A couple of months living in St. Louis was all it took to convince Darin Redd that he belonged in the Tri-States.
He'd spent some time during his junior and senior year of college working in the metropolitan area, and realized he wanted to raise his family back at home. He and his wife, Kindsey, returned to their Palmyra, Mo., roots. Now he works as the president and market manager for the Hannibal region of Commerce Bank. Today he works toward strengthening the region as a whole so that his own children might have high-quality jobs in the community someday, too.
"I don't look at it as just Hannibal or Palmyra but really just a region," he said. "Anything that can make the region better and bring more quality and high-paying jobs for our workforce ... I just hope that my kids can stay in the area and that there could be something here for them that they're maybe interested in."
Redd's goal reflects in how he spends his free time. He serves on the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council, works with the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation's Believe Campaign steering committee and is a member of both the Hannibal and Quincy chambers of commerce. Despite his obligations, he still makes it home each night by 5:30 p.m. He wants to spend some quality time with his family, even if that means popping open his laptop again after the kids have gone to sleep.
"I just want to do things that are well-rounded and support the community," he said. "That's been the struggle, it is trying to find the line of do-too-many-things ... If you do too many things, then you're not really giving your all to your best causes."
Still, he readily admits that the best causes aren't always the most likely ones. As he continues to support his community he tries to find the purposeful work that someone else might not want to do, even when it stretches outside of his norm.
"Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty because that's how you learn a lot," he said. "It may not be something that you really like to do, but you're going to learn a lot."
Family: Wife, Kindsey; son, Dylan, 11; daughter, Abbey, 8
Education: Finance degree from University of Missouri-Columbia; and a master's degree in business administration from Quincy University
Community Involvement: Hannibal Rotary Club, board member; Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council, board member; Hannibal Chamber of Commerce, board member and Ambassador; New member of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce; Hannibal Regional Healthcare System-Center for Applied Medical Research – board member; Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation, Believe campaign steering committee; Member of Hannibal Country Club; Member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church
What is your job, what do you do and what do you like best about it? My job is president and market manager for the Hannibal Region of Commerce Bank. Interaction with customers and prospective customers is what I like best about my job.
What is a typical workweek like? There is no typical workweek aside from loan committee meetings on Tuesday mornings and management meetings on Wednesday mornings. The rest of the week is usually filled by communicating with existing and prospective customers on how we can satisfy their banking needs. Those banking needs might entail commercial loans or leases, treasury (deposit) services, institutional or individual trust services including wealth management, 401(k) management and investment advisory services, to name a few. I also prepare and review loan proposals, work with staff to ensure their needs are met so they can be productive in their respective jobs, and review existing banking relationships to ensure the safety and soundness of our loan portfolio.
What was your first job, and what do you remember about it? My first job was detassling corn and I did it during the summers when I was 14, 15 and 16. What I remember most about it is getting up at 3:30 in the morning to get on a bus headed for Iowa and walking through corn fields in the summer heat with about 10 pounds of mud on each shoe. It was a tough job, but I am glad I did it.
How do you balance everything? It is tough. I give all of the credit to my wife, Kindsey. She helps keep everything held together by taking care of things around the house and running our children to their various activities when I am unable to (in addition to her normal 40+ hour/week job). I couldn't do it without her. I also try not to stay at the office past 5:30 on most nights and prefer to go in to work early so I can have more family time.
Which person has influenced you the most and why? My biggest influence has been my parents who taught me the value of hard work and always believed in me.
Have you ever failed at something? How did you recover? Everyone will have failures in their life. I think the most important thing is to bounce back, keep a positive attitude, and learn from your mistakes.
What does success mean to you? Success to me means being able to look back at your life and see that you gave your best effort in the workplace and took the time to create meaningful relationships and memories with your family.
What was your proudest professional moment? My proudest professional moment was being named the president and market manager for Commerce Bank's Hannibal region.
What is your favorite stress buster/leisure time diversion? Playing golf and spending time with friends and family.
What is the biggest need in your community? I feel the biggest need in the community is for a more developed and diversely educated workforce. For economic growth in our region we need to have a labor pool that is attractive to major companies who may want to relocate or open a new location in our community.
What gives you reason for optimism in your community? I feel this area has a lot of hard-working, intelligent people who truly care about their community. I see this through the various boards and service clubs I am involved in that people are generally willing to give back to their community.
If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself when you were in high school, what would it be? Don't always be wishing for tomorrow and enjoy today. Life moves by fast enough. Appreciate the time spent with family and friends.
If you weren't working with for Commerce Bank, what would you be doing? Travelling the world.
If you could add a few more hours to the day, how would you spend them? I would spend more time with my children. It seems like yesterday that they were born and now they are 8 and 11.
Do you live by any mantra or saying? I do not, but I always try to smile and look on the bright side of things.
Career aspirations aside, name one thing you definitely want to accomplish in your lifetime. To raise my children to be respectful, hard-working and responsible citizens.