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The Conference of State Banking Supervisors has appointed Thomas J. Curry as chairman for 2000.

Mr. Curry is the Massachusetts commissioner of banks. He succeeds Richard C. Houseworth, the Arizona superintendent of banks, who will remain a director of the Washington-based professional group.

"State bank supervisors are the key to ensuring the continuation and vitality of our dual banking system," Mr. Curry said. "The challenge ahead is for state regulators to implement the many financial modernization provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act."

At its 99th annual meeting, in San Francisco, the conference also named Idaho Director of Finance Gavin M. Gee as vice chairman and Georgia Commissioner of Banking and Finance Steven D. Bridges as secretary-treasurer.

In addition, the conference chose Elizabeth McCaul, New York's acting superintendent of banks, as its leader for next year. Ms. McCaul said 2000 is "an incredibly important year for CSBS and for all state banking regulators to work together on issues such as functional regulation, predatory lending, privacy, and Internet banking."


MIDWESTThe Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has put Maryann Hunter in charge of bank supervision.

She was also promoted from vice president to senior vice president and named to the bank's management committee.

Ms. Hunter was the Kansas City Fed's top bank supervisor for its Denver region. She will continue to be based in the Denver branch.

She joined the Kansas City Fed in 1981 as an examiner trainee in the holding company supervision department.

In her new job Ms. Hunter succeeded John Yorke, who is now the Federal Reserve System's research coordinator for the supervision of large, complex banking organizations.


Commerce Bank of St. Louis has appointed Jay E. Dorst as a vice president and senior commercial lender in its commercial banking division.Mr. Dorst, who is new to Commerce Bank but has 10 years of commercial banking experience, will be responsible for all business banking activities in eastern Jackson County, Mo.


MIDDLE ATLANTICAllfirst Financial Inc. in Baltimore has promoted Robert L. Carpenter Jr., Maureen T. Konschnik, and Kenneth J. Waldych to executive vice presidencies and added to their responsibilities.

Mr. Carpenter, the company's controller, will now also head investor relations in the United States.

He joined Allfirst in 1993 as a vice president and director of management accounting and was promoted to senior vice president in 1994 and controller in 1996. He had been a senior vice president at MNC Financial Inc., a Bank of America Corp. predecessor, and began his career at KPMG/Peat Marwick in 1977.

Ms. Konschnik, who is in charge of business banking, will now also guide Allfirst's workplace and affinity strategies.

She joined the company in 1991 as a vice president in the commercial lending department. She was promoted to senior vice president in charge of greater Washington middle-market and small-business banking in 1994, and in 1996 she was named group head of small-business banking. She began her career in 1982 at MNC Financial.

Mr. Waldych will now be in charge of all middle-market banking for Allfirst. He used to be in charge of it in Maryland, Washington, and northern Virginia but not in Pennsylvania.

He joined the company in 1982 as a vice president in the asset-based lending department. He was promoted to senior vice president and head of the commercial finance division in 1986. He came to the company from Commercial Credit, where he began his banking career in 1971 and rose to a regional vice presidency.


WESTBank of the West in San Francisco has promoted Norma Walters to executive vice president in charge of its 120 Northern California and Reno branches.

She will be based in Walnut Creek, Calif., and report to Frank Bonetto, senior executive vice president and head of retail operations.

Ms. Walters was in charge of the 27 branches in the bank's North Bay region in Northern California. Before joining Bank of the West in 1993 she worked in the retail banking department of Citibank in the Napa region.

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