First National Bank Hires Cartellone to Oversee Mortgage Division

PITTSBURGH — First National Bank, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corp., has hired Joseph Cartellone as executive vice president, director of mortgage services.

In this role, Cartellone oversees the division that provides comprehensive mortgage banking services to customers throughout FNB’s multi-state footprint, with nearly $3 billion in annual loan production volume. He will focus on expansion of the unit and on enhancing and streamlining the customer experience through new processes and technology. Cartellone assumes the role previously held by David B. Green, who was instrumental in building the mortgage unit.

“Our mortgage division is well positioned for continued success and expansion,” said Vincent J. Delie Jr., chairman, president and CEO of F.N.B. Corporation and First National Bank. “With his wealth of experience and critical insights, we are confident Joe will be effective in continuing to move our Mortgage Services group forward, building on the significant growth achieved under Dave’s leadership.”

Cartellone added, “I’ve long been impressed by FNB’s innovation and expansion and am excited for the opportunity to lead the company’s well-respected mortgage banking division. I look forward to pursuing opportunities to grow the unit and continue to raise the bar on service for our customers.”

Cartellone brings more than 32 years of mortgage banking experience to FNB, having held executive roles with Chase, PNC and most recently BBVA Compass, where he served as head of mortgage banking and consumer lending. He studied economics at the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Executive Leadership Development program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joseph R. Williams Joins Board of CNB Community Bancorp, Inc. and County National Bank

HILLSDALE, Mich., — Craig S. Connor, Chairman of the Board of CNB Community Bancorp, Inc. and County National Bank (“CNB”), has announced the appointment of Joseph R. Williams to the Board of Directors of CNB Community Bancorp, Inc. and County National Bank.

Mr. Williams is currently the President and CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation. Joe also has 36 years of experience in the community banking industry, enabling him to be well-informed of the trends and current climate in the field of banking. During his banking career he has proven himself to be an effective leader and motivator with a track record of successful asset and income growth, along with an extreme commitment to community.

“Joe is a talented add to our Board of Directors,” said Craig Connor. “His community bank experience and his respected position in the Lenawee County market will be instrumental to our continued growth.”
Joe was born and raised in Lenawee County. He graduated from Sand Creek High School and continued his education at Siena Heights University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. Joe has been married to his wife Paula for 33 years, and they have three daughters: Lindsay, Chelsey, and Brooke.

Farmers National Bank Executes Succession Plan for Future Growth and Continuity

CANFIELD, Ohio, — Leadership transitions within the experienced executive team at Farmers National Bank reflect the due diligence taken to assure strategic continuity and continued future growth opportunities.
“Farmers National Bank has been on a growth and success trajectory for the past several years,” states Kevin J. Helmick, President & CEO of Farmers. “Successfully managing succession is how good organizations maintain high performance. At Farmers, succession planning is a top priority that we conduct on an annual basis.”

Mark L. Graham, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Company, will be appointed a Special Assets Analyst effective August 1, 2020 and will retire from the Company effective December 31, 2020.

“Mark Graham has been with Farmers for over 42 years in a number of key leadership roles,” says Helmick. “He is admiringly known as ‘Mr. Farmers’ by the local business community. It is not possible for me to overstate the respect and honor with which he is held both within and outside our Bank. I am thrilled that Mark is going to stay onboard with Farmers to help us navigate through his transition to retirement. I envision calling upon him for counsel after his retirement for years to come.”

Mark R. Witmer, currently Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer of the Company, will be appointed as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of the Company effective August 1, 2020.
“Mark brings a full decade of experience with Farmers, and his 30 years in the financial industry include being the CEO of a very highly-regarded community bank. Mark has held the highest lending authority and credit decisioning in his Chief Banking Officer role at Farmers, and also is highly-esteemed by the business and investor communities,” says Helmick.
Another strategic action taken is the promotion of Timothy Shaffer, currently Senior Vice President of the Company and Regional President of The Farmers National Bank of Canfield (the national banking subsidiary of Farmers). Shaffer will be appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer of the Company effective August 1, 2020.

“Tim Shaffer’s promotion is well-earned as he has led our East division commercial banking team to record growth and earnings each of the last eight years,” states Helmick. “He brings 36 years of experience in commercial banking to his new role and a reputation of integrity in the local business communities we serve.”

GSB-Wisconsin Creates Digital Banking School to Meet Community Bank Demand

MADISON, Wis., — To meet demand for education around innovation and digital banking, the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin has developed the nation’s first Digital Banking School – designed exclusively to help community bankers successfully move into or grow their digital presence.

To be held online starting September 30, the school will feature 8 modules that cover the critical elements of developing and executing a successful digital bank – and will be led by a team of knowledgeable instructors including Eric Cook of WSI Digital Marketing, who is the school’s program coordinator. Cook will be joined by JP Nicols and Jason Henrichs of FinTech Forge and Joe Sullivan of MarketInsights – who are just a few of an impressive faculty. The team of instructors includes a mix of innovation and FinTech consultants and active bankers.

Patrick Sells of Quontic Bank – who was recently named “2020 Digital Banker of the Year” by American Banker – is one of several practitioners who’ll share their real-world experiences of creating highly successful digital banks.

“Early enrollment indicates this will be a very popular program, which isn’t surprising given what we’ve heard from our Banker Advisory Board and others. To consumer expectations, many community bankers are focusing on digital product lines, online engagement, vendor partnerships and more” said Kirby Davidson, president and CEO. “There is a tremendous need for education in this area – and we’re proud to add this terrific school to our lineup of offerings that support community banking.”

“I believe this is the perfect time for GSB to launch a Digital Banking School. It’s exactly what the banking industry needs right now, especially given what’s taken place over the past several months as bankers have had to shift their strategies and adapt rapidly to new ways of serving and connecting with their customers digitally. Given the caliber of faculty who are involved and the sessions we have planned, this program will serve as a comprehensive expert’s guide in all the various facets of a digital banking strategy. As a GSB graduate and faculty member for several other GSB programs, it’s not only exciting for me – but a real honor – to be the section leader for this groundbreaking program,” said Eric Cook, digital strategist with WSI and founder/chief mentor at

Enrollment in the Digital Banking School is limited to only 30 banks to maintain small group interaction online. To encourage participation from various stakeholders in the bank, GSB is offering this program with a single, per-bank registration fee, allowing cross-functional teams to learn together.

For Second Consecutive Year, M&T Bank Named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

Once again the bank earns a top score on annual benchmarking report

BUFFALO, N.Y. — M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) announced that for the second year in a row it was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion in the 2020 Disability Equality Index (DEI). 
The DEI was developed by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability: IN, in consultation with disability advocates and business leaders as a comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. The Index measures key performance indicators including: culture and leadership; enterprise-wide access; employment practices; community engagement; supplier diversity; and non-U.S. operations.

“We’ve been laser focused on attracting top talent that bring a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and skills to M&T Bank,” said Tracy Woodrow, chief human resources officer at M&T. “In order to attract the best talent, we remain committed to building an inclusive team reflective of the diverse communities we serve.”

Glenn Jackson, M&T’s chief diversity officer, noted, “At M&T Bank we strive to build a supportive and inclusive culture that values and respects different backgrounds and perspectives. Every employee brings a diverse experience into the workplace, and it makes us stronger.”

As part of M&T Bank’s employee engagement efforts, the company operates more than 60 employee resource groups in communities across its footprint, which provide valuable insights into the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. M&T’s Disability Advocacy Network Resource Group plays an important role in helping make the company a better workplace for disability inclusion.

Carrie Schraeder joins Oregon Community Bank as Assistant Vice President – Bank Manager

OREGON, Wis., — Oregon Community Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Carrie Schraeder as Assistant Vice President – Bank Manager.
“We are excited to have Carrie join the Oregon Community Bank team. Carrie has a wealth of experience in all facets of banking which is a great benefit for our clients, community and colleagues. That makes for a perfect fit in our organization.” Shelley Edgington, Vice President of Retail Banking, stated.

Schraeder’s experiences led her to banking after graduating from Edgewood College and she has been in the financial industry ever since. Community banking is where her true passion is and she is always looking for opportunities to be involved and better know her community members.
“I am excited to be a part of this wonderful organization. I look forward to building meaningful and lasting relationships with our clients and the community we serve,” said Schraeder, “I am overjoyed and excited to be working and making an influence in the Oregon community!”

Carrie lives in Verona with her husband, eight-year-old daughter and dog. When not working, Carrie enjoys spending time with family and friends along with being active outdoors.

Oregon Community Bank Hires Assistant Vice President – Mortgage Loan Officer

OREGON, Wis., — Oregon Community Bank is pleased to welcome Vincent Cha to the bank as an Assistant Vice President – Mortgage Loan Officer. In his role, Vincent will continue to originate home construction, refinance and purchase mortgages.

Vincent’s passion for the industry is driven by his desire to help first time home buyers realize a life milestone. He is also looking forward to working with current homeowners on improving their financial portfolio and being part of a team of dedicated professionals.

“We are extremely pleased to have Vincent join our OCB Family. He brings many years of home financing experience to the clients and communities we serve. He fits right into the mold of a community bank.” Roger Erickson, Chief Mortgage Officer, stated. “With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Vincent’s clients will be in great hands.”

In his spare time, Vincent enjoys hiking, volleyball and soccer, he is also an avid gamer. Vincent looks forward to time spent with his parents and younger sister.

ChoiceOne Bank Welcomes Ryan Wolthuis as SVP Grand Rapids Market Executive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — ChoiceOne Bank is pleased to announce Ryan L. Wolthuis has joined the Grand Rapids team as Senior Vice President, Grand Rapids Market Executive.

“We are pleased to welcome Ryan to ChoiceOne Bank as our Grand Rapids Market Executive,” said ChoiceOne Bank CEO Kelly Potes. “Ryan is an experienced leader with a successful career in commercial banking. His financial expertise and leadership skills, along with his knowledge of the Grand Rapids market will prove valuable as we continue to grow our community bank franchise throughout Michigan.”

Wolthuis joins ChoiceOne Bank with nearly 20 years of commercial banking and executive management experience. He began his career at Kent Commerce Bank/Michigan Commerce Bank, Grand Rapids, as a Commercial Loan Officer/Commercial Credit Analyst and progressed to Market Executive. His last 11 years have been with Grand River Bank, Grandville, advancing from First Vice President of Commercial Lending to Senior Vice President where he provided leadership to all loan departments within the Bank.

Wolthuis has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Calvin College, Grand Rapids. Wolthuis also graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Active in the Grand Rapids community, Wolthuis is a member of West Michigan Commercial Alliance of Realtors and Grand Rapids Economic Club.

“Ryan comes to us as an experienced banker with excellent interpersonal skills and a strong educational background,” said Potes. “It’s an ideal formula to support our mission to provide superior service, high quality advice and show our utmost respect to everyone we meet.”

Aaron Anderson joins Oregon Community Bank as Portfolio Manager

MCFARLAND, Wis., — Oregon Community Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Anderson as Portfolio Manager.

“We are excited to have Aaron join the Oregon Community Bank team. His wealth of knowledge and experience in banking will help him connect with future and existing clients.” Dan Carey, McFarland Market President, stated.
Aaron has over twenty years of client service experience, including nine years of banking experience, which makes him a great fit to become the Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager. His attention to detail and desire to build and maintain strong client relationships ensures that he is on the right path to someday becoming a well – rounded commercial lender in the Dane County community.

“I am extremely excited to work with such an amazing team of commercial lenders that are established in my community – to watch and even be a part of the projects happening in my own backyard is a thrill. I have always appreciated the fact that community banks reinvest clients’ deposit dollars to improve the community in which the deposit dollars come from. I am excited to work for an organization that gives so much back to the community.” said Anderson “I look forward to being a part of this growing organization and helping clients reach their financial goals.”

Aaron and his wife, Kristina, their three-year-old son and Chocolate Lab live in Stoughton. In his free time, Aaron enjoys barbecuing with family and friends, – smoking meats has become a hobby of his. Aaron also enjoys cheering on all the Wisconsin sports teams, and getting in a round of golf during the summer months.

mBank Recognizes Growth and Development with Internal Promotions

MANISTIQUE, Mich., — mBank is pleased to announce the following promotions within its Human Resources Team. These promotions from within the bank continue to demonstrate the opportunities for career growth mBank is able to provide.

  • Katy Laksonen, Human Resources Talent Acquisition Specialist to Assistant Vice President Human Resources Manager
  • Heather Ramacker, Training Specialist to Assistant Vice President Director of Learning & Development

“Both Katy and Heather have exemplified exceptional leadership skills and are invaluable members of our Human Resources Team,” said Sherry Arnold, Senior Vice President Administration & Talent Director for mBank.

These promotions are a direct result of their hard work and dedication to the bank and I’m looking forward to their continued leadership under their new roles.”

Katy Laksonen started with mBank in May of 2018 as an Assistant Branch Manager at our Ishpeming West Branch where she was promoted from within to the Human Resources department. Prior to joining mBank, Laksonen worked in Marketing and Promotions for the San Diego Gulls, an AHL affiliate of Anaheim Ducks and for Wells Fargo. Laksonen has a Bachelor of Science from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Sports Leadership and Business Management from Concordia University Chicago. Laksonen is married to her husband Rich and lives with her six dogs on their hobby farm. She is also a member of the Ishpeming Kiwanis Club. Laksonen said, “Since joining the mBank team two years ago, I knew this company was different. The care that is shown to both customers and employees is truly unparalleled. I am so excited to continue my time in Human Resources supporting the best team of 300+ around!”

Heather Ramacker has over nine years of banking experience, joining mBank in February of 2019. Ramacker has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and minor in International Business from Ferris State University. She began her career as a personal banker in college where she advanced to managing multiple branches and specializing in commercial lending. Ramacker quickly found her passion was for helping others learn and develop and now works on developing and presenting training materials to teams at mBank. Ramacker is a member of West Michigan’s Association of Talent Development and the Young Professionals Association of Talent Development. She is also very passionate about spending time with at risk youth and teaching classes about savings and financial education. Ramacker said, “If you have attended any of my trainings you will often hear me say, ‘In order to become elite, you have to get uncomfortable. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, it means you are growing.’ I am excited for this opportunity to structure and streamline mBank’s Learning & Development program to the next level.”

Peoples State Bank Voted Best Bank or Credit Union and Best Mortgage Company

WAUSAU, Wis., — Peoples State Bank was voted as “Best Bank or Credit Union” and “Best Mortgage Company” in the Wausau Daily Herald 2020 Best of Marathon County Awards. Peoples Wealth Management was voted “Best Financial Planning.” It’s the second straight year Peoples was honored with all three awards.

It also marks the ninth year in a row that Peoples has been honored as the best bank. In 2019, “Best Local Bank” and “Best Credit Union” were combined into one category.

“The energy of our staff to provide customers excellent service is what this award is all about,” said Scott Cattanach, Peoples State Bank president and CEO. “We work hard every day to help our customers see their financial potential and provide them the best customer service.”
In addition to being named best bank in the awards, Peoples took top honors as the best mortgage company, in the second year the award was offered.

“This award is a reflection of the time and effort our entire mortgage team gives to our customers,” said Jeff Saxton, Peoples State Bank vice president – mortgage lending. “Especially with low interest rates and refinancing at an all-time high, our lenders take a personal interest in every mortgage customer and take pride in helping them find the right financial solution for their dream home.”

Cattanach notes Peoples employees are heavily invested in the communities where they work, giving back more than 8,000 hours of volunteer time in 2019. Employees are encouraged to donate their time and talent to non-profit organizations, sports teams, schools, clubs, and community programs. Employees are provided 20 hours of volunteer time off (VTO) per year to make it easier to volunteer during their normally scheduled work hours.

Kristy Jones Joins West Michigan Community Bank

HUDSONVILLE, Mich., — West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce that Kristy Jones has joined the Bank as AVP Branch Manager for the Cascade Office.

Kristy has 20 years of banking experience and is looking forward to helping open the bank’s new Cascade Office in August. She is involved in the community as a Small Group Leader and Mentor for Ada Bible, an East Paris Campus Greeter and Women’s Ministry Volunteer, and is a Special Projects Volunteer at Ele’s Place. In her free time, Kristy enjoys spending time at her family’s lake house in Northern Michigan as well as hiking with her dogs Rusty and Wilson, biking, and traveling. She’s been to twenty five of the fifty states and has a goal to see the rest of them by the time she’s fifty.

Pathfinders Bank Promotes Hughes and Tryniski

OSWEGO, N.Y., — Matthew Hughes has been named Banking Officer, Commercial Portfolio Manager and Nick Tryniski has been named AVP, Credit Manager at Pathfinder Bank, according to Ronald G. Tascarella, First Vice President and Sales Manager.

“We are pleased to acknowledge the hard work of Matt and Nick with these promotions,” said Tascarella. “With their experience and knowledge, they have been tremendous assets and we look forward to watching them grow in their respective roles.”

As Banking Officer, Commercial Portfolio Manager, Hughes will support the Business Services team members with credit underwriting, portfolio management, loan monitoring and regulatory compliance items.
Prior to his new role, Hughes held the title of Credit Analyst for Pathfinder Bank. In that role, he responsible for underwriting commercial loan requests and assisting in the annual review process.

Hughes joined Pathfinder Bank in 2016 as an intern for the Lending Department. He earned a degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego in 2018 and is a resident of Oswego, New York. Hughes is a member of Pathfinder Bank’s Relay for Life team and in his spare time, he enjoys golfing and fishing.

As Credit Manager for Pathfinder Bank Market, Tryniski will manage the residential and commercial underwriting for the Bank and will bring his personal experience as a credit analyst, knowledge of lending and our customers to his team of three analysts and a residential underwriter to this new role. He will continue to work as a vital part of a team which is focused on maintaining our commitment to credit quality and customer service.
Prior to joining Pathfinder Bank as a credit analyst in 2016, Tryniski was employed at M&T Bank. He earned a degree in Finance from LeMoyne College and is a resident of Baldwinsville, New York. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, home improvement projects and bowling.