W.R. "Bill" Robbins and his son, Monty Robbins, of Farmers Bank and Trust, Overland Park, will provide their perspective on entrepreneurship in the financial industry over two generations from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Fort Hays State University.
As part of the Entrepreneur Direct series, the event will take place in Eagle Communications Hall at the Robbins Center, just off the U.S. 183 Bypass on the south edge of the FHSU campus. Attendance is open to the campus community and public free of charge.
Bill Robbins is an exceptionally entrepreneurial FHSU alumnus who grew a single, small-town bank into a chain of rural banks. He later successfully entered the Kansas City metro banking market. He experienced a number of successes and some challenges during his career at the helm of Farmers Bank and Trust. He has an interesting story of innovation in a rapidly changing industry.
Monty Robbins, Bill's son, is the new leader of Farmers Bank. Monty Robbins is taking the bank into new consumer services using technology. These services will likely change the way Americans bank, make payments and seek loans.
"Entrepreneur Direct is a speaker series that features successful entrepreneurs in an informal setting accessible to students and faculty," said Dr. Mark Bannister, dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship. "The program is intended to connect students with successful entrepreneurs who have stories and advice to share. A faculty/student panel asks questions about entrepreneurship and encourages questions and interaction with the audience."