Chris Baker serves as executive vice president and chief credit officer at Bank of the Plains at the location in Salina, KS. Bank of the Plains was founded in Plains, KS, and currently has nine locations across the state.

Baker was born and raised in Auburn, WA, and moved to Kansas in 1996 to attend Bethany College in Lindsborg. After graduation, Baker began his career in banking in 2001 and has experience in all areas of lending, as well as analytics, management and project implementation.

Baker is a 2011 graduate of GSBC’s Annual School Session and a 2023 graduate of GSBC’s Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers. Chris is the first graduate of both of GSBC’s core schools to serve the board.

Chris is married to Traci, and they have twin boys, Gabriel and Ezekiel. His interests include spending time with family, hunting, fly fishing, camping and spending time on the water.