At just 30 years old, Brandon Bowenschulte’s leadership skills are clear. Advancing through the ranks at Great Southern Bank and Commerce Bank, with three positions over eight years, Bowenschulte is now vice president of commercial banking at UMB Bank.
Outside the office, his leadership skills continue to shine as current president of Rotaract Club of Springfield, leading a group of more than 75 young professionals. He helped coordinate the fourth annual Double Dare event, raising $10,000 for Great Circle. Also on the board of directors for Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, Bowenschulte helped launch the first Golfing Fore Champions tournament, which raised approximately $30,000.
What was your first job? Schlotzsky’s.
What about your job would shock people? There is no time where my job ever stops. You have to be constantly looking for ways to be creative and build relationships with clients to differentiate yourself from the competition. Also, I don’t golf every day.
What did you learn the hard way? Not to procrastinate. Growing up, I always used to tell myself I performed better under pressure and tight deadlines. But in reality, I have found out that you can get a lot more done if you prioritize your workload.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Don’t dwell on the past, don’t daydream about the future, but focus on showing up fully in the present moment.
Atlanta-based Chicken Salad Chick made its Springfield debut; husband and wife Garrett and Rose Cochran opened Heirloom Candle Bar; and mobile eatery Girldad BBQ LLC was launched.