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Congratulations Rick Viar on Civic Leadership Award

We would like to Congratulate Rick Viar, Southern Bank Community Bank President in Lee’s Summit, on being selected by Lee’s Summit Mayor Bill Baird to receive the 2023 West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League’s Annual Civic Leadership Award.

The award which is given to business and civic leaders in the community who represent a significant contribution in developing stronger cities, will be given at a banquet on October 26, 2023 at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.

"Rick Viar is a perceptive business leader who can envision future growth and success," said Mayor Bill Baird. "His integrity, guidance, vision and unselfish service to the community are evidenced by his participation on community boards and contributions to initiatives that enhance the quality of life of our citizens. I am honored to nominate him for this prestigious award."

Rick has over 41 years of experience in commercial banking, and currently serves as the community bank president of Southern Bank in Lee’s Summit.

Over the years, Rick Viar has served the public as a member of multiple boards and committees, including the United Way of Greater Kansas City, Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Advisory Finance Committee, Lee’s Summit Civic Roundtable and Lee’s Summit Industrial Development Authority. He’s also spent time on the boards of Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, John Knox Village, Lee’s Summit Symphony, and Lee’s Summit Downtown Master Plan Task Force.

“Rick has spent countless hours serving the community and representing Southern Bank in the market and this award is appropriate recognition of his important work,” says Mark Eagleton, Southern Bank’s Regional President for Northwest Missouri. “We are proud to have this opportunity to recognize Rick and his impact on the community.”