MBA Welcomes David Kent

Association’s new lobbyist brings extensive legislative knowledge

David Kent, MBA vice president of legislative and advocacy programmingThe Missouri Bankers Association is pleased to announce David Kent has joined the association as vice president of legislative and advocacy programming. Kent joined MBA on Oct. 16.

“David is quite familiar with our legislative program and style,” said Max Cook, MBA president and CEO. “He has earned the trust and friendship of the Missouri legislature.”

For the past five years, Kent served as director of Missouri state legislative and political affairs for the Heartland Credit Union Association. Many of the association’s issues mirrored MBA’s legislative priorities. When this occurred, Kent worked closely with MBA lobbyists Craig Overfelt and Bill Ratliff in the state legislative chambers. Ratliff retired from MBA in May 2017.

“Coalitions are important in the Capitol,” Kent said. “You have a better chance of having measures passed with the support of a bigger coalition.”

In March 2017, both Kent and Overfelt were recognized on The 100 List by The Missouri Times.

“When you walk down the hallways of the Capitol, MBA is one of the most recognized and well-respected trade associations in Jefferson City,” Kent said. “It is an honor to fill Bill’s shoes, and I am looking forward to working with a great team on behalf of the banking community.”

A graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Kent received his master’s degree from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He served as an executive assistant in the New Zealand Parliament from June 2010 to December 2011.