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2018 40 Under 40: Brett Magers, 34

Chief lending officer, Legacy Bank & Trust Co.

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Brett Magers started his banking career at a small community bank during the recession’s lowest point, when most banks were struggling to stay afloat.

With his team, Magers managed to turn Legacy Bank & Trust Co.’s fortunes around and it now employs 70 people at seven branches. Most recently Magers facilitated a merger between Legacy Bank and First National Bank of Clinton. Through the purchase, Legacy Bank’s assets now exceed $230 million.

Additionally, Magers is on the board of the Logan-Rogersville Educational Foundation and a founding member of the Missouri State University Alumni Association Council. He is also active with the Missouri Bankers Association and sits on its Legislative Affairs Committee.

What was your first job?
Painting and building tennis courts at my aunt’s business during high school.

When did you realize you had grown up? When I worked 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at a bank office job, and then went straight to MBA classes at Missouri State University until 9 p.m.

How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning?
Zero. I’m usually up before the alarm.

Have you ever met a celebrity?
Aaron Buerge, from “The Bachelor” season two, is my new co-worker with Legacy’s recent purchase of First National Bank of Clinton.

What app gets you through the day? The Bible app and Wall Street Journal.

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