Tom Thomas, president of Commerce Bank in Hays, announced today Deron O’Connor has been named market president of Commerce Bank’s Hays region, effective Wednesday. In his new role, O’Connor will be responsible for the overall administration of Commerce Bank’s Hays market.
Thomas, who will retire next year, will continue to serve as chairman for the Hays bank.
O’Connor has 13 years of banking experience at Commerce and currently leads the commercial banking effort in Hays.
“We are very pleased to have Deron serve in this important lead role for Commerce Bank,” Thomas said. “Deron has shown strong leadership in both commercial banking and through community involvement. He will provide strategic direction as we continue our focus on our customer promise — we ask, listen and solve. He is well qualified for this role.”
“We have a great team and a strong bank in this market,” O’Connor said. “I am excited to lead our efforts in the Hays area as we continue to provide our customers top-notch products and services.”
O’Connor has been a resident of Ellis County since 1989 and started at Commerce Bank in Hays in 2000. He is a graduate of University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He completed the Commerce Bank Aspiring Leaders Development Program in 2010.