Capitol Federal® Office Celebrates 40 Years

March 10, 2014
Capitol Federal's 120th Year of True Blue® Service


TOPEKA, Kan. – On Tuesday, March 18, Capitol Federal® will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of its West Lawrence office at Iowa and Harvard.  Vice President-Branch Manager Barent Raye invites the Lawrence community to share in the festivities as the staff serve refreshments. The Lawrence mortgage department at 1026 Westdale, next door to the Iowa and Harvard office, also extend an invitation to customers and Realtors® to join in the 40th anniversary celebration.

After 21 years of growth and success within the Lawrence area through the downtown branch at 11th and Vermont, Capitol Federal opened its 12th office at the corner of Iowa and Harvard on March 18, 1974. The Lawrence Downtown branch manager, Dick Holzmeister, transferred to the new office as its branch manager, and Joe Oberzan was named the downtown branch manager.

Upon Dick’s retirement in December 1996, Oberzan accepted the managerial position at West Lawrence. When Joe retired in 2010, Barent Raye was named branch manager. The West Lawrence office has grown from six employees in 1974 to its present 18, including five in its expanded loan department.

In 1979, all Lawrence loan origination and processing was centralized at the Iowa and Harvard location, and in 1986, a separate loan office was created in leased space just west of the West Lawrence office. Senior Mortgage Lending Consultant Mark Hernandez remarked, "Creating a separate loan function really made a big difference in service to customers. At that time, outside Topeka and Johnson County, Lawrence was the only market area to offer this benefit to customers. The convenience and privacy provided to customers continues to be appreciated."

Vice President-Branch Manager Raye stated, "The West Lawrence branch and its mortgage lending department have built a strong, long-term relationship with our many Lawrence area customers. We look forward to continuing that relationship, assisting customers as we move forward into our 41st year.”


Mary Lenz, Marketing Communications Manager, (785) 231.6255,

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