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Commerce Bank names Robert Gillespie Lawrence Market President

Robert GillespieLawrence, KS – November 16, 2020 – Commerce Bank announced today that Robert Gillespie currently business banking relationship manager has been promoted to president of the Lawrence market effective December 1, 2020, assuming the role currently held by Mark Heider, who will be retiring December 31, 2020 , a 40-year veteran of the banking industry and having served Commerce Bank in the role as market president since 2003.

“I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to work with so many talented colleagues,” said Heider. “My job has allowed me the opportunity to interact with many of the terrific business leaders and people in our community and I thank them for allowing me the opportunity to support their projects, needs and priorities.”

With Heider’s retirement on December 31, 2020, Gillespie will be responsible for the overall administration of Commerce Bank’s Lawrence region, overseeing banking operations and continuing business development and relationship management related to Commerce’s full line of banking, borrowing and treasury management solutions for commercial clients.

“Rob’s extensive banking experience and his community involvement will be valuable assets to Commerce and the businesses he serves throughout the Lawrence region,” said Heider. “I have the utmost confidence in Rob’s leadership and ability to deliver the highest level of quality banking services to our customers and the community.”

Gillespie began his career with Commerce Bank in May of 2011 as vice president and business banking relationship manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration majoring in finance from Kansas State University in 1994. Gillespie is active in the community, including serving as a board member for the Lawrence Schools Foundation and Lawrence Sertoma Club.

About Commerce Bank
With $31.5 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 September 30, 2020