Lewis to Head Commerce Bank of Arizona’s Maricopa Expansion

Tucson-based Commerce Bank of Arizona has hired John S. Lewis as Executive Vice President to manage expansion plans and customer relationships in Maricopa County.
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Sept. 7, 2010 - PRLog -- Tucson-based Commerce Bank of Arizona, the largest independent bank in Southern Arizona, announced today that the bank has hired John S. Lewis as Executive Vice President to manage Commerce Bank’s expansion plans and customer relationships in Maricopa County.

“Commerce Bank of Arizona is pleased that John Lewis has joined our senior leadership team of community bankers,” said Randall J. Yenerich, president and chief executive officer of Commerce Bank of Arizona. “John is a great fit for Commerce Bank because he serves customers in a highly professional, relationship-based manner, which is the hallmark of our organization.”

Lewis, an executive with more than 30 years of senior-level business and consumer banking experience, has served in several senior banking positions in the Phoenix area. His previous positions include chairman, president and CEO of Sunrise Bank of Arizona and chairman and CEO of First Interstate Bank of Arizona.

Lewis also has served in leadership positions with several Phoenix-area professional, civic, and economic development organizations, including: past president of the Arizona Bankers Association, past treasurer of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and past president of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

“I am looking forward to leading Commerce Bank of Arizona’s expansion in Maricopa County and consulting directly with the bank’s small- and mid-sized business customers,” said Lewis. “Our team of banking professionals have decades of banking experience, and our goal is to ensure that our customers experience all the benefits of our local expertise and community-focused banking services,” he said.  

Founded in 2002 by a local group of investors, Commerce Bank of Arizona offers a complete line of business and consumer banking services, including a variety of commercial and real estate loan and deposit products. The bank has one office in Mesa and five offices in Tucson, Green Valley and Tubac. As of June 30, 2010, the bank had $275 million in assets.

In 2009, Commerce Bank of Arizona was named one of Arizona’s top 10 best performing community qfxwm banks by the FDIC, based on measurement of its total equity, loan portfolios, assets, reserves and net income. In addition, the locally owned and managed bank has been consistently recognized by independent bank rating firm Bauer Financial with Superior ratings for financial strength and stability. For more information, visit http://www.bauerfinancial.com.

Commerce Bank of Arizona is an Arizona-based community bank specializing in providing customized financial services to small business owners, professionals, nonprofit organizations and individuals. The Bank is results-driven and focused on helping customers reach their personal and professional financial goals. For more information, visit http://www.commercebankaz.com.

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