Commercebank Hires W. Brant Wallace as Vice President Corporate Banking Houston

Commercebank Hires W. Brant Wallace as Vice President Corporate Banking Houston



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Coral Gables, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–January 13, 2006–Commercebank, one of the largest privately held national banks based in South Florida has hired W. Brant Wallace as Vice President Corporate Banking for its recently expanded Houston Banking Center, located at One Allen Center, 500 Dallas Street.

Wallace will be responsible for the business development and customer relationship management of domestic corporations with annual revenues in excess of $50 million. This includes overseeing the Houston branch’s operations with individuals and businesses engaged in the oil and gas industries in the region, as well as in other growing segments of the market.

Prior to joining Commercebank, Wallace was Chairman of the asset and wealth management company he launched in 1999 — The Wallace Group of Companies: Republic Asset Management, LLC. His extensive professional experience includes senior positions at relevant financial institutions in the United States.

“Wallace is an accomplished finance business leader,” said J. Guillermo Villar, President and Chief Executive Officer of Commercebank. “He is a sought-after advisor in corporate banking who will enhance the high level of service we offer our customers. We are very pleased to welcome him aboard.”

Wallace earned both a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Trade, and a Master’s of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Oakland University, California. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Houston. He is also a Certified Finance Manager and a Certified Money Manager, and has obtained Commercial Real Estate and Mortgage Broker Licenses. He is fluent in English, Spanish and German.

An active leader in the Houston community, Wallace is Chairman of the South MacGregor Housing Corporation, President of the Young Presidents Organization and President of the Cougar CEO Foundation.

About Commercebank

Commercebank N.A., one of the largest national privately held banks based in South Florida, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Commercebank Holding Corp., owned by Mercantil Servicios Financieros, the largest international financial institution headquartered in Venezuela, with 80 years of experience in banking. Commercebank has assets of $4 billion. The Bank is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, with eight branches throughout Miami-Dade County, two in Broward County, one in Manhattan, New York, and one in Houston, Texas. It also has loan production offices in Tampa and in Weston, Florida. The Bank offers a wide variety of domestic, international and personal banking services, including investment, trust and estate planning through its subsidiaries, Commercebank Investment Services, and Commercebank Trust Company, N.A.

Commercebank Hires W. Brant Wallace as Vice President Corporate Banking Houston