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Academy Bank's new flagship retail banking hits KC Crossroads

Academy Bank, a full-service community bank and wholly-owned subsidiary of Dickinson Financial Corp., is opening a new flagship retail banking center and home office in KC's Crossroads Arts District.

The new branch, located at 1881 Main Street, comprises 4,214 SF of the first floor of the stand-alone building adjacent to Corrigan Station and plans to offer a full range of personal, business and commercial banking services.

“Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District is anchored by its eclectic, creative spirit. As a dedicated member of this vibrant community, we’ve designed Academy Bank in the Crossroads to be a collaborative, inviting environment that embraces the future of banking,” said Paul Holewinski, president and CEO of Academy Bank.

As part of its new approach to community banking, the Crossroads branch shares an outdoor courtyard space with neighboring businesses including The Roasterie and WeWork Kansas City. Community conference rooms and comfortable workspaces with free WiFi can be reserved at no charge by area businesses and organizations.

In addition to smart ATM and mobile services, Academy Bank in the Crossroads will offer the latest in banking technology with walk-up video banking that offers personal face-to-face service. With the touch of a screen, customers can speak with a video banker to help with most banking services with the convenience and flexibility of extended banking hours, seven days a week (8 am to 10 pm Mon - Fri; 8 am to 5 pm Sat; and 11 am to 4 pm Sun).

By the end of this year, Academy Bank also will introduce Academy Express - an innovative, drive-thru video banking and ATM service — also in the Crossroads Arts District. Academy Express will connect drive-up customers to a live banker outside of traditional banking hours, seven days a week.

This year, Academy Bank plans to open retail banking centers in Lenexa, KS. and the Northland in Kansas City, MO. In August, the bank opened a new retail banking center in Overland Park, KS.

Academy Bank ranked third on the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of the “strongest large banks in 2018” with a loan portfolio growth of 22.2%. The $1.5 billion-asset bank has 20 branches in the Kansas City bi-state region, making it the seventh-largest bank based in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

After Action Network plans community campus in Crossroads Arts District

CTK Real Estate is partnering with After Action Network to open a new community campus serving veterans and their families in the Crossroads Arts District. Located at 512 Southwest Boulevard, the campus will include The Garrison Café powered by The Roasterie and is the first physical location for the charity founded by Joey Williams, a local marine whose military career suddenly ended after a serious injury.

“My recovery was long and difficult. Although it was a dark time, my recovery ultimately led me into the Arts, which added a new purpose and direction to my life,” Williams said. “I founded After Action Network to help other veterans find their passion as well.”

Williams began his outreach with a website designed to bring Veterans and the community together, but the high level of traffic generated by the site led him to begin dreaming of opening a physical gathering place where veterans and civilians could make meaningful connections through a variety of programs and events. Williams shared his vision with Chris Kamberis, founder of CTK Real Estate, and the team worked together to bring the project from concept to campus.

“It has been gratifying to work with Joey as he takes After Action Network to the next level with a physical location,” said Kamberis, a national commercial and multifamily real estate developer based in Kansas City. “After Action Network will help countless veterans regain confidence and purpose as they assimilate back to civilian life.”

The Garrison Café powered by The Roasterie will serve the Reveille specialty blend coffee roasted exclusively for After Action Network. The Reveille blend will be sold by local retailers and online at, with 10 percent of proceeds going directly to veterans and their families.

“The Roasterie is honored to be part of this very special collaboration,” said The Roasterie Founder Danny O’Neill. “Meaningful community involvement has been an integral cornerstone of our company since we opened in Kansas City 25 years ago. When I met Joey and heard his story and vision, I knew instantly the After Action Network campus aligns with our passion for serving a city we dearly love. The Roasterie Team is proud to have our coffee served in The Garrison Café.”

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