Community Bank System Adds Director

November 19, 2020   Syracuse, N.Y.  —  Community Bank System, Inc. (NYSE: CBU) (the “Company”) announced today the election of Susan E. Skerritt to its Board of Directors as a new independent director. Ms. Skerritt has extensive experience in banking and financial services, having served in leadership positions at premier banking institutions, including Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, and RBC U.S. Group Holdings LLC. Ms. Skerritt is currently a Senior Advisor with Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company that provides consulting services to financial institutions on regulatory, governance, and risk management matters.

Ms. Skerritt’s election expands the Company’s Board to 13 Directors, 12 of whom are independent. Ms. Skerritt was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Community Bank, N.A., the Company’s wholly-owned banking subsidiary. The Board has determined that Ms. Skerritt is a qualified financial expert and she will serve on the Board’s Audit and Compliance Committee and the Risk Committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Susan Skerritt as a new independent director to the Board of Directors of Community Bank System, Inc. and Community Bank, N.A.,” said Sally A. Steele, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Her decades of experience in leadership roles at high caliber banking institutions will be a tremendous asset to the Board and we look forward to her contributions in the areas of operational, financial and regulatory matters. Her appointment reflects the Board’s continued focus on enhancing the Board’s depth of experience and diversity to ensure an appropriate level of expertise and perspective to provide effective oversight of the Company and its subsidiaries.”

Mark E. Tryniski, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “Adding Susan to our Board of Directors is an exceptional win for our organization. She brings a wealth of banking and financial industry knowledge and leadership skills and her perspective will assist us in continuing to deliver exceptional returns to our shareholders.”

Over the course of the last 35 years, she has served in various executive leadership positions, including serving as Chairwoman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Deutsche Bank’s U.S. commercial banking entity from 2016 to 2018. Previously at Deutsche Bank, she led the transaction banking businesses in North and South America, and also led the global correspondent banking business. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Skerritt spent seven years at Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. where she served as an Executive Vice President in a variety of increasingly important roles in cash management, trade finance and securities servicing businesses, including co-leading the acquisition and integration of the JPMorgan Corporate Trust business. She also served as an executive member of the Board of Directors of Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. Earlier in her career she held various leadership roles at Morgan Stanley, Treasury Strategies, Inc., Ernst & Young and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

Ms. Skerritt’s corporate board experience includes service as an independent director on the Board of Directors of the RBC U.S. Group Holdings LLC, the intermediate holding company for Royal Bank of Canada’s U.S. operations, where she served as the Chair of its Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee, as well as a member of its Audit and Risk Committees. She currently is a director on the Board of Directors of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., a New York stock exchange listed public company that owns and operates upscale outlet shopping centers, serving on the Audit Committee and Compensation & Human Capital Management Committee, and the Falcon Group, a leading inventory management solutions business headquartered in London and Dubai.

In recognition of her leadership and expertise, Ms. Skerritt was recognized on the American Banker’s list of Most Powerful Women in Banking ranking for multiple years, and was included in WomenInc.’s Most Influential Corporate Board of Directors in 2019.

Ms. Skerritt graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Economics and has served on its Board of Trustees since 1994. She received her M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business and continued her education completing the Leading a Global Enterprise – 2013 Program at the Harvard Business School. She is currently a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, The Committee of 200, and has been a Director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center since 2013 and now serves as the Board’s Vice Chairman.

About Community Bank System, Inc.

Community Bank System, Inc. operates more than 230 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. With assets of over $13.8 billion, the DeWitt, N.Y. headquartered company is among the country’s 125 largest banking institutions. In addition to a full range of retail, business, and municipal banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its Community Bank Wealth Management Group and OneGroup NY, Inc. operating units. The Company’s Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc. subsidiary is a leading provider of employee benefits administration, trust services, collective investment fund administration and actuarial consulting services to customers on a national scale. Community Bank System, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Company’s stock trades under the symbol CBU. For more information about Community Bank visit www.cbna.com.

 

Flagstar Bank Names Reginald Davis President of Community Banking

Troy, Michigan, June 9, 2020   —   Flagstar Bank has named Reginald Davis President of Banking. Davis is a 35-year veteran of the banking industry who most recently served as head of business banking, including small business, at SunTrust, now Truist.

Davis brings to Flagstar an extensive background in banking. Besides additional experience at SunTrust as a retail market executive, he also served as president of RBC Bank USA, the domestic banking division of the Royal Bank of Canada, and as a senior executive and member of the operating committee for Wachovia (now Wells Fargo Bank), where he held a number of senior roles with P&L responsibility. He started his banking career at First Union Bank.

At Flagstar, he will be responsible for commercial and industrial, middle market, and warehouse lending. Additional areas of responsibility include consumer finance, equipment finance, homebuilder finance, government banking, treasury management, branch banking and strategic alliances.

“Reggie is a talented, versatile, seasoned banker with a proven track record of putting solutions within reach of customers and getting results,” said Alessandro DiNello, president and CEO of Flagstar. “Community banking is key to diversifying our earnings, and we’re fortunate to have Reggie fill this important position and help us strengthen our community banking and lending.”

Davis comes to Flagstar from the Atlanta area where he is a member of Business Executives for National Security. Previously, he served on the board of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Davis also is a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. In 2005, Black Enterprise Magazine named him one of the 75 most powerful African Americans in corporate America.

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC) is a $26.8 billion savings and loan holding company headquartered in Troy, Michigan.  Flagstar Bank, FSB, provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services through 160 branches in Michigan, Indiana, California, Wisconsin and Ohio. It also provides home loans through a wholesale network of brokers and correspondents in all 50 states, as well as 87 retail locations in 28 states, representing the combined retail branches of Flagstar and its Opes Advisors mortgage division. Flagstar is a leading national originator and servicer of mortgage and other consumer loans, handling payments and record keeping for $225 billion of loans representing nearly 1.1 million borrowers. For more information, please visit flagstar.com.

 

Provident Bank Names New CHRO

Iselin, NJ, March 19, 2020 — Provident Bank, a leading New Jersey-based financial institution, announced today that Carolyn Powell of Mendham, N.J. has joined the bank as Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer.  Ms. Powell will be based in the bank’s Iselin, N.J. administrative headquarters.  Ms. Powell will be responsible for the organization’s overall HR strategy, including talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and HR technology.  As a member of the Executive Management Team, she will help build an engaged, inclusive, and high-performing culture, and will focus on developing and refining the bank’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

“I am pleased to welcome Carolyn to Provident.  She understands dynamic and diverse organizations and knows what it takes to build a best-in-class organizational culture,” said John Kuntz, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer.  “Her expertise in establishing and transforming human resources functions will be a welcome addition as we look to attract, engage, and develop top talent,” added Kuntz.

Ms. Powell brings more than 25 years of experience in human resources and organizational strategy to the bank.  Most recently, she served as Vice President, Human Resources, with Conduent, a leading business services and solutions company with 65,000 employees worldwide.  Ms. Powell has also held senior leadership roles with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.J., Dun & Bradstreet, and ADP.

Ms. Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University.  She is active in the HR community and is a Certified Executive Coach and Certified Sales Leadership Performance Coach.  Ms. Powell also holds a certification as a Human Capital Strategist from the Human Capital Institute, and a Human Resources Certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  In addition, she is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

About Provident Bank

Provident Bank, a community-oriented financial institution offering “Commitment you can count on” since 1839, is the wholly owned subsidiary of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS), which reported assets of $9.81 billion as of December 31, 2019. With $7.10 billion in deposits, 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.  For more information about Provident Bank, visit www.provident.bank or join the conversations on Facebook (ProvidentBank) and Twitter (@ProvidentBank).

 

 

1st Colonial Bancorp Appoints Bob White as CEO

Collingswood, N.J. — January 29, 2020 — The Boards of Directors of 1st Colonial Bancorp, Inc. (OTC: FCOB) and its subsidiary, 1st Colonial Community Bank, today announced that they have appointed Robert B. White as the president and chief executive officer of both the holding company and the bank, effective February 3, 2020. He succeeds Gerard M. Banmiller, the current president and chief executive officer of both companies, who is retiring. Mr. White brings 30 years of experience in banking and financial services with him to 1st Colonial.

Most recently, White served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Customers Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania with over $11 billion in assets. While at Customers Bank, he oversaw all risk management functions, including compliance, credit/loan review, and third-party risk management, for a rapidly growing and profitable community bank. He was also president of the Bank’s Special Assets Group, which managed and substantially reduced the Bank’s non-performing assets. For several years he also served as the Bank’s Director of Corporate Development in charge of the Bank’s acquisitions and strategic partnerships.

Chairman Linda Rohrer commented, “We are very pleased that Bob White has agreed to become our new CEO. We looked at many candidates, and believe that he is the one best suited to lead 1st Colonial into this new chapter for our bank. He is a results-driven banker with a strong credit background. Also, his extensive risk management experience will be invaluable to our Board. We thank Gerry Banmiller very much for all his leadership and guidance over these last 20 years, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

The Board of Directors of 1st Colonial Bancorp also announced that it has declared a five percent (5%) stock dividend to the company’s shareholders. The dividend will be distributed on all issued and outstanding shares held of record as of April 1, 2020 and will be payable on April 15, 2020. Accordingly, each shareholder as of the record date will receive one share of common stock for every 20 shares of common stock that they own on that date, plus an additional share in lieu of any fractional share payable to the shareholder.

1st Colonial Community Bank, the subsidiary of 1st Colonial Bancorp, provides a range of business and consumer financial services, placing emphasis on customer service and access to decision makers. Headquartered in Collingswood, New Jersey, the Bank also has a branch in the New Jersey community of Westville and administrative offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. To learn more, call (856) 858-8402 or visit www.1stcolonial.com.

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Severn Bank Appoints Chief Financial Officer

September 3, 2019    ANNAPOLIS, Md.    The Board of Directors of Severn Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary Severn Bank appointed Vance W. Adkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and the Bank effective September 16, 2019.

Mr. Adkins brings years of experience in financial management, and in particular banking, to Severn Bank. From 2016 until the completion of its merger in April 2019, Mr. Adkins served as Chief Financial Officer of HomeTown Bankshares Corporation and its banking subsidiary, HomeTown Bank, located in Roanoke, Virginia.  Before serving as Chief Financial Officer he held the position of Senior Risk Officer of HomeTown Bank from 2010 until 2016. Mr. Adkins is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor of Science in Business and Masters of Science in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Alan J. Hyatt, President and Chief Executive Officer, remarked, “We are looking forward to having Vance join the Severn Bank team. He brings knowledge and experience to our organization as we undertake growth. He comes from a community bank background similar to ours so he will have a good understanding of our commitment to the community we serve. His background as a CPA and Bank Risk Officer will also prove invaluable in this period of changing regulations.”

About Severn Bank

Founded in 1946, Severn Bank is a full-service community bank offering a wide array of personal and commercial banking products as well as residential and commercial mortgage lending.  It has assets of approximately $882 million and six branches located in Annapolis, Edgewater, Glen Burnie, Lothian/Wayson’s Corner, and Severna Park, and a seventh scheduled to open in Crofton in 2019.  The bank specializes in exceptional customer service and holds itself and its employees to a high standard of community contribution.

 

Bryn Mawr Trust Names CIO

Bryn Mawr, Pa., August 19, 2019 – Bryn Mawr Trust (BMT), wholly owned by Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: BMTC), announced today that Jeffrey Mills has joined their wealth division as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Mills reports directly to Jennifer Dempsey Fox, President of BMT Wealth Management, and will maintain an office at the firm’s new Berwyn, Pa. location beginning September 16, 2019.

Jeff will be responsible for investment strategy across BMT’s Wealth Management platform, including the development of alternative capabilities to attract high net-worth and ultra-high net-worth clients, as well as institutions, endowments and foundations. He will lead firm-wide asset allocation decisions and publication of investment thought leadership. Jeff will manage BMT’s team of research analysts in addition to the Directors of Fixed Income and Third-Party Services. He will also collaborate on the direction and management of BMT’s team of portfolio managers.

“Jeff is a well-known and respected financial expert who possesses the rare combination of being strategic, tactical and analytical in his approach to leadership, research, investment management and portfolio composition,” said Ms. Fox. “Jeff will significantly elevate the investment platform and provide guidance to strategically grow the wealth division beyond our current strong foundation. We are pleased to welcome him to the BMT Wealth Management family.” Jeff has more than 15 years of experience in investment analysis, advisory, and strategy. Most recently, he was Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Strategist at PNC Financial Services Group in Philadelphia.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., and a Master of Science in management studies with a concentration in asset management and investments from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jeff is a high-profile speaker and regular contributor to national discussions on economic matters through his appearances as a financial expert on programs such as CNBC, CNN and Yahoo Finance.

United Bankers Names New CEO

August 14, 2019 Bloomington, MN Dwight R. Larsen, with more than 30-plus years of experience in bank management, regulatory affairs and education, will become the new CEO and President of United Bankers’ Bank (UBB) and its holding company, United Bankers’ Bancorporation, Inc. (UBBI), according to an announcement by the bank’s Board of Directors.

“Dwight is an outstanding fit for UBB’s culture of product excellence and customer service – not only for the UBB we see today but also for where we believe the bank must go to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Bryan Grove, Chairman of the UBB Board and President of American State Bank in Grygla, Minn. “He has built his career on the highest levels of integrity, an openness to new ideas and opportunity for others, and outstanding communication skills.”

Larsen, 56, will be the third president to take the helm at UBB since it was founded in 1975 as the nation’s first bankers’ bank providing correspondent services exclusively to independent community banks. The appointment culminates an extensive national search to replace William Rosacker, who retired in April after leading UBB for 34 years.

“This is an incredible honor and exciting opportunity for me to lead the finest correspondent banking team in the nation,” Larsen said. “Right from its inception as America’s first bankers’ bank, UBB has led the way with so many product, service and technology innovations. Not only do I intend to continue that tradition,” Larsen said, “my goal is to take UBB even further and become the nation’s premier bankers’ bank.”

Larsen is already a familiar name and face to many in the banking community.
He held several positions at UBB from 2000 to 2016, including roles overseeing compliance services, trust services, HR consulting services and the stock valuation services of BankValue Advisory Services. Under Larsen’s direction, BankValue expanded its bank stock valuations, market analysis, and merger and acquisition consulting service to customers throughout UBB’s 15-state market area. Dwight was also the chair of UBB’s Asset Liability Management and Enterprise Risk Management committees.

From 1986 to 2000, and again for the past two years, Larsen has served as a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). There he built extensive knowledge in risk management and effective corporate governance, working with banks of every size and with every level of management and operations.

Students and faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison also know Larsen as a faculty member since 1998. In addition to teaching, Larsen is a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee and a former faculty representative to the Board of Trustees.

Larsen will dedicate his first 30 days on the job, which officially starts on Monday, Aug. 26, to “listening, listening and listening again,” he said, “including a series of meetings with staff and executive leadership at UBB, our Board of Directors, our customers and community bank leadership.

“I’m following a tremendous legacy in Bill Rosacker,” Larsen added. “He and an exceptional group of talented and dedicated people have made UBB what it is today. The bank is in excellent financial condition, offers a wide range of products and services, and serves customers across a broad swath of the U.S., stretching from the West Coast to the Great Lakes. I look forward to being part of the next great chapter in the success story of UBB and the community banks we serve,” he concluded.

Northwest Bank Names Head of Commercial Banking

August 7, 2019 Warren, PA — Mark T. Reitzes has been named Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking for Northwest Bank, according to Ronald J. Seiffert, Northwest Chairman, President and CEO. In his new role, Mr. Reitzes will develop and execute Northwest’s commercial banking strategy, including a comprehensive and consistent sales delivery model across the bank’s footprint, as well as new commercial products and services.

During his 36-year career, Mr. Reitzes has gained extensive knowledge and experience serving in various roles in commercial and retail banking, including Commercial Banking Division Head and, subsequently, Regional President, for Huntington National Bank’s Southern Ohio/Kentucky Region. Mr. Reitzes also served as President and CEO of Cheviot Savings Bank, a $575 million community bank in Cincinnati. His background also includes supervisory regulatory experience with The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) and with the Cincinnati office of KPMG as a CPA in the Financial Institutions practice.

Mr. Reitzes has also provided expert testimony before the United States Congressional House Banking Committee and was recognized as an EY Leading Financial Executive, Cincinnati Magazine’s Power 100 and Cincinnati Magazine’s Leading Influencer of Greater Cincinnati.

In making the announcement, Mr. Seiffert said, “Mr. Reitzes is an experienced banker with an extensive commercial background. He will add a tremendous amount of value to our organization and is uniquely qualified to lead our Commercial Banking efforts as we continue to profitably grow and expand.”

Mr. Reitzes is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Executive Leadership program. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Ohio Society of CPAs.

Northwest Bank operates 172 full-service offices and ten free-standing drive through locations. Founded in 1896, Northwest offers a complete line of personal and business banking products including employee benefits, investment management services, insurance and trust. Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company of Northwest and is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as NWBI. More information about Northwest can be found online at www.northwest.com.