From Bank Director Magazine it was Commerce Bank in New Jersey.... not KC
Bank Director Magazine - 4th Quarter 2004 Building the Great Retail Bank: Who�s Doing It Right? William B. King
A decade ago, few would have identified Commerce Bank, Fifth Third, Umpqua Bank, and Washington Mutual as the banks that would literally change the face of American banking. But that�s exactly what they�ve done, each with a unique blueprint for success.
We�re especially impressed with these: Washington Mutual out of the West, Commerce Bank in New Jersey, Oregon�s Umpqua Bank, and Fifth Third in the Midwest. These are the banks that are showing that double-digit growth is possible, even in communities that seem saturated with banks, even in geographic areas of modest growth.
I checked and reviewed the article and my posting is correct. Missouri's Commerce Bancshares is ranked Number Seven (7). The list is published as the cover story, 4th Quarter issue, 2005 of Bank Director's magazine. Your referenced New Jersey Commerce Bancorp is rated Number Sixty Seven on the same list. weblink to rankings: http://www.bankdirector.com/issues/2005_4/top150.pdf