Robert D. Dobsch, president and CEO of Bank of Franklin County, announced that Thomas M. Metzger has been elected as a director of the bank.

Metzger is a longtime shareholder and brings over 40 years of banking experience to the directorship role. He started his career as a bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis.

From 1981-2002, he served in numerous leadership roles with Mercantile Bancorporation and US Bank, including chief credit officer, regional bank coordinator and bank chairman and CEO.

From there, Metzger joined Citizens Financial Group as its chief risk officer until 2009. More recently, he was one of the four co-founders of National Bank Holdings Corporation (NBHC) and helped raise over $1.15 billion in start-up funding.

Metzger retired in December 2015 as NBHC’s chief of integration and enterprise technology and president of Bank Midwest.

Throughout Metzger’s career he has been a strong advocate of community involvement. He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Civic Council of Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City Area Development Council.

He also previously served as a trustee of the St. Louis Science Center and is a past board member of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Development Board, the Washington Redevelopment Corporation and the Washington Civic Industrial Corporation.

In 2014 and 2015, Metzger was recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the “Power 100” Kansas City Leaders.

“With Tom’s extensive experience in the banking industry, we are very fortunate to have him on our team as we continue to strengthen our brand in the communities in which we serve,” said Ardell Schelich, director. “We will greatly benefit from his expertise and counsel.”

Dobsch said many people will remember Metzger as having served as president of Mercantile Bank of Franklin County and Mercantile Bank of Central Missouri in the mid-1990s.

“We look forward to welcoming him back to serve the local community,” Dobsch said.