Larry Heyka, market president of Landmark National Bank in Manhattan, retired at the end of April after 40 years of serving financial needs as a community banker.
“I truly enjoy working with small and regional businesses and serving the needs of the community and its citizens,” he said.
A graduate of Kansas State University, Heyka graduated with a degree in agricultural economics.
Heyka grew up on a farm north of Belleville, and his wife, Mary Jo, grew up on ranch near Ashland. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his banking career, Heyka also served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 through 2005.
From 1976 to 1998, Heyka served the communities of western Kansas, first as a senior bank executive for First National Bank and Trust Company in Dodge City.
In 1997, First National was acquired by NationsBank, and Heyka assumed responsibility for the Western Kansas market. He relocated to St. Louis in 1998, promoted to the position of market manager for agricultural lending.
In 1999, Heyka received an offer to return to Kansas as President of First Savings Bank in Manhattan, which was later merged into Landmark National Bank in 2006.