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Meet the Leadership Series: Jim Rine (UMB President, Kansas City Region)

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Q&A with Jim Rine, President of Kansas City Region
Get to know UMB’s leadership a little better.
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Tell us about yourself.
I went to high school in Independence, Mo. and graduated from Missouri State with a finance degree in 1993.  I started right out of college with UMB as a credit analyst/management trainee, and I will celebrate my 22nd anniversary with UMB in April.

Tell us about your family.
My wife Melanie and I live in Leawood. My wife Melanie and I met in high school, but went to different colleges, dated off and on for 10 years, before getting married in 1997. Melanie has an undergraduate and master’s degree in music education from the Conservatory at UMKC.  She taught music in the North Kansas City School District for 10 years before deciding to be a full-time mother. She was an avid runner, with five marathons under her belt, now more active with tennis and golf.  She was also the president of the Parent Teacher Organization at our children’s elementary school.

We have two children. My daughter, Emily, is 14 and in eighth grade. She is active in tennis, swim and dive, junior golf, music and an active volunteer for the community. My son, Maddox, is 10 and in fifth grade. He is a huge sports fan, and plays basketball, soccer, tennis, junior golf and swim and dive. 

Why did you choose UMB?
UMB was my bank. I opened my first checking account with UMB when I turned 16, and when I graduated college I thought I was going to be the next great mutual fund manager. Thinking I would need to start as an analyst, I thought the fundamental analysis you would do on the privately-held companies in the credit department would be a door opener to becoming a market analyst. I had no idea I would end up in commercial banking!

What is it like to be regional bank president?
The regional president role varies from market to market. It looks much different in Kansas City than it does in a market with 100 total associates. In Kansas City, you share a good portion of external duties with other company leaders. My biggest challenge is using an impact and influence model to ensure all divisions are working together to introduce our customers to all areas of the bank. In the commercial banking space, I want to create an environment where people feel valued and rewarded for doing a good job. Adding value and removing obstacles allows us to attract and retain top key associates. At the end of the day, any amount of success that I have in this position is a direct result of having the right people.

In addition to being the president of the Kansas City region, I also have our national business development team and business banking teams that roll up to me. Both are considered commercial holding company groups that have reach outside Kansas City. In all three teams, we win because of our people.

What are your favorite ways to give back in the community?
I have served on many non-profit boards in the past. Currently, I am on the board of the Kansas City Zoo and Charlie’s House, a small non-profit. The founders, my friends Brett and Jenny Horn, lost their 2-year-old son, Charlie, when he pulled a dresser down on top of himself in 2007. Anything I can do to bring awareness to child safety that would prevent even one accident like this from happening again is worth my time as well as financial support.

My appreciation for the zoo was renewed when my children were younger. Under the leadership of Randy Wistoff, the Kansas City Zoo has experienced a major metamorphosis in the last several years.  The Polar Bear exhibit, Penguin Plaza, Orangutans and numerous other exhibits/renovations have transformed the zoo into a place Kansas City can be proud of.  World class cities have world class zoos, so I believe it is important to our region.

Where is your favorite place to travel and spend a weekend?
I love visiting anywhere with an ocean and golf course! And even though it’s cliché, my favorite way to spend a weekend is with family and friends.
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Mr. Rine became president of the Kansas City region in 2011. In his current role, Mr. Rine is responsible for managing the Kansas City commercial banking teams and partnering with other bank line of business leaders to implement the strategic plan for Kansas City. He is the advisory director for UMB Bank, n.a., and is on the following UMB advisory boards: Metro, South, Johnson County, St. Joseph and UMB Financial Services. He joined UMB in 1994. Mr. Rine earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.



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10 financial safety tips for vacation

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Most people think summer is the only time to take a vacation. But a lot of people take vacations in the fall and winter when flights and hotels are less expensive and tourist destinations aren’t as crowded.

A vacation is a great time for relaxation and spending time with family and friends. The last thing you want is to stress about fraud and have your vacation ruined because of a lost or stolen credit card. You can usually avoid this headache if you take a few extra steps when preparing for a trip or are more aware of your surroundings. Here are few tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of fraud on vacation.

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  1. Protect cards as if they are cash. Do not leave them unattended anywhere, such as in a car, restaurant or even at the pool. If you are traveling, your cards should be with you at all times. Or you can put them in a secure location like a hotel safe.
  2. Never write down a personal identification number (PIN) – memorize it. Also, designate unique PINs for each card, and use random number, letter and symbol combinations when possible. Do not use easy to crack codes, such as a birth date, which could easily be found in your wallet.
  3. Don’t leave credit cards in your car’s glove compartment. An alarmingly high amount of all credit card thefts are from this area.
  4. Always check to make sure cards are returned when used at a store or restaurant. It’s easy to forget cards, especially when you’re on vacation. And it’s easy for servers or sales people to return the wrong card when they’re in a hurry.
  5. Don’t carelessly discard or leave documents that contain personal information in the open – including account numbers – such as car rental agreements or airline tickets.
  6. Do not give account numbers over the phone unless you have initiated the call. Most companies will only ask you to verify a portion of your personal information.
  7. Always take receipts and destroy any extra copies.
  8. If you travel overseas, let your card provider know about your plans to travel to a foreign country. There may be restrictions on using cards in some countries and a provider will be less likely to question the foreign transactions if prior notice is given.
  9. If you decide to shop online on vacation or need to update flight or hotel reservations online, be mindful of the websites you visit and what information you share. Always purchase from websites that start with https because this means it is a secure site. Also, be mindful when using public Wi-Fi networks. Internet connections that require a password are the safest. You don’t want that new eBook you ordered online costing you half your bank account.
  10. Most fraudulent use of cards takes place within a few days of their being lost or stolen. If your card is lost or stolen on vacation, immediately report it to the issuing bank or financial institution.

Mr. Rine became president of the Kansas City region in 2011. In his current role, Mr. Rine is responsible for managing the Kansas City commercial banking teams and partnering with other bank line of business leaders to implement the strategic plan for Kansas City. He is the advisory director for UMB Bank, n.a., and is on the following UMB advisory boards: Metro, South, Johnson County, St. Joseph and UMB Financial Services. He joined UMB in 1994. Mr. Rine earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.



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