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Finding a career to ‘invest in for the long haul’

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, SVP/chief information security officer, Sara Flores, shares her experience with the Hispanic/Latino resource group for associates. Sara is a member of this group, referred to as “SOMOS.” Somos is translated to mean “we are,” conveying the unity UMB business resource groups aim to create.

In the following Q&A, Sara discusses her career with UMB, involvement in SOMOS and her favorite cultural tradition.

How long have you been with UMB?

I joined UMB in 2010. My dad worked for the same cement company for more than 40 years, and I always wanted to find a place I could invest in for the long haul like he did. UMB has a great reputation in the community. Once I saw how many associates had been here 20, 30 and even 40 years, I knew this would be a great next step in my career.

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How do you spend your time outside of work?UMB associate, Sara Flores, with her son

I’m a certified soccer mom. My son plays competitive soccer year-round, so I spend most of my free time organizing our soccer calendar, traveling to games, washing uniforms or helping track down the occasional missing shin guard.

What interested you in joining SOMOS BRG?

Business Resource Groups (BRGs) were just an idea at UMB when I started. I’d seen how successful these types of groups had been at other companies and I was excited to join the discussion about a Hispanic resource group at UMB. Almost eight years later, SOMOS is more than I think any of us in those initial discussions would ever have imagined! SOMOS, and all the BRGs, are so much more than the networking groups of years past and are now great resources for not only associates, but our customers and the community.

What is one cultural tradition that is important to you?

Making tortillas. I have the fondest memories of my mom making piles of homemade tortillas using an old iron disk my grandpa found in the rail yard. They were always perfect and never lasted long! My grandma passed away very young, and she made sure to teach my mom how to make tortillas, tamales, mole—all my dad’s favorite foods—before she died, so that my dad would still have all the tastes of home.

My mom passed these recipes on to me and my sister, and each time we make them, it brings back fond memories of the kitchen and being around the table. It also makes us feel close to all the members of our family who did the same in the past.


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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Inside UMB: Focusing on Abilities

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As a part of our “Inside UMB” series, we’ll be sharing stories about our people, culture and all the things, big and small, that make us who we are.

This story focuses on “Associate Spirit.” One of UMB’s key shared values, we rely heavily on our people and their collective attitude and skills to differentiate us as a company.

Following is a Q&A session with Director of Talent Acquisition Mary Beth Majors that gives an inside look at how our diversity practices are helping us hire top talent.

When did you first meet Jennifer?
I met Jennifer Hertha over the phone in 2007 when recruiting her for a teller position with UMB. Impressed by Jennifer’s phone interview, I invited her to interview in person. When she arrived, I noticed that due to her being in a wheelchair, she had some form of disability.
Admittedly, I was hesitant at first because I wanted to ensure she was treated like any other candidate, but was also afraid of saying the wrong thing. However, what struck me most about Jennifer was that she was determined and didn’t let her disability impact her confidence in fulfilling her responsibilities. Jennifer interviewed wonderfully and was hired for the position.

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How has Jennifer contributed to the organization?
Jennifer didn’t waste any time in showing us what she was capable of. She consistently impressed her managers, received multiple promotions, and is now one of my top performers on the Talent Acquisition team.

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How has she uniquely added to the team?
Working with Jennifer has been such a good thing for me personally. While UMB has always had a focus on having diverse workforce, she has challenged me to take an even closer look at our hiring practices. Now, Jennifer and I advocate together for people with disabilities in the community and work to help other companies evaluate their own hiring efforts‡.

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How does UMB view diversity?
At UMB, diversity is examined not just through gender, race, ethnicity, etc., but also through the breadth of experiences, ideas and beliefs that our associates bring to the table. Diversity and inclusion is not merely a statement on a website; it means that all are encouraged to contribute fresh ideas and to embrace differences.

When each of our associates feels like a valued member of UMB, we are doing our job. Our philosophy is to hire great—and different—talent and to give people the tools to succeed and utilize their strengths.

Recently, we shared some of these efforts with the Kansas City Star, including being at the forefront of supporting a new job board to match candidates with disabilities with employers‡.

Learn more about UMB’s culture and career opportunities.

 

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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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From 19 to Retirement…a look at a life-long UMB career

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A letter from Rosie, reflecting on her time at UMB:

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It’s hard to imagine how much has happened during the last 45 years of my time at UMB. I started at the age of 19, on July 17, 1968.

We now have UMB Bank branches in eight states; 112 branches total. I’ve worked for City National Bank, United Missouri Bank, United Missouri Bancshares Inc., UMB Financial Corporation, and UMB Bank, n.a—all the same organization, but with name changes over the years. With each name change, UMB has had six different logos, my favorite being the Indian Scout. What an accomplishment for me to be able to work for such a stable company.

With my first job, we didn’t have computers—a fact that is difficult for my two grown children to comprehend. I started in the Stock Transfer Department working on a posting machine. We actually had to type certificates for the new stockholders on manual typewriters! (After a few years we graduated to electric typewriters.) It’s hard to believe where we came from looking at us now, with all the modern technology UMB Bank has today.

While working at UMB Bank, I was able to meet each of the Kempers who were president or CEO. The first was Mr. R. Crosby Kemper, Sr. who officially retired shortly after I was employed by the bank. Then I met Mr. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., Sandy Kemper, R. Crosby Kemper III and Mariner Kemper. I would encounter them on the elevators, and each one was so friendly. They thanked me for being part of the UMB family. I especially remember Mr. Kemper, Jr. buying his breakfast in the cafeteria and going to each of the tables to say good morning to everyone. I remember the famous Kemper smiles. They all seemed to have that same smile that reached out to everyone they saw or met.

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Mr. R. Crosby, Jr. was a big fan of the University of Missouri Tigers. I remember the day I went to the 928 Grand tellers and saw a huge, beautiful tiger in the lobby. Yes, a real tiger. Sometimes I wonder if I really saw that tiger or if it was just a dream, but some of my fellow co-workers also remember the “Tiger in the Lobby” day.

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In my time here, I witnessed the construction of the 1010 Grand UMB building in 1986 and the Technology and Operations Center in 1999. I saw old buildings being demolished, the resulting big hole in the ground, and then the new completed bank buildings that take up one square block. I loved being there for that history and now getting to tell my grandchildren about it.  Sometimes it pays to be old. You see so many things happen during your life.

As my 45 years are coming to a close, I look back upon a career that has really flown by. There have been ups and downs just like in life, and you become one big family.

I realize that soon I will not be seeing and greeting my work family. Over the years I have made a lot of friends, some gone, some still here and I get a little emotional because I will be leaving part of my family behind.

Once I retire, I will be volunteering for my church and Alexandra’s House, which provides perinatal hospice support, watching my grandchildren while they are out of school and trying to keep busy.

I am saying goodbye now and leaving you with these paraphrased words: “Live. Laugh a lot. It’s good for the soul. And last of all, love your job, because one day you too will be walking down the hallways for the last time.”

With fondest memories,
Rosie Corral

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Prior to her retirement, Ms. Corral was an operations associate for UMB. She worked in the settlement department, receiving and settling buys from brokers. She joined UMB in 1968 and has 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. As of April 30, she retired after a long career at UMB.



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