"We have to get these rowdy shareholders under control," the 32-year-old Kemper
joked as his
wife, Megan, carried their 2½-year-old son Brady from the meeting.
There are seven kids in Crosby Jr. and second wife Bebe Kemper's
Growing up, Kemper seemed more likely to follow the path of his mother, Bebe
, an artist, than that of his father, Crosby Jr., the banker.
also showed early flashes of the banker he
would become when he
made loans to his
mother from his
cash on hand.
...Kemper attended the Principia Boarding School in St. Louis, which is affiliated with the Christian Science Church.He
studied political science and art at the University of Puget Sound
in Tacoma, Wash., and enjoyed ceramics. Arts-accessibility
Most summers, he
returned home to work at the bank.His
first job was verifying employment information on credit applications.
father was grooming him for bigger things.Seeking faster growth than what Missouri offered, UMB Bank
expanded into Colorado in 1992 with the purchase of Valley Bank
and National Bank of the West
in Colorado Springs and Columbine National Bank
In 1994, the banks were relabeled UMB Bank Colorado.Fresh out of college, Kemper moved to Denver in 1995 to work as a commercial banking officer.He
took over as president of UMB Colorado
in 1997. As a young banker in Denver, Kemper didn't end his love affair with the arts.
"My focus has been to make sure the visual and performing arts are made accessible to everyone," he
One of the first things he
father did was commission a Dale Chihuly sculpture called "Colorado Wildflowers" for UMB's downtown bank lobby.At the time, it was Chihuly's second private installation.
The colorful display is lit up at night and visible to passers-by heading east on 17th Avenue in the heart of Denver's financial district. Kemper dived into Denver's civic scene, serving as a trustee for the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Schools Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council. He
chaired the Denver Art, Culture & Film Foundation
and the Mayor's Commission on Art
and Film.He now serves on the board of National Jewish Medical and Research Center.
struggled with melding his
passion and his
profession, but he
has found a compromise, family members said. "He worried that being a banker wouldn't be as creative," Bebe Kemper said.
"We didn't want to take on the interest-rate risk that other banks did," Kemper