The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 17, 2013

U.S. Bank names Randy Evans Joplin market president; Clifford Wert to retire, join advisory board July 1


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Randy Evans has been named market president for U.S. Bank in Joplin, succeeding Clifford Wert, who is retiring July 1 after a 40-year banking career. Wert will then join U.S. Bank’s advisory board effective that same day.

The announcement was made today by Terry Mills, U.S. Bank community banking division manager.

Evans, a Joplin native who has worked for U.S. Bank for 26 years, is president of the Jasper County Industrial Development Authority, treasurer and board member of the Joplin Industrial Development Authority, a board member of the Joplin Regional Economic Development Alliance and the Neosho Area Business and Industry Foundation, president of the Joplin Sports Authority and chairman of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governance Accreditation Committee.

He also serves on the administration council of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Evans graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Wert began in 1973 as a teller at First National Bank and Trust Company, a predecessor of U.S. Bank. Wert’s banking experience includes management trainee, branch manager, retail lender, commercial lender, credit administration department manager, senior lender and region president.

He is a graduate of the Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

Wert has been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations throughout his career, including serving as board member of the Joseph Newman Technology and Innovation Center; as board member and treasurer of Bridge Ministries and Connect2Culture, as a trustee of Ozark Christian College; as chair of the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative’s Governance Committee; and in a leadership position with Christ’s Church of Oronogo.

Wert also served as co-chair of the environment and infrastructure sector of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team for the city of Joplin after the 2011 tornado and a member of its CART Implementation Team.

Mills said in a statement: “Clifford is a lifelong resident of this area, and his lifetime of community service was recently recognized when he was named  Joplin Citizen of the Year by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

U.S. Bank operates 18 banking offices in the Joplin area.