UMB Financial CEO J. Mariner Kemper is featured in today's issue of USA Today -- along with his cousin, David Kemper -- of Commerce Bank.
Together, the two cousins run 2 of the top 3 banks in the United States based on Forbes Magazine's 2009 rankings (Bank of Hawaii is #1). Over the years, the two banks have made smart financial decisions that have kept them from being a part of the sub-prime mess that larger banks created over the past 3 years.
It's good PR for Kansas City -- and the strength of the financial institution has been good for Kansas City -- and the family's generous nature has been good for the city as well; helping fund a sports arena, public library improvements and a world class contemporary art museum.
It's just another example of how important strong local businesses are to the city.