Jerry Lau, J.D.
Senior Vice President, Trust Officer
Mr. Lau earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Western State University in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University in 1982. After practicing law at a local firm for 8 years, he became General Counsel for Cameron Mutual Insurance Company. In 2000 he became a Trust Officer for Gold Bank Trust before joining First Trust of MidAmerica in 2008. He joined Community Bank of Pleasant Hill in 2012 through its acquisition of First Trust of MidAmerica. Jerry works in the trust office in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Jeffrey L. Akright
Vice President, Trust Officer, CTFA
Mr. Akright joined Community Bank of Pleasant Hill/First Trust of MidAmerica in 2022. He has 28 years of experience as a Wealth Management Consultant and Investment Consultant. In addition, he has experience providing fiduciary services to qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts. Jeff’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Eastern Illinois University and a CTFA Accreditation from Cannon Financial Institute. Jeff holds a FINRA Series 7, 63 & 66 Securities License and a Life, Health, and Disability Insurance License. He is member of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the ESOP Association (TEA). Jeff’s experience will help achieve our goal to expand service capabilities for ESOP’s and other employee benefits as well as individual retirement and personal investment products. Jeff works out of our St. Joseph Missouri office.
Vice President, Trust Officer
Mr. Thompson is a lifelong resident of Kansas City. Ryan has 12 years of experience as a wealth advisor and portfolio manager where he was a leading producer and responsible for overseeing/managing both individual and corporate portfolios. He joined Community Bank of Pleasant Hill/First Trust of MidAmerica in 2022 to enhance and further our retirement plans, individual retirement accounts and ESOP service capabilities. Ryan’s educational background includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Finance from Park University. He is member of professional ESOP organizations including the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the ESOP Association (TEA). Ryan works out of our Pleasant Hill Missouri office.
Stephanie has worked in banking industry for 30 years, working for United Missouri Bank (UMB), Citizens Bank, Bank Midwest and BMO Harris. She joined Community Bank of Pleasant Hill in 2015.
Amy attended Longview Community College and previously worked in the retail and banking industries. Amy joined Community Bank of Pleasant Hill in 2014 as a Claims Adjudicator and became a Trust Administrator in 2015.