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A vision for clean drinking water and the launch of a nonprofit

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In 2015, three UMB associates launched a nonprofit organization aimed at providing clean drinking water for families in Southern Nicaragua. 

Buena Agua is dedicated to improving the quality of life for families in Southern Nicaragua who do not have access to clean drinking water. We achieve this goal by providing portable water filters to the families of villages that need them.

The three founders of the organization, John Heddens (left in photo), Ryan Gardner (center in photo) and Sean Tokic (right in photo) all began their careers at UMB as part of the Emerging Leaders Program. Today, they work in Credit Underwriting & Administration (John), Corporate Risk Services (Ryan) and Corporate Strategy & Development (Sean).
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Ryan lived in Nicaragua for 10 months during 2012 where he volunteered at an orphanage outside of the city of Jinotepe. During this time, he witnessed the extreme levels of poverty that impacts a large majority of Nicaragua’s population. To put into perspective, Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, in rural areas, 40 percent of the population earns only $1 a day. In addition to poverty, there is limited access to affordable clean water with only 68 percent of people in rural areas having access to safe drinking water.

Ryan’s wife, Stephany, actually grew up in one of these rural communities and knows first-hand the difficulties these families are faced with. In the following video Stephany talks about what it was like as a child without clean water. Through her experiences, it became very much apparent how dire the need is. That’s where Buena Agua steps in.

Buena Agua’s inaugural trip to Nicaragua kicked off on November 7, 2015 as our team of four (Ryan, Sean, Tim and Adam) headed down for a week with the goal of providing the most basic of necessities—clean water—to those needing it. With us, we had equipment to build 100 water filtrations systems which provide 100,000 gallons of clean water to each of the families.

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Upon arrival in the capital of Managua, we met up with Ryan’s father-in-law, Alfredo. Alfredo is a crucial component of Buena Agua’s operation. Not only did he help in procuring materials, he also identified the recipient families, set up various distribution times in the village of Cangrejal, and hosted us at his farm off Lake Nicaragua.

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The next morning, we immediately got to work, waking up early to prep the buckets for distribution. These buckets provide a family of six with enough clean water to last an entire day without having to refill. The communities we visited had no addresses, limited or no access to electricity and certainly no system for accessing safe drinking water. In fact, the families walk to gather their water from the same rivers and lakes in which they do their laundry and their animals cool off in.

This trip was one of mixed emotions. To experience the beautiful culture, landscape and tradition in the communities of Southern Nicaragua was truly a gift. However, to realize first-hand the extreme poverty many citizens of the world live in and the lack of resources so many children face wore heavy on our hearts. It takes just a short time to understand the courage and the grit these communities deploy to survive and remain hopeful on a daily basis.Throughout the course of a few days, our team had many meetings with the villagers to distribute the filtration systems. At these meetings our team would show the filter in action, demonstrate how to build the system, and most importantly, explain the benefit of the filters to encourage their use. To demonstrate just how effective the filter is, we would grab a big ball of mud and mix it into the dirty water to turn the water jet black. It was a powerful moment when the families saw crystal clear water come out the other end.

Our team’s first trip was a success, but this was just the beginning. There is much more that can be done for the people of Nicaragua. After taking a small break in 2016 for the arrival of our team’s newest member, Ryan and Stephany’s daughter, Mia, we are ramping back up and preparing for our next fundraising campaign for our 2017 trip.

We would love for you to be a part of our journey.  For even more information, photos or to support our cause please head to buenaagua.org. Also, follow us on Facebook for updates and events.

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Mr. Gardner is a Vice President/Third-Party Monitoring Manager for UMB. He is responsible for support of UMB Financial Corporation’s Information Security Program through ongoing development, implementation and administration of the Company’s formal Fraud Risk Management Program. He joined UMB in 2014 and has six years of experience in risk management.



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Meet the Veterans: Delores Chavez

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UMB is fortunate to have several veterans on our team and are proud to hire veterans in our local communities. This series highlights some of our associates who have served their country in the military prior to joining UMB. Be sure to check out the other profiles in our series.

Q&A with Delores Chavez, Supply Specialist, United States Army
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Tell us about yourself
I was born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1964. Straight out of high school, I joined the Army and remained with them for 6.5 years. My very first job was working at local bank in the lockbox department. I started working nights there, and when a daytime position opened up, I applied and got the job. Next, I worked in the return items department for 10 years.

I am a single mother of three children. My two oldest have already graduated high school, and I have a daughter in high school. I am very proud of my children and all of their accomplishments.
Delores familyMy parents were married for 45 years and gave me four brothers and four sisters. I am the youngest of nine children. Ten years ago, my dad passed away from cancer, but he will always be with me in spirit. Fortunately, my mom, who is 85, is still here.

What are your favorite ways to relax?
Some of my favorite things to do on the weekend include spending time with my family, going to the mall and relaxing at home. I also enjoy watching movies or sports.

Why did you join the military?
When I was in high school, I saw my parents struggling to make ends meet. It made me realize I needed to do something different when I graduated high school. That was when I decided I wanted to join the Army. In 1981 a recruiter came to my high school for career day and told me the benefits of joining and serving our country. After that day, I decided to join once I graduated from high school. I wanted to make my parents proud of me. I was only 17 years old, so they had to sign in order for me to enlist.

When I enlisted, my goal was to graduate from Basic Training. My training was in 1982 at Fort Jackson, S.C. It was extremely hard, but I still managed to graduate. My job (Military Occupation Specialty) was 76 Yankee, which is a supply specialist. After basic, I stayed at Fort Jackson and did my Advanced Individual Training.
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What are your most memorable moments from the Army?
A couple of my greatest accomplishments in the military include when I was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. I was the company armor/supply clerk for a basic training unit. There, I was in charge of 240 M-16’s and eight grenade launchers. I had to keep records and maintenance up-to-date and accurate. My job was to make sure the weapons worked properly at all times. There would be yearly inspections where I received a constant rating of 95 percent. Another accomplishment is when I completed a Primary Leadership Development Course in Fort Leonard Wood. It was challenging, but I graduated in 1986.

While I was in the military, I traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Virginia, South Carolina and Germany, where I had the chance to see where the 1972 Summer Olympics were held.

What challenges did you face after the military?
One of my greatest challenges after leaving the military was finding a job. I had no work experience except for the military. This is when I started working at a local bank in 1989 and remained there for the next 10 years. I wanted to stay in the banking profession, so after leaving, I started at UMB in 2000. I process a variety of payments for UMB customers, which is rewarding because I feel it’s important to the company. I view my co-workers as my second family and plan on staying at UMB.


Ms. Delores Chavez is a special payment handling coordinator for UMB. She is responsible for processing payments. Ms. Chavez joined UMB in 2000 and has 25 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry.



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UMB Big Bash® does it again!

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UMB Big Bash 2016

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo treated us to acoustic versions of their big hits.

Our 6th UMB Big Bash took place last week in downtown Kansas City. Thanks to our incredible sponsors and supporters like you, the UMB Big Bash Foundation donated $25,000 to Community LINC. Throughout the course of two years, the organization will receive a total of $75,000 in grants to support its Aftercare Expansion. Watch how this year’s beneficiary plans to use UMB Big Bash funds.

Let’s revisit some highlights from the BIG event:

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Community LINC’s Aftercare Expansion project will expand the organization’s one-on-one budgeting support and employment aftercare to approximately 250 homeless parents. Community LINC’s mission is to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for families.
UMB Big Bash 2016Giving and receiving the BIG checks are: Mariner Kemper (chairman and CEO of UMB Financial Corporation and UMB Bank), Jackie Hunter (Community LINC board member and former resident), Brad Korris (Community LINC board chair), Mike Hagedorn (President and CEO of UMB Bank)

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VIP meet and greet with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
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Be sure to post your own UMB Big Bash photos to the  Facebook page and tag yourself in our photos of YOU!

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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Community LINC’s impact – UMB Big Bash® 2016

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Did you know the majority of homeless people in Kansas City are children?

The sixth annual UMB Big Bash is this week. Not only are we getting excited to see the legendary Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo perform (you can still grab your tickets!), but also to focus on assisting this year’s worthy beneficiary.

Throughout the course of two years, Community LINC will receive $75,000 in grants to support its Aftercare Expansion. The project will expand the organization’s one-on-one budgeting support and will provide ongoing employment aftercare to approximately 250 homeless parents. Community LINC’s mission is to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for families.

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Mr. Hagedorn is president and chief executive officer of UMB Bank and vice chairman of UMB Financial Corporation. Prior to this role, Hagedorn served as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of UMB Financial Corporation. He joined UMB in March 2005.



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Meet the Veterans: Shauna Bednar

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UMB is fortunate to have several veterans on our team, and we’re proud to hire veterans in our local communities. This series highlights some of our associates who have served their country in the military prior to joining UMB. Be sure to check out the other profiles in our series. In this case, we’re taking a look at an associate who currently serves in the military. 

Q&A with Shauna Bednar-Air Force Reserves, Flight Engineer
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Tell us about yourself

I grew up in Apple Valley, Minn. (just south of Minneapolis) loving sports, lakes and airplanes. My dad worked at Northwest Airlines my entire childhood and is now with Delta Airlines, so I have always loved planes, air shows and all things aviation-related. I received my degree in Business and Airport Management from the University of North Dakota in 2006. After college, it was not a great time for aviation, and I couldn’t find a job in the field, so I got a job working in the operations department at M&I Wealth Management in Milwaukee, Wis. I loved my job there and progressed from operations to a private wealth associate administrator.

After a while, I really started to miss airplanes and the smell of jet fuel (as my dad always says). I took the leap, left my job, and joined the Air Force Reserve. I met my now husband, Grant, during training. He is a Loadmaster in the Air Force. The Air Force brought me to the great state of Colorado which is where I am today and loving it.
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What about your past shaped who you are today?

I have an amazing family who has always encouraged me to try new things and to never step down from a challenge. That has absolutely shaped my personality–I am not a quitter. I am proud that I earned everything I have. My family and friends are the most important people in my life and where all my loyalty lies.

Tell us about your family.

My parents and brother still live around the Minneapolis area, and I love to visit (preferably in the summer)!  My aunt is a retired Chief in the Air Force, and she was my idol growing up. She was a beautiful blonde woman who would get dirty and fix airplanes. She was never afraid to compete with the men and always looked good doing it. She was everything I ever wanted to be: tough but still feminine.
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Why did you choose to join the military, and specifically the Air Force?

I grew up with the idea instilled in me from various family members, but really I just love airplanes and country. The Air Force was the only branch for me.

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Give us some highlights of your military career.

I am a flight engineer on C130s, which means my job is to ensure that the plane is operating correctly and that all of the systems (electrical, hydraulics, engines, etc.) are operating as designed. I am also there in case something goes wrong to assist in troubleshooting the problem. I’ve taken a lot of amazing trips to different countries and all over the United States. I get to air drop jumpers and cargo and fly low level missions in the mountains. It’s absolutely beautiful to see the mountains from a perspective not many people get to see. I am proud of my deployment in 2013 and look forward to my upcoming deployment in March. I have flown patients out of combat areas in Afghanistan and Army troops on their way home from deployments. It feels pretty fantastic to see the faces of the men and women who have been on the ground fighting in the dirt for months on end when they finally get to leave…especially once the air conditioning kicks in. It gives you a great perspective.
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What are the challenges with balancing your career at UMB and also being in the Air Force?

Easily the hardest part is time management. I have flying time and ground commitments that I need to meet with the Air Force, and I am not willing to let my job at UMB suffer, so working around those can be difficult. There is a lot of planning that has to go around taking time off, especially when people are planning client meetings around my schedule. I am very lucky to have an amazing team here in Denver who supports me when I need to leave early, take days off or take three months off for a deployment. They are the best co-workers I could ask for!

What are your favorite ways to give back in the community?

I am actively involved in a local organization (Denver Kids) that is working to end the drop out crisis in Denver schools through providing students with educational counselors and mentors. I currently chair the membership committee and sit on the executive board of the Young Professionals Council as well as mentor a middle school student named Sonia.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

I love anything warm and tropical. I may be from Minnesota, but I can’t do cold. I am always looking for an opportunity to go somewhere warm. I’m going to Jamaica soon and couldn’t be more excited!

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?

When I have a free weekend, which isn’t often as I give most of those to Air Force, I really enjoy sleeping in and going to brunch. I love to spend time with friends and family and watch the Minnesota Vikings or go to any basketball, hockey or football game. I also really enjoy musical theater, art museums and concerts.

How did you come to be at UMB? What made you want to work here?
I first heard of UMB back when I was working in Milwaukee, so I was excited to see a familiar name when applying. What I like about UMB is that it is a mid-sized bank, where we provide personalized service backed by the resources of a multi-billion dollar asset management firm. We can keep the focus where it belongs – on our clients. We know our clients and their families and they appreciate that it’s personal when they call.  It is nice to see the impact of my job on the client.

 

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Mrs. Shauna Bednar is a Private Wealth Management Officer for UMB. She is responsible for administering investment and retirement accounts and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations while providing the highest level of customer service. She joined UMB in 2012 and has eight years of experience in the financial services industry.



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UMB thanks Kansas City!

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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Farm to office: Tips for starting a workplace CSA

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Spinach, strawberries and sprouts freshly picked from the field and dropped off at your desk—this isn’t just for Earth Day. That service is actually a reality at our headquarter UMB offices.

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. The CSA model connects local farmers directly to consumers.  Through a CSA, consumers can purchase a “share” of local, seasonal products directly from the farmer. Shares are generally delivered on a weekly basis and can vary in size and cost. A workplace CSA can be a great addition to your organization’s wellness or sustainability programs.
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Benefits of a CSA and buying local

  • Natural: Most CSA farmers grow their crops without pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) so the food tastes like it came from your backyard garden. According to a PBS Independent Lens documentary‡, 95 percent of CSA farms use organic or biodynamic farming‡.
  • Fresh: In addition the food travels a shorter distance to get to you. Produce can be picked when it is ripe instead of being picked too soon which happens if it has to travel across the country. Some foods travel thousands of miles to get to our grocery stores. The shorter distance it travels means less fuel and emissions and time it takes — making it better for the environment.
  • Local support: Buying local supports our community, our friends and neighbors. Family farmers are people that work hard to bring us fresh and healthy food.

How to get started

Since 2010 UMB has offered its downtown Kansas City associates the option of having farm fresh products delivered to the office. Through the years we have used a few different CSA farmers, and here are the lessons we learned:

  • Determine interest: You can send out a short online survey (an online search will give you free options for simple survey tools) to test interest or you could even host a one day onsite farmers market to see how much interest it generates. UMB hosted a farmers’ market for Earth Day, and its popularity was a deciding factor for us to offer a CSA program.
  • Choose a dedicated CSA coordinator to work with the farmer and your employees. This could be someone in HR or a volunteer from your green team or wellness team. Make sure this is someone you can rely on and that they know they will have to dedicate some time and effort to supporting and promoting the program during the CSA season.

How to choose a CSA provider

  • Interview a few farmers to find the right fit. You can find a list of farmers who offer CSAs through one of these websites Kansas City Food Circle or Local Harvest. Many CSA farmers use organic farming methods but may not have the financial means for certifications. Each farm is different, so verify farming practices when interviewing a potential farmer. Other things to keep in mind when looking for a workplace CSA farmer:
    • Flexibility in share sizes, product offering – many CSAs offer meat, dairy, canned and baked goods in addition to produce, allergy sensitivities like gluten free and vegan options. Be aware that the more customized your CSA program the more complex it can get for you and the farm to coordinate.
    • The farmer’s experience in providing workplace CSAs– Ask for a reference from a current company they are servicing.
    • What the minimum/maximum number of shares the farmer can deliver to your workplace.
    • How they will handle issues that arrive such as forgotten shares or replacement of spoiled products.
    • Delivery logistics:
      • Day of the week, time and place of delivery
      • How will shares be distributed? — interoffice mail delivery, employee pick up at set time and location, etc.
      • How will the share be packaged?
    • Forms of payment – payroll deduction, online payment, etc.
    • Ask to see a real life sample of what is in a share.Providence Farms - CSA

At UMB we have partnered with Gerry and Lisa Newman of Providence Farms, a small family-owned and operated farm in Trenton, Mo.  The Newman’s use organic farming methods—never using pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. We get to choose from two share sizes which include produce, meat from Barham Cattle Company and Family Farm, and a rotation of eggs, baked goods, butter and more.  The CSA season runs from June to October.

Lisa Newman of Providence Farm says,“We love fruits & veggies, and we love to share!  We are very passionate about growing our food without the use of harmful chemicals. When companies allow us to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis to employees, they are opening up the possibilities of people eating produce they might not have ever tried.

We live in a society where we want everything fast; fast food, boxed foods, frozen foods and microwaved food. We are providing a service where employees don’t have to take extra time to do shopping and can take their CSA home and prepare fresh food that is only hours old!”

The net result of a CSA is the food is healthier for us and better for the environment.

Have you participated in a CSA or plan to start one soon?

 

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Ms. Shahane is a Vice President Healthcare Marketing/Sustainability Manager for UMB. She is responsible for managing marketing initiatives for UMB’s healthcare payments, HSAs, and benefit card products. In addition, she leads the UMB Green Team and promotes UMB’s internal sustainability initiatives. She joined UMB in 2001 and has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. She earned a MA in Marketing from Webster University. She is a volunteer for Bridging the Gap and serves on the board for Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor.



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Meet the Veterans: Gregory Coopwood

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UMB is fortunate to have several veterans on our team, and we’re proud to hire veterans in our local communities. This series highlights some of our associates who have served their country in the military prior to joining UMB. Be sure to check out the other profiles in our series.

Q&A with Gregory Coopwood, Paralegal Specialist, United States ArmyGregory Coopwood UMB

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Tell us about yourself
I’m originally from Woodbridge, Va., which is about 25 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. I attended and played football at Missouri State University. My journey is a little bit interesting because I applied for college and talked with the football coaches at Missouri State while I was deployed in Iraq. It’s amazing how supportive some people are in helping others achieve their goals. I have three sisters, Emily, Kimberly and Olivia, so growing up being the only boy has had its challenges with what to watch on TV!
Gregory Coopwood Missouri State University football
What about your past shaped who you are today?
I had a great upbringing by both of my parents. My father passed away in January 2014, but the values and character he nurtured in me have molded who I am as a man. Also, the fact that my family was so involved with sports in and out of school really improved my self-awareness and confidence.

My dad made the biggest difference in my life. Being the only boy, he made sure that he and I had a strong relationship. My best childhood memories are of my dad waking me up at 4 a.m. to take me to work with him. It was those truck rides where he talked to me about manhood, preparing for a family, values and character. One of the biggest things he taught me was how important it is to have communication in relationships. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it had not been for such a strong man in my life. 

Why did you join the military?
I chose to join the military because I wanted to make a difference. My mindset was “I’m doing this because I want my future family to continue to be free.” It was a contribution that I desired to give and be a part of.

Give us some highlights about your military career.
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I was part of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and “Operation New Dawn,” so I was able to see the transition of an 11-year operation ending and a new one beginning.

My favorite moment was sitting in a plane on the way home after my deployment to Iraq. I kept thinking to myself, “I made it, I kept my promise…I made it”. When I walked into the pick-up area, I saw my family there waiting for me. I’ve never felt so proud but so weak at the same time before, because when I finally saw my family, I knew that I really made it through.

What are the greatest challenges that someone leaving the military and entering a new career faces?
A great challenge is having patience because people don’t understand the mindset a soldier has. A lot of people interpret a soldier’s discipline in certain areas as communication gaps. The maturity is different, and nothing will bother a soldier more than being late to something.

What are your favorite ways to give back in the community?
I’ve recently joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, and I look forward to being a mentor and being there for someone who needs a big brother. A lot of people complain about how the world is changing and speak negatively. My question to those people is simply, “What are you doing about it?” More than likely, the people complaining are not volunteering or applying themselves to make a difference. So I don’t talk about making a difference that often, but I like to go out and do it.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
My favorite place to travel will always be to the east coast. That’s where my entire family is, and that is where I was raised. It’s always a great feeling to go home and drive on the road you’ve traveled hundreds of time and reminisce about the past. Something that I always look forward to eating is my mom’s well-known potato salad. It’s something that can make a bad day great.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?
As of right now I don’t know the city that well, but I am learning. Weekends are spent for the most part working out and relaxing. I have a nice 55-inch TV that is neglected throughout the week, so I try to spend some time with it when I can. My hobbies are anything that deals with sports and fitness, and if food is a hobby then food as well. 

How did you come to be at UMB? What made you want to work here? Rebecca Christie, Vice President/Talent Acquisition Specialist, and Ryan Gardner, Fraud Risk Manager, are the reasons why I am at UMB. Originally I was going to be a federal investigator; however, Rebecca stopped me at a career fair at Missouri State University. She saw my résumé and explained to me about the UMB Emerging Leaders Program. She then connected me with Ryan, who is also a veteran. The two of them completely sold me on the culture that I had to experience it for myself. When I came to Kansas City for my interviews, the first thing I noticed was the Diversity and Inclusion trophies. I was continuously greeted and welcomed in a loving way, making me feel like family before I even had an interview. Thankfully, I was accepted, and here I am. The culture at UMB is like nothing I’ve seen before, and I am privileged to be a part of this organization.

 

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Mr. Gregory Coopwood is an Emerging Leader Associate for UMB. He joined UMB in June 2015.



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Meet the Veterans: Belinda Clapp

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UMB is fortunate to have several veterans on our team, and we’re proud to hire veterans in our local communities. This series highlights some of our associates who have served their country in the military prior to joining UMB. Be sure to check out the other profiles in our series.

Q&A with Belinda Clapp-SSGT United States Air Force Reserves
Belinda Clapp - United States Air Force Reserves

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Tell us about yourself
I was born and raised in Kansas City, and later Grandview, Mo., when I was a teenager. My first job was as a server at Ponderosa in Truman Corners and then McDonald’s.  I am also a proud member of my church’s praise dance team. Family and the love of family is most important to me, and I believe learning new things is key to life and not avoiding boredom.

Tell us about your family
I’m happily married to a wonderful man I met in basic training in Biloxi, Miss, in 1981. We lost touch with each other for at least 25 years until technology led him to search for me. He found me in 2004 and we were married in 2008. We have a blended family; I have four children, and he has five. We are very proud parents of each and every one. I have eight grandkids and one on the way. I have six brothers and sisters, 12 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews.
Belinda Clapp familyAnd to make things interesting during baseball and football season, we have a house divided. My husband is from Baltimore, so that means we have issues (especially the loser) when our teams play each other!
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Why did you join the military?
I chose the military because I was slightly rebellious at the ripe age of 18 and wanted to make this decision on my own instead of having my parents tell me what to do. I hoped they would be proud of me. Also, I participated in the Buddy Program where I got to attend Basic Training with a friend. My other motivation was to cross train for other jobs after my Reserve Duty.

My uncle was a Colonel in the Air Force and working in the Pentagon as an engineer. My admiration for him influenced some of the decisions I had to make about going full time. I felt joining the military would be a life-long experience.

What are some highlights from your time in the Air Force?
Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio was amazing. I will never forget my time there—getting up at 5 a.m., eating breakfast in a hurry, getting yelled at by a training instructor for laughing in ranks, my one mile run in order to pass the physical part of our training, my duties of sweeping the stairs in the barracks and the dust giving me a bad cough, wearing military cat glasses because you couldn’t wear your own, marching everywhere, all kinds of weather…this list could go on even longer.

When I got home after training at my Tech School in Biloxi as administrative support staff personnel, I worked with the commander for my unit at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Belton, Mo. –the 442nd Tactical Airlift Wing which has now changed to the 442nd Fighter Wing and moved to Whiteman Air Force Base.

During my six-year career as administrative support, part of my duties were to type up everyone’s orders to travel to other bases when it came time for our two-week duty each year. I was able to fly on one of our C-130 Airlift Planes which can be used also as a Medevac plane for patients.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?
Roller skating is a family tradition—all my children were taught how to skate at the age of two and that now carries on to the grandkids. I also enjoy reading, spending time with my husband, finding something new to do in Kansas City and participating in social and church functions.

Where do you like to travel?
Right now it is Baltimore, Md.  It’s my favorite because I still haven’t seen everything. I’m still excited every time I get a chance to go back.

 

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