Christian Lehr has had one of the more unusual career paths among his bank executive colleagues.
The recently named vice president of treasury services for Commerce Bank entered the industry with a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University that combined the disciplines of advertising, marketing and public relations.
After completing a marketing internship at Commerce, his first full-time job there was in group operations, where he worked as a “float.”
“Which was a great starting point because I got experience in all parts of the bank,” Lehr, 33, said.
In that position, he started each day not really knowing exactly where he was going to be working. It could be in the vault, assisting with a branch audit or working as a teller.
“It was always something different,” Lehr said.
A graduate of Kapaun Mount Carmel High School and a father of a 6-month-old daughter, Lehr has worked in the bank’s treasury services area for six years.
He joined the bank in 2001.