Commerce Bancshares CEO to speak at Oct. 6 luncheon

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

David Kemper's address is part of the Friends of Finance series

David Kemper, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., will speak Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the Friends of Finance Executive Speaker Series luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at The University of Tulsa.

Commerce Bancshares, Inc., is an $18.4 billion regional bank holding company. Kemper joined Commerce Bank in 1978 as vice president in charge of commercial lending and was elected to his current position in 1991. Commerce operates in the Midwest with more than 370 locations in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Colorado and Oklahoma with two branch locations in Tulsa. Kemper currently heads the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

“Earlier this year Forbes magazine ranked Commerce Bancshares in the top three of its America’s Best Banks list,” said Jeff Holman, Friends of Finance president. “It will be great to get David’s perspective on sustaining strong performance in such a challenging business environment.”

A 1972 graduate of Harvard University, Kemper received a Master of Arts in English Literature from Worcester College, Oxford University in 1974 and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1976. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kemper serves as a trustee of Washington University and on the board of trustees of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Additionally, he is a board member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Stanford Business School Advisory Board, and is a member of the Committee on University Resources at Harvard University. He is currently chair of the Washington University Library National Council.

The Friends of Finance Executive Speaker Series luncheons are open to the public, but reservations are required. Check-in starts at 11:15 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center at TU. The cost for each luncheon is $20 for Friends of Finance members and $30 for nonmembers. Membership dues for the 2010-11 year are $75 for those in the Tulsa area and $10 for those who live outside Tulsa’s 50-mile radius.

For more information or to register online, please visit


Judy Adair