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Ben Herrig with Commerce Trust, a subsidiary of Commerce Bank. STEPHEN PINGRY / Tulsa World


STEPHEN PINGRY


By SAMUEL HARDIMAN Global Affairs Writer

Ben Herrig worked for Commerce Bank in Kansas City before being recently transferred to Tulsa to head the Trust department here. He attended law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and began his career with banking right after school.

1. How did you come to Tulsa and the Trust / Wealth Management division of Commerce Banks?

Well, we bought a few banks. So the fiduciary division of the bank I work for – a sort of wealth management arm – wasn’t really present here. … We’ve kind of covered it from Kansas City, going down once a month, twice a month, a few times a quarter. So we’ve come to a point now, a kind of critical mass where they’re ready to provide these services on the ground here. That’s what I’m here for: building a team and basically starting our trust company here in Oklahoma.

2. How do I get this started?

This is what I’m still trying to figure out. With our commercial bankers there are many exciting opportunities. They have a very solid clientele. … My initial strategy is to use this network that they have created.

3. What is a good banker?

I’ll put a spin on it. I do not see myself as a banker, but rather as a man of confidence in wealth management. I think I can relate to someone, get someone to love and trust you. Being able to recognize a need and find a way to meet that need.

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