Mark Mueller, Jefferson Bank

Mark Mueller, senior vice president of Jefferson Bank, spends his workday focused on commercial lending and handling business relations. Even after a full day working with people at the bank, Mark dedicates his personal time in the evenings and weekends to serving more people through his work on various boards. It’s been a part of his professional life from the very start.

“When I started in banking 38 years ago, one of the main things was to be involved in the community. They strongly encouraged it,” Mark says.

Mark took that to heart. His list of boards and member organizations is as impressive as the time he dedicates to working with these teams and furthering their mission. Mark is past treasurer of the United Way of Central Missouri, current treasurer of the Capital Region Medical Center Foundation, current president of the Jefferson City Cosmopolitan Club, and chair of the Tom Henke Charity Golf Tournament Committee. He also serves on the board of the East Side Business Association and is the scholarship committee chair for the Home Builders Association of Jefferson City. And the list keeps going.

Mark is treasurer of the Jefferson City Area Crime Stoppers, on the athletic events committee of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a part of the fi nance ministry at Central Church in Old Munichburg (a church with a symbolic German heritage that four generations of his family have attended).

I was always taught it is far better to give than to receive. It’s what we are supposed to be doing, and that’s why I do it.

Mark credits his strong work ethic to his parents who taught him from an early age to go out and work for the things he wanted and needed. His dad was in construction, and his mom worked for 40 years at Cole County Abstract. Before he could even drive, his mom would take him to keep score at the Babe Ruth Fields as a job.

That drive and determination also means he is willing to help in any way possible, which was reinforced
in his award nomination. Mark has also served on the board of directors for the Little Explorers Discovery Center for 20 years. In this capacity, he has served as treasurer and board president, read to the children, mowed the grass, went on fi eld trips with staff and children, and has always helped as needed. Making his community better has been a lifelong journey for Mark, and it is one he wants to continue as he pays it forward. “We’re all richly blessed in so many ways. I was always taught it is far better to give than to receive. It’s what we are supposed to be doing, and that’s why I do it. We are blessed in
Jefferson City to have such a giving community. It’s a remarkable town, including how much people give of their time and resources.”

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