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Chris Purdum Named to Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020

Chris PurdumWichita, KS - February 26, 2020 – Chris Purdum, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, has been named to Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. The award recognizes young professionals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership throughout their careers and make an impact in the communities they represent.

Purdum is responsible for commercial banking business development efforts and managing new and existing relationships throughout south central Kansas. His knowledge and experience spans a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, agriculture and energy production.

“Chris is a strategic leader and experienced commercial banker who has made significant contributions throughout his time at Commerce and in the local Wichita community,” said Monte Cook, President and CEO of the Kansas market. “This recognition is a testament to his leadership, and on behalf of the organization, I congratulate Chris on this accolade.”

Purdum plays an active role in the community currently serving as the board chair for the Junior Achievement Wichita Advisory Board and Carpenter Place Children’s Home Board of Trustees. He is also a board member with the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Association and Wichita State University Music Associates and volunteers regularly as a youth coach with the YMCA and League 42. Purdum graduated magna cum laude with bachelors degrees in finance and international business from Wichita State University.

About Commerce Bank

With $26.1 billion in assets1, Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) is a registered bank holding company offering a full line of banking services, including payment solutions, investment management and securities brokerage. Commerce Bank, a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., leverages more than 150 years of proven strength and experience to help individuals and businesses solve financial challenges. In addition to offering payment solutions across the U.S., Commerce Bank currently operates full-service banking facilities across the Midwest including the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas, Springfield, Central Missouri, Central Illinois, Wichita, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Denver. It also maintains commercial offices in Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, Nashville, Des Moines, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids. Commerce delivers high-touch service and sophisticated financial solutions at regional branches, commercial offices, ATMs, online, mobile and through a 24/7 customer service line. Learn more at

1. As of December 31, 2019