Mr. Bruce has served as the CEO of Aladdin Petroleum Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, for the past 25 years. Mr. Bruce has also served as general counsel for Aladdin Middle- East, Ltd., a private petroleum exploration, production and drilling company in the Republic of Turkey since 1980 and serves as its Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President. In his legal career, Mr. Bruce was a law partner of Hall, Pike & Bruce from 1980-1988 before joining Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP, where he served as managing partner and continues to serve of counsel. Mr. Bruce served as corporate counsel for Union Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Union National Bank of Wichita, for 10 years from 1985 through its acquisition by Commerce Bank in 1995. Mr. Bruce also served as legal counsel for numerous banks in obtaining de novo charters and in connection with sales and acquisitions. Mr. Bruce received a B.A. degree in History from the University of Kansas in 1977 and his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1980. He has served on the board of directors of Aladdin Petroleum Corporation since 1993, and the board of Aladdin Middle-East, Ltd. since 1990. Additionally, Mr. Bruce has served on the board for Heartland Community Church since 1993.