“After working in a large nationwide banking environment, the move to Commerce Bank is a confirmation that smaller banks have not lost the concept of personal service. What we excel in is knowing the customer and meeting their needs, which should not be considered a novel approach to banking.”
Tom Rook began his banking career in 1968 with Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles. In 1973 he moved to Seattle to join SeaFirst Bank in its Correspondent Banking and Alaska Banking Department. In 1978, Tom joined Rainier Bank in its National Banking Group, managing large corporate clients in the Western United States and Hawaii and those involved in the Airline and Aerospace industries. After the merger of Security Pacific Bank (parent of Rainier Bank) and Bank of America in 1992, Tom returned to Seafirst Bank (Bank of America) as a team leader overseeing the National Banking portfolio until 1996 when he moved to Bellevue as a team leader in one of the middle market teams. During this seven year period he was also involved with several telecommunications clients and their international joint venture projects. In 1999 Tom returned to Seattle as SVP and Senior Client Manager for medium and large middle market companies in Western Washington and Hawaii. Tom joined Commerce Bank in 2004. His community activities include board positions with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Camp Fire USA.
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