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...
Assistant Vice President & Trust Officer, Marysville office
After beginning her career in banking, Kathy transitioned to the trust business in 1991, at what was then the Exchange Bank of Schmidt & Koester in Marysville, KS. Kathy has remained a consistent and dependable resource for her clients throughout several ownership changes. She is thrilled about...
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...
Vice President & Investment Officer - Portfolio Manager, Lawrence office
As Portfolio Manager and a member of the Investment Committee, Eli has direct responsibility for asset allocation and fixed income strategies. His role in client service is to guide clients through the investment process and ensure that their long-term goals and risk tolerance remain in alignment...
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...
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. In 2018 she was authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...