Community Bank President Jason Doyle joined UMB Bank in 2011, the same year he moved to Colorado Springs. He was hired as vice president, business development officer but had no idea that UMB was grooming him for bigger things.

The former golf pro was elevated to president weeks later and has thrived in the role while helping expand the bank’s business relationships in the community.

Born in Ohio, the 45-year-old Doyle grew up in Florida and played on the golf team at Florida State, where he was a finance major. He worked long hours as an assistant golf pro at several high-end country clubs in Kansas City and Tulsa, Okla. After meeting his future wife, Andie, through connections at Southern Hills CC in Tulsa, he opted for a job in business before accepting an unexpected offer to join the banking world.

Now he’s a full-time father to three athletic boys, an occasional golfer and active on several community boards. Doyle spoke with the Business Journal about his journey and UMB Bank.

How did you become president so soon after being hired?

My predecessor, Gar Anneler, had announced his retirement before I was hired. He took a role as a vice chairman for a year and was still involved in the community. I probably went through 15 or 20 interviews with people in different departments of the bank in Kansas City and then in Denver before I was hired as a business development officer. Unbeknownst to me, they had their mind on me for that position. I was the new BDO for about six weeks before they promoted me.

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What was it like when you first started at UMB?

Gar brings in the Colorado Springs Business Journal Book of Lists and he plops it on my desk and says, ‘Look through that.’ I remember thinking, ‘What were they thinking, hiring me when I know two people in Colorado Springs?’ I just started calling nonprofits because I was comfortable with that because of my wife’s job. I probably made 100 cold calls and asked if I could come out and introduce myself, and people were very open. I got us in the door for some opportunities that first six weeks. Then our CEO in Denver asked me to breakfast and asked me if I’d consider taking Gar’s role; I didn’t see it coming. It was classic being in the right place at the right time.

What does your wife do?

She works at Chapman Foundations, a $300 million charitable foundation based in Tulsa; it’s the second-largest charitable foundation in the Springs after El Pomar. She grew up in Tulsa and her dad is a trustee for Chapman. Her family has a summer house in the Springs and we’d visit here and not want to leave. Andie asked the trustees to open an office here and we decided to move to the Springs.

What are your connections to the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame?

My wife is vice-chair of the Olympic Museum project; Dick Celeste asked her four years ago when they formed the board. And we’re the bank for the U.S. Olympic Museum. That’s been a fun process. We did a $15 million bond with them, a $10 million line of credit. We gave two huge gifts to that project — $100,000 each.

Why would you recommend UMB Bank to a potential customer?

Relationships are very big to us. I know everyone says that, but we try our best to make it that way. We’re big enough to offer the products and services a customer needs and small enough to focus on that relationship. We have $20 billion in assets and we’re a very diversified bank. We’re a fairly large bank but you won’t just be a number with us.

What do the initials UMB stand for?

It used to be United Missouri Bank, but we’re in eight states now- — Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, Illinois — and we’ve grown to where it’s better to go by UMB. We entered the Dallas market about five years ago and our Phoenix market is really growing.

Besides playing, what connections do you still have in golf?

As a side, I rate courses for Golf Digest magazine. As a panelist, it allows me to see great architecture, different architecture, gives me access to great courses. It’s a non-paying job but I love it. If you ask my wife what gift she regrets buying me, it’s a Golf Digest peg board where you stick a peg where you’ve played, and they’ve got the top 100 courses in the country listed. I’m about halfway through.