Senior Account Executive
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
In June 1968, Don Baldwin accepted what he thought was a summer job with the National Stockyards National Bank. The bank offered Don an internship, which included classes at Washington University, the American Institute of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking. His training covered all areas that a correspondent bank would use, and Don was promoted to assistant cashier in 1971 and started calling on Missouri banks. His knowledge and friendships grew, and growth continued through the voluntary liquidation of the National Stockyards National Bank in 1977 into Boatmen’s National Bank, followed by the merger of Boatmen’s and Centerre in 1988.
By the time Boatmen’s was acquired by NationsBank in 1996, Don was vice president and section manager for the Missouri correspondent group that was responsible for both credit and noncredit services. The merger of NationsBank and Bank of America in 1998 resulted in Don’s promotion to Midwest division manager. Don thought this many mergers could be hazardous to his health, and he announced his retirement in 2000. In 2001, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis offered Don the opportunity to continue working with Eighth District banks, and he accepted.
Don met his wife, Shirley, on his first day of work at the National Stockyards National Bank. They have been married for 40 years. They have two boys and five grandsons.
Don attributes his longevity in banking to …
the great friendships and business associates throughout the banking industry, along with the family of past and current co-workers who have always made my job enjoyable.
Don’s philosophy on banking is …
always follow through with a customer request and be honest about the answer. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know, but I’ll find out for you.”