Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Kenneth E. Poteet Chairman & CEO Founder Email

Kenneth E. Poteet

Chairman & CEO

For more than 30 years, innovative banking executive and entrepreneur Ken Poteet has been bringing fresh ideas and astute leadership to the financial services industry with great success. Poteet now is focusing that extensive experience and expertise on a new financial institution – M1 Bank.

Ken began his banking career shortly after graduating from Southern Methodist University’s Graduate School of Banking and from Missouri State University, where he earned a degree in computer information systems with a minor in marketing. He started in banking with one multibank holding company and one single-bank holding company in addition to consulting for the group’s captive data center.

Two years later, in 1988, Ken became the CEO and a director of First Midwest Bank of Dexter. For the next five years, his role in the organization expanded as he became the largest producer, resulting in the ultimate responsibility for the overall direction and profitability of the two holding companies and four unit banks.

Soon after selling his interest in the Midwest Group, Ken became the founder and chairman of Sterling Bancshares, Inc. and Sterling Bank. His De Novo Bank business model centered on his expertise in affordable housing programs derived from the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which was made permanent in 1993.

Despite the economic downturn, Ken steered Sterling Bank to profitability in only its third month of operation. Additionally, the charter location was recognized as one of the top six architectural designs of a community bank in the nation by ICBA Independent Banker Magazine.

Ken’s leadership ensured that in a few short years since it was chartered, Sterling Bank was recognized as the highest performing financial institution in the State of Missouri #1, – and #17 in the Nation – by SNL Financial in 2014. Mr. Poteet resigned his positions as Founder/Chairman and CEO to pursue other interests in September 2016. As of September 30, 2016, Sterling Bank’s Total Assets exceeded $1.4 billion with more than $1.5 billion in loans under management.

Within the industry, Ken’s leadership and vision resulted in a number of notable achievements, including: The De Novo and success of Sterling Bancshares, Inc/Sterling Bank; financing of the first affordable housing development in Texas under the HOME (Home Investment Partnership Program); the first affordable housing historic rehab in the 9th Ward of New Orleans post-Katrina; and the financing of the first alternative energy powered affordable housing development in the country. He has initiated more than $3.5 billion in LIHTC and LIHTC-related loans and consulted for the sale/purchase of LIHTC and historic tax credits without a single default or recapture.

Those significant experiences led Ken to yet another new and unique mission and purpose with the formation of M1 Bank and M1 Bancshares, Inc, the holding company and sole shareholder of M1 Bank.

M1 Bank is a national brand with a strong local stewardship. The financial institution specializes in Low to Moderate Income Housing & Renewable Energy Tax Credit/Lending programs on a National Scale with an unparalleled commitment as a steward of the communities in which it has a physical location and presence.

McLane Poteet Director & Chief Credit Officer Founding Member Email

McLane Poteet

Director & Chief Credit Officer
Founding Member

A founding member of M1 Bank, McLane Poteet is chief credit officer focused on managing the bank’s credit function while implementing its credit philosophy and strategic model. He also serves on the board of directors for the bank and holding company M1 Bancshares, Inc., governing all aspects of bank management and strategic planning.

McLane gained extensive banking experience in his previous role at a financial institution developing and implementing lending platforms and procedures to meet the needs of the affordable housing, renewable energy, and historic tax credit markets. He played an integral role in building this high performing financial institution with assets in excess of $1.4 billion.

A graduate of the University of Missouri, McLane earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a dual-emphasis major in finance & banking and real estate, along with a minor in economics. In 2013, he received his Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Corey K. Poteet Director & Senior Vice President Founding Member Email

Corey K. Poteet

Director & Senior Vice President
Founding Member

A founding member of M1 Bank, Corey Poteet serves on the Board of Directors for both M1 Bank and M1 Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of the bank. He also is a member of the asset-liability management committee and loan committees within M1 Bank. Corey’s main role is focused on developing valuable relationships nationwide in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Renewable and Historic Tax Credits, and Commercial Loan arenas. Additionally, Corey is responsible for managing and implementing structures, platforms, and procedures within those particular banking areas.

As a veteran with more than ten years of experience in the banking industry, Corey was part of a central Missouri bank where he served as vice president supervising retail and commercial lending, underwriting and evaluating credit, managing loan review, developing branch profitability reports, and assisting with the management of the investment portfolio. Prior to launching M1 Bank, Corey was senior vice president for a high performing bank in the St. Louis area, where he specialized in LIHTC, Renewable Tax Credits and Commercial Lending. Additionally, he was involved in an acquisition/merger, staffing, and various other senior management duties and committees.

Trent Hillis, CPA Director & Chief Financial Officer Founding Member Email

Trent Hillis, CPA

Director & Chief Financial Officer
Founding Member

A founding member of M1 Bank, Trent Hillis is chief financial officer focused on strategic management of all finance and accounting functions, including financial reporting for both the bank and M1 Bancshares, Inc., the bank holding company. He also serves on the board of directors for both companies as well as the loan, asset-liability management, and audit committees.

Before joining M1, Trent served as an accounting advisor for the tax credit syndication industry by underwriting tax credit equity investments, focusing on GAAP financial statement impact for tax equity investors. He provided strategic direction to Fortune 500 companies, regional banks, and community banks on regulatory guidance and accounting/tax treatment of tax equity investments, with a focus on renewable energy tax credits. Trent also served as vice president of finance for a high performing bank with more than $1.4 billion in assets, as well as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

A Certified Public Accountant, Trent earned undergraduate and graduate degrees with highest honors in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. While a graduate student, he gained valuable experience studying international accounting in London. Trent also was a college athlete, playing NCAA Division I golf and earning accolades as a two-time recipient of the University of Southern Mississippi Golf team’s Payne Stewart Award. Since then, he has served as a volunteer for The First Tee, an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people.

David Hill Director & President Email 573-363-5321

David Hill

Director & President

Supporting M1 Bank’s growth and business opportunities is the primary role of David Hill, president of the bank and a member of the board of directors. David also is focused on supervising the day-to-day operations of M1, including: ensuring the highest quality client care and service; honoring existing client relationships; assisting and supporting the creation of new bank products and services; and regulatory compliance.

David has been committed to distinctive client service since he began his banking career in 2004. Beginning as a teller, he quickly rose through the ranks gaining experience in every bank division and most recently was president and CEO of a central Missouri bank.

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Kelly Hutson Chief Operations Officer Email 314-721-2265

Kelly Hutson

Chief Operations Officer

While Kelly Hutsons’ official title is chief operations officer, around M1 Bank she is known as the “Client Care Officer” working directly with clients to ensure all their needs are more than met. Kelly is responsible for all aspects of the bank’s operational processes, and she nurtures partnerships with business leaders to use technology on a strategic level in achieving aggressive growth targets. This emphasis on technology is essential to M1’s vision of being the bank that defines great customer experience.

Kelly has extensive financial experience, previously servicing at chief financial officer of a high performing bank for 13 years. In that role, she supervised all aspects of the bank’s financial operations and processes, including: financial accounting and reporting, business planning and forecasting, management reporting, and treasury functions.

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with an emphasis in business administration.

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Don Hutson Senior Vice President Email

Don Hutson

Senior Vice President

A specialist in commercial lending, Don Hutson is senior vice president at M1 Bank focused on nurturing and growing the bank’s loan portfolio and deposit relationships. He also develops and implements loan administration tools and guidelines to keep M1 Bank in compliance with underwriting and credit monitoring, and he analyzes and monitors the Allowance for Loan Losses (ALLL). Additionally, Don serves on the bank’s CECL team as well as the loan, large credit, and management committees.

Don has extensive experience in retail banking, commercial credit analytical work, commercial lending, tax credit lending, and bond portfolio management earned in his nearly 15 years in the industry. He earned an undergraduate degree in personal finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated summa cum laude from the graduate program at the Barrett School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn. Don is a St. Louis native and graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High School.

Robert McLain Senior Vice President Email

Robert McLain

Senior Vice President

A banking industry veteran, Robert McLain has 40 years of experience guiding the investments of financial institutions. At M1 Bank, Robert is focused on business development, relationship development with other financial institutions to nurture participation loan partner collaborations, and finding opportunities for the bank in affordable housing. He also serves on M1’s management, loan, and large credit committees.

Before joining M1, Robert worked with financial institutions around the country providing strategic direction with investment portfolio management, asset-liability management, employee 401k planning and management, and cost-cutting to help increase overall profitability. He is the founder of the FIN Club, a group of 65 experienced bankers sharing ideas regarding banking strategy and financial legislation. 

Robert has an associate degree in banking and finance. He also served as an instructor teaching banking professionals investment portfolio management, asset-liability management, and qualification for Series 7 representative.

Olivia Hillis Vice President of Operations Email 314-721-2265

Olivia Hillis

Vice President of Operations

With a keen sense of nurturing client relationships, Olivia Hillis ensures M1 Bank clients experience relationship-driven service with every interaction. Olivia handles the personal banking needs of clients and lives out M1’s commitment to impeccable client service that not only takes care of immediate needs but anticipates and handles additional needs whenever possible. Beyond her client service role, she also serves on M1’s management committee.

Olivia gained experience in the banking industry through her previous role as part of a high performance financial institution focused on operations, financial analysis, and the financial needs of clients. She also has worked in the insurance industry and studied at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

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Hope Hillis Vice President - Client Services Email

Hope Hillis

Vice President - Client Services

As the primary client contact for all loan administration and processing, including funding, collateral management, and information requests, Hope Hillis is the face of M1 Bank for many. Her commitment to and experience with nurturing clients ensures that M1 loan customers receive impeccable personal service. Hope also serves on M1’s management, loan and large credit committees.

Hope began her banking career in 2011 and quickly rose to become vice president of loan administration at a high performing St. Louis bank with assets in excess of $1.4 billion. While there, Hope managed all aspects of the loan relationship for clients, handling loan documentation analysis and preparation, borrower information compilation and analysis, and review and quality control of loan files and documents. She is a graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned a degree in business with a minor in economics.

Hattie Dazey Vice President – Client Services Email 314-721-2265

Hattie Dazey

Vice President – Client Services

Attention to detail and exemplary client service are the hallmarks of Hattie Dazey, M1 Bank customer service representative. She is focused on taking care of client banking needs and maintaining excellent relationships with all M1 deposit clients, ensuring that clients have the service and support they need to achieve their short- and long-term banking goals. As a member of the bank’s loan and large credit committees and the secretary of the asset-liability management committee, Hattie also manages data compilation for month-end reporting.

Before joining M1 Bank, Hattie applied her legendary attention to detail skills to the management of two businesses in Van Buren, Mo. She also has extensive experience in customer service, bookkeeping, financial analysis, project management, and medical coding. Hattie is a graduate of Cox College in Springfield, Mo.

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Nick Clark Vice President - Client Services Email 314-721-2265

Nick Clark

Vice President - Client Services

As the primary liaison for individual customers at M1, Nick Clark is focused on serving needs and nurturing lasting, long-term relationships that meet both customer goals and bank goals. Nick has been in the financial services industry for nearly ten years and has held multiple roles in the banking world, rising quickly through the ranks with his expertise and exemplary customer service skills. He most recently was branch manager/loan officer for a local Illinois bank, and he also has experience with a large national financial services organization.

Nick earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and a graduate degree in computer management information systems from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was raised in a small town in Illinois and is pleased to bring the sense of community he experienced growing up to his work with individual customers at M1.

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Julia Connors Vice President - Client Services Email 314-721-2265

Julia Connors

Vice President - Client Services

With nearly 30 years of client management experience, Julia Connors is well versed in taking care of customer needs and exceeding their expectations. Julia has worked in the investment departments of two local banks, managing operational functions and coordinating service needs for customers with great success. She brings the same attention to detail and anticipation of needs and solutions to her work with individual clients at M1 Bank.

Julia earned a degree in business administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles. She is a St. Louis native and an alumni of Ursuline Academy.

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Stephanie Bahn-Poteet Marketing & Community Outreach M1 Ministries Executive Director Email

Stephanie Bahn-Poteet

Marketing & Community Outreach
M1 Ministries Executive Director

As the Marketing & Community Outreach Director for M1 Bank, Stephanie Bahn Poteet supports M1’s innovative purpose-driven culture of Banking on a Mission through collaborations with local charities committed to supporting at-risk children, the arts, and veterans. She also creates awareness of and promotes M1 Bank’s brand promise to help address the low to moderate income housing and renewable energy needs of communities across America. Additionally, Stephanie directs the marketing activities of M1 Bank, including the promotion of their competitive high-yield premium money market and deposit accounts to meet strong loan demand and cultivate relationships nationwide.

A graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where she earned a degree in art history and was part of the equestrian team, Stephanie also studied at the University of Oxford, England and Trinity College in Dublin. She worked as a facilitator with Sotheby’s in New York advising clients interested in purchasing unique commissioned pieces to accompany their corporate or residential real estate transactions. Additionally, Stephanie earned accreditations in health & wellness nutritional coaching, interventional & longevity nutrition, and health counseling through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Prior to joining M1 Bank, she was a marketing/public relations manager for SAB LLC, an independent marketing company specializing in promotional events with a philanthropic component. Her clients at SAB included: Continental Title Company, Sterling Bank, and the Anthropedia Foundation. Stephanie’s other professional experience includes serving in business development with Peoples National Bank in St. Louis, as a residential real estate agent at Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty/JMSB Realty, and as a commercial broker/transaction coordinator with Stephen F. Bahn Commercial Real Estate Services.

Stephanie and her husband Ken Poteet have five children, with two – London and Wynston – still living at home along with a menagerie of pets that include dogs, birds, fish, and horses. They are committed to bringing glory to the Lord and growing His Kingdom through outreach and missions work around the world. Among her family’s many outreach activities are mission trips to Honduras and Guatemala; volunteer work with Compassion International, Christians United for Israel, and the Little Bit Foundation; and support for Outside the Gates, One Heart Ministries, Friends of Zion, and the American Center for Law and Justice. Stephanie and Ken are longtime friends of famed musician Brian Owens and support his L.I.F.E. Arts ministry in many ways, including a recent donation of a 17,000-sq. ft. building adjacent to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to house the first-ever L.I.F.E. Arts campus and M1 Life Academy.