started in 1947. Servco is located in St. Louis, Missouri and serves the Midwest market. He started at Servco when he was young, attended college and served in the military until 1972. He is a Charter Member of Pride; he became a Director on the Concord Bank Board in December, 2009 and was later appointed to Chairman of the Board in March, 2011. He currently also serves on the Board of the Sheet Metal Workers Pension and Welfare Fund. Gates is semi-retired and currently resides in St. Louis with my wife, Maureen. He has four children and four grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf, gardening, boating and family time.