What I learned in my move to Fort Worth
Michael Garner, president of UMB Bank Fort Worth, was recently honored as a 40 under 40 winner by Fort Worth Business Press. Michael has worked at UMB Bank for more than 16 years and has learned several lessons during his tenure.
I moved to Fort Worth, Texas in October of 2017 to help UMB Bank grow its presence in the market. I was so excited for this new opportunity after living in St. Louis, Missouri and working for UMB Bank for years. My career at UMB Bank has always surprised me and taught me many lessons.
Persistence pays off
In my role, I was tasked with directing the Fort Worth team and building new relationships throughout our community. I hit the ground running in order to build trust and relationships throughout the rapidly growing community. I had to quickly learn to not be afraid to jump into a situation and push myself out of my comfort zone. For me, listening and tenacity pay off when trying to build new relationships and produce outcomes that are beneficial for all parties.
Make a bold move
When I moved to Texas, my predecessors had worked hard and achieved success at establishing UMB in the market. While UMB opened its doors in Fort Worth in 2014, three years later, the bank was ready to make a bold move. In my role, I strategically helped the team move the office to the historic 777 Main building, which significantly added to the bank’s prominence in the city. This opportunity taught me to take risks and explore new opportunities. Our team is thrilled to be in our new building and we look forward to continuing to increase our visibility and the number of clients we serve in Fort Worth.
Get involved in the community
UMB has always instilled in me a passion to give back to the community. Once I moved to the Fort Worth area, I knew one of the best ways to meet new people and learn about the city would be to get involved in the community. Personally, I am passionate about supporting economic development, education and veterans. I have learned a great deal about perseverance by mentoring veterans through American Corporate Partners.
In addition, I have been fortunate to work with Cristo Rey Fort Worth to help moderate- to low-income families support their tuition by working with corporate partners.
Finally, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., has allowed me to help oversee how dollars are spent in our city, which is a rewarding role as we all work to foster growth in Fort Worth.
Working at UMB has taught me so many lessons and offered me some amazing opportunities. I can’t wait to see what is next for UMB Bank in Fort Worth.
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