Kathleen Kiesel Flemming




East High School





Kathleen Kiesel Flemming (‘78) – Kathleen Kiesel Flemming ('78) - Kathy Kiesel Flemming is a leader in banking and an entrepreneur. During her 25-year career, she was considered the youngest woman in the United States to start and run a bank, the Frontenac Bank in St. Louis, Missouri, serving as its President and CEO.

Her experience came from financial institutions in Missouri, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., where she worked at the Pentagon. She has established Professional Athlete Divisions at various banks and is frequently asked for her opinions on banking, small business and marketing issues, appearing on television in St. Louis and New York. In addition, she was selected for discussions with Senate leaders, testified before a Congressional subcommittee, and gave a presentation to Alan Greenspan at the Federal Reserve. Flemming is a recipient of the YWCA Entrepreneur Leadership Award, Fontbonne University’s Professional Achievement Award, St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, and a Congressional Medal from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

An active and compassionate leader in her community, her board involvement includes the Central Institute for the Deaf; RCGA-Leadership Circle; St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sports for Kids Foundation; and the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club. While at Williamsville East, she participated in varsity volleyball, chorus and band. A magna cum laude graduate of Southern University, she has a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA in finance from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. However, Kathy, a twin and one of six children, states her greatest accomplishment is being mother to her 2-½ yr. old daughter, Katie.