In August 1891, several bankers met in Lebanon to discuss pertinent issues affecting their ability to provide banking services to their communities. These bankers sought to unify their voice in advocating for the banking industry. From that meeting, the Missouri Bankers Association was born.

Today, our voice is stronger than ever as it continues to build on the legacy of our founders. As we celebrate on our 125th anniversary, MBA remains committed to its founding mission -- serving as the principle advocate for the Missouri banking community.

MBA is a statewide trade and professional organization in Jefferson City that represents the interests of more than 280 banks and savings and loans in Missouri. In addition, MBA provides educational opportunities, products and services that assist bankers with enhancing their banking operations. 

Any national or state bank that accepts demand deposits and makes commercial loans in Missouri and is supervised by the Missouri Division of Finance or the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency may become an active member of MBA. Likewise, any savings and loan, federal savings bank or trust company located in Missouri may join the association. MBA's members have more than 30,000 employees who work in more than 1,900 locations throughout the state.