Officers & Directors

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Officers & Directors

Executive Management

William J. Wagner
President & CEO
William J. Wagner was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Bank in August 1998, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. in June 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. in July 2003. Mr. Wagner was the Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Bank upon joining the bank in 1984 and was named Chief Operating Officer in 1996. Mr. Wagner was appointed Executive Vice President in 1992 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1994. He serves on the Board of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry and the Board of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Mr. Wagner is a certified public accountant and holds a BS degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wagner has deep and extensive knowledge of our market area, accounting matters and banking matters, making him uniquely qualified to be our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
William W. Harvey Jr.
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
William W. Harvey, Jr. has been employed by Northwest Bank since 1996 and currently serves as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. He was formerly Executive Vice President, Finance and CFO. Prior to joining Northwest, Mr. Harvey served as a senior auditor and tax specialist for KPMG LLP in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Harvey is a certified public accountant and holds a BS degree in accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Steven G. Fisher
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer
Steven G. Fisher has been employed by Northwest Bank since 1983, most recently as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer for Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. He was formerly Executive Vice President of the Banking Services Group and prior to that Senior Vice President of Operations of Northwest Savings Bank. Mr. Fisher holds a BS degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Richard K. Laws
Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel, Corporate Secretary and CMS Enterprise Oversight Officer
Richard K. Laws has been employed by Northwest Bank since March 2013, and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel, Corporate Secretary and CMS Enterprise Oversight Officer of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. Prior to joining Northwest, Mr. Laws served as Senior Counsel at ING Bank, fsb (“ING Direct”) in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Laws holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Juniata College and a J.D., cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.
Julia W. McTavish
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Julia W. McTavish has been employed by Northwest Bank since 1983, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She was formerly Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Northwest Bank. Mrs. McTavish holds a BS degree in economics from Allegheny College.
Gerald J. Ritzert
Executive Vice President, Finance and Controller
Gerald G. Ritzert has been employed by Northwest Bank since 2002, most recently as Executive Vice President, Finance and Controller of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. He was formerly Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller. Mr. Ritzert is a certified public accountant and holds a BS degree in accounting from Robert Morris University.
Michael G. Smelko
Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer
Michael G. Smelko has been employed by Northwest Bank since 1997, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. He was formerly Senior Vice President of the Retail Lending Division of Northwest Bank. Prior to joining Northwest, Mr. Smelko was employed by Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Smelko holds a BS degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Thomas J. Townsend
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Thomas J. Townsend has been employed by Northwest Bank since August 2013, most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. Prior to joining Northwest Mr. Townsend’s career was in various areas of responsibility with both regional and community banks in the greater Philadelphia area. Mr. Townsend received his BS degree in accounting from West Chester University and his MBA from Saint Josephs University.
David E. Westerburg
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
David E. Westerburg has been employed by Northwest Bank since 2000, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. He was formerly Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Northwest, Mr. Westerburg held operations, retail, and marketing management positions with Integra Bank and Mahoning National Bank. Mr. Westerburg holds an Associate’s degree in business from Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo.
Andrew C. Young
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Andrew C. Young has been employed by Northwest Bank since 2007, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. He was formerly Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Mr. Young received his MBA in finance from Fairleigh Dickerson University.
Michael W. Bickerton
Executive Vice President, Commercial Lending
Michael W. Bickerton has been employed by Northwest Bank since August 15, 2015 as Executive Vice President, Commercial Lending. He joined Northwest through the recent acquisition of Lorain National Bank where he served as chief credit officer. Mike has served in a variety of management positions during his 34 year career in banking. He has developed extensive commercial lending and credit experience and is uniquely qualified to lead our Commercial Lending Department as we continue to grow our commercial loan portfolio, increase our level of expertise and effectively manage portfolio risk. Mr. Bickerton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University (Ohio).
Jon Scalise
Executive Vice President, Business Development
Jonathan P. Scalise has been employed by Northwest Bank since 1998, most recently as Executive Vice President, Business Development. He formerly served as executive vice president, chief operations officer and president and chief executive officer of Jamestown Savings Bank and President of Northwest Bank’s New York Region. Prior to joining Northwest, Mr. Scalise was employed at Key Bank in a variety of roles in consumer and commercial banking, retail bank management, small business lending and retail administration. Mr. Scalise hold an associate degree from Jamestown Business College and was a ’94 graduate of University of Virginia’s graduate school of retail bank management.

Board of Directors

William J. Wagner
President & CEO
William J. Wagner was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Bank in August 1998, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. in June 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. in July 2003. Mr. Wagner was the Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Bank upon joining the bank in 1984 and was named Chief Operating Officer in 1996. Mr. Wagner was appointed Executive Vice President in 1992 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1994. He serves on the Board of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry and the Board of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Mr. Wagner is a certified public accountant and holds a BS degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wagner has deep and extensive knowledge of our market area, accounting matters and banking matters, making him uniquely qualified to be our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
John P. Meegan
John P. Meegan is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hefren-Tillotson, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based investment management firm. Prior to joining Hefren-Tillotson he held various senior level positions with both regional and national brokerage firms. Mr. Meegan previously served as a director of Prestige Bank, which was acquired by Northwest Savings Bank in 2002. He has served on Northwest Savings Bank's Southwest Region Advisory Board since that time, and in October 2009 he was elected to the Northwest Savings Bank Board of Directors. Mr. Meegan is a certified public accountant, having worked for KPMG LLP in New York City, holds a degree in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from New York University. He also serves as Chairman of the Financial Responsibility and Uniform Practices Committees for FINRA. Mr. Meegan's extensive knowledge of investment management matters will enhance the oversight of our trust and investment activities, and his work with FINRA will broaden the Board of Director's knowledge of the capital markets.
Sonia M. Probst
Sonia M. Probst is the retired Chief Executive Officer of the Rouse Estate in Youngsville Pennsylvania, where she was employed for 28 years. The Rouse Estate is a campus of skilled nursing, assisted living and child day care facilities serving western Pennsylvania. In this highly regulated healthcare environment, she served as Compliance Officer and developed and oversaw the Compliance Program. In addition, she was responsible for: strategic planning; development; revenue growth; compensation and benefit structures; financial and regulatory audits; and investment management of pension, 403(b) and depreciation funds. Ms. Probst earned a BA from Lebanon Valley College and an MSW from West Virginia University. She has served as a Director of Northwest Savings Bank since May 2010. She also serves on the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Board of Directors and the Steering Committee for “Leadership Warren County”. Ms. Probst brings to the Board firsthand experience in managing compliance, finance and operations in a diverse, highly regulated, multiple service organization.
Philip M. Tredway
Philip M. Tredway has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Erie Molded Plastics, Inc., Erie, Pennsylvania since 1982. His responsibilities include management and financial reporting for the company. He was recently appointed to the Pittsburgh Region Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is also a past Chairman and Board member of the Manufacturers and Business Association of Erie, PA and past Board member and Treasurer of the Erie Community Foundation. He holds both BA and MBA degrees in Finance from Lehigh University. Mr. Tredway has extensive knowledge of financial reporting issues and his term on the Federal Reserve Bank advisory board will provide insight into regional economic conditions the banking industry and the regulatory environment. Mr. Tredway is serving a three year term expiring in 2017.
Deborah J. Chadsey
Deborah J. Chadsey is an attorney who has practiced law for 27 years. She is currently a partner in the Buffalo, New York law firm Kavinoky Cook LLP. Prior to joining Kavinoky Cook LLP, Ms. Chadsey practiced law with Lippes, Silverstein and Phillips, Lytle, both also in Buffalo, New York. She has been on the Northwest Savings Bank Board of Directors since December 2011. In addition, she sits on the Board of Directors of Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services/Gloria Parks Community Center. Ms. Chadsey graduated from Columbia University Law School in New York, New York where she was a Harlen Fiske Stone Scholar and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New York, and multiple federal district, bankruptcy and appellate courts. Ms. Chadsey brings to the Board specialization and experience in environmental and municipal law as well as commercial finance, land use and contract law.
Timothy B. Fannin
Timothy B. Fannin is a retired partner in the firm Catalano, Case, Catalano & Clark-Radzieta, LLP, Certified Public Accountants headquartered in Clearfield, Pennsylvania where he worked 28 years. Mr. Fannin is a U.S. Army Veteran and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Business/Public Administration and holds a MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is Certified in Financial Forensics. In addition, he was an adjunct Professor of Accounting and Finance at Pennsylvania State University from 2007 to 2009. He has been an Advisory Board Member of Northwest Savings Bank since 1998. Mr. Fannin’s public accounting background and professional designations will assist the Board in its oversight of the audit, tax, financial reporting and risk management areas.
William F. McKnight
William F. McKnight has been the controller for Interstate Chemical Company, Inc. in Hermitage, Pennsylvania since 2006. Prior to joining Interstate Chemical Company, Inc. he was a partner with the CPA firm McGill, Power, Bell & Associates for 30 years where he specialized in tax planning and advising. Mr. McKnight holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of Northwest Savings Bank’s Meadville Advisory Board since September 2002. Mr. McKnight’s industry experience and background in tax and public accounting will assist the Board in its oversight of the audit, tax, financial reporting and risk management areas.
Timothy M. Hunter
Timothy M. Hunter has been President and Chief Executive Officer of McInnes Rolled Rings and Erie Bronze & Aluminum Company, both in Erie, Pennsylvania, since 2003. He also currently serves as Chairman of Manufacturer and Business Association of Erie, Pennsylvania, and also serves on the Boards of the Erie Regional Chamber of Growth Partnership and the Erie Community Foundation. Mr. Hunter is a Certified Public Accountant having worked for Ernst & Young in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University. He has been an Advisory Board Member of Northwest Bank since 2013. Mr. Hunter has significant operations, finance and management experience in middle market manufacturing businesses combined with extensive knowledge and experience in accounting and reporting. He brings this background coupled with his considerable business and community involvement to the Board.
Robert M. Campana
Robert M. Campana is the president of Campana Capital, a real estate development and private equity investment organization located in Westlake, OH. He is the former president of P. C. Campana, Inc., Lorain OH and former managing director of Camp-Hill Corporation, McKeesport, PA and Bellville Tube, Houston, TX. Mr. Campana previously served as a Director of LNB Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary Lorain National Bank which were acquired by Northwest on August 14, 2015. Mr. Campana holds a business degree from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Campana brings his extensive business experience and intimate knowledge of the Lorain County and the west Cleveland suburbs to the Northwest Board.
Mark A. Paup
Mark A. Paup is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zippo Manufacturing Company and W. R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, both of which are headquartered in Bradford, Pennsylvania. During his twenty plus year career with Zippo and Case, Mr. Paup has served as National Sales Manager, European Sales Manager and Global Marketing Director. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Zippo, as President of the Supervisory Board of Zippo Europe S.A. and as a Director of Zippo Asia Ltd. During his tenure at both Zippo and Case, Mr. Paup has been instrumental in corporate strategic planning, product diversification and the development of the sales and marketing departments. He has been a member of Northwest Bank’s McKean County Advisory Board since 2010. Mr. Paup’s extensive experience in the areas of sales, marketing, and strategic planning will greatly assist the Board in its oversight of Northwest Bank’s organic growth initiatives and strategic direction.