Rich Jankovich

Richard (Rich) B. Jankovich

Special Accounts Manager for Purple Wave, Inc. in Manhattan, KS:
Rich joined Purple Wave in 2020 after a 35+ year career in commercial banking. He is responsible for expanding the customer base of mid to large regional banks within the Purple Wave primary footprint, as well as developing finance options for Purple Wave customers. Rich was formerly with Sunflower Bank as the Market President for Manhattan and Junction City, where he was responsible for coordinating new business development activities for commercial and consumer loans and deposits, treasury services and merchant services and the overall credit quality of both markets. Rich returned to Manhattan in 2003 and was the EVP and Manager of Commercial Banking for Commerce Bank in Manhattan and served on its Advisory Board of Directors after managing the NW Indiana Wholesale Banking efforts for National City Bank as Market Manager. Previous to National City, Rich was the VP Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo in Monticello, IN; VP Special Assets in Rochester, MN; VP Business Banking, Hastings, NE; and Commercial Loan Officer, Manager of Asset Based Lending, First National Bank of Omaha.

Elected Positions & Community Service
Rich was seated as a Manhattan City Commissioner in April 2011 and re-elected in 2013 serving until 2015. He served the city on the following boards: RCPD Law Board; the City Audit Committee; Flint Hills Regional Council and Executive Committee as VP; co-chair of the Wildcat Creek Working Group; the city's ex-officio member to the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce; and as a commissioner on the Manhattan Housing Authority.

Community Service:
Rich currently serves the community on the City of Manhattan Audit Committee and as the Chair of the Airport Advisory Board; KSU College of Arts & Science Dean’s Alumni Council, immediate Past-Chair; Manhattan High School Business Finance Department Advisory Board; Manhattan Konza Rotary Club, past president. He serves the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce in the following roles: Military Relations Committee, immediate past-chair; Little Apple Brigade; Kansas Military Alliance; Transportation Committee; and Region Reimagined steering committee and a member of the Governance and Advocacy Committee. Rich also serves the Mercy Health Foundation Board asTreasurer; He is a former member of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, former chair of the Workforce Board, former member of the Chamber Audit Committee and ex officio member of the Business Advocacy Committee. Rich is a past Chairman and board member of the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce and served on its membership committee; serves on the board of directors for the Flint Hills Chapter of AUSA as president-elect; and is a Trustee of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation (GMCF) and a member of the GCMF’s Guardian Angels. Rich also served on former Congressman now Senator Roger Marshall’s Military Affairs Advisory Council and is a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and serves on its executive committee.

Rich is a former Schools of Hope and 20+ year Junior Achievement volunteer (Omaha and Hastings, NE and Monon, IN). Rich and his wife, Caroline, served as co-chairs of the United Way Dinner by Design in 2012 and for the Mercy Health Care Foundation Crystal Gala in 2017 and 2018. Rich has previously served as a past chairman for the March of Dimes Walk America in Manhattan; Chair of the Omaha Corporate Cup Run; Founding board member of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association; Chaired the Hastings, NE Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council; Hasting, NE Community Theater Board; Past President of the Hastings, NE Lions Club.

Rich was recognized as the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year for 2009, the Konza Rotary Rotarian of the Year for 2012 and First Infantry Division/Fort Riley Distinguished Trooper in 2013.

Education & Family
Rich is a graduate of Manhattan High School, Kansas State University (BS) and Central Missouri State University (MBA), where he was also an assistant basketball coach for the 1984 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Champions.

Rich is married to the former Caroline Reeves. Caroline has served on the committee for the Mercy Health Foundation Gala for 15 years and chaired the decorating and logistics sub-committees for eight years and co-chaired the 2017 and 2018 Gala with Rich. She is a member of the GMCF Fairy Godmothers; Via Christi Manhattan Auxiliary; and volunteers at the Flint Hills BreadBasket. Rich and Caroline have three children: Jillian, K-State ’12 and Creighton University '13, a former Riley County EMS paramedic and entrepreneur, married to Will Moore, Riley County EMS paramedic and Lieutenant 4/A EMT, CPR Coordinator the Riley Volunteer County Fire Department, daughter Ellie; Nick, K-State ’14, MFD Fire Driver II, married to the former Rachael Metzger, K-State ’15, Project Manager for K Construction, Inc., son Daniel; and Katelin Reeves, Butler University ’04, IUPUI MA ‘08 and a Real Estate Broker for Century 21 Scheetz, Indianapolis, IN and engaged to James Richardson IT architect with Sallie Mae.