Columbia Office

  • Mark Knackendoffel

    Mark Knackendoffel, J.D.

    President and CEO, Manhattan office

    Mark founded The Trust Company in 1992. He began his career in trust and investment management in 1983 after earning his juris doctor and MBA from the University of Kansas. He is also a graduate of Emporia State University with a bachelor’s in Public Administration and Economics. He formerly...

  • Polly Reynolds

    Polly Reynolds, CPA, CTFA

    Vice President and Trust Officer, Columbia office

    Polly established The Trust Company’s Columbia office in 2012, serving as manager and priding herself on extremely close relationships with her clients. “The needs of our clients are my highest priority. We try to exceed expectations every day and contribute to our clients’ lives in ways that...

  • Kari Schaal

    Kari Vogt

    Account Administrator, Columbia office

    A 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, Kari was a patient accounts manager in the field of medical billing before becoming Account Administrator in our Columbia office in 2015. Her responsibilities cover a broad range of duties related to the set-up and...

Investment Management

  • Michal Emory

    Michal Emory, CFA

    Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, Manhattan office

    Michal was named Vice President & Chief Investment Officer of The Trust Company in 2016.  He heads the Investment Committee and oversees all internal investment decisions and strategies. He got the math gene from his dad, who, Michal recalls fondly, could calculate baseball stats in his head...

  • Eli Sallman

    Eli Sallman, CFP®, CIMA®, AFIM®

    Assistant Vice President & Investment Officer - Portfolio Manager, Manhattan office

    A Belleville, Kan., native, Eli earned his bachelor of science in management and ethics from Manhattan Christian College, and graduate certificate in personal financial planning from Kansas State University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Certified Investment Management Analyst...

  • Kurt Weber

    Kurt Weber

    Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager, Manhattan office

    It’s not entirely clear when Kurt caught the research bug, but he’s been putting it to good use in the investment field for nearly ten years. A 2016 addition to our Investment Management team, Kurt mainly focuses on equity manager research and performance analysis. He is a member of the Investment...

Financial Planning

  • Katie Seay

    Katie Seay, CFP®, CTFA

    Vice President & Trust Officer - Director of Financial Planning, Manhattan office

    Katie Seay (pronounced “See”) joined The Trust Company in 2012 as Director of Financial Planning and has earned the additional title of Vice President & Trust Officer. In her college days as a University of Georgia Bulldog, she “stumbled upon” the financial planning profession while searching...

  • Kristen Payne

    Kristen Buchman

    Financial Planner, Manhattan office

    A member of our growing financial planning team, Kristen graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning and a minor in Business Administration. Kristen, who hails from Lyndon, Kansas, is the middle sibling to two brothers. Growing up, she was...

  • Chelsy Parsons

    Chelsy Parsons, CFP®

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Could it be that Chelsy’s disciplined nature stems from having a sheriff for a father? As Account Administrator on Katie Seay’s team, Chelsy expeditiously handles responsibilities for both client account administration and financial planning.  “I am passionate about financial planning as a tool to...

Retirement Plans

  • Todd Chyba

    Todd Chyba

    Vice President, Trust & Compliance Officer - Retirement Plan Specialist, Manhattan office

    A friend in Manhattan told Scott City product Todd Chyba (“HIB-uh”) that The Trust Company was looking for someone just like him, which led him to join the company in 2011 as the compliance officer and retirement plan specialist. Of course, as a former K-Stater, and as the husband of a Manhattan...


  • Anne Lewis-Smith

    Anne Lewis-Smith

    Vice President, Operations Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Manhattan office

    Wichita native Anne Lewis-Smith has been with the Manhattan office of The Trust Company since 1998, and is in charge of all internal operations, providing the advisors, investment managers and support staff with the capacity to fully serve client needs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting...

  • Michelle Duggan

    Michelle Duggan

    Operations and Network Administrator, Manhattan office

    Michelle joined the Manhattan office of The Trust Company in 1992 and is the longest-serving employee, having worked with CEO Mark Knackendoffel since 1989 in a previous job. As part of the Operations Team, some of her responsibilities include transfers, daily account balancing and IT functions....

  • Tammy Wainwright

    Tammy Wainwright

    Operations Administrator, Manhattan office

    A behind-the-scenes person on Anne Lewis-Smith’s team, Tammy relishes the role of providing support for front-line staff who work directly with clients. “Trust work is very personal and we have a lot of responsibility to our clients. My job is to make everything run as smoothly as possible for...

  • Alison Champlin

    Alison Champlin

    Operations Administrator, Manhattan office

    A former Classy Cat, cosmetologist and third-grade entrepreneur, Alison joined the Manhattan office of The Trust Company in 2013 as a receptionist and moved to Anne Lewis-Smith’s operations team in 2014. Her duties include back-end client support such as billing, setting up client accounts, and...


  • Laura Hovind

    Director of Marketing, Manhattan office

    A 2014 addition to The Trust Company, Laura considers herself a creative strategist. She is responsible for developing and executing marketing plans for all of our offices. “Working with such a wonderful, knowledgeable group of people makes it easy for me to spread the word about what makes The...