UMB History and Legacy

More than a century of service

Since the 1913 founding of the original bank in Kansas City, Missouri, UMB has grown into a dynamic financial services company.


Growing to serve the nation

From a small city to a large national presence, the strength of our people and the performance of our offerings have helped us build a company for the long-term.


Midwest roots and values

As we’ve grown, our values have not changed, and we remain rooted in integrity, trust, doing what’s right and meeting the needs of our customers and communities.


Nimble and evolving

We continually adapt our approach so we can serve you with the products and services that help you reach your financial goals.

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History of UMB

From 1913 to now, the strength of our people and the performance of our offerings have helped us build a company for the long-term. Read the stories that made us who we are today.

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Community involvement

We believe it’s our responsibility to give back to the communities we serve. We are committed to being a strong community partner by investing our time, resources and talent to organizations and issues that matter to us. We showcase our community relationships and recognize our associates who are making a difference.


Corporate citizenship

UMB is more than a financial institution. It’s a collection of people with personality, passion and a commitment to doing what’s right. You won’t see us chasing trends, and you can count on us to follow through on our long-held values, which have set us apart for more than 100 years.


An employer with heart

Building a welcoming and enriching company culture is serious business at UMB. Our team is resilient and entrepreneurial, embracing the same spirit that gives America its enduring strength.

Some quick facts about UMB through the years

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    City Center Bank, the original chartered bank, was one of the first in the nation to offer a drive-through deposit counter.

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    In 1961, we were the first bank in Kansas City to install electronic data processors that could read up to 800 cards a minute.

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    For a brief period in the ‘70s, UMB had a 450 pound tiger named Umbert as our mascot.

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    UMB has an extensive and diverse American art collection ranging from pop and contemporary pieces to realism and sculpture.