JAMES "JIM" MYERS
grew up in Kansas and Missouri.
father was a funeral director and his
mother a college Latin professor and librarian.
He majored in Business Administration at Emporia State University with some graduate-level studies at the University of Kansas and The University of Oklahoma; and earned the professional accreditation of certified consumer credit executive [C.C.C.E.].
He began his banking career with a Transamerica Corporation consumer finance subsidiary company in Kansas City.
At the time, he was the youngest manager in the history of the company.
Jim successfully managed branches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, becoming an accomplished workout specialist and a member of the evaluation team on sales and acquisitions of loan portfolios.
After six years with Transamerica
managed one of the original Morris Plan Savings Banks in Oklahoma.
Two years later, Jim was appointed the Regional Vice President for Kansas with Security Benefit Life's Banking Services Agency in St. Louis, MO. After three years, Jim accepted a role as a senior lender and the insurance office manager for a state-chartered community bank in rural Kansas.
Ultimately, Jim became the majority stockholder of that bank, holding the positions of Chairman, President/CEO and Trust Officer.
Jim was a very active local community banker for 12 years, taking up the fight to protect the "franchise" of community banking in Kansas and supporting positions in favor of community banks on legislation with elected officials; and testifying at the Capitol on occasion.
During this time, Jim became a recognized regional SBA lender and certified lender for the Farmers Home Administration Business and Industry Program and served on the original State Board of the Small Business Development Centers in Kansas; served many times as a session leader at the annual Kansas Bankers Association Leadership program; and was a leader at the local and state level of the Bank Administration Institute.
After selling his
interest in the bank, he
moved to Florida where he
wife owned a condo.
Unexpectedly, an opportunity arose for Jim to lead a special projects task force relating to AS400 conversion problems with the Kirchman Corporation in Orlando.
Jim was named a Senior Vice President of Kirchman as a product manager for small banks (under 1 billion in assets) and appointed to the Executive Committee of the company.
many speaking engagements, in 1990, Jim
gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the National Bankers Association
predicted that the Fed would be moving rapidly towards a paperless banking environment to include the electronic distribution of government payments, such as welfare payments, by the year 2000.
For the past 21 years, Jim has been a consultant at the CEO level to hundreds of community banks specializing in Operation Audits at the transaction level focusing on expense reduction, cost recovery analysis and new income generation.
also advises senior management and bank board of directors regarding Strategic Planning and Capital Deployment issues.
Over the years, Jim
has negotiated hundreds of contracts for clients and now has a separate process focusing on Contract Negotiation with emphasis on Contract and Vendor Management.
Dr. Lora and Jim Myers
met while Jim
was performing a consulting engagement for a large, independent community bank in Santo Domingo in the eary 1990's.
Dr. Lora was Vice President, Executive Officer and Special Consult to the owner and Chairman and was a member of the executive committee interacting with Jim.
Shortly after Jim completed the project, Dr. Lora completed his assignment at the bank creating the opportunity for him to join MCoUSA as a principal in January 1998 becoming the Executive Vice President-Latin America.