Meet the Leadership Series: John Wilson, Springfield Community Bank President

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Q&A with John Wilson

Get to know our leaders a little better. John Wilson joined UMB in 2012 and was recently promoted to community bank president for UMB Bank in Springfield.
What about your past shaped who you are today?

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona. I graduated from Northern Arizona University and also the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle. My first job was as a teller in Tucson for what became Wells Fargo Bank.  We have moved several times during my career, each time for a better professional opportunity.  A promotional opportunity arose 10 years ago so we moved from Washington to Springfield, near where my parents were born and raised.

I have found that being mobile has lead to better career advancement and a number of different life experiences.  We have lived in five cities including Tucson, Flagstaff, Seattle, Yakima and now Springfield.

What makes a community bank president great?

A community bank president must be a coach, motivator, mentor and a subject matter expert for his/her team and support staff.  This person also has to be highly visible and highly respected in the community.

What is the greatest challenge for community banks going into 2015? 

Pressure on net interest margin combined with the rising costs associated with complying with regulations is a huge challenge for all banks, particularly smaller community banks.  In the case of UMB, I think our expansion/investment in select markets using an efficient infrastructure will benefit us.

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

As bankers we tend to having working knowledge of many industries, therefore I think we make good board members. I enjoy the diversity of thought and opinions that I experience while serving on a non-profit board or being a volunteer. It allows me to broaden my horizons and grow as a person. I advise my team to volunteer and tell them it will help their professional career in many ways.

Tell us about your family

I met my wife Gwen in college and am proud to say that we recently celebrated our 40th anniversary. We have two sons–one is a physical therapist who lives in western Montana, and the other is in industrial lighting sales and lives in Seattle.  We recently found out we will be grandparents early in 2015!

Where are your favorite places to travel?

Anywhere there is a beach or golf course or some type of adventure.  Several years ago, we spent a week floating down the Grand Canyon.  It was a fabulous experience.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?

My wife and I play a lot of golf together on weekends.  We also snow ski although that is a little harder to do in Missouri!

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Mr. Wilson is a Community Bank President for UMB in Springfield, MO. He is responsible for UMB’s Springfield commercial lending office. He joined UMB in 2012 and has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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