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Pierson’s contributions earn her Citation of Merit

Pierson poses with her plaque.

Citation of Merit recipient Christine Pierson currently is a managing partner in NexGen Technology Solutions.

Christine Pierson received the Citation of Merit for her outstanding achievements and meritorious service in engineering from the University of Missouri College of Engineering in a ceremony March 18 at Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia.

The award is given annually on the Friday of the College of Engineering’s Engineers’ Week celebration. Criteria are as follows:

  • Nominee must be an MU College of Engineering graduate
  • Nominee has made noteworthy contributions to the engineering profession and/or the MU College of Engineering
  • Nominee is not presently on faculty or staff at MU
  • Nominee is not a previous recipient of the Citation of Merit

Pierson currently is a managing partner in NexGen Technology Solutions, which she launched to use her 30 years of business expertise to develop and evaluate strategies for achieving goals in revenue, profit and competitive advantage. She began her career in 1985 after earning her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Missouri, and she’d go on to earn her MBA from Rockhurst University and an executive education certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pierson spent 20 years working for AT&T, including spending the final two years of her tenure there as vice president of sales for the company’s global business services division. She then moved on to Bayer HealthCare Corporation, spending five years as the vice president of U.S. sales for its animal health division.

From 2011 to 2015, Pierson worked as the executive vice president and head of the consumer and small business banking division for UMB Financial Corporation. During her time with UMB, she led her division to the Industry Celent Model Bank Award in 2014 and 2015, earning recognition for the department’s innovation in terms of product design and cost control.

During her career, Pierson has received a variety of awards, including Ingram Magazine’s Top Women Executive Award, the University of Central Missouri Distinguished Marketing Excellence Award, and she was named one of Kansas City’s Women Who Mean Business. Christine also was named one of 25 Women to Watch by American Banker Magazine in 2014.

Pierson’s continued involvement with the MU College of Engineering includes leading the IMSE Hall of Fame Development Committee, the IMSE Advisory Board, the University of Missouri R&D Board and has sponsored the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) site at MU during her time at Bayer and UMB. She was a 2010 inductee to the IMSE Hall of Fame. A former track and field athlete, Pierson also currently serves as the secretary for the Varsity M board, and she’s involved with a wide array of different positions with alumni associations at Rockhurst and the Wharton School as well as civic institutions in the Kansas City area.