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Friday, October 25, 2013

John P. Lewis to Join Commerce Bank Management Team

Tucson-based Commerce Bank of Arizona has called off its planned merger with a Scottsdale bank, citing regulatory delays.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Ready to expand? Know the art of managed growth

By John S Lewis, Commerce Bank of Arizona. Inside Tucson Business, 11-30-2012


Friday, July 06, 2012

How successful businesses survive boom to bust cycles

By John S Lewis, Commerce Bank of Arizona. Inside Tucson Business, 7-6-2012


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Commerce Bank of Arizona Names Lewis President & CEO

John S. Lewis named president and CEO for bank's statewide operations. Former bank president and CEO, Randall J. Yenerich, will now serve as president and CEO of the bank's holding company, CBOA Financial.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Commercial loan modifications - communicating with bank is key

By Teresa Nowak, Commerce Bank of Arizona. Inside Tucson Business, 3-30-2012


Friday, December 30, 2011

Trading personal banking relationships for convenience

By Teresa Nowak, Commerce Bank of Arizona. Inside Tucson Business, 12-3--2011.


Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Business publication recognizes SVP Teresa Nowak as a "Woman of Influence."

Inside Tucson Business selected our Commercial Loan officer Teresa Nowak to be honored as a 2011 "Woman of Influence" in local business and community service. 


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Anza Days celebration in Tubac co-sponsored by Commerce Bank of Arizona. October 22, 2011

Tubac branch celebrates Anza Days with community on October 22, 2011. (Excerpt from Tucson Citizen, October 13, 2011) 


Monday, September 26, 2011

Tucson Banks On Stable Footing

Excerpt from Arizona Daily Star article by Dale Quinn. Sunday, September 25, 2011.  Tucson's community banks and credit unions retained financial stability through the second quarter of 2011, the latest ratings from BauerFinancial Inc. show.


Monday, August 01, 2011

Revisiting what Dodd-Frank reform act does for you

By Fred Dawson for "Inside Tucson Business," posted: Friday, July 29, 2011.  In the last article I wrote for Inside Tucson Business (see link below), I mentioned a controversial provision of the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) called the Durbin Amendment.

Named after U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the amendment will require the Federal Reserve to limit the fees banks and credit unions can charge retailers and service providers for processing debit card transactions.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Serving our communities through philanthropic participation

Excerpt from People in Action, Friday, July 15, 2011, Inside Tucson Business.  Vice President Humberto Stevens and Senior Vice President Teresa Nowak were recently appointed to the boards of local charitable foundations. 


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Executive Profile: Denise Gorman, vice president, Commerce Bank of Arizona Scottsdale branch

Phoenix Business Journal - by Yvonne Gonzales, July 1, 2011  Denise Gorman has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, most of it in the Phoenix area.

Since Dec. 31, 2010, she’s been vice president of the Scottsdale branch of Commerce Bank of Arizona, which celebrated its grand opening in March.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tucson banks, credit unions stable

Excerpt from Arizona Daily Star - Dale Quinn, Sunday, June 26, 2011.  Tucson's community banks and credit unions remained on stable financial footing through the first quarter of 2011, the latest ratings from BauerFinancial Inc. show.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Commerce Bank of Arizona named to Top 200 Community Banks

Excerpt from Phoenix Business Journal, 6-20-2011 - Jennifer A. Johnson. U.S. Banker magazine lists Commerce Bank of Arizona among the nation's Top 200 Community Banks


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fraud and Theft: It can happen at work and at home

Humberto N. Stevens, VP for Commerce Bank of Arizona, The Writ newsletter/Pima County Bar Association.  Fraud and theft can happen to anyone, including you.  Most often people don’t talk about it in social settings and much less around the office. We don’t want to seem paranoid among our business peers or create an air of concern for our clients. However, lately the tide has turned and more professionals are discussing the topic... 


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Business Briefs: Banker promoted at GV branch

Excerpt from Green Valley News, Monday, May 16, 2011.   Tucson-based Commerce Bank of Arizona has promoted Humberto Stevens to vice president, branch manager/business development officer of its Green Valley branch.


Friday, May 06, 2011

How new banking regulations affect business accounts

"There have been many changes to banking rules and regulations in recent years, in addition to all-encompassing changes made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA)." — Fred Dawson, Jr., EVP/Chief Credit Officer, Commerce Bank of Arizona 


Friday, May 06, 2011

Phoenix banks get 5-star ratings from Bauer Financial

Excerpt from Phoenix Business Journal article, May 6, 2011.  A handful of Valley banks have earned top ratings from Bauer Financial Inc., a national independent bank rating and research firm.Tucson-based Commerce Bank of Arizona has received four consecutive 5-star “Superior” ratings in a row.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Banks, credit unions improve financial stability in 2010

"One bank, Commerce Bank of Arizona, and two credit unions, Hughes Federal and Pima Federal, ended the year with Bauer's highest ranking, five stars, which is considered superior." —Inside Tucson Business staff, Inside Tucson Business


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

New rules help buyers contemplate home loans

We’ve heard that Congress passed a number of new laws to protect home loan applicants against unfair and deceptive home mortgage products and lenders. What are they and do they really help? —G.A. Kern, Catalina Resident


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) and what they are

We have heard terrible things about adjustable rate mortgages. Are they so bad? —E. Martin, Rancho Vistoso Resident


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Evolve your business with the changing times

The economy is really bad and several of my competitors have gone out of business in the past year. How can I strengthen my small business to prevent it from closing? — B. Harris, Oro Valley


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Business trends and development for 2011

What current financial trends will likely affect my business in 2011? —A. Itkin


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The significance of prime rate

What does “Prime Rate” mean? —R. Lynn, Tucson


Friday, December 31, 2010

Why your bank is caught in the middle on your mortgage

"I often hear that “big banks” are not doing enough to help distressed homeowners whose mortgages are in default." —Fred Dawson, Jr., EVP/Chief Credit Officer, Commerce Bank of Arizona


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Putting your money where it’s safe

What is the current insurance limit offered by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) on bank deposits, and how can I find out my bank’s stability and whether my accounts are safe there? —K. Slawson, Oro Valley


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tucson's financial houses are holding up

"Commerce Bank of Arizona maintained its five-star rating, the highest among Tucson-based banks and among only a handful of Arizona-based banks to hold that rating." —Assistant Business Editor David Wichner, Arizona Daily Star


Monday, October 18, 2010

In a loan, both parties pursue a healthy relationship

I own a business and have not needed, before now, to apply for a loan. If I did obtain a business loan from my bank, would I be taking on any obligations beyond making the scheduled payments? —Biff from Tucson


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Workings of a home equity line of credit

How does a home equity line of credit work? —C. Fairbanks, Oro Valley


Friday, August 27, 2010

Establish a credit-approval process to avoid bad debt

"In these difficult economic times, cash is king.  For businesses that sell products and services on credit, a sale is not a sale until cash is collected. While a business cannot ensure that it will receive payment for the products and services it provides, it can minimize the risks of non-payment through a carefully thought out and maintained credit approval process." —Fred Dawson, Jr., EVP/Chief Credit Officer, Commerce Bank of Arizona


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Commercial real estate loan workouts are not mandated

"The federal policy aimed at keeping troubled commercial real estate loans out of foreclosure is not a law or a mandate, but a set of guidelines set by federal financial regulators that lenders may choose to follow." —Fred Dawson, Jr., EVP/Chief Credit Officer, Commerce Bank of Arizona


Friday, March 26, 2010

What you need to know about business loan modifications

"Renegotiating or modifying an existing loan is a trend percolating among small businesses.  While this may seem to be an attractive option to cope with declining revenue during these tough economic times, it is important to know how to work toward renegotiating a loan without being denied, which requires viewing the modification request from many viewpoints." —Fred Dawson, Jr., EVP/Chief Credit Officer, Commerce Bank of Arizona