• Organizational Change Announced for the St. Louis Regional Chamber

    Feb 20, 2018
    Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber since 2012, informed the Executive Committee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors that he is resigning his position effective at the end of this month.

    “I am grateful to the Board for the outstanding opportunity to lead the Regional Chamber for the past six years,” said Joe Reagan. “I want to thank the Chamber’s very talented team of staff-leaders for their hard work and dedication to causes that are so important for St. Louis’ future.”

    "On behalf of the Chamber's Board of Directors, we want to thank Joe for his dedicated service to the St. Louis region and community. We wish him much success in his future endeavors," said Warner Baxter, Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

    Baxter also announced that Tom Chulick, the former chairman and CEO of UMB Bank-St. Louis and former president of UMB-Midwest Region, has agreed to lead the Chamber as the acting president and CEO, starting on March 1. Baxter also said that the Executive Committee is forming a search committee that will identify a permanent CEO.

    “We are very fortunate to have Tom Chulick lead the Chamber during this important transition,” said Baxter. “He is a proven leader, demonstrated by his 10 years of experience based here in St. Louis at UMB Bank. That experience, coupled with his continued strong engagement in the Chamber and the St. Louis community, will enable him to hit the ground running and effectively lead the Chamber in driving economic development for the St. Louis region.”

    Chulick said, “I see enormous potential for the St. Louis regional economy. It’s a wonderful place to start a business. It’s a wonderful place to grow a business. I am very excited to engage with and lead the talented team at the Chamber, as well as work closely with the Chamber’s investors and other public and private sector leaders to execute strategies that will continue to drive economic development for
    the St. Louis region.”

    Tom Chulick has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the former chairman, CEO and president of UMB Bank-St. Louis and president of UMB-Midwest Region.

    Mr. Chulick’s expertise is in commercial banking, brokerage, institutional asset management, wealth management and treasury services. While at UMB, the bank’s St. Louis region achieved unprecedented sales growth with a six-year compounded annual growth rate of more than 24 percent. Mr. Chulick led a successful turnaround in three additional markets, and as a result, his model became the standard for the entire company.

    While at UMB, Mr. Chulick was responsible for consumer services, wealth management, commercial banking, fiscal activities, risk management and human resources for Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and greater St. Louis.

    Mr. Chulick instituted, monitored and mentored investments in the SixThirty FinTech Accelerator, led the company in highest customer and associate satisfaction scores and earned the UMB Financial Corporation Leadership Award, the company’s highest honor.

    Mr. Chulick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, as Chair of the Education Attainment and Talent Development Committee and as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. He also is on the Board of Trustees of Webster University and the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Regional Business Council.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rockhurst University.


    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber, working with our partners throughout the bi-state metropolitan area, represents a strong team for St. Louis. Whether supporting public policy and infrastructure initiatives, or attracting new jobs, capital investment and talent, the Chamber is helping to lead the way to a greater St. Louis. The Chamber represents the 15-county, bi-state region comprising the city of St. Louis, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren; and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. Businesses of all sizes from startups to Fortune 1000s, non-profits, government agencies, education institutions, healthcare and labor organizations are included in this alliance.

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