Here’s advice from a 1960s songwriter’s that Tarah King has never followed: “Slow down, you move too fast…”
King, a 2007 graduate of the University of Colorado, is a vice president/financial center manager for UMB Bank and is now responsible for two Colorado Springs branches, which have excelled under her direct supervision. She’s on the board of the Broadmoor Rotary Club and Newborn Hope (where she serves as board treasurer), volunteers and teaches Sunday School at Calvary Worship Center, and is a mother/baby volunteer at Memorial Hospital. In addition, she volunteers at six other nonprofits, including Care and Share, the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center and Springs Rescue Mission.
“I’m third-generation [from] Manitou Springs,” said King. “I went to Manitou Springs schools from kindergarten through high school. I studied pediatrics and psychology at CU. I just wanted to be a doctor. I never even thought I’d be a banker. But then life happened — I got married, had a child and an opportunity at Wells Fargo came along.”
While in college, King had worked for the National Electrical Contractors Association and Mr. Neat’s Formal Wear, unusual training ground for a banker.
“I worked for Wells Fargo for four years,” said King, “Then I moved over to Chase. I had talked to UMB, but they weren’t quite ready at the time, but they came to me again after a few months and I’ve been here since 2012. The company is amazing — it gives me a great work/life balance.”
In her time at the company, King earned UMB’s Top Performing Branch award every year since 2013. One of her branches also received the Large Branch of the Year award and the highest scorecard company-wide in 2015.
“Tarah is a strong leader in the bank,” said UMB Colorado Springs President Jason Doyle. “She is excellent at coaching and supporting the 12 associates that work at her branches. Tarah is guided by her passion for the industry and her integrity.”
It’s clearly a demanding job, so how does she find time for all of her community and nonprofit work?
“I’m a single mom,” said King, “so I thrive on chaos! I really like doing different things every day. When I first came on to UMB, we had to do a lot of training, and now I have two branches, so I always have plenty to do. Somehow I find the time [for community work]. On my first day as children’s worship teacher at Calvary, I had a room with 32 kids. I had no idea what I was getting into, but it changed who I am as a person. And that’s been true of everything I do.”
Will she continue in the banking career she never imagined having?
“I want to be passionate about what I do, and who I am,” she replied. “If I’m this happy in 10 years, absolutely.”