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J. Wes Strange

Co-Founder, Director, Chairman of Branson BancShares Inc.

As one of the original Co-Founders of Branson Bank, Wes Strange helped create and build what is Branson Bank today. From humble beginnings, to growth including four full-service bank locations and a lending center, Branson Bank is known for warmth, core values, and local decision-making.

Three years prior to the bank’s 2000 grand opening, Wes Strange began development of what is now Branson Bank. During this pivotal time, he laid the ground work for the overall business plan, stockholder development, and a capital campaign in order for a bank charter to be obtained.  Additionally, approvals were needed from the State, FDIC, and Federal Reserve in order to move forward with the new financial institution. Land was purchased, employees were sought out and hired, and fundamental banking systems were developed from his home office located in Pointe Royale.

From 2000-2008, Strange served as the CEO and Chairman of Branson BancShares, Inc. In 2008 he moved into a Director role along with his role as BancShares Chairman and continues to serve on a number of board committees for the growing bank.

In 2015, Strange was inducted into the Missouri Bankers Foundation 50-Year Club for attaining 50 years working in the field of banking. As of 2021, he has accrued over 56 years. He graduated from Graceland College in 1957 with an Associate of Arts Degree and then in 1960, he completed a B.S. in Agriculture Education and a Minor in Economics. In 1971, he completed the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI and later in 1981 he graduated from the Management School of Bank Marketing in Atlanta, Georgia. Later in 1991, he completed the Arkansas Bankers Trust School in 1991.

Strange is currently active in his church and served in various roles in the past, including: Rotarian, Director of Pointe Royale Board of Directors, Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, Ozark Counseling Services – Finance Chairman, Past President of Branson Chamber of Commerce and Past President of Flippin, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of JTPA, Private Industry Council.   He also held a Real Estate Brokers License, Insurance Agent License, and Private Pilot License and taught Junior College Economics and Banking Courses.

Through his vision and perseverance, Wes Strange provided the forethought, foundation, and spark to what is now the successful, growing, community bank, known as Branson Bank.