Meet the Leadership Series: Rich Voreis (Marquette Transportation Finance)
Q&A with Rich Voreis (President, Marquette Transportation Finance)
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Tell us about yourself!
I’m an Illinois farm boy—I grew up outside of Chicago. The family farm traces its beginning back to the 1860s when it was homesteaded by my great-great grandfather, a German immigrant. I graduated from the University of Illinois and have had many tough seasons of football and basketball to endure as a sports fan. Speaking of basketball, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first away game in my hometown of Hinckley. My claim to fame is that while in grade school, I played basketball in the same gym that game was played in.
My first job out of college was in baby product sales for Johnson & Johnson where I ended up being a key accounts manager for the Kansas City market. Many, many years later I’ve returned to Kansas City as a UMB associate.
My wife, Marie, and I met in the Twin Cities, raised our children there and have now been married 33 years. Our children are: Aaron, 36, Adam, 31, and Angie, 28. Thanks to Aaron, I’m now a grandpa, and Adam will be married soon! As our children grew up, we enjoyed many vacations and memories, including ski trips, cruises and cultural events.
My farmer parents laid a great foundation of who I am today. They, like many of their generation, instilled a strong work ethic, honesty, love and the importance of helping your neighbor because it’s the right thing to do. But that foundation alone didn’t shape who I am today. Experiences along the way have provided life lessons to mature that foundation.
What are your favorite ways to give back?
While our children were in school, Marie and I were very active in parent associations. Lately, I’ve been involved in a local nonprofit, Project for Pride in Living‡, Project for Pride in Living works with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services and education.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
I enjoy new people and new places, so my favorite place to go is somewhere I haven’t been. While I’ve experienced a fair amount of travel outside the UnitedStates, my bucket list of places includes Asia, Northern Europe and South America.
Marquette Transportation Finance
Tell us about your vision for transportation finance at UMB.
Marquette Transportation Finance (MTF), and its division Marquette Commercial Finance, provide flexible and responsive working capital financing to mid-market and small businesses across the nation. By providing an alternative source to traditional bank financing, MTF assists businesses in meeting their working capital needs to drive growth, fund acquisitions, improve liquidity and fund restructures. We routinely serve as a bridge lender for businesses until they are able to obtain traditional bank financing.
My team’s vision now that we are a part of UMB is to continue to foster our goal to be a best-in–class financer in our industry. MTF’s and UMB’s cultures are the same in that MTF has embraced the unparalleled customer experience since we were founded in 2002. Beyond the great culture fit, the strength and backing of UMB as a financial institution provides us with the opportunity to excel in the marketplace. We are now able to reach a larger audience due to the increased lending capacity and resources that UMB affords us.
What does your team do differently?
At MTF, our team has a deep understanding of the transportation industry and its nuances, which allows us to walk the talk, so to speak, on providing great customer service. The industry knowledge of the team helps us tailor financing for each client, and we work hard to understand our clients’ business. We know many individuals, businesses and shippers in the industry, so we can also help make connections that assist our customers’ operationally.
Beyond service and professionalism, our business model is structured so we can manage risk very well and can act quickly when reviewing financing needs. While we are backed by the larger UMB, MTF’s office is nimble enough that we can truly provide one-on-one attention.
What is the greatest challenge facing the transportation industry right now?
The greatest challenge facing our industry now is a lack of strong loan demand coupled with a very competitive marketplace. Loan demand is cyclical and tied to the general overall economy. I anticipate it will pick up in the future as the economy moves, whether up or down
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Mr. Rich Voreis is the president for UMB Bank’s subsidiary, Marquette Transportation Finance, which also operates the division Marquette Commercial Finance. He is responsible for their overall management and growth. He joined UMB in 2015 with the Marquette acquisition and has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.