At one point during his banking career, Alex Sullivan’s duties involved counting cows. He’s also driven front-end loaders and excavators back to UMB Bank. As to counting cows, he soon developed a plan: Count the legs, then divide by four.

Sullivan is vice president-commercial banking officer for UMB in Colorado Springs. His responsibilities are to underwrite commercial loans, letters of credit, real estate loans and bond issuances. At 30, Sullivan has worked 11 years in banking, starting at UMB while attending college in his native Kansas. A series of promotions led him to Colorado, first to Denver and then Colorado Springs three years ago.

UMB Market President for Colorado Springs Jason Doyle nominated Sullivan as a Rising Star. Doyle said Sullivan went through the management training program at the bank, settling on commercial banking.

“He’s extremely sharp, extremely engaging,” Doyle said. “He’s a guy who wants more on his plate. He handles very much what he is given.”

Doyle spoke of Sullivan’s introduction to the Colorado UMB bank. He had been scheduled to move to Denver June 1, but on a Friday in May, the Colorado CEO called him to speed up the process.

“Alex said, ‘When do you want me to start?’” Doyle said. “When the CEO answered Monday, Sullivan responded, ‘I’ll be there.’ That’s Alex and what he’ll do for the organization.”

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In Denver, Sullivan was a rising star at UMB, Doyle said. “He doesn’t rub anyone the wrong way. There’s no drama with him.”

Sullivan enjoys the variety of his job.

In addition to counting cows and driving repossessed farm equipment back to the bank, Sullivan enjoys the technical side of the business — analyzing data on requests for loans for manufacturers, distributors and any type of business.

“I take the numbers, analyze them, analyzing the risk on repayment from the industry’s standpoint and the customer’s standpoint,” he said. He then makes a recommendation to the loan committee.

— Marija B. Vader

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