Mr. Lee is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group at Hovde and is based in the firm’s Birmingham, Alabama office. Mr. Lee’s responsibilities with Hovde focus on advising client banks on strategic options, including merger and acquisition and capital raising engagements as well as balance sheet structuring and regulatory advisory solutions. Prior to joining Hovde Group, Mr. Lee was with Commerce Bancshares, Inc. in Tennessee. He served as Chairman/CEO of Commerce and as Executive Chairman of its subsidiary bank. Mr. Lee lead a successful turnaround of Commerce, developing and executing a rewarding strategic plan for shareholders. During his four decade tenure serving financial institutions he has served as a Chief Executive and Board member for Bank Holding Companies., Banks and Advisory Boards. Mr. Lee has a deep and extensive working knowledge of bank regulatory, credit and operational issues. He has worked with banks throughout the Southeastern U.S., assisting with de novo formations, equity and debt capital raises, public offerings and complex work out situations. Mr. Lee earned a Bachelor of Administration, majoring in Finance, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and was named as the Outstanding Graduate in Finance for 1980.