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Do you know Eric Morrison? He’s the Mid-Missouri president at Providence Bank.

Job description
Leadership of commercial banking for Columbia, Jefferson City, and Lake of the Ozarks markets.

Professional background
Nine years at Providence Bank starting in 2010; nine years at the University of Missouri Department of Athletics from 1998 to 2007; three years at Sundvold Financial as an investment advisor from 2007 to 2010.

Quincy, Illinois.

Years lived in Columbia
26 years (that must be a typo).

Quote you live by
“Do unto others as you would have done to you.” Matthew 7:12.

Favorite volunteer activity
Anything at Job Point.

Favorite recent project
The Small Business Administration’s recent Paycheck Protection Program is something we will look back at as a career milestone.

A Columbia banker you admire and why
Karen Taylor is one that comes immediately to mind. The personal engagement with which she supports Central Bank’s clients, her community, and her family is a model we can all aspire to.

Why you are passionate about your job
How can you not be passionate about serving a community that gives and has given so much to your family?

Why you are passionate about Providence Bank
Our team, our mission, and the opportunity to contribute to something greater.

If you weren’t doing this for a living, you would . . .
I would be eking out a living in college athletics.

What people should know about your profession
Columbia’s bankers care deeply about our city and its businesses.

The next challenge facing banking
Rising to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic to support our total community and our business infrastructure.

Your next professional goal
Having my key work in the front door at the bank tomorrow.

Biggest lesson learned in banking
It’s OK to say, “I don’t know.”

How you want to impact the Columbia community
I want to contribute in small ways to initiatives which continue to distinguish Columbia and Boone County.

Go-to vacation spot
WaterColor in Seaside, Florida.

Favorite Columbia restaurant and a dish you would recommend
The Hawaiian chicken at Shiloh Bar & Grill.

What you do for fun
Just about anything that our son, Evan, wants to do with me.

My wife of almost 18 years, Amy, and our 8-year-old son, Evan. My mom lives in Columbia. One brother and my niece and nephew live in Kansas City. My sister-in-law and her family — three nephews and two nieces — live in Columbia. And I have a brother-in-law and three nephews living in St. Louis.

Favorite place in Columbia
Our cul-de-sac with lawn chairs in the driveways, a grill going, and kids in full sprint.

Accomplishment you are most proud of
The accomplishment I’m most proud of is handing our son to my dad and mom about 20 minutes after he was born.

Most people don’t know that you
Once I was ejected from a church league softball game. I was 19, and to prove that you never stop needing discipline in your life, my parents made me call my date for that night and cancel.

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