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Meet the Leadership Series: Ron Vanek (Marquette Business Credit)

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Q&A with Ron Vanek (President, Marquette Business Credit)

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Ron VanekTell us about yourself!
I am the president of Marquette Business Credit, a subsidiary of UMB Bank. I manage the nationwide asset-based lending (ABL) division for UMB out of our headquarter office in Dallas. I have been with Marquette since 2012 and have more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Marquette was acquired by UMB a year ago, and we seem to have the same common core values at the heart of both companies, making us a good fit for each other.  The transition has had its learning curve for everyone involved. However, this is a great move for us, and we are happy to be a part of the UMB team.

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I was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago. I went to Governors State University and then received my MBA from DePaul University. I jumped right into both finance and management with my first job as an accounting manager for a financial company. While in Illinois, I was also a practicing CPA.

I have been a happily married for 37 years to my lovely wife Linda with whom I have two boys and a girl. Last year was especially joyous for us as we welcomed our very first grandchild to the family, a beautiful, healthy baby girl, and now we have our second—a beautiful baby boy! We moved from Valencia, Calif. to Frisco, a suburb just north of Dallas, when I took the job at Marquette.
Baby Nolan Baby Sophia

What about your past shaped who you are today?
Looking back, I feel that sports made the biggest impact on me growing up. In high school I played football, baseball and was part of the wrestling team. The competitive nature of sports brought out my natural desire to win. I now find myself constantly feeding that competitive inclination to better myself and the company, whether it’s winning a new deal or beating our budget numbers to come out on top.

What do you do to relax?
I love to golf. Anything golf is an absolute winner. Charity events, family fun, favorite way to spend my weekends… you name it, it’s got golf written all over it.

My favorite place to travel is the desert of California. I’m a huge fan of Palm Desert California where the dry hot air is perfect for…. golf!

What are your favorite ways to give back in the community?
In addition to the charity golf events, both my family and I are involved with the Grace Avenue United Methodist Church where I’m a member of the finance and stewardship committees.

Marquette Business Credit
Enough about me though…..  Marquette Business Credit is the hottest thing to hit UMB as of late.

MBC has been around for 12 years and is headquartered in Dallas with additional offices in California, Chicago and Atlanta. We have nearly 50 employees in our offices nationwide working a portfolio of approximately 70 clients and $500 million in commitments. We are projecting to double that size throughout the next 3 to 5 years with UMB now behind us.

We offer traditional asset-based loans ranging from $2 to $25 million. Our customers, who are located throughout the country, typically fall into one of three categories:

1) The company has had some financial difficulties and is in the early stages of turnaround.

2) The company is in part of an acquisition of a private equity group.

3) The company is seeing rapid growth with revenues growing faster than its balance sheet.

We focus on the smaller end of the middle market where we seem to thrive and where there is less competition from the larger banks.  Our strongest attribute is that we offer the sophisticated financial structure typically found with the bigger transactions to these smaller-sized deals all while providing a personalized and often customized touch to our transactions and relationships.

The greatest challenge we face here at MBC is growing the portfolio in a slow growth economy. This is not just a challenge that is unique to us though. Across the market we are seeing the same trend for the industry. We are confident we have avenues planned out to manage our growth expectations despite the trend.

 

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Mr. Ron Vanek is a president for Marquette Business Credit, a subsidiary of UMB Bank. He is responsible for managing the nationwide asset-based lending (ABL) division for UMB headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  He joined Marquette in 2012 and has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.  



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Meet the Leadership Series: DiAne Reed (Marquette Transportation Finance)

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Q&A with DiAne Reed, Senior Vice President/National Sales Manager, Marquette Transportation Finance

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DiAne Reed MTF

Tell us about yourself.

I am originally from the Northwest, but when I moved to Charlotte, N.C. in 1989 I fell in love with the sunshine and fewer rainy days. I enjoy traveling—my favorite place is anywhere I can unplug and just live in the moment. I have been all over the world on 14 different cruises. I also enjoy spending time with my five grandchildren.

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DiAne Reed grandkids DiAne Reed grandkids

My work is my passion. Every day, I work to do what’s best for our clients and I love being able to provide the right financing solution for each business. I joined Marquette Transportation Finance (MTF)in 2002 and assumed my duties as senior vice president, national sales manager in 2005. I am responsible for the overall marketing and sales activities of the company and I have more than 30 years of finance sales and sales management experience.

What drew you to the transportation industry?

A national trucking company gave me an opportunity to learn the trucking industry inside and out. I started in dispatch, moved to production and then switched to sales and marketing. I was active in launching that company’s 48 State Interstate Authority—expanding their presence coast to coast. They encouraged everyone to know all aspects of the business, so I was able to roll up my sleeves and embrace the trucking industry. From there, I advanced into the niche of transportation finance which I have been committed to for more than 25 years.

Today the financial needs of the trucking industry are my passion. I always say I have diesel in my blood!

How has the industry changed since you began your career?

When I began my career, everything was in paper form—now companies have high-tech operations, including computerized logs. Now, shippers and carriers know the exact location of their freight, 24/7. Technology has also allowed for improved focus on security and safety, offering higher protection for both truck drivers and the people they share the road with.

I also see more women interested in entering the trucking industry every day. When I started in the industry, 1 in 100 employees were women, but within the last decade women are working to break the glass ceiling and are not afraid to enter fields known to be male-dominated, like trucking and finance.

Another aspect of trucking that has changed is the availability of working capital. The recent credit crunch affecting financial markets is filtering its way down to the availability of working capital financing to trucking companies. In response to financial turmoil, bank are tightening their credit standards and becoming more restrictive. Fortunately for trucking companies, alternative sources of financing, such as MTF, exist in the marketplace.

What are your transportation affiliations, and why are these connections important?

I’m actively involved in many associations including the American Trucking Association (ATA) , the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Women In Trucking (WIT), Commercial Finance Association (CFA), Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and the International Factoring Association (IFA). I am also a participant of the TCA communications and image committee.

These associations allow members to stay abreast of industry changes and challenges. And, they offer me a platform to participate in and encourage the continuing improvement of the transportation brand. Interacting with dedicated people in the industry is always inspiring. With the networking opportunities, I can discuss MTF and our values, as well as communicate the way we do business by partnering with clients from start to finish. We are a relationship-based business and we put a lot of emphasis on integrity and ethics.

Define accounts receivable (AR) financing

The most important thing to know about AR financing is that it is not debt. MTF funds and purchases AR accounts, which means we provide financing based on your current level of business. An AR line is assessed on several criteria:

  • The monthly dollar volume of purchases
  • The average AR turn (how long an invoice remains outstanding)
  • The number of invoices processed by MTF on a monthly basis
  • Risk associated with the transaction

The key difference between AR financing and traditional financing is that we don’t base our decisions on the credit or financial stability of our client. Rather, we base our decisions on the financial stability of our client’s customer base.

What makes Marquette Transportation Finance unique?

MTF is a leading provider of accounts receivable financing focused solely on the trucking industry. Our financing helps trucking companies fund growth, acquisitions and turnarounds, and helps them improve liquidity. A major advantage of lending to a niche market is the opportunity to completely understand the business, from invoicing requirements and cash cycles, to reasons for periodic over-advance requests, and current news and trends. Knowing your client’s business helps foster a strong relationship, and our entire business model is built on relationships.

The MTF team knows the trucking industry and can tailor a program to you and your business. We like to say that we offer the best of both worlds because we are backed by the financial strength of UMB Bank, but are small enough to provide you with a highly responsive, flexible and knowledgeable service staff who can handle any of your specific needs.

Describe your typical client—what do they need, why are they looking for alternative financing and why do they consider MTF?

Typically MTF clients aren’t eligible for traditional bank financing, or the bank facility is deficient in meeting the borrower’s financing requirements due to one or more of the following business characteristics:

  • Start-up or rapid growth
  • Acquisition and recapitalizations
  • Needs bridge financing In the midst of a turnaround
  • Customer concentrations
  • Working capital starved
  • Negative net worth
  • Debtor-in-possession (Chapter 11)
  • Highly leveraged

Every client receives supportive accounting services to help facilitate payments and steady receivables. These services are provided by a full back office team of individuals who are familiar with the transportation world.

 

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DiAne Reed has been in the trucking industry for more than 25 years, and is active in transportation associations across the U.S. As a team member at Marquette Transportation Finance (MTF), DiAne builds relationships and individually reviews client situation to offer custom finance plans that help them grow.



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Welcome Marquette Financial Companies

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Chairman and CEO Mariner Kemper welcomes recently acquired Marquette Financial Companies.

 

 

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Mariner is the chairman and chief executive officer of UMB Financial Corporation and UMB Bank, n.a. He joined UMB in 1997. Mr. Kemper is active in both civic and philanthropic endeavors. One of the causes he is most passionate about is the arts. He currently serves as a trustee and executive committee member for the Denver Art Museum and is a past board member for The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.



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The news is out

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Chairman and CEO Mariner Kemper explains reasons behind UMB’s agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies.

This is an exciting time for UMB, our associates and our customers. UMB is a strategic buyer, which means we only consider businesses that fit with our strategy and are a financial and cultural fit.

With that in mind, we’ve been actively searching for an opportunity like this and we believe that our agreement with Marquette Financial Companies (MFC) is a home run. Here’s why:

  • We expect the combination of UMB and MFC to be financially attractive with complementary balance sheets.
  • We will enhance our diversified financial services business model.
  • It would add two specialty lending businesses, asset management and trust services.
  • We will increase our banking presence in Arizona and Texas, two key growth markets for UMB.
  • UMB will grow our asset management business in the Minneapolis, Arizona and Texas markets.
  • Our two companies have similar cultures – and that’s important for a successful combination to work.

Marquette meets the many requirements we’ve been looking for in an acquisition. Until the transaction is approved and has closed sometime in mid-2015, both companies will continue to operate separately.

Ideal culture fit

What do we mean by having similar cultures? The main similarities are found in our values … how we approach business and each other with integrity. Ethics. A desire to do the right thing. We’ve both been influenced by a history of strong leadership with deep ties to our communities. Our cultures nurture and practice collaboration and we both place emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Giving back to our communities where we do business through volunteering and financial support also is foundational to our businesses. MFC has primarily focused on affordable housing, community economic development and financial education for youth and adults. We’ve traditionally focused on the arts and financial education, as well as community development.

Both of us care deeply about keeping our associates engaged and retaining them throughout their careers. We’re especially proud of that at UMB.

Why customers should take note

Once this acquisition is approved and closed, expected to be in mid-2015, our customers will have access to more products and services, as well as more locations to conduct business.

Where specifically? Customers of the various MFC businesses will be able to utilize UMB’s banking and wealth management centers in eight states – Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas. For UMB customers, they’ll be able to visit Meridian Bank branches in the Phoenix and Ft. Worth areas as they transition to UMB Bank.

Marquette also has specialized business units including business credit, commercial finance, transportation finance and asset management services.

What’s next?

Stay tuned. Both companies will continue to operate separately for now.

  • Customers will continue to do business as usual while the transaction is pending approval.
  • Integration plans are being developed.
  • Our goal is a seamless transition for customers and we pledge to actively communicate.

Great acquisitions work when the cultures fit together. That’s the case here, and I’m confident that it will provide us all with opportunities for future success.

 

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Mariner is the chairman and chief executive officer of UMB Financial Corporation and UMB Bank, n.a. He joined UMB in 1997. Mr. Kemper is active in both civic and philanthropic endeavors. One of the causes he is most passionate about is the arts. He currently serves as a trustee and executive committee member for the Denver Art Museum and is a past board member for The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.



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