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Commerce Bank names O'Connor market president


Special to the HDN

Special to the HDN

Tom Thomas, president of Commerce Bank in Hays, recently announced Deron O'Connor has been named market president of Commerce Bank, Hays.

In his new role, O'Connor will be responsible for the overall administration of Commerce Bank's Hays market. Thomas, who will retire in 2014, will continue to serve as chairman for the Hays bank.

O'Connor has 13 years of banking experience at Commerce and leads the commercial banking effort in Hays.

"We are very pleased to have Deron serve in this important lead role for Commerce Bank," Thomas said. "Deron has shown strong leadership in both commercial banking and through community involvement. He will provide strategic direction as we continue our focus on our customer promise -- we ask, listen and solve. He is well-qualified for this role."

"We have a great team and a strong bank in this market," O'Connor said. "I am excited to lead our efforts in the Hays area as we continue to provide our customers top-notch products and services."

O'Connor has been a resident of Ellis County since 1989. He started at Commerce Bank in Hays in 2000. He is a graduate of University of Kansas with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He completed the Commerce Bank Aspiring Leaders Development Program in 2010.

O'Connor's board involvement includes Heart of America, Wild West Festival and Ellis County Historical Society. He previously had a number of other board positions, including president of Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, president and campaign chairman of United Way of Ellis County, president of Optimist Club and Optimist of the year award.

Commerce Bank is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares Inc., a $22.5 billion regional bank holding company. For approximately 150 years, Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial service needs of individuals and businesses.