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James Weekley Named to Peoria Magazine’s 40 Leaders Under Forty Class of 2020

James WeekleyPeoria, IL – James Weekley, vice president, commercial banking, has been named to Peoria Magazine’s 2020 40 Leaders Under Forty. The award is an annual celebration of young leadership in Greater Peoria. Weekley was selected among more than 100 nominations and will be recognized alongside the other 2020 honorees at a special virtual event on Thursday, October 29.

Weekley is responsible for commercial banking business development efforts and managing new and existing relationships throughout the central Illinois market. His knowledge and experience spans across a variety of industries. Weekley also brings deep expertise in the area of franchise financing, credit analysis and payment solutions.

“James is a strategic, thoughtful leader and experienced commercial banker who works hard to offer solutions that provide cost savings and greater efficiencies for his customers. He has made significant contributions throughout his time at Commerce and in the Peoria area,” said Jon Williams, President of the Bank’s Peoria market. “This recognition is a testament to his leadership, and on behalf of the organization, we congratulate James on this accolade.”

Weekley plays an active role in the community through volunteerism with several local organizations including Heart of Illinois United Way and Rebuilding Together. He also serves as vice president of the board of directors for HULT Center for Healthy Living and is a graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership School. Weekley is also a member of Commerce Bank’s 2020 leadership development program. He graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration and marketing from Illinois State University and received his MBA from Bradley University.

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