SOURCE: Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

August 08, 2011 16:30 ET

Mercantile Bancorp Names Interim President and CEO

QUINCY, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2011) - Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE Amex: MBR) today announced Lee R. Keith has been appointed, effective today, as the acting and interim President and CEO of Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") and Chairman of Mercantile Bank. The appointment is contingent on the approval of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Federal Reserve Bank.

Keith replaces Ted T. Awerkamp, who has served as President and CEO of the Company and as Chairman of Mercantile Bank since 2007. Keith has been a director of the Company and Mercantile Bank since 2009 and will continue in that role.

"We are pleased to have someone of Lee Keith's experience join our management team," said Michael J. Foster, Chairman of the Company. "Lee's over 33 years in the banking industry and, in particular, his leadership in restoring six problem banks to a financially sound position make him an excellent leader to move Mercantile forward in these difficult times."

Foster thanked Awerkamp for his service. "Ted has served our company faithfully since 1984 in a variety of operational and management roles," said Foster. "We are grateful for his tireless and loyal service, especially during the recent years of turmoil in the banking industry and overall economy."

About Mercantile Bancorp
Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. is a Quincy, Illinois-based bank holding company with wholly-owned subsidiaries consisting of one bank each in Illinois, Kansas, and Florida, where the Company conducts full-service commercial and consumer banking business, engages in mortgage banking, trust services and asset management, and provides other financial services and products. The Company's largest subsidiary, Mercantile Bank, also operates branch offices in Missouri and Indiana. Further information is available on the company's website at

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