2020 40 Under 40 Marcus Morris – Get our quote online

MARCUS MORRIS, 35PRESIDENT / CEO, FIRST FINANCIAL BANK – FORT WORTH Marcus Morris claims to have been born in "beautiful Abilene, Texas" and moved to Amarillo – which he did not call "beautiful" although he used "adorable" in reference to Tori , the woman he married there – after graduating from Abilene Christian University. After earning a master's degree in finance and economics from West Texas A&M University, he returned to Abilene to work for First Financial as a credit analyst. Two years later, he was transferred to the bank office in Keller as vice president vice president for commercial loans. He is a member of the current class of the Fort Worth Leadership LeadPrime program, and says in the chaos prepared for the class directory that the Morris family has spent the next seven years living, working and volunteering in Keller. During that time, the family became an authorized foster family and gave birth to three children and adopted one. Jack is 5 years old, Goddaughter Jordyn is 4 years old and Genesis, an adopted son, is 8 months old. In spring 2019, Morris was promoted to his current position – a dream come true. – Paul K. Harral Where does your first salary come from? During the summer, my father made sure I had the worst possible assignment with a mechanical contractor in Abilene. My first summer activity, I was a welder's assistant. We replaced all conduit work in the county jail's crawl space. I learned many things during those summers, most of which wouldn't make a mother proud. Pope! What movies, TV shows, games or video games influenced you growing up? Movies: Cool Runnings, The Mighty Ducks, Blank Check, Rookie of the Year, 3 Ninjas, Billy Madison, Robin Hood: Men in Tights. TV: Hey buddy, say hi to your shorts, The Wonder Years, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. What other profession would you like to try? There is no hope for me outside of banks. Maybe I would have tried my luck as an influencer on social media. Tell us about an influential person in your life, how they influenced you and why he or she was important. My family has been incredible. I have worked with fantastic people like Sean Shope and Mark Jones who have taught me the art of, well, many things. They probably both don't realize the impact they have had on my development. My wife gets the most influential award. I have been very lucky, lucky or blessed in mylifetime. I was able to achieve several goals much earlier than I thought possible. My wife never allowed me to stop chasing. There have been times when I wanted to sit and relax because I was happy, but she (like my mom) believes that I am capable of bigger things, so she pushed me to set new goals and go further. She has been with me all the time and I wouldn't be where I am without her. When did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? I worked for an insurance agent just out of college. The job required me to call cold with a phone book and try to get people to sue me for their auto insurance. I knew early on that I didn't want to do it when I was older. The banking thing simply happened. What's your favorite song? Gangster heaven, Coolio, tell us about your photo shoot. I showed up with a cup of coffee. The photographer gave me this aspect, "Did you really bring a cup of coffee?" I explained that I have a family with young children, some say that I am disturbed because I really like working and I love the people I work with, and I love rock n 'roll. The photographer said, "What else do you have in your car?" So this is my support – all in the back of my car, in addition to the cup of coffee.