Our Executive Team
David G. Massad
David “Duddie” Massad, a native of Worcester, began his business career at age fourteen and has been a successful businessman, developer and entrepreneur for over sixty years. His holdings have included some of the most iconic dealerships in the region, including the Diamond Auto Group, Emerald Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Duddie Motors and the largest Hertz franchise in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In December 1993, Duddie purchased Commerce Bank, which has since increased its assets to $1.7 billion and now has more than 250 employees. Duddie currently serves as Chairman of Commerce Bancshares Corporation and Commerce Bank & Trust Company. To further serve and support the community, Duddie considers it essential to give back to the city he and the bank call home. Donations to the renovation of Foley Stadium and to UMASS Memorial Hospital for an emergency and trauma treatment center are just two of many such examples of extraordinary support.
Brian W. Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Brian Thompson joined Commerce Bank in 2004 as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is Director of Commerce Bank & Trust Company and Commerce Bancshares. Prior to joining Commerce Bank he was employed by First Essex Bancorp from 1996 until its acquisition by Sovereign Bancorp in 2004. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer as well as a member of the Board of Directors of both the Corporation and the Bank. Prior to joining First Essex, Thompson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Finest Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Pelham Bank and Trust Company, from October 1995 until its acquisition by First Essex in December 1996. He was previously Executive Vice President of Peoples Bancorp and Peoples Bank of Worcester from 1991 to 1995 with responsibility for commercial banking activities. He began his career with Shawmut National Corporation in various lending, management and executive positions, and ultimately served as President of a number of banking subsidiaries.
Michael J. Crawford
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Michael Crawford joined Commerce Bank in 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Commerce Bank, he was employed by Capital Crossing Bank as Senior Vice President and Director of Relationship Banking. Crawford previously worked for US Trust from 1985 to 2000, serving in a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.
William F. Burke
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
William Burke joined Commerce Bank in 2004 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Commerce Bank, he was employed by First Essex Bancorp from 1992, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until its acquisition by Sovereign Bancorp in 2004. Burke was previously employed by Shawmut National Corporation in various management capacities from 1975 to 1992.
James R. Belliveau, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
James Belliveau joined Commerce Bank in 1999 as Assistant Vice President. Before he joined Commerce Bank, he was employed as a financial controller in the mortgage industry, as a CPA, and as the Vice President of Operations at Merchants National Bank.
Senior Vice President of Retail Banking
JoAnn Morency joined Commerce Bank in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Retail Banking and Community Affairs. Prior to joining Commerce Bank, she was employed by Eastern Bank in the capacity of Vice President and Regional Manager for Greater Boston and MetroWest. Morency was previously employed by Fidelity Investments as Strategic Business Development Manager for one of their capital market companies.