First Defiance Elects 3 to Board of Directors

First Defiance Elects 3 to Board of Directors

DEFIANCE, Ohio, January 8, 2018 — First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: FDEF), the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group, today announced that Terri Bettinger, TK Herman and Mark Robison were appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

“Each of our new board members possesses a deep understanding of how innovation leads to exceptional results and complements our desire to be a high-performing community bank,” said William J. Small, Chairman of the Board of First Defiance. “Their extensive experience in leadership, community involvement and technology will be instrumental in First Defiance’s momentum for growth in a competitive industry.”

Bettinger mostly recently served as Chief Information Officer at Franklin County Data Center in Columbus, Ohio. She is highly accomplished and has had a successful career in leading the delivery of valuable technology solutions for Franklin County Data Center, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and other organizations. As a First Defiance Board Member, Bettinger will serve on the Audit, Compensation and Risk committees.

Herman currently serves as Co-Founder and President of Aptera. Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Aptera helps companies drive growth, increase revenue and gain efficiencies by leveraging the best aspects of agile development and digital sales/marketing. Aptera’s excellence and proven track-record in delivering ROI for its clients has allowed it to grow into a 90-person company servicing clients across the country. As a First Defiance Board Member, Herman will serve on the Corporate Governance, Risk and Investment committees.

Robison currently serves as Chairman and President of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Under Robison’s leadership, the company has increased its national footprint from 29 to 46 states and added more than 10,000 ministries to its customer base. In addition, Robison serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries. As a First Defiance Board Member, Robison will serve on the Audit and Corporate Governance committee and on the Board of First Insurance Group.

About First Defiance Financial Corp.
First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF), headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest, First Insurance Group and Corporate One Benefits. With $3 billion in assets, First Federal Bank operates 42 full-service branches and numerous ATM locations in northwest and central Ohio, southeast Michigan and northeast Indiana, and a loan production office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. First Insurance Group, including its division Corporate One Benefits, is a full-service insurance agency with ten offices throughout northwest Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s website at

Bryn Mawr Trust Appoints President of Wealth Management

BRYN MAWR, Pa., January 02, 2018

Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: BMTC), parent of The Bryn Mawr Trust Company (“BMT”), has announced the appointment of Jennifer Dempsey Fox as President of BMT’s Wealth Management Division. Ms. Fox will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Frank Leto.

“Jennifer is a seasoned wealth management professional who possesses the rare combination of strategic thought leadership and excellent business execution, and we are thrilled to welcome her as the new President of Bryn Mawr Trust’s Wealth Management Division,” said CEO Frank Leto. He added, “her leadership style and technical background align with the breadth and capabilities that exist in our wealth division, making her uniquely qualified to lead the group to new heights.”

Ms. Fox has more than 23 years of experience in wealth management, working with and leading teams focused on developing and delivering financial solutions for high net worth individuals, families, and institutions. She joins BMT from PNC Asset Management Group, where she was Executive Vice President and Chief Wealth Strategist. Ms. Fox has held positions with J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management, the Aresty Institute for Executive Education at The Wharton School, Wachovia, and Deloitte & Touche LLP. She was the co-founder of Brave Spirits and the Brave Spirts Foundation, producing American-made spirits and donating a portion of the profits from each sale to military charities.

Ms. Fox earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University, her Masters of Business Administration from The Fox School of Business at Temple University, and a Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law. Additionally, she is a Certified Financial Planner. Active in the community, she is a member of the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council and the Forum of Executive Women. In 2015, Fox was named to Private Asset Management’s list of “The 50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth.” She has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Ms. Fox resides locally with her husband and two children.

Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:BMTC), including its principal subsidiary, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company (founded in 1889; headquartered in Bryn Mawr, Pa.), is a locally managed financial services company providing retail and commercial banking, trust administration and wealth management, and insurance solutions. Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation has $3.5 billion in corporate assets and $12.4 billion in wealth assets under management, administration, supervision, and brokerage (as of 9/30/17). For more information, visit

Citadel Names New CFO

EXTON, Pa., December 20, 2017

Citadel FCU today announced the hiring of a new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Anand Solanki. Citadel is a $3 billion community financial institution with 22 offices throughout the region.

According to Citadel CEO Jeff March, “Citadel’s CFO is a mission critical role that provides strategic oversight of risk, while working with other areas of the business to identify, explore and execute opportunities. Anand has a unique blend of financial and risk management experiences that lend themselves to future success as our CFO.”

Anand joins Citadel from Discover Financial Services. He joined Discover in 2008, where he has been responsible for Financial Planning & Analysis, Risk, Corporate Strategy & Development, and Capital Markets. Prior to Discover, Anand worked with Capital One. He is a Certified Treasury Professional and earned his MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. He also holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Engineering.

Anand and his family previously lived in West Chester, PA and are will be relocating back to the area.

Northwest Bank Appoints President

WARREN, PA , November 2, 2017 – Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NWBI) and Northwest Bank announced that Ronald J. Seiffert has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of both entities, effective November 13, 2017. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Northwest, Mr. Seiffert will oversee the strategic planning process as well as the company’s Revenue and Production Division and the Technology, Operations, Finance and Support Division. Upon Mr. Seiffert’s arrival, William J. Wagner, currently Chairman, President and CEO, will remain as Chairman and CEO of both Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank.

Mr. Seiffert began his banking career with a prominent mid-west bank, and served in various positions for twenty-three years as the bank grew from $2 billion to $26 billion in assets. While most of his experience was focused on commercial banking products and services, at various times he provided oversight to the retail services, private banking, dealer sales and credit administration functions. His responsibilities encompassed the management of the bank’s delivery channels, which included all production personnel and branch offices in the bank’s seven geographic regions. In his final years with this institution, Mr. Seiffert rose to the level of Vice-Chairman of the bank’s Commercial Banking Group.

Most recently, Mr. Seiffert served for six years as Chairman, President and CEO of a $550 million community bank in central Ohio. In that capacity he led efforts to improve the bank’s performance by raising capital, improving credit quality, recruiting talent and implementing new systems, processes and procedures. Through these efforts, the profitability of the bank was greatly enhanced and the market capitalization of the bank was significantly increased.

In making the announcement, Chairman Wagner commented “the Board of Directors of Northwest is pleased to welcome Ron Seiffert as President and Chief Operating Officer. His significant experience and proven track record as a commercial banker will provide invaluable support to Northwest’s continued efforts to grow our commercial lines of business. In addition, Ron’s deep roots in community banking closely align with Northwest’s traditional role as one of the country’s premier regional community banks.”

Headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania, Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company of Northwest Bank. Founded in 1896, Northwest Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, employee benefits and wealth management services, as well as the fulfillment of business and personal insurance needs. Northwest operates 164 full-service community banking offices and nine free standing drive-through facilities in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

Camden National Bank Names EVP

CAMDEN, Maine, September 26, 2017 – Camden National Bank (NASDAQ: CAC) named Patricia “Trish” Rose as its new Executive Vice President of Retail and Mortgage Banking.

Rose joins Camden National Bank with over 30 years of experience in all areas of retail banking across several New England markets. She will be responsible for retail and mortgage banking strategies, including the effective management of Camden National Bank’s 60 banking centers and continued cultivation of its community-based roots.

“Trish is a proven leader with experience advancing customer satisfaction and leading retail banking efforts,” said Greg Dufour, President and Chief Executive Officer. “At Camden National Bank, we are committed to our customers at every stage of their financial lifecycle. As our new EVP of Retail and Mortgage Banking, Trish will be an instrumental player in ensuring an exceptional customer experience powered by our dedicated Retail and Mortgage Banking teams.”

Most recently, Rose was the Head of Strategic Onboarding & Orientation at Citizens Bank. Previously at Santander Bank, Sovereign Bank and Fleet Bank, she held a number of leadership roles in Retail Network Sales & Strategy and also served as Market President for Retail Banking in Eastern Massachusetts & New Hampshire. Dufour added, “We were particularly impressed by Trish’s demonstrated focus on building strong teams that grow and succeed together in order to deliver the best service possible.” With Camden National Bank, Rose leads a team of over 400 employees in Retail and Mortgage Banking.

Rose received her Bachelor of Science, Business Management, and Spanish from Providence College, and she completed a Certificate Program from the Graduate School of Retail Banking Management through the Consumer Bankers Association. Rose and her family have strong ties to Maine, with a family home in Casco for over 30 years.

Camden National Corporation, founded in 1875 and headquartered in Camden, Maine, is the largest publicly traded bank holding company in Northern New England, with $4.0 billion in assets and nearly 650 employees. Camden National Bank is a full-service community bank that offers an array of consumer and business financial products and services, accompanied by the latest in digital banking technology to empower customers to bank the way they want.

Synovos Adds Veteran IT Leader

Synovos, the Radnor, PA based leader in the supply chain and asset services sector, has announced that Dave Kaufman has joined the company as Chief Information Officer. In his new role, Dave will be responsible for all IT services including IT Infrastructure, Business Processes & Integration, Network Administration, Technical Training and Application Support. Dave is a highly strategic and hands-on technology leader with 30 plus years of business experience.

Dave’s experience spans pharmaceutical global supply chain, B2B professional services, consumer packaged goods, finance and retail. Prior to accepting this position, Dave served as VP Global Supply Chain and QIT for Schering-Plough, and Chief Information Officer for Aramark. Most recently, he ran a consulting firm, FIN Strategy Advisers. Dave graduated from New York University with a degree in Computer Science.

Dave brings significant experience working with Big Data (petabyte size), Predictive Analytics, and Data Warehousing. He also has deep eCommerce development experience across both Schering Plough and Aramark. This experience will help guide Synovos in meeting departmental and organizational goals and objectives.

Synovos is a thirty-year old provider of technology-driven, comprehensive supply chain and asset services. The company’s solutions drive increased productivity, profitability and global competitiveness for clients.

Old Point Names New CFO

Hampton, Va.,  June 1, 2017  —  (NASDAQ: OPOF)  Jeffrey W. Farrar today became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Old Point National Bank and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Old Point Financial Corporation.

Mr. Farrar began his career in public accounting with BDO Seidman and has more than 20 years of direct experience in banking. He served for 18 years as CFO for StellarOne Corporation, a $3 billion bank holding company, and as Director of Wealth Management, Mortgage and Insurance for Union Bankshares Corporation for the past 3 years. Mr. Farrar earned his B.S. in accounting from Virginia Tech, his MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“Jeff’s deep financial and banking acumen will benefit the institution greatly as Old Point executes on its strategic plan. Jeff will be an integral part of the development and execution of our strategies for profit improvement and growth,” said Rob Shuford, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Point National Bank.

In January of 2017, Old Point’s current CFO, Laurie Grabow, announced her intention to retire in the summer of 2017.  Old Point engaged Kaplan Partners, an executive search firm headquartered in Philadelphia, to lead the search for a new Chief Financial Officer. Laurie began her career with the bank in 1986, and subsequently became Chief Financial Officer of Old Point National Bank and Old Point Financial Corporation in 2000.   Old Point Financial Corporation’s Chairman, Robert F. Shuford, Sr. said, “Laurie contributed greatly to the growth of this organization and will be deeply missed.”

Old Point Financial Corporation is the parent company of The Old Point National Bank of Phoebus, a locally owned and managed community bank serving all of Hampton Roads and Old Point Trust & Financial Services, N.A., a Hampton Roads wealth management services provider.  The bank currently has assets in excess of $900 million, and 18 locations throughout the Hampton Roads region.



Provident Bank Adds Veteran Chief Information Officer

ISELIN, N.J., May 24, 2017 – John Kamin, of Red Bank, NJ, has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Provident Bank. In this position, Kamin will be responsible for the management and enhancement of the bank’s technology infrastructure, as well as the strategic oversight of the bank’s third party technology service providers. In addition, he will play an essential role in the ongoing development and deployment of the bank’s digital delivery channels and the innovation of service and product delivery alternatives.

“We are delighted to add John to our executive management team. John’s impressive knowledge of the industry, extensive experience in business technology and enterprise systems, and his expertise in successfully implementing strategy, will greatly enhance our ability to deliver innovative, best-in-class financial services to our customers and clients,” said Christopher Martin, Chairman, President and CEO, Provident Bank.

Prior to joining Provident Bank, Kamin – who has more than three decades of experience in the financial services and information technology industries – was Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer with Old National Bank, a $15 billion institution in Evansville, IN, where he was responsible for the bank’s technology strategy and all technology-related activities. While at Old National Bank, he successfully reoriented IT as a key business enabler, upgraded key infrastructure components, and successfully integrated seven acquisitions and numerous consolidations by instituting new methodologies and efficiencies. Kamin also held senior leadership positions with Wells Fargo, Wachovia, and Advanta Corporation.

“I am thrilled to join the talented team at Provident Bank. The bank has a long tradition of providing the highest level of customer service while delivering innovative solutions to its’ clients. Provident has a solid reputation for consistently delivering strong performance and growth. I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues to enhance the bank’s offerings and to further engage existing clients and obtain new ones,” said Kamin.

Kamin received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. He has a long history of service to non-profit organizations. He served as the board chair of Youth First, board chair of the IT Alliance for the University of Southern Indiana, board member for National Public Radio local affiliate, and as a board member of the American Red Cross, where he served on the Strategic Planning Committee.

About Provident Bank
Provident Bank is a community-oriented bank offering “Commitment you can count on” since 1839. The bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFS), with assets of $9.5 billion as of March 31, 2017. Provident Bank provides a comprehensive suite of financial products and services through its network of branches throughout northern and central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The Bank also provides fiduciary and wealth management services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Beacon Trust Company.

Queenstown Bank Names New CEO

Queenstown, Maryland;  May 18, 2017     Queenstown Bank of Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin B. Cashen as President and Chief Executive Officer. Kevin joins the bank with over 30 years of banking experience.

Kevin was the founding CEO of Bay Bank and Bay Bancorp, Inc. which opened in Lutherville, MD in 2010.  He previously also spent time at Easiloans, LLC a start-up technology company developing an online marketplace focused on mortgage lending.

Kevin began his career with Loyola Federal Savings & Loan in 1984 before moving to Signet Bank in 1985.  As a Senior Vice President at Signet, he led several initiatives within the real estate lending division in the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. During that time, he founded the Real Estate Capital Markets Group to direct the bank’s commercial real estate banking efforts.  In 2001, Kevin was appointed Senior Vice President of Chevy Chase Bank and President of its consumer finance subsidiary. Later he co-managed the banks multi-billion-dollar commercial banking division.

Kevin holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from John Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance from Mount St. Mary’s University.  He has earned many accolades for his efforts including E & Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Maryland – 2014; Smart CEO Magazine – 2013 Circle of Excellence CEO Finalist; and the Baltimore Business Journal – 2011 Power 20 Top Future Leaders in Baltimore.

Kevin succeeds the retiring J. Thomas Rhodes, Jr., who is working to ensure a smooth leadership transition.  “Kevin is a true community banker and understands being involved in the community is a large part of the job.  I really feel he is the right person to lead us in the future as we continue to prosper,” said Rhodes.   “We congratulate Tommy on his exceptional career at Queenstown Bank, and for his business and community leadership on the Eastern Shore,” Patrick Thompson, Chairman of the Board said in a statement. “Tommy has been a strong advocate of our core values, including putting people first. He will leave behind a remarkable legacy.”

Queenstown Bank of Maryland was established in 1899 and currently has eight branch locations within Maryland’s Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline Counties.


John Melcher Joins Beneficial

Philadelphia, PA March 20, 2017 — (NASDAQ: BNCL) John Melcher joined Beneficial Bank as Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources. He succeeds Cecile Colonna, who retired after 42 years with the bank.

Melcher comes to Beneficial Bank after six years with AmeriSource Bergen, where he served as Vice President, Human Resources. In this role he provided strategic, operational, and consultative guidance on all facets of HR including compensation, organization structure, workforce planning, and employee relations. He simultaneously established a fully integrated corporate HR Center of Expertise function that was strategically aligned with the business to optimize organization-wide performance.

Prior to AmeriSource Bergen, Melcher was with TD Bank, where he served as Vice President of Strategic Learning for the Commercial and Operations Divisions. He previously served as a senior human resources leader with Wells Fargo and predecessor banks in several markets.

Melcher holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Science in Organizational Management from Pfeiffer University.

Beneficial is a community-based, diversified financial services company providing consumer and commercial banking services. Its principal subsidiary, Beneficial Bank, has over $5.8 billion in assets, has served the Delaware Valley area since 1853. The Bank is the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with 62 offices in the greater Philadelphia and South New Jersey regions.