Chris Kestel

Sr. Advisor, Public Entity Relationship Manager
Commercial Lending

Chris Kestel

As a Relationship Manager serving the Public Sector for Commercial Banking, Chris works with communities across Eastern Nebraska, Kansas and Texas areas including the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Fremont, Kansas City and North Dallas. Taking a wholistic approach, he helps clients with business banking and treasury functions, guiding day-to-day operations and identifying solutions to help meet both short- and long-term goals for entities within the public sector.


Chris started his professional career in public accounting before joining FNBO’s internal audit department in 2011.  In 2015, he took a role in yield management and marketing engineering, where he oversaw pricing index rate processes and analyzed behavioral change for customer accounts. In 2019, he moved into credit risk administration, before taking on his current position at FNBO. Chris holds a BSBA in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration, both from Creighton University.


Chris is a huge supporter of Creighton athletics, especially Bluejay basketball. He has attended games since he was a toddler and is now an avid season ticket holder. Aside from Creighton athletics, he is a self-proclaimed Chicago Cubs fan “through and through”.

When not enjoying sports, he heads to the family’s home at Lake Okoboji, while also carving out time to pursue his passion for golf, never willing to pass up a weekend round with family, friends, or coworkers.

Despite his active personal life, he makes time to give back to his community. Chris is on the Project Harmony Service League Board and has served on the executive board of the group multiple times over the past 12 years. He is also on the Friends Committee for the Kicks For A Cure organization, whose goal it is to raise funds and awareness for local cancer research at Creighton University’s Lynch Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, while also promoting active, healthy lifestyles.