The Commerce Trust Team

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Chris Smith, CPA, J.D.

Vice President, Private Client Advisor

Chris is a private client advisor for Commerce Trust. He serves as a consultant and relationship manager providing clients with personalized objective advice and oversight across all our services, including trust administration, financial advisory services, private banking, and investment management.

Chris facilitates all aspects of relationship management for the client team, including administering complex trusts, maintaining client communication, and coordinating with internal and external partners to deliver a superior client experience. Prior to joining Commerce Trust in 2018, Chris was a manager in the Estate, Trust & Fiduciary Services group for eight years and was active in all areas of trust, estate, and tax law along with income tax planning, wealth management, wealth preservation, insurance, and foundation advisory services for high net worth clients.

Chris received his juris doctorate from Saint Louis University of Law in 2015 and his masters of accountancy from University of Missouri, Columbia in 2007. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a volunteer at Stray Rescue of Missouri. Outside of work, Chris spends his free time with family traveling, home projects, and most recently picked up the art of woodturning. During the summer he enjoys hiking, biking, and running, but his winter is filled with skiing and other snow based adventures with family and friends.

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