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.

New Technology Leader Joins Board of Pensions

Philadelphia, PA March 6, 2017 The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has hired Doug Batezel as Vice President, Information Technology. Prior to joining the Board of Pensions, Doug served as Managing Director of Beneration, LLC. In his new role he will report to the Chief Operating Officer of the organization.

Doug previously spent 22 years in a variety of marketing and technology leadership roles with Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross. Doug holds an undergraduate degree from Temple University and an MS degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Board of Pensions currently manages over $9 billion in pension assets, as well as a number of benefit plans covering thousands of current and former church employees and their families.

Peoples Bancorp Elects New Director

Marietta, OH, January 27, 2017 – Peoples Bancorp Inc. (“Peoples”) (NASDAQ: PEBO) today announced that Terry T. Sweet has been elected to its Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors of Peoples’ Ohio state banking subsidiary, Peoples Bank.  Mr. Sweet, 65, is a former partner of KPMG LLP (“KPMG”), a professional services company and one of the “Big Four” U.S. accounting firms, which is headquartered in New York City, New York. He retired from KPMG in 2012.

“We are delighted that Terry has joined our Board,” said David L. Mead, Peoples’ Chairman. “The knowledge he brings from nearly 34 years of financial services industry public accounting experience will be of tremendous value to us.”

Chuck Sulerzyski, President and CEO of Peoples, said that he too is pleased with Sweet’s election. “As an audit engagement partner and bank practice leader with KPMG for many years, Terry oversaw the execution of hundreds of financial institution audit engagements. He is an excellent addition to our Board, and I am thrilled that he has joined us.”

Mr. Sweet was employed by KPMG from 1979 to 2012, and was admitted as a partner in 1989. From 2006 to 2012, he was Filing Review Partner for KPMG’s U.S. Capital Markets Group in London, England and New York City, New York, where he served as the lead filing review partner for the U.S. capital raises and related regulatory filings of KPMG’s largest financial services clients. From 1989 to 2006, he was Audit Engagement Partner and SEC Reviewing Partner in the Philadelphia office of KPMG where he served as the lead audit partner on public and private banking and finance company audits throughout the Mid-Atlantic area.  A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Sweet holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Peoples is a diversified financial products and services company with $3.4 billion in assets, 79 sales offices, including 71 full-service bank branches, and 78 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance, and trust solutions through its subsidiaries – Peoples Bank and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC. Peoples’ common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the symbol “PEBO”, and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of US publicly traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at

Equity Bank Names President

Wichita, KS, January 26, 2017 — (NASDAQ:EQBK), the Wichita-based holding company of Equity Bank, has announced the addition of a President to oversee the operating function, lending and strategy of Equity Bank throughout its 34 branches.  Wendell Bontrager will join Equity on February 20, 2017. Bontrager most recently served as Region President for Old National Bank in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bontrager will report to Equity’s Chairman and CEO, Brad Elliott, who attributes the addition of a bank president to the Company’s continued growth.

“Wendell is a great fit strategically for Equity Bank, and is also a key fit within our Company’s culture and future plans. We expect that Wendell will be a tremendous resource as we continue to grow from a $2 billion bank,” said Elliott. “We’re at the point in our organization that merits the addition of a strong leader to help us continue our path of organic growth, and managing the newly merged companies into our organic growth platform. Wendell has worked for financial institutions large and small, helping banks define competitive strategies, develop customers, and navigate business combinations. He’ll be a great fit for Equity Bank.”

Mr. Elliott will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of both Equity Bank and Equity Bancshares, Inc.

Mr. Bontrager served as Executive Vice President for Tower Bank & Trust Company (“Tower”), headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He was employed from March 1999 through Tower’s merger into Old National Bancorp on April 25, 2014, and oversaw Tower’s transition from Tower Bank to Old National Bank in 2014. He led Old National’s northeast sales efforts following the combination.

Bontrager began his banking career in Fort Wayne in 1992 and is an alumnus of Goshen College (Goshen, Ind.). He has been active in the northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne communities throughout his career, including board memberships with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships and DuPont Hospital, and is a Future 40 Award Recipient of 2006, awarded by the Fort Wayne Business Journal.

Equity Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Equity Bank, which offers a full range of financial solutions, including commercial loans, consumer banking, mortgage loans, and treasury management services. As of December 31, 2016, Equity had $2.19 billion in consolidated total assets, with 34 locations throughout Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.


Old Point CFO to Retire After 31 Years

Hampton, VA, January 19,, 2017    Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) announced today that after more than three decades of dedicated service to Old Point National Bank and parent Old Point Financial Corporation, Laurie Grabow, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer has announced her intent to retire in the summer of 2017.

Old Point Financial Corporation’s Chairman, Robert F. Shuford, Sr. said, “I’ve known Laurie for many years and her commitment to this bank, our employees, and the stockholders is unmatched.  She contributed greatly to the growth of this organization and will be deeply missed.  However, at Old Point, we value family, so we are delighted that Laurie will be able to spend more quality time with both her children and grandchild.”

Old Point has engaged Kaplan Partners, an executive search firm headquartered in Philadelphia, to lead the search for a new Chief Financial Officer.  Kaplan Partners specializes in attracting C-level executives to clients in the banking and financial services industry.  Rob Shuford, Jr., President and CEO of Old Point National Bank added, “Laurie’s dedication through the recession positioned our company well for the future.  She certainly won’t be easy to replace, but we are confident that a strong candidate who believes in the values of community banking will emerge.  This is an exciting time to be at Old Point and it’s a great time to live in Hampton Roads.”

Old Point Financial Corporation (“OPOF” – Nasdaq) 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.


Halliday Joins NBT as President of Commercial Banking

Norwich, N.Y., January 18, 2017  — NBT Bancorp Inc. (NBT) (NASDAQ:NBTB) President and CEO John H. Watt Jr. announced today that Sarah A. Halliday has joined NBT as Executive Vice President and President of Commercial Banking. She will also serve on NBT’s Executive Management Team.

In her new role, Halliday will assume overall responsibility for NBT’s Commercial Banking Division. “We’re excited by the opportunity to have Sarah drive our commercial banking efforts and join the NBT leadership team,” said Watt. “We have a strong, talented team of commercial bankers who will welcome her leadership and enthusiasm as we continue to offer local and relationship-based service and financing solutions that meet the current and future needs of our customers.”

Halliday has 25 years of experience in banking and commercial lending. She comes to NBT from M&T Bank where she was most recently employed as Capital Region Market President. Prior to joining M&T in 2005, Halliday worked for the New York Business Development Corporation for 11 years as Vice President and Loan Officer. She started her career with Fleet Bank.

Halliday is a native of Syracuse and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, graduating with honors in Economics. She resides in the Albany area and will maintain offices in both Albany and at NBT’s headquarters in Norwich.

NBT Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Norwich, N.Y., with total assets of $8.9 billion. The company primarily operates through NBT Bank, N.A., a full-service community bank and through two financial services companies. NBT Bank, N.A. has 154 banking locations with offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  EPIC Advisors, Inc., based in Rochester, N.Y., is a full-service 401(k) plan recordkeeping firm.  NBT-Mang Insurance Agency, based in Norwich, N.Y., is a full-service insurance agency. More information about NBT and its divisions can be found on the Internet at:

Bankwell Financial Group Names CFO

New Canaan, Conn.-based Bankwell Financial Group Inc. named Penko Ivanov CFO and executive vice president of the company and unit Bankwell Bank, effective Nov. 9.  He replaces Ernest Verrico Sr., who is set to retire Jan. 31, 2017. Verrico will serve the company in an advisory role until his retirement.

Prior to joining Bankwell Financial, Ivanov was CFO of Doral Bank‘s U.S. Operations and CFO of Darien Rowayton Bank.

Bar Harbor Bankshares Names CFO

Josephine Iannelli was named executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of Bar Harbor Bankshares and unit Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, effective October. 23. The Bar Harbor, Maine-based company’s interim CFO, Bradford Kopp, will continue to serve as CFO until such date.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Iannelli served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (“Berkshire”), having previously served Berkshire as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer since January 2014. She was the principal financial and accounting officer of Berkshire, having joined as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer in March 2013. Previously, Ms. Iannelli had senior accounting policy responsibilities at several banks, including PNC Financial, National City Corporation and KeyCorp. 

Iannelli is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, and began her career with KPMG Peat Marwick in Cleveland.


Temple Graduates Hear From Kaplan

(Philadelphia, PA) Alan J. Kaplan, Founder & CEO of Kaplan Partners, was the commencement speaker today for the 2016 Graduate Graduation Ceremony for the Temple University Fox School of Business.  Kaplan, a member of the Dean’s Council of the Fox School of Business, is a 1990 MBA graduate of Temple’s business school.

Kaplan’s commencement remarks highlighted lesson’s learned from his 29 years in the senior executive talent industry, and focused on three themes:  The soft stuff is the hard stuff; relationships matter; and reputation and integrity are everything. 

The Fox School of Business conferred 195 graduate degrees during this season, including MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Accountancy and Master of Science degrees.  There were also 12 Ph.D. degrees conferred.  Over 400 graduates and guests attended in person. 

First Commonwealth Hires New EVP

INDIANA, PA — First Commonwealth Financial Corporation (NYSE: FCF) today announced the hiring of Brian G. Karrip as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for First Commonwealth Bank. In this role, Mr. Karrip will report directly to  T. Michael Price, President and CEO of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation, and will serve as a member of First Commonwealth’s executive leadership team. Mr. Karrip will join First Commonwealth on September 19, 2016.

In his new role, Mr. Karrip will oversee all the credit functions within the bank, including credit policy and administration, and will manage commercial and retail credit risks. Mr. Karrip will also manage back-end credit processes, including the collections and loan workout areas.

“I could not be more pleased to welcome Brian Karrip to the First Commonwealth team,” Price said. “I am confident in Brian’s stewardship of our credit culture based on his extensive experience in capital markets, middle markets and consumer lending as well as his credit discernment and oversight. Brian has a proven track record and brings a diverse, forward-thinking perspective to our bank.”

In accepting the position as Chief Credit Officer, Mr. Karrip said, “I am excited to join the leadership at First Commonwealth Bank. First Commonwealth has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets. I am looking forward to working with the team and serving our customers.”

Prior to joining First Commonwealth, Mr. Karrip served as Executive Vice President, Specialized Lending for FirstMerit Bank. In this capacity, Mr. Karrip managed a team of 100+ employees and focused on the strategic development and day-to-day operations for seven lines of business. Mr. Karrip’s financial services career also includes 16 years with National City Bank where he held a variety of roles primarily focused on the commercial lending division and served as Regional President of Michigan and Illinois. Prior to joining FirstMerit Bank, Mr. Karrip served as Managing Director and Group Head of Loan Syndications and Sales at KeyBanc Capital Markets.  A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mr. Karrip earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

First Commonwealth Financial Corporation (NYSE: FCF), headquartered in Indiana, Pennsylvania, is a financial services company with $6.7 billion in total assets and 109 banking offices in 17 counties throughout western and central Pennsylvania and central Ohio, as well as a Corporate Banking Center in northeast Ohio and mortgage offices in Stow and Dublin, Ohio. First Commonwealth provides a full range of commercial banking, consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management and insurance products and services through its subsidiaries First Commonwealth Bank and First Commonwealth Insurance Agency.