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Midwest BankCentre names senior VP of community, economic development

Wes Burns has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior vice president of community and economic development.

Burns applies more than 20 years of banking experience to leading Midwest BankCentre’s expanded focus on supporting affordable housing, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and other complex financing solutions within the St. Louis region and beyond. His work aligns with the bank’s five-year, $200 million investment in helping people in underserved communities buy homes, start or scale businesses, and transform neighborhoods.

Burns most recently served as market president for a community bank in St. Louis. He previously was a director of asset management, leading a team managing a national portfolio of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects.

“Wes applies his vast economic development experience to helping Midwest BankCentre transform lives and neighborhoods that have been marginalized,” said Chairman and CEO Orvin T. Kimbrough. “His efforts help us change neighborhoods pockmarked by abandonment into thriving and stable communities, restoring forgotten communities into places of value and contribution.”

Burns has served as vice chairman of the board for both Sunnyhill Inc. and The Housing Partnership. He now serves as a board member for Covenant House Missouri. He graduated from the Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and earned his MBA at Webster University. He also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at University of Colorado in Boulder.

Midwest BankCentre’s current assets exceed $2 billion and deposits total more than $1.5 billion. The bank has 18 locations in the city of St. Louis, St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County in Illinois.

 

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