About Reimagining Our Future
I created Reimagining Our Future as a space for conversations and collaboration on improving ourselves and our surroundings. I believe that we often fall short of living our best lives because we fail to challenge ourselves to stretch personally and professionally, and to dare others to do the same.
This space was created to ensure every person in our region, beginning with the path of children, will thrive. This means committing to every child succeeding, every adult being self sufficient, every family being strong, every older adult being independent, every individual being healthy, and every neighborhood being safe. It starts with believing that every person has potential and sometimes we all need a little help to realize the ultimate purpose for our lives.
I encourage people from every walk of life, from every sector of business, from all 16 counties in our region and nation, to use their imagination to explore and discuss new methods to move the needle on stubborn issues that have plagued our communities for generations. I believe if we don’t do this together, if we don’t inspire each other, we will fall short in mobilizing and harnessing the collective energy that our combined thinking and action can possess.
About Orvin Kimbrough
Orvin Kimbrough serves as the Chairman and CEO Midwest BankCentre, where he helps to empower people, enable businesses and energize neighborhoods through the strength of the Bank’s financial services. Midwest BankCentre is St. Louis’ 2nd largest privately owned local bank, with over $2.0 billion in assets and $1.5 billion in loans. Under Orv’s leadership, Midwest BankCentre creates the conditions that allow everyone to dream big and rise together.
Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre, Orv spent nearly 20 years in leadership roles in prominent nonprofit agencies, most recently as the president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. During his tenure as CEO, the United Way of St. Louis grew to the nation’s largest affiliate, raising nearly $80 million annually. Orv started with United Way in 2007 as vice president of major gifts.
Growing up in the Missouri foster care system and having witnessed tragedies far beyond his years, Orv credits his faith, determination and a strong support system in helping him build a career and passion for helping people.
He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri – Columbia, a Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Master of Arts in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
Orv is an adjunct instructor at Washington University in St. Louis teaching effective team leadership. He serves on the board of Mid-America Transplant, Washington University’s Olin Business School – Bauer Leadership Center, St. Louis Club, The Crossing Church and on the board of St. Louis Regional Economic Development Alliance.