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Growth at Commerce Bank leads to new opportunities for Steve Sowers and Sarah Dubbert

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Columbia, Mo. – Commerce Bank announced today that Steve Sowers, formerly president & chief executive officer, Commerce Bank, Central Region has been promoted to senior regional director, chief executive officer, Missouri Community Markets. Sowers will continue to have responsibility for the bank’s Central Region and with his promotion will assume responsibility for the bank’s Southwest Region which includes Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Willard, Branson, Joplin, Webb City, Lebanon, Bolivar and Cassville in Missouri and Pittsburg and Columbus in Kansas

Sowers’ expanded responsibilities come as Doug Neff, formerly chairman and chief executive officer of Commerce Bank, Southwest Region, is promoted to director, community markets with responsibility for community market strategy across Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. Sowers joined Commerce in 1997 and has led Commerce Bank’s activities in Commerce Bank’s Central Region since 2018.

“Steve’s impressive record of leadership, customer service and deep community engagement will translate well in our southwest region,” said Neff, executive vice president and director of community markets, Commerce Bank. “He will bring the best of central region to our teams in the southwest, accelerate the business in both regions and continue to develop team members.” Sowers will continue to reside in Columbia and travel to support teams as needed.

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“This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity at Commerce Bank,” said Sowers. “We have a strong team in Central Missouri that is responsive to customer needs and nurtures deep connections in the community. I look forward to continuing to support them and collaborating with the southwest region leaders as we deliver excellent, personal service and innovative solutions for our customers.”

Upon assuming his new role, Sowers promoted Sarah Dubbert to president of Commerce Bank, Columbia. In addition to leading the business banking team across Commerce’s Central Region, Dubbert assumes responsibility for the bank’s Columbia advisory board and community engagement efforts. She began her career at Commerce Bank in 2008 in Treasury Services. Dubbert earned a bachelors in secondary education from University of Missouri – Columbia and holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) certificate. She serves as vice president of finance on the national council of Kappa Delta Sorority; treasurer on the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation board; and on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Girls on the Run.


About Commerce Bank

With $33.4 billion in assets1, Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) is a registered bank holding company offering a full line of banking services through its subsidiaries, including payment solutions, investment management and securities brokerage. One of its subsidiaries, Commerce Bank, leverages more than 155 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 www.commercebank.com.

1 As of June 30, 2022