Intrust Bank announced the promotion of Ryan Liess to the role of Community Bank president, El Dorado, effective Aug. 1. Liess, who joined the bank in 2003 as a credit review analyst and has served as a commercial lender in El Dorado since December 2009, succeeds Ed Gard, who will retire in September.

“It is with great pride that I will turn over the leadership of the team in Butler County to Ryan,” Gard said. “His commitment to the community and Intrust customers runs deep, and I am confident the bank will continue to thrive under his direction.”

Gard joined the bank in 1979, and was promoted to Community Bank president in 1998. The bank will celebrate Gard’s retirement this summer.

Liess is actively involved with the Rotary Club of El Dorado, serving as treasurer, and El Dorado Public Schools Vision 20/20, serving as a mentor. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, Liess is a longtime Special Olympics volunteer and former United Way of El Dorado board member. He is a past participant in the Kansas Banker’s Association’s Bank Leaders of Kansas program and Leadership Butler. He is currently serving as the KBA’s Key Banker for Butler County and is an advocate and volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation — Kansas City Chapter.

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COLBY — The certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered announced Michelle Ryan, CPA, CGMA, recently was named to the firm’s partner group.

A member of the Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball team since 2008, Ryan has risen through the ranks of the firm. In addition to reviewing business, individual, and estate tax returns, she is the head of the firm’s CFO service line. Ryan also consults on a variety of tax planning issues, including business consulting, new entity setup, retirement and succession planning.

Ryan has two degrees from Kansas State University, a master’s of accountancy and a bachelor’s of business administration. She is a member of the K-State Alumni Association, as well as numerous professional associations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, where she serves as the Western Kansas Chapter president. Ryan is a board member of the Colby/Thomas County Chamber of Commerce, where she will serve as president beginning in April 2017. She is also president of the Colby Rotary Club and serves as treasurer for Trinity Lutheran Church.