Longtime area banker John Shivers III first met ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough during their time as classmates in FOCUS’ Leadership St. Louis Program in 2007. The relationship would grow and lead to Shivers joining the ARCHS’ board and him becoming the current Chairman of the Finance Committee earlier this year.
“From our discussion, I believed there was a strong match and thought it would be a great opportunity to sit on ARCHS’ Board of Directors because it reaches so many St. Louis area not-for-profit agencies,” Shivers said. “ARCHS’ Board of Directors is one of the most productive boards I have been on. Everyone has something to contribute and it’s a very active board.”
Shivers is the Assistant Vice President of Retail Banking at Midwest BankCentre, and previously has over 25 years of experience in the local banking arena. During his career, he has focused on bank management, retail and business development, consumer and small business lending and community government relations.
In his role as Assistant Vice President of Retail Banking, Shivers manages the day-to-day operation of the Clayton Branch, along with new business development.
To ARCHS’ Board of Directors, Shivers believes he brings a network of area resources and a strong financial viewpoint to ARCHS’ “much needed” work being done in the region.
“I bring the everyday financial perspective because I work in it every day, and have been working in it for the past 25 years,” Shivers said.
The sheer number of board positions that Shivers occupies is a strong indication of his commitment to the region. He serves on boards for Gateway Classic Sports Foundation, Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Grace Hill Neighborhood Economic Development and more.
“Because I have worked with so many area not-for-profits, I can give good insight on what is good, what is bad and what works, what doesn’t work,” Shivers said.
Shivers also gives back to the community by giving presentations on financial issues, most recently in conjunction with a workshop sponsored by the "St. Louis American" on credit and a presentation to students at Normandy High School.
Kimbrough said ARCHS is fortunate to have someone with Shivers’ stature in regional banking serve on its board.
“John has greatly expanded the already strong financial expertise of ARCHS’ Board of Directors,” Kimbrough said. “Mr. Shivers’ financial presence is not only a great asset, but his knowledge of the not-for-profit landscape is very valuable.”