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Meet the Leadership Series: Phil Klevorn (Private Wealth Management)

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Q&A with Phil Klevorn, Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Regional Manager

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Tell us about yourself.
I am from St. Louis and feel rooted in this community. I am very much involved in the rebirth and rebuilding of the urban landscape of St. Louis. I went away for school to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Few people know that in a previous life I was a Minor League Baseball umpire in the Appalachian League and the Florida State League. I even had spring training with the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. When it became apparent I was not Major League material, I had to move on.

I am the youngest of six boys (no girls) and so my growing up was a unique experience to who I am. Currently I have three kids ranging in age from 11 to 16-years-old and all are progressing in a manner that I expect will lead to mature and productive adults. My wife is a godsend who keeps me grounded and is the best partnership I could ever be part of. 

What about your past shaped who you are today?
I would like to think that the times I have failed to achieve a goal or been unsuccessful in a pursuit has shaped me today. I am a firm believer that we learn from our failures and mistakes and those difficult times make us stronger.

Why did you choose UMB?
From day one I was impressed with UMB as I saw early on the value system here matches up with mine. Essentially, I am attracted to the way we value clients and treat them in a manner that focuses on their success and them as the core of what we do each day. 

What have you found successful in your role within UMB Private Wealth Management?
I think a great Private Wealth manager recognizes the strength of the team around them and works to that strength. The success we have had here in St. Louis is because we have come together as a team and have employed a disciplined strategy that challenges our clients and enters into a process that is focused on our clients rather than on us.

What are your favorite ways spend your free time?
I serve on the board of the International Institute which is an organization that deals with refugee resettlement and immigrant assimilation. Seeing individuals come into our country with nothing but the clothes they are wearing and in a matter of time sharing in the American dream is something to behold.

I run marathons (I’m not very fast) and enjoy the intensity and push to go beyond what I am capable of. And, I serve on the City of St. Louis Tax Increment Finance Commission as a way to promote the growth of our urban core.

On the weekends, I like to go on a long run in training for a marathon and then spend time with my wife and kids. Good food and good drink can make a special weekend very special.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
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I really like historical places of interest. This past summer, my family and I went to Pennsylvania. To stand in the spot where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed is a moving experience. Likewise, standing on the Battlefield of Gettysburg and reliving that watershed moment in U.S. history helps put my life in 2015 in perspective.

Tell us about your team.
The St. Louis Private Wealth team is really a great group who has diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. This team does not need to be told what to do. I fill out the lineup card, and they do the hitting.

I am happy to report that we have brought in as much in assets under management for the first 6 months of 2015 as we did in all of 2014. This is a testament to the focus we have applied around our process. The talent and abilities are there, we are just doing a better job of bringing it together.

What is the greatest challenge facing the industry right now?
How we engage clients going forward will be the key to our success. For our industry, if we focus on clients goals and objectives and understand their priorities, we will be successful—and I think we are ahead of the curve on this. I am not sure the industry understands this, but it is repeatedly what our clients tell us. Our clients are not interested in how great at wealth management a firm is. They want to know we are listening and providing solutions that meet the client’s needs and not what is in our own self interest. To me, this is the defining issue of the day and that separates the good firms from the not so good firms. I am happy that we are going down the path of being a good firm.


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Mr. Phillip Klevorn is a Regional Manager for UMB Private Wealth Management. He is responsible for Private Wealth Management in the St. Louis Region. He joined UMB in 2015 and has 22 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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Meet the Leadership Series: Maureen Quill (UMB Fund Services Chief Operating Officer)

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Get to know UMB’s leadership a little better. Nearly 20 years ago, Maureen Quill joined UMB Fund Services which just celebrated its 25th anniversary and is consistently named one of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Places to Work. She was recently featured in Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence series.
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Tell us about yourself
I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa.  I went to Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. I graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in management and finance. I met my husband, Mike, on a blind date at the end of my freshman year. Mike is from the Chicago area, but he transferred to Notre Dame from Loras College which is located in Dubuque. My family and extended family are Notre Dame fans (fanatics may be a better description) and many members of my family graduated from Loras – destiny seemed to play a hand in our meeting! We married soon after college.

My first job was working in the Children’s Room of the public library in Dubuque. I worked there for two and a half years during high school and loved it. As an avid reader, the library was the perfect fit for me.  My first job out of college was as a call center representative at a mutual fund company.

I worked for that mutual fund company in Chicago for five years, in Kansas City for almost six years and in Milwaukee for a year. Then I worked for Sunstone for five years before UMB acquired Sunstone in 2001. I have spent my entire 30 year career in back office operations and management.

What about your past shaped who you are today?
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My parents were both ahead of their time. My mother worked full time as an ophthalmologist technician and my father was an accountant for Deere & Co. My mom loved her work and didn’t retire until age 75. My dad was always very supportive of her career. They set a good example of marriage being an equal partnership for my siblings and me. My parents infused strong moral and ethical values and expected us to get a good education and contribute to our communities. They encouraged my siblings and me to work hard and accomplish much.

Tell us about your family.
Maureen Quill with husband Mike
My husband Mike and I will be married 30 years in December.  Mike is a marketing consultant for small to mid-size manufacturing businesses. We have four children. Mitchell is 25 and in his last year of chiropractic school. Our triplets are 20. Our son Murphy is a sophomore at Marquette. Our daughter Mairead is at home with us, and our daughter Maiti is a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame.
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What makes a Chief Operating Officer great?
A COO’s job is to make sure that your team has the tools, training and support needed to successfully provide the unparalleled customer experience to our clients all the while keeping an eye on the bottom line.

What are your favorite hobbies?
My favorite hobbies are spending time with my family, reading, movies and cooking.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
I like to go to different places but water, mountains, hiking and history are common themes.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?
My favorite are fall football weekends at Notre Dame. We go to three or four games a year, and family and friends are always part of the festivities.

Tell us about your team at UMB Fund Services.
There are seven members of my immediate team including me. Four of us have new roles within the last nine months!  This has been a year of stretch assignments and change but all for the good. My team has an average of seven years with UMB Fund Services and more than 25 years in the industry.

UMB Fund Services has $202.7 billion in assets under administration. We have more than 200 clients and provide fund accounting, fund administration, transfer agency, distribution services, custody and cash management for pooled investments such as mutual funds, hedge funds, alternative investments, collective trusts, etc.

We have more than 400 employees located in Milwaukee, Wisc., Ogden, Utah, Chadds Ford, Penn. and Kansas City, Mo.

My team all has the same focus: great customer service to our clients, our associates and to each other. We work to solve problems as a team, we are collaborative, all ideas are open to discussion, and we are focused on finding a way to say YES to our clients – getting to the right solution for the client and for UMB Fund Services.

What is the greatest challenge facing the industry right now?
There are two things that come to mind. The first is regulation which is constantly changing and challenging to us, our clients and our technology. The second is our growth. Hiring, training and retaining the right people to service our clients and grow with UMB Fund Services is a challenge.


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Maureen Quill is Chief Operating Officer for UMB Fund Services. She is responsible for overseeing transfer agency, fund accounting and administrations, tax, distribution, alternative investments, technology and client services. She joined UMB Fund Services in March, 1996 and has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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Meet the Leadership Series: Tom Terry (Chief Lending Officer)

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Q&A with Tom Terry

Get to know UMB Bank’s leadership a little better. Tom Terry is a long-time UMB associate who joined UMB in 1985.

What about your past shaped who you are today?

My father was a big influence for me. He had cancer back in 1966 when I was 3 years old and the procedures left him unable to walk unassisted since that time. He never complained and always saw the bright side of every situation.  He taught me that with a positive attitude and hard work, you can accomplish anything.

Tell us about yourself and your family

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I was born and raised in Kansas City as the youngest of four boys. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and my MBA going to night school at Rockhurst University while working at UMB. I’ve been married for almost 22 years to Keely, who I met at UMB, and she and I have three children. Matt is a sophomore at KU, Drew is a senior in high school and likely headed to KU and my daughter Lauren is in eighth grade. My kids have always been active in sports, and I’ve spent many weekends traveling to soccer tournaments around the Midwest.

Why did you choose UMB?

My father worked at UMB for 33 years. Crosby Kemper, Sr. hired him to work in the trust department which he ultimately ran for the last 15 years of his career. I was able to work at UMB during summers when I was at KU. I worked in the bookkeeping department and wire transfer area. After graduation, Doug Page hired me for the management training program in 1986 and I reported to Doug for the next 25 years. This is the only real job I’ve ever had.

What makes a Chief Lending Officer great?

The credit culture at UMB is very collaborative and centralized. Most banks our size approve loans based on “signature” authority whereby only two or three people are required to approve a loan. At UMB, we still meet as a committee made up of the senior commercial people. Mariner Kemper runs the loan committee as did his father and grandfather before him. We have always had very experienced, smart and talented loan officers. It’s our process and our experienced talent that makes the Chief Lending Officer appear great. My job is to provide direction and help the lenders be successful.

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

I currently serve on the board of directors for the Heart of America Boy Scouts and the Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross. I was also past president of the Downtown Rotary Club 13.

Where is your favorite place to travel?  

Most recently I was in San Francisco. It’s a great city, and I really like going up to the wine country as well.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?

For the last several years, it was attending sporting events for my kids. As that is slowing down we spend more time getting together with friends and finding new restaurants. I also enjoy reading mystery novels, watching old movies and sports, specifically the Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks.
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Tom spotted on the front page of the Kansas City Star cheering on the Royals after they clinched the American League Pennant in October 2014.

Tell us about your UMB commercial loan team?

UMB is very fortunate and unique to the industry as it relates to the experience and tenure of our commercial loan officers. There are several loan officers that have more than 30 years of experience and many more that have 20 years or more. That stability provides consistency in how we approve and manage our commercial loans. It also provides a consistent calling effort as it relates to prospects.

What does your credit team do differently? What sets you apart?

UMB is truly a relationship bank. We make it a priority to know our customers and stay close to them. Ours is a relatively flat organization which makes it easier for us to make quick decisions and better serve the customer. Our senior management from Mariner Kemper on down are always willing to go out on calls with our loan officers. We try and provide the unparalleled customer experience at every opportunity.

One measure of credit quality is net charge-offs. For 2014 our net charge-offs were 0.21% of total loans which is significantly lower than our peers. Another measure is non-performing loans to total loans which is 0.37% for UMB and 1.6% for our peers.

What is the greatest challenge facing the lending industry right now?

The greatest challenge we have right now is the ever-changing regulatory environment. The second biggest challenge is the competitive landscape.  The competition is fierce and we have to be careful to keep our credit standards high.



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Mr. Terry is the Chief Lending Officer for UMB Bank. He is responsible for commercial lending and credit quality. He joined UMB in 1986 and has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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Meet the Leadership Series: Tony Mayfield, Chairman & CEO of Greater Missouri

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Q&A with Tony Mayfield

Get to know UMB Bank’s leadership a little better. Tony Mayfield joined UMB in 2005 and was recently promoted to UMB Bank Chairman & CEO of Greater Missouri.

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What about your past shaped who you are today?

I grew up in a blue collar family in Jefferson City, Mo., that, at times, struggled to make ends meet.  I decided early on that I would work hard in everything I did in order to take a different path.  I was the first and only person in my family, which included four sons, to go to college (William Jewell) and the only person in my extended family to earn a master’s degree (at the University of Missouri).  I started athletics when I was in 6th grade and eventually earned a college scholarship as a track and cross country athlete.  Those experiences taught me that by leveraging hard work, integrity, discipline and tenacity, you can shape your future.

Why did you choose UMB?

I knew the bank had a great history in Kansas City. However, it was ultimately an article about the new leadership (new at the time, nine years ago) that caught my attention.  My recruiter wanted me to see the changes at UMB, and he sent me articles about Mariner Kemper. The one that impressed me was an article about Mariner bringing his children to an annual shareholders’ meeting.  I loved his approach to leadership that reaffirmed that we are professionals but our family is a key factor that should not be overlooked as a vital part of our success. I have two daughters with my wife, Cori, of 20 years, so family is essential to me.

What makes a regional bank chairman/CEO great?

My ultimate goal is to be the type of leader that allows people around me the space to communicate their thoughts, ideas and passions and to take the time to really listen and therefore to really care.

I am striving to become an expert listener.

For anyone that knows me, they would say that I have made progress in this area but still have a very long way to go. I sincerely believe that authentically listening and placing your whole attention on someone (spouse, child, co-worker, etc) is vital to really affirming the other persons’ value as a human being.  When you give someone your undivided attention you are really saying “I care about you and what is important to you.”

What is the greatest challenge facing the financial industry going into 2015?

Regulatory pressure.  While I do see the value to protecting consumers and businesses from unfair practices, I also think that best practice organizations like UMB get painted with the same brush as those that don’t share the same values.

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

I am involved at the University of Missouri Crosby MBA School. I graduated from there in 1994, and it has been great to give back through sitting on their advisory board. I am the past president (2012) and have taught an annual seminar, MBA Life Skills 101, for the past three years. I have participated in being a panelist, mentor, and have an opportunity to work with the Trulaske School of Business (undergrad) as well.

My wife and I have been very involved in Rainbow House, a domestic violence crisis shelter, and the Food Bank of Central Missouri.

Where is your favorite place to travel? Why?

We love to go to the northeast during fall foliage season.  We love the coast of Maine (my wife has seen every lighthouse from Massachusetts to the Canadian border), the White Mountains of New Hampshire, or anywhere in Vermont.

My wife and I have been there 9 times in our 25 years together.  She spent a year in Gloucester, Mass. right out of college and I went to visit her and fell in love with that part of the country. There are so many historical places, and of course the foliage is breathtaking in late September and early October.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?

I love to spend time with my family.  My kids are great ages (14 and 10). On any given weekend morning, we might make breakfast and have it on the deck and read the newspaper for an hour or two. We also enjoy going to the pool, riding bikes, playing golf, riding horses, yard work or going shopping. We usually then cap off the day with grilling on the deck and spend some time around the fire pit after dark. In the winters, we enjoy board games, playing team air hockey or ping pong, watching movies, reading or playing in the snow together.


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Mr. Mayfield is a regional CEO for UMB for Greater Missouri. He is responsible for strategic leadership of the region and partnering with teams in various communities throughout Missouri. He joined UMB in 2005 and has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Tony is passionate about building relationships and developing associates to help them maximize their potential and success at UMB.

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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.

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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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Meet the Leadership Series: Begonya Klumb, UMBFC Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer

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Q&A with Begonya Klumb

Begonya Klumb is one of the most influential women in Kansas City, and that’s not just our opinion at UMB. This is KC magazine recently named her as one of their honorees. Read more to find out how she feels about this honor, growing up in Spain and her passion for business.
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How does it feel to be named one of Kansas City’s Most Influential Women?

I’m flattered, of course, and it raises the bar for me because I want to live up to expectations.

What’s your favorite accomplishment in your 11 years at UMB?

When I was head of Mergers and Acquisitions, we completed 20 acquisitions in 3 ½ years. It’s what I was in charge of doing, and I believe it made a difference in the company. That’s a very satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

What inspired you growing up and what led you to where you are today?

I was raised in a comfortable and very happy home in Spain, where my parents live. I am blessed to come from a very close-knit and supportive family.

My maternal grandmother was an important influence on me. She built the family business, a shoe manufacturing and export company. She was extremely business-minded, and had a strong personality. Until her last days, people in town called her “la Jefa,” “the Boss!”  I admired her deeply and she is why I studied economics and business.

How did you end up in the United States?

After college, I got an Erasmus scholarship to do graduate work in Germany and England. It was an exciting time around the European Union, with the lead-up to the single currency. I learned about practical macro-economics and European business, but also about myself – living and studying in different countries and different languages. I also developed a deeper appreciation of my own strengths and weaknesses.

I met my husband while he was a student at the London School of Economics. We got married and lived in Europe for a few years before coming to the United States in 2001.  I went to Yale for an MBA, and then we decided to make our home in Kansas City, where he was born.

What is your day-to-day like at UMB and how has it evolved?

I am responsible for strategic planning.  I enjoy sitting down with UMB leaders to think through strategy. It’s good to know these leaders well, learn their challenges, and answer the question, “where will we take the business?”

Of course, acquisitions are a big part of strategy. I built the Mergers and Acquisitions department back in 2008. That’s one of the things we’re very focused on today and a key component to what I do.

Where do you choose to give back?

Through UMB, I got involved with MOCSA many years ago. I was also the Board Chair of the Mattie Rhodes Center – which is involved in the community through social services, mental health counseling, and the arts. My husband and I were actively involved in a capital campaign for our children’s school, trying to grow the school to accommodate more students from the community.

Community involvement is very rewarding, and has been a tremendous learning experience, requiring me to grow as a leader.

Describe your perfect Saturday.

My perfect weekend is with my family. Our children are six and eight, so I realize time with them is precious and fleeting.

We are at that point in our lives where we run the circuit of school activities and soccer games and piano lessons. Weekends are busy, with family, which is perfect.
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Ms. Klumb serves as CEO, UMB Healthcare Services. Previously, she served as executive vice president, chief strategy officer. She joined UMB in 2003, after completing her MBA at Yale University. She also holds an MA from Hochschule Fulda and a BA from the Universitat d'Alacant. Ms. Klumb is actively involved in the community. She was appointed by the mayor to the Summer Youth Employment Commission, she chaired the Mattie Rhodes Center board, and she was a co-chair a for Academie Lafayette's successful capital campaign.

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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

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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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Meet the Leadership Series: UMBFC President & COO Peter deSilva

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Q&A with Peter deSilva

East Coast to Midwest: Find out why Peter deSilva found himself at home at UMB.

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What about your past shaped who you are today?
I grew up near the ocean in a very traditional American family in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. My parents were great role models and teachers for me. I lived in the same house for 25 years until I moved to Boston to work for Fidelity.

I spent most of my summers at the beach. My first job was clamming. My mom would drop me off at 9 a.m. and pick me up at 4 p.m. and take me to Porky’s fish House where I’d sell my two bushels for $12. So the whole day of work for $12.

I went to the local public college and worked 60 hours a week to pay for my tuition. I worked in a movie theater for eight years as an usher and concession clerk and then manager.

My parents always said, “You’re never going to have everything you want, but you’re always going to have everything you need.” And that’s the principle I grew up under.

I met my wife, Michelle, when she turned me down for a job as one of 20 people who interviewed me. I ended up getting the job anyway at Fidelity and didn’t know she voted against hiring me until we were engaged. Now we have two daughters who are 20 and 17.

Moving to Kansas City
When I showed up on the shores of the Missouri River, it was definitely a different experience than Plymouth Rock where I previously lived next to. But we adjusted better than I thought we might. The bigger challenge has been being away from our family who all still live in Massachusetts within a mile with each other. My children are now an interesting mix of Midwestern and East Coast.

Kansas City is a perfect city in terms of size. It’s sophisticated even to some extent on the level of Boston and New York, but it’s manageable. There is a real sense of community and pride here.

And as far as my professional career, I have loved being part of the UMB story for more than a decade now.

Community Involvement
I think it’s an obligation. I don’t know how a community gets better unless everyone works together to make it better. So I connect my personal passions with what I try to get UMB involved in.

My parents were big givers, too. They didn’t have much financially, but they gave their time, and passions to things they cared deeply about.  So that inspired me to always get involved. I want my children to see that too and understand government isn’t always the solution.  Individuals through not for profit organizations provide the support that those less fortunate need. It’s our communities’ responsibility and opportunity, and so I take it personally.

My mom was a nurse and started a support group she never told us about. After she passed away, I found out how much she did through this group for parents who had lost a child during birth. She had helped hundreds of people. It always stuck with me as a selfless thing for someone to do.  in the end the three things that matter most are faith, family and friends.  I try to hold true to this.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?
Waking up in the summer on Cape Cod and not having a plan. I might go fishing, clamming or lobstering to get that night’s dinner. I love to sit and look at the ocean and relax from the everyday stresses of life.

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Meet the Leadership Series: CFO Brian Walker

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Q&A with Brian Walker

UMBFC’s new CFO talks about swimming with sharks, putting people first and what it takes to be a CFO.

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What brought you to 2014?

I grew up in the Kansas City area, graduating from Olathe North and then Kansas State University (Go Cats!). The first 13 years of my career started in public accounting with a focus on banking.

I met my wife, Anne, in college, and even though she was a human ecology major, she eventually saw the appeal of the financial industry and is now a successful tax accountant.

We have two sons, Alex is 7 and Chase is 9. The latest craze in our house is Go Fish.

Given your line of work, do you think you emphasize allowance and budgeting more than the average parent?

My portion of the homework is the math, and my wife helps with English. Beyond just homework help, l want to teach my kids basic money skills while they’re still young. Lack of financial education could be the downfall of America. So passing along my passion and knowledge of finances is a parenting goal of mine.

What makes a CFO great?

Focusing on people first. I’m naturally inclined to think about process, controls and procedures and how to improve them. But I try to push against that inclination and focus on my team first. I can’t do anything without my team. So my job is to continue to look for strategic ways to improve processes while developing and supporting my teams.

And of course you have to have patience and a good sense of humor.

What is the greatest challenge facing CFOs in the financial industry in 2014?

Compliance. Our second full-time job is complying with regulations. Risk management has always been important for CFOs, but it is even more of a priority in 2014. We have to balance risk management while looking at today’s environment and figure out how to continually meet the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders. How do we strategically reconcile those needs all the while providing the Unparalleled Customer Experience and maintaining a competitive stance in this industry?

What advice do you have for others that aspire to become CFO?

There’s nothing different about me than a lot of people on my team. The only difference is years of experience. They can all accomplish the same things. My advice is to find good coaches and mentors. Be open to criticism. Be willing to fail and learn from it.

If you ever want to BE your boss, take work off of their plate. I strive to be grounded and understand that I’m not magical. I’m not any better than anyone else who has come or gone. 

Where is your favorite place to travel?

The islands. Any of them. I am an avid SCUBA diver, and have dived everywhere from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Hawaii to the Caribbean. I learned to dive in the U.S. Virgin Islands while I was auditing a bank in St. Croix.

diving with sharks


Mr. Walker is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer at UMB Financial Corporation. He joined UMB in 2007. He earned a Business Administration (Accounting) degree at Kansas State University and his Masters of Business Administration degree at Rockhurst University. In addition to his involvement with several community and charitable organizations, he is also the treasurer for the Big Bash Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation focused on providing financial assistance and increasing visibility for local not-for-profit organizations.

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