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One Alum Finds Calling in the Banking Business

Maurice E. Quiroga credits his immigrant parents for passing along a strong work ethic and desire to do his best. The senior vice president of the Private Client Group for National City Bank in St. Louis says education, culture, religion and work are the four main areas he is consistently striving to improve.

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“I grew up knowing the importance of an education and hard work, and that balance was key,” says Quiroga, whose parents moved from Bolivia, South America, to Ohio so his father could attend medical school there. As his father built his family practice and eventually became chair of the Family Practice Department at the medical school at the University of Cincinnati, Quiroga — a self-described energetic kid — was active in a variety of school activities. “I was always very busy,” he says.

Quiroga has taken that momentum with him into his professional life. After graduating magna cum laude in 1992 from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a degree in organizational communications and minors in philosophy and Spanish, he entered the banking world.

“I started a management training program at Fifth Third Bank and really enjoyed it. I quickly fell in love with the financial industry,” says Quiroga, who initially planned on law school. “I was in awe of the opportunity in the industry — financial assistance is something everyone will need at some point — and the opportunity for growth in my professional career.”

As his professional career took off, so did his personal life. Quiroga met his wife, Catherine, and they moved back to her hometown of St. Louis. They started a family, which includes daughters Alexandra, 7, and Isabel, 3. “My family is what I work for,” he says.

Quiroga worked for Boatman’s Bank in the credit card program before becoming a senior client relations manager. He decided to go back to school and chose the Fontbonne OPTIONS master of management program. “I knew Fontbonne was a smaller university where I could give and get feedback easily and flourish,” says Quiroga, who was also named in 1999 one of the 30 under 30 by The St. Louis Business Journal. “The class sizes, curriculum and the passion of the instructors were all very appealing to me. And I liked that the instructors were professionals in their fields and that classes applied to my business.”

Now at National City, Quiroga oversees a staff of 25 in the fastest growing private client group office in the company. “It’s exciting,” he says. “I love the client interaction, working with individuals and companies committed to St. Louis, and building a wonderful and successful team.”  The Private Client Group at National City assists affluent customers with financial planning, private banking, estate planning and investment management.

Recently, Quiroga came back to Fontbonne as a speaker for the Alumni Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series. He spoke to students about interview preparedness. “I had a great time. I’m a big believer in giving back. It was nice to give the students realistic expectations of the job market,” he says.

Quiroga serves on the boards of several local organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Kilo Foundation, The Eugene Field House and the Young Members of the Zoo. When not working, he spends time with his family or concentrating on his golf game. He says he’s “slowly getting there,” but with his track record, the PGA might be calling soon.

 Read more stories like this in Tableaux and The Link, the official publications of Fontbonne University.