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Meet the Leadership Series: UMB Bank President & CEO Mike Hagedorn

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Q&A with Mike Hagedorn

Get to know UMB Bank’s President and CEO a little better. Mr. Hagedorn joined UMB in 2005 and was recently promoted to president and chief executive officer of UMB Bank. He is also the vice chairman of UMB Financial Corporation. Hagedorn family

What about your past shaped who you are today?
My dad was a banker for 40 years in Des Moines, Iowa. My dad is probably the reason why I’m a banker today. I grew up with it at the dinner table. We still talk about banking at family get-togethers; it probably drives some of our spouses nuts, but that’s just who we are. My brother is a banker and my wife used to be a bank examiner, so we all have a lot in common as far as our career choices.

Tell us about your family.
My wife, Lisa, and I met in high school and have now been married 25 years.

My sister was adopted, so that was important to me. My wife and I talked about adopting even before we got married. Since I grew up with it, to me, that’s just what you do. We adopted our daughters when they were 5 and 7 from Russia, and we also have two sons. After we get through all the birthdays coming up, my kids will be 18, 17, 16 and 15. I reminded my wife the other day that we’ll be empty nesters soon. We’re trying not to panic.

Why did you choose UMB?
UMB was looking for a CFO. We were back in Iowa with all our family, and my daughters had only been in America for a year and didn’t speak English yet. It’s hard to take your spouse out of that environment  with her family or pull your kids out of school.

Because of those reasons, I said no to the position at first, but then agreed to come talk to Mariner and Peter. I talked to Peter first and realized, “Wow, this is a great cultural fit. This could work.” I went in to the meeting thinking it would be an easy decision to turn it down not expecting to love it so much. Then I sat down with Mariner, and he was very warm and down to earth. And I realized I could see myself here.

I would never work in a place where I don’t like the culture or don’t believe in what we’re doing or don’t like the people I work with. Those were the most important things. I also looked at the financial statements and realized UMB screamed opportunity. That was attractive to me. Those were the hooks. I’m now in my 9th year at UMB.

Describe your perfect Saturday.
Playing golf with my kids. Or whatever I’m doing, it would revolve around my kids. Even though I complain sometimes about all the madness and craziness, I want to take advantage of spending time with them before they’re all away at college.


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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