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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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Beneficiary

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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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!
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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
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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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World Kindness Day

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Pack a lunch this week and use your savings to help a neighbor in need. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate World Kindness Day.ideas for giving back

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reStart, Inc. supports veterans

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Veterans Day – Only in America

We live in the greatest country on the planet. Why? Because we were founded by strong-willed dreamers who were tired of persecution and being told by decree that they had to stay in the class they were born into for the rest of their days.

The U.S. was founded on the principals of freedom, opportunity and the rights of individuals. And over the years, these values and principals have been hard fought, more so than most of us can truly understand or comprehend. Many of us don’t know or don’t reflect enough on just how lucky we are and how sacred these values are to our core. Over the years, much blood, sweat and tears have been shed to protect this great land of ours.

And for those reasons and so many more, we salute the very people — our veterans — who risk the most and understand at the deepest level just how great the country really is and what it takes to keep it this way for the rest of us dreamers.

So tomorrow, Veterans Day 2015, is for you — our veterans and military families — dream keepers and flag bearers of this great nation.

We salute you.

Mariner Kemper

 

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UMB strives to honor veterans every day, but November 11 is the day that our country sets aside to recognize the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom. We’re particularly excited about the work that an organization in Kansas City is doing right now. reStart was one of the 2015 UMB Big Bash beneficiaries, using the funds for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. UMB’s Veterans Engagement Taskforce (VET) is also involved with reStart’s veteran mentorship program.

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“One of the biggest helps they were able to give me has been a mentor, and it’s been through their help that I’ve been able to have a better life today and a brighter future for tomorrow.”

Below, read more from one of the mentors, James Carlile, who is a financial analyst at UMB and also a veteran. He shares what compelled him to become a mentor and the results he’s seen from the program.

At one of our VET meetings, Robin Johnson, head of reStart’s SSVF, mentioned that she had several veteran clients in her program that were really wanting to turn the corner and make a sustainable transition away from the homelessness cycle and into self stability. What they needed, and what reStart’s limited staffing and resources could not always provide, was personal encouragement. Our VET group jumped all over this and began to work on a plan in which our additional contribution would be the love, guidance and support of UMB veteran associates.

Robert Durham - veteran and reStart clientI really had little idea what to expect when I initially met with Robert Durham. All I knew was that he wanted and needed someone who would take the time to listen, help him think through his issues and concerns, and offer encouragement and motivation in the face of very real and very persistent adversity. I could tell he genuinely wanted to improve himself, and he didn’t have anyone else to help him with a strategy on doing so. I was fortunate in my transition from the military to have a loving and supportive family that was there for me unconditionally through some very choppy times. Robert did not have that family support, and although I knew I could not solve his issues for him, I could provide him a level of consistency, positivity and encouragement.

Robert and I meet every six weeks at his subsidized one room efficiency apartment. We eat sandwiches, and talk intensely about how he is feeling, what he is working on, the status of his distant relationships with his family, and keeping him focused on his goals. I’ve learned just how difficult it is for those caught in the crisis cycle to make that change, even when the will is present and pure. Even though we do spend ample time discussing basic professional and life skills, our primary goal together is deliberate emotional support. Robert is currently working on his insurance licensing through the financial support of reStart. His ultimate goal through the vehicle of self sustainability is to mend his fractured relationship with his children and to be the father and example he knows he should be. My role in this is nothing compared to what Robert will have to overcome to get there, but whatever bit of guidance or encouragement I can impart on him I consider a humbling privilege when it impacts the outcome of his quality of life.

 

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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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Meet the Veterans: Bert Oster

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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.
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Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in a very small town in North Dakota. My first real job was at 13 picking rock for a local farmer. The job is exactly what it sounds like, pick up large rocks laying on the ground, put them in the front end loader and dump them on the edge of the field. It makes for a long day. When I got a bit older, the farmer I worked for gave me more responsibilities such as operating the machinery to plant and harvest the various crops, which was still very hard work. During my high school summers, I would actually live on the farm.

I’m married to Heidi, a transplanted Minneapolis girl. We currently live in Phoenix with our senior German Shepherd dog and one cat—both rescues.

What about your past shaped who you are today?
I think growing up in a small rural community helped me develop an appreciation for hard work. Most farmers develop a very strong work ethic. The hours are long, and most of the time, their success or failure is determined by outside forces that can’t be controlled, mainly weather. North Dakota is dryland farming; there are very few fields that are irrigated, which means the crops grow only if it rains and rains at the right times.

Tell us about your family.
I have one older sister and two younger sisters. I was the only one of the four children to venture out of North Dakota. The three sisters all live within 20 miles of each other and have no desire to move. The main reason for me moving was career advancement, but weather was a factor too!  North Dakota is known for long winters. Most years, winter arrives in late October and stays until early May.

Why did you choose to join the military?
Bert Oster_United States Marine Corps
I’d like to say I joined the military to serve my country, which is partly true. The rest of the story is that in 1969, I was in my second year of college and like a lot of young men, I was lacking in discipline and direction. In my sophomore year, I became friends with a former Marine who was attending college on the GI Bill. I admired the way he handled himself. He was mature, confident and knew what he wanted to do with his life. When the school year ended, I went back to North Dakota to work for the summer with plans to continue my education in the fall. In June, I received disappointing grades. I remember thinking “this is not good.” Not good, because our country at that time had implemented the draft system to fill ranks of the military. All young men were considered eligible for the draft, although deferments were issued for those attending school like me.

The first national lottery was televised in December of 1969. I still remember sitting in front of the television as the lottery was held. My birthday was the 22nd number drawn which guaranteed I would be drafted once my school deferment ended. With this in mind, my poor grades and a total lack of direction, I decided to enlist in the Marine Corps. I went to the recruiter’s office the middle of June, signed up for a two-year enlistment and left for boot camp on July 7, 1970.

Give us some highlights about your military career.
As I look back on my time in the military, I believe the two years I spent in the Marine Corps was, without a doubt, the single most important decision I ever made. It truly shaped my life. The military has a way of instilling a strong sense of discipline and purpose in your life. When I was discharged in July 1972, I had matured and was much better prepared for the next stage in my life. Upon discharge, I moved back to North Dakota and went back to college on the GI Bill. College for me this time was a different experience. I applied myself, achieved much better grades and even made the Dean’s list once. I graduated with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Criminal Justice.

What are the greatest challenges that someone leaving the military and entering a new career faces?
I believe the challenges someone leaving the military in 1972 are much different than today. My experience was, for the most part, positive. I adjusted well to civilian life; attending college was an experience I enjoyed and more importantly, helped me decide on a career path. Attending college after being discharged from the military was much different. I worked part time which resulted in establishing valuable business contacts within the community. These contacts ultimately led me to securing my first banking job when I graduated college.

How did you come to be at Meridian Bank, recently acquired by UMB? What made you want to work there?
One of my friends worked for Meridian Bank and asked if I would be interested in an opportunity with the bank. At first I was reluctant, but ultimately made the decision to come on board in January 2009.  Not a good time in Phoenix as we were in the middle of a serious real estate recession with no relief in sight. The first two and half years was devoted to dealing with challenging real estate loans. While the work was stressful and demanding, it was rewarding. The ownership was very supportive of our efforts, and in 2011 we achieved our goal of resolving our problem loans.

What are your favorite hobbies?
My favorite hobby is riding and restoring motorcycles. I’ve been an avid motorcyclist since I was 14. The past several years my riding time has diminished as I sold my newer road bike. To fill this void, I began restoring older vintage motorcycles in 2009. I find old BMWs (generally 1974 to 1978 model years) that have been out of service for an extended period of time or the previous owner took them apart and then lost interest in completing the restoration. At any given time, I will have one or two old BMWs sitting in the garage either in the process of dismantling or rebuilding. I consider the time I spend in the garage as therapeutic.

Over the past 20 years, I have taken numerous motorcycle trips in all of the western states. The summers in Phoenix are brutal, so the best way to beat the heat is get out of town. My favorite places to travel are in the mountains of Colorado, the coastline of California and Oregon and the high deserts of New Mexico.
Bert & Heidi OsterMy wife and I are dedicated pet owners. Our passion is German Shepherd Dogs. We’ve had four now; the last two have been senior rescues. Currently, we have a very large, old German Shepherd Dog named Czar and a younger, rescued cat named Toby. Czar has brought such a good feeling to our house. We rescued him from a shelter in San Diego in March 2014. He was originally abandoned in Mexico and then transported to the shelter in San Diego. He had a skin infection, an ear infection, an eye infection and had lost most of his hair on his legs and belly. My wife said, “He is a mess.” I agreed, but we decided he would be perfect for us! Rescuing a senior dog is not about the rescuers, it’s about the dogs and being able to give them a quality of life, for however long they are with us. The next weekend, we drove back to San Diego to get Czar, and he has been a member of our family since. His eye, ear and skin infections are under control, and he is a very active, healthy old dog. My wife and I still joke about her comment that “he is a mess.” We also are unsure if we rescued him or he rescued us. He is such a good dog.
motorcycles and German Shepherd - Bert Oster


Mr. Bert Oster is a Senior Vice President for UMB Arizona. He is responsible for Commericial Real Estate Loan Production. He joined UMB on May 29th, 2015 as part of the Meridian Bank acquisition. Bert has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.



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