Remembering BankNews Publisher Joe Holman

Former BankNews Media owner and publisher Joseph Holman passed away Friday, Sept. 6. 

Holman, who was born in 1945 to parents Helen and Vic, spent his childhood in Leon, Kan., marrying Janet (Burden) Holman in 1967. He grew up surrounded by banking culture. His family owned the State Bank of Leon, which has since been renamed Vintage Bank and was purchased by Wichita, Kan., businessman Wink Hartman in 2010. 

Joe Holman

Holman served in the U.S. Army, earned an accounting degree and then attended the University of Kansas Law School, graduating in 1974. Following graduation, he joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Kansas City, going on to build and run a successful private law practice for 32 years. Prior to his death, he was serving at The Whitlock Company. 

While heading BankNews, the magazine’s circulation was expanded from 13 Midwestern, Southwestern and Mountain states to national coverage, and both the contract publishing business for state bankers associations and bank directory publishing grew from modest regional operations to serve clientele from coast to coast. The Holmans were also responsible for launching Ag Banking, a quarterly publication aimed at community bank agricultural lenders. 

“Due to Joe’s youthful experience working in the family bank in Leon, plus advising community banks in his law practice and later with the Whitlock Company, he was a valuable resource for BankNews editors and staff in planning their coverage of the industry,” wrote former Editor-in-Chief Bill Poquette. 

Holman served as a trustee of Village Church in Prairie Village, Kan., and was involved with the Arthritis Foundation. According to his family, he was happiest when he was with them or out fishing on the river, and he cherished trips to Colorado that combined both passions. 

Joe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet, daughter Kate (Justin Serrano), son Jeff (Renee Holman), brother Tom, and five grandchildren: Rosetta, Vivien, Hazel, Lucille and Walter. 

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