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UNITED STATES
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301 VIRGINIA AVENUE
FAIRMONT, WEST VIRGINIA 26554-2777
(304) 363-4800

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
TO BE HELD MAY 19, 2020

To the Shareholders:

The 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of MVB Financial Corp. (“MVB” or the “Company”) will be held via webcast this year at 9:00 a.m. EST on May 19, 2020. In light of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this year's Annual Meeting will be completely virtual, which means that you will be able to participate in the Annual Meeting, vote and submit your questions during the Annual Meeting via live webcast by visiting www.meetingcenter.io/215475574. You will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person. Although very unlikely, please be aware of the possibility that this Annual Meeting date, time, or location may change due to the Coronavirus based on MVB's facts and circumstances. This meeting is for the purposes of considering and voting upon the following proposals:
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To elect three directors for a three-year term.
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To approve a non-binding advisory proposal on the compensation of the Named Executive Officers.
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To ratify the appointment of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP as the independent registered accounting firm for MVB for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.
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Any other business which may properly be brought before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
Only those shareholders of record at the close of business on March 25, 2020, shall be entitled to notice of the meeting and to vote at the Annual Meeting. A list of shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is available for inspection at our principal executive office at 301 Virginia Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554. The notice of Annual Meeting, proxy statement, proxy card, and other proxy materials are first being sent or made available to shareholders on or about April 6, 2020.

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be Held Virtually on May 19, 2020.
We have elected to take advantage of Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules that allow us to furnish proxy materials to certain shareholders on the Internet. Instead of receiving paper copies of our proxy materials in the mail, shareholders will receive a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (“Notice”) which provides an internet website address where shareholders can access electronic copies of proxy materials and vote. This website also has instructions for voting by telephone and for requesting paper copies of the proxy materials and proxy card. The Company's 2020 proxy statement, proxy card and Annual Report for fiscal year 2019 are available online at www.edocumentview.com/MVBF. We encourage you to access and review such materials before voting.

Your vote is very important to us. Whether or not you expect to attend the Annual Meeting via webcast, we urge you to consider the proxy statement carefully and to promptly vote your shares.
 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
 
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Larry F. Mazza
 
President & Chief Executive Officer
April 6, 2020

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301 VIRGINIA AVENUE
FAIRMONT, WEST VIRGINIA 26554-2777
(304) 363-4800

PROXY STATEMENT
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
May 19, 2020

This proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies for use at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of MVB Financial Corp. (“MVB” or the “Company”) to be held at 9:00 am EST on May 19, 2020, for the purposes set forth in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders. In light of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this year's Annual Meeting will be held via the live webcast at www.meetingcenter.io/215475574. You will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person. Although very unlikely, please be aware of the possibility that this Annual Meeting date, time, or location may change due to the Coronavirus based on MVB's facts and circumstances. A copy of this proxy statement, the proxy card and our Annual Report for fiscal year 2019 (collectively, the “Proxy Materials”) can be found at the web address www.edocumentview.com/MVBF. We first made available these Proxy Materials to our shareholders on or about April 6, 2020.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted a “Notice and Access” rule that allows companies to deliver a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to shareholders in lieu of a paper copy of the Proxy Materials. The Notice provides instructions as to how shares can be voted. Shares must be voted either by telephone, internet or by completing and returning a proxy card. Shares cannot be voted by marking, writing on and/or returning the Notice. Any Notices that are returned will not be counted as votes. Instructions for requesting a paper copy of the Proxy Materials are set forth on the Notice.

Solicitation of Proxies

The solicitation of proxies is made by MVB's Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”). These proxies enable shareholders to vote on all matters that are scheduled to come before the meeting. If a proxy is submitted where a vote is not indicated, the proxy will be voted “FOR” all of the proposals to be submitted to the vote of shareholders described in the Notice of Annual Meeting and this proxy statement.  Other than the matters listed in the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the Board of Directors knows of no additional matters that will be presented for consideration at the Annual Meeting.

The expenses of the solicitation of proxies will be paid by MVB. In addition to this solicitation by mail, directors, officers and employees of MVB or one or more of its subsidiaries – MVB Bank, Inc. (“MVB Bank”), Potomac Mortgage Group, Inc., which does business as MVB Mortgage (“MVB Mortgage”), MVB Insurance, LLC, MVB Community Development Corp. (“MVB CDC”) and ProCo Global, Inc. (“ProCo”, which began doing business under the registered trade name Chartwell Compliance “Chartwell”) may solicit proxies personally or by telephone, although no person will be specifically engaged for that purpose.

Attending the Virtual Annual Meeting

We are sensitive to the public health and travel concerns of our shareholders and employees and the protocols that federal, state and local government have imposed, and may continue to impose, due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will, therefore, be hosting the Annual Meeting live via Internet webcast. You will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person. Shareholders and guests can listen to and participate in the Annual Meeting live via the Internet at www.meetingcenter.io/215475574. The webcast will start at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on May 19, 2020. Shareholders may vote and submit questions while connected to the Annual Meeting on the Internet, but guests will only be permitted to listen and submit questions.

Instructions on how to connect and participate in the Annual Meeting, including how to demonstrate proof of ownership of our common shares, are posted at www.edocumentview.com/MVBF. If you do not have your 16-digit control number that is printed in the box marked by the arrow on your Notice or your proxy card (if you received a printed copy of the proxy materials), you will

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only be able to listen and submit questions at the Annual Meeting.

Voting Without Attending Annual Meeting

If you are the shareholder of record with respect to your shares, you can vote your shares without attending the virtual meeting by submitting your proxy through any of the following methods:
 
By Internet - You can vote via the Internet at www.investorvote.com/MVBF. Your identification numbers for Internet voting are on the Notice, and voting is available 24 hours a day. Those numbers can also be found on your proxy card if you requested a paper copy of the Proxy Materials.
By Telephone - 1-800-652-VOTE (8683). You can vote via the telephone by using any touch-tone telephone to transmit your voting instructions up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on May 18, 2020. Your identification numbers for voting via telephone are on the Notice, and voting is available 24 hours a day. Those numbers can also be found on your proxy card.
By Mail - Complete, sign and date the proxy card that will be mailed to you if you have requested a paper copy of the Proxy Materials. Return it to the Company in the postage prepaid envelope that will be included in the mailing.

If your proxy is submitted via the Internet, telephone or mail (and your proxy is not later revoked), your shares will be voted in accordance with your instructions as indicated in the proxy. If, however, you do not indicate the manner in which your shares should be voted in your proxy, your shares will be voted in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Directors as set forth in this proxy statement.

If you are the beneficial owner of your shares, you can vote your shares without attending the virtual meeting by following the directions contained in the voting instruction card sent to you by your stockbroker, bank or other nominee. Typically, voting instruction cards allow you to direct the voting of your shares by returning the voting instruction card by mail or by submitting your directions via the Internet or by telephone. Your stockbroker, bank or other nominee is required to vote your shares according to the directions you have given.

Voting During the Virtual Annual Meeting

Shares held in your name as the shareholder of record on the record date may be voted during the virtual meeting by following the instructions posted at www.edocumentview.com/MVBF. Shares for which you are the beneficial owner but not the shareholder of record may be voted during the virtual meeting only if you obtain a legal proxy from the broker, trustee, or other nominee that holds your shares giving you the right to vote the shares. Even if you plan to attend the Virtual Annual Meeting via webcast, we recommend that you vote by proxy as described above so that your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend.
The vote you cast virtually will supersede any previous votes that you may have submitted, whether by Internet, telephone, or mail.

Revocability of Proxies

A shareholder executing the proxy may revoke it at any time before it is voted:
by notifying MVB representatives, Larry F. Mazza or Lisa J. McCormick, in person;
by giving written notice to MVB. The revocation should be delivered to:
Lisa J. McCormick, Corporate Secretary,
301 Virginia Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554;
by submitting to MVB a subsequently dated proxy; or
by attending the virtual meeting via the webcast and withdrawing the proxy before it is voted at the meeting.

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting:

The Proxy Materials are available at www.edocumentview.com/MVBF. Enter the control number located on the Notice or proxy card to access the Proxy Materials.


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Eligibility of Stock for Voting Purposes

Pursuant to the Bylaws of MVB, the Board of Directors has fixed March 25, 2020, as the record date (the “Record Date”) for the purpose of determining the shareholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the meeting or any adjournment thereof, and only shareholders of record at the close of business on that date are entitled to such notice and to vote at such meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Each share of MVB common stock has one vote on each matter.  As of the Record Date, there were 11,946,789 shares of MVB common stock outstanding, held by approximately 950 active holders of record. In addition to shareholders of record of MVB’s common stock, beneficial owners of shares held in street name as of the Record Date can vote. There are 20 million shares of common stock authorized.

If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name and do not provide the organization that holds your shares with specific voting instructions then, under applicable rules, the organization that holds your shares may generally vote your shares in their discretion on “routine” matters but cannot vote on “non-routine” matters. If the organization that holds your shares does not receive instructions from you on how to vote your shares on a non-routine matter, that organization will inform the inspector of election that it does not have the authority to vote on this matter with respect to your shares. This is generally referred to as a “broker non-vote.”

The ratification of the appointment of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP as MVB’s independent registered accounting firm for 2020 (“Proposal No. 3”) is considered a routine matter under applicable rules. A broker or other nominee may generally vote on routine matters, and therefore no broker non-votes are expected in connection with Proposal No. 3.

Each of the other proposals, including the election of directors (Proposal No. 1), the proposal to approve a non-binding advisory proposal on the compensation of the Named Executive Officers (Proposal No. 2), are considered non-routine matters under applicable rules. A broker or other nominee cannot vote without instructions on non-routine matters, and therefore, broker non-votes may exist in connection with Proposals No. 1 and No. 2.

The principal holders of MVB common stock are discussed under the section of this proxy statement entitled “Principal Holders of Voting Securities.”

Quorum Requirement

A majority of the outstanding shares of the Company entitled to vote, represented in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum at a meeting of shareholders. If less than a majority of the outstanding shares are represented at a meeting, a majority of the shares so represented may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice. At such adjourned meeting at which a quorum shall be present or represented, any business may be transacted which might have been transacted at the meeting as originally noticed. The shareholders present at a duly organized meeting may continue to transact business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough shareholders to leave less than a quorum. Broker non-votes and abstentions are counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present.

Voting Requirements

Only “FOR” and “AGAINST” votes are counted for purposes of determining the votes received in connection with Proposal Nos. 2 and 3. Approval of nominees is by plurality of the votes cast and approval of other proposals is by affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast. An affirmative vote of at least a majority of shares necessary to constitute a quorum is also required.

Broker non-votes and withheld votes have no impact on approval of directors as directors are elected by a plurality of votes cast. Each of Proposal Nos. 2 and 3 require an affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast. In voting for Proposal Nos. 2 and 3, shares may be voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN”. Abstentions and broker non-votes which will not be treated as votes cast for approval of Proposal Nos. 2 and 3 and will generally have no impact on such proposals. In order to minimize the number of broker non-votes, MVB encourages you to provide voting instructions on each proposal to the organization that holds your shares by carefully following the instructions provided in the Notice and the voting instruction form.



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PURPOSES OF MEETING

1.    ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

General

The Bylaws of MVB currently provide for a Board of Directors composed of five (5) to twenty-five (25) members.  The Board of Directors currently consists of ten (10) members. 

Directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast. Therefore, a vote withheld may not affect the outcome of the election. As required by West Virginia law, each share is entitled to one vote per nominee, unless a shareholder requests cumulative voting for directors at least 48 hours before the meeting. If a shareholder properly requests cumulative voting for directors, then each MVB shareholder will have the right to vote the number of shares owned by that shareholder for as many persons as there are directors to be elected, or to cumulate such shares and give one candidate a number of votes equal to the number of directors multiplied by the number of shares owned, or to distribute them on the same principle among as many candidates as the shareholder sees fit. If any shares are voted cumulatively for the election of directors, the proxies, unless otherwise directed, shall have full discretion and authority to cumulate their votes and vote for less than all such nominees. For all other purposes, each share is entitled to one vote.

The MVB Articles of Incorporation provide for staggered terms for directors. The three individuals up for election at the Annual Meeting represent the nominees to the Board of Directors for a term to expire in 2023. Following the election of the three nominees referenced below, MVB will have three classes of directors consisting of four board members whose term expires in 2021, three board members whose term expires in 2022 and three board members whose term expires in 2023.

During 2019, the Governance Committee reviewed the concept of moving to a declassified Board of Directors.  While the Governance Committee, and ultimately the Board of Directors, recognized the value and is supportive of having a declassified Board of Directors, such a change would require an amendment to the MVB Articles of Incorporation. Furthermore, an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation for the purpose of declassifying the Board of Directors requires an approval by a super majority of 75% of the outstanding shareholders. Over the past ten years, the highest amount of total votes cast by shareholders was 75.47% with the most recent three-year average of 65%.

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MVB's shareholder base is primarily made up of non-institutional investors.

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The Board of Directors has therefore concluded that, based on historical shareholder participation, a proposal to declassify the Board of Directors would likely not receive the required shareholder approval at this time. The Board of Directors has determined that making a recommendation at this time to declassify the Board of Directors would not be in good faith to the shareholders, given the Board of Director's belief that such recommendation would not be approved by the necessary number of shareholders. The Board of Directors will continue to evaluate and monitor the appropriateness of presenting a proposal to declassify the Board of Directors in future years. We believe that as our shareholder base transitions from our legacy 60% retail shareholders to more institutional and mutual funds the voting % is likely to increase allowing us to bring declassification to a vote.

Board of Directors Composition - Qualifications, Expertise, Diversity and Attributes

When analyzing whether directors and nominees have the qualifications, expertise, diversity and attributes to enable the Board of Directors to satisfy its oversight responsibilities effectively in light of the Company’s business and structure, the Governance Committee seeks candidates who will add to our Board of Directors, bringing varied skills, experience and perspective.

The Board of Directors conducts an annual board assessment including board member peer feedback. This information is used to identify areas of strength or areas that may require additional focus going forward. MVB also maintains a skills profile matrix that reflects the combined background of the current membership of its boards. This matrix is based on various focus areas of experience and expertise determined to be essential for appropriate strategic direction, advisory depth and oversight from all MVB Boards. The Governance Committee works with the boards and leadership of MVB to determine the level of experience or application in each focus area according to limited, basic, skilled and expert experience. Our Board of Directors have a strong mix of this criteria in areas most critical to MVB's success.


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The number in each respective bar chart below represents the number of current directors with expert skills in the critical focus areas of our ten directors:
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As MVB grows and our strategy evolves, so do the skills, qualifications, attributes and experiences necessary for our directors. As such, we believe that periodically refreshing our Board with new perspectives and ideas is critical to representing the interests of our shareholders effectively. At the same time, it is equally important to benefit from the valuable experience and continuity that longer-serving directors bring to the Board. Our directors reflect a range of tenures, a balanced mix of ages, and a well-rounded range of attributes, viewpoints and experiences reflective of our business and needs.

The Board of Directors does not maintain a formal diversity policy with respect to the identification or selection of directors for nomination to the Board of Directors. Diversity is just one of many factors the Governance Committee considers in the identification and selection of director nominees. The Board defines diversity broadly to include differences in race, gender, ethnicity, age, viewpoint, professional experience, educational background, skills, and other personal attributes that can foster Board heterogeneity in order to encourage and maintain board effectiveness. While diversity and variety of experiences and viewpoints represented on the Board should always be considered, a director nominee should not be chosen nor excluded solely or largely because of race, color, gender, national origin or sexual orientation or identity. In selecting a director nominee, the Governance Committee focuses on skills, expertise or background that would complement the existing Board. The majority of our directors are or have been residents of our primary markets - North Central West Virginia or Northern Virginia; however, with the expansion of our client base and sales footprint, we have added directors throughout the country. Our directors come from diverse backgrounds including the financial, industrial, professional, and information technology.


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The three individuals up for election at the Annual Meeting and identified below represent the nominees to the Board of Directors for a term to expire in 2023. 

Directors Up for Election
Directors
 
Age as of March 25, 2020
 
Director and/or Officer Since
 
Term to Expire
 
Principal Occupation During the Last Five Years
James J. Cava, Jr.
 
54
 
2013
 
2023
 
Chief Financial Officer- Managing Member - Cava & Banko, PLLC, Certified Public Accountants
Larry F. Mazza
 
59
 
2005
 
2023
 
President & Chief Executive Officer - MVB and MVB Bank
Cheryl D. Spielman1
 
65
 
2019
 
2023
 
Retired Partner from Ernst & Young
1 Spielman is a 2020 nominee and joined the boards of MVB and MVB Bank, Inc. in May 2019.

James J. Cava, Jr. – MVB Director. Mr. Cava is Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) - Managing Member of Cava & Banko, PLLC (“C&B”), Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Cava has been involved in the West Virginia business community for more than 30 years. He is very knowledgeable about the economic activities in the MVB market area. He is a graduate of Fairmont State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and The American University with a master’s degree in Taxation. As the Managing Member of C&B, Mr. Cava is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the company. He also served as Founder and as CFO for the Information Manufacturing Company (“IMC”). Mr. Cava was instrumental in building their administration team, which resulted in the company posting $63M in revenue prior to its sale to National Interest Security Company. Mr. Cava has founded several other successful business organizations.

Mr. Cava has also served as Member and Manager of Smith, Cochran & Hicks, PLLC. He sits on the board of directors for several companies such as: SAVEN, Inc. and is Chairman of the Best Care Pharmacy Group, LLC.

Mr. Cava currently serves on MVB's Audit/ERM, Finance, Human Resources and Compensation committees as well as the ALCO, Loan Approval, and Loan Review Committees of MVB Bank. He is also a Director of the MVB Mortgage board of directors. The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Cava is qualified to serve as Director and is being nominated due to his years of experience with the West Virginia business community and his investment, financial, tax, audit, and accounting expertise.

Larry F. Mazza – President & Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of MVB Financial Corp. and Board Director for MVB and MVB Bank. Mr. Mazza joined MVB in 2005 and became CEO on January 1, 2009. Mr. Mazza has 33 years of experience in the banking industry. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Mazza worked for KPMG (or its predecessors) as a CPA with a focus on auditing, including audits of financial institutions. Prior to joining MVB in 2005, Mr. Mazza was Senior Vice President & Retail Banking Manager for BB&T Bank’s West Virginia North region. Mr. Mazza was employed by BB&T and its predecessors from 1986 to 2005. During such time, Mr. Mazza was President of Empire National Bank, where he was one of the youngest bank presidents and board members in the country, and later served as Regional President of One Valley Bank.

Mr. Mazza is one of seven members of the West Virginia Board of Banking and Financial Institutions, which oversees the operation of financial institutions throughout West Virginia and advises the state Commissioner of Financial Institutions. Mr. Mazza is also an entrepreneur and is co-owner of nationally-recognized sports media business Football Talk, LLC, which is a pro football website and content provider for NBC SportsTalk. The primary website is Profootballtalk.com.
 
Mr. Mazza serves as a Board Director for Fintech startup BillGO, a digital payment processor with innovative B2B platforms, headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado. From 2007 to 2019, Mr. Mazza served as a board member for PDC Energy, a Denver based oil and gas Nasdaq-listed company. He served on the Compensation Committee, was Chair of the Nomination & Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Mazza currently serves on the ALCO, Loan Approval, and Loan Review Committees of MVB Bank, and as a Board Director of the Chartwell Compliance, MVB Insurance, MVB Mortgage, MVB CDC and MVB Community Development Partners, Inc. Boards. In 2017, he became a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow. The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Mazza is qualified to serve as Director and is being nominated due to his background as a CPA and a CEO. Mr. Mazza is viewed as a visionary leader executing a business model that integrates the fintech industry with traditional banking.


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Cheryl D. Spielman – MVB Director. Mrs. Spielman is a retired Partner from Ernst & Young U.S., LLP, retiring in 2014, where she led various groups from 1997 - 2015, serving as Leader of Human Capital for Financial Services for the last eight years there. From 1989 to 1996, she was an executive with the firm. She has been a personal consultant and advisor to CEOs in various industries, including financial services, consumer products and entertainment. She has a great deal of financial experience with an audit background. Upon retirement from Ernst & Young, she served on the board of directors of IPM, a privately held technology systems integration company, which sold in 2017. From 2017 to 2019, she served as a member of the board of directors of First Republic Bank, which is headquartered in California.

Previously, Mrs. Spielman was a tax professional at Arthur Young & Company. She is a trustee of the Cornell University Hillel Board and the Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County, and a board member of the Koby Mandel Foundation. Mrs. Spielman also serves on the Board of Governors and is Vice President of the Polo Club of Boca Raton, Fla. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in 1980 from the University of Chicago. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Mrs. Spielman is currently Chair of MVB's Audit/ERM Committee and serves on the Finance and Information Technology Steering committees. She was designated as an Audit Committee Financial Expert by the Board of Directors of MVB. The Board of Directors has concluded that she is qualified to serve as Director and is being nominated due to her strong background and experience in accounting, client-focused global human resources and tax services, tax risk management and employment related issues.

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR ALL” the nominees to be elected to the Board of Directors for the expiring terms indicated.

Directors Not Up for Election

In addition to the directors who are up for election at the Annual Meeting, the following are the remaining directors who are not up for election.
Directors
 
Age as of March 25, 2020
 
Director and/or Officer Since
 
Term to Expire
 
Principal Occupation During
the Last Five Years
David B. Alvarez
 
56
 
2013
 
2021
 
President of Energy Transportation, LLC; previously, President of MEC Construction, LLC
H. Edward Dean, III
 
51
 
2012
 
2022
 
President & CEO - Potomac Mortgage Group, Inc. (dba MVB Mortgage), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MVB Bank (acquired December 2012)
John W. Ebert
 
60
 
2013
 
2021
 
President - J.W. Ebert Corporation, a McDonald's Restaurant franchise of 40 stores
Daniel W. Holt
 
48
 
2017
 
2021
 
Co-Founder and CEO of BillGO; previously, President & General Manager, Managed Services at Computer Services Inc. (CSI)
Gary A. LeDonne
 
58
 
2016
 
2022
 
Executive in Residence at the West Virginia University (WVU) John Chambers College of Business and Economics; previously, Partner of Ernst & Young LLP (retired)
Dr. Kelly R. Nelson
 
60
 
2005
 
2021
 
Owner of Advantage Occupational Medicine and WVU Medicine Coordinator of Provider Relations and Primary Care Provider
J. Christopher Pallotta
 
70
 
1999
 
2022
 
Director & CEO - Bond Insurance Agency, Inc.

David B. Alvarez – MVB Chair and Director. Mr. Alvarez is the owner and President of Energy Transportation, LLC (“ET”), which has grown to be a regional service provider for the natural gas industry. Under Mr. Alvarez's leadership, ET now offers EnviroTeam Services. These services include plant environmental waste stream and dike management, emergency spill response, drum service, etc. He was formerly owner and President of MEC Construction, LLC. He has been involved in the construction business throughout the Northeastern United States natural gas fields for more than 24 years. Mr. Alvarez is credited with founding several new companies that continue to benefit the economy of West Virginia and the surrounding states while providing employment for many West Virginians. Companies he has founded include Applied Construction Solutions, Applied Home Solutions, LLC, ET, Enviro-Energy Solutions, LLC, Energy Resource Group, LLC, ET360, LLC and The Wonder Bar Steak House. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is extremely involved in various professional,

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educational, and philanthropic activities throughout West Virginia, including serving as Chair of the Board of Governors of West Virginia University as well as the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Medbrook Children's Charity Board, the Harrison County Development Authority, and the Richmond Federal Industry Round Table.

Mr. Alvarez is currently Chair of the MVB Board of Directors and serves on the Loan Approval Committee of MVB Bank. He is also a Director of the MVB Mortgage board of directors and MVB CDC board of directors. Mr. Alvarez was previously nominated as a Director because of his knowledge of West Virginia markets, the construction and natural gas industries, and his community involvement.

H. Edward Dean, III – MVB Director. Mr. Dean is President and CEO of Potomac Mortgage Group, Inc. (doing business as MVB Mortgage), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MVB Bank that was acquired December 2012. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and pursued advanced degree work at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Mr. Dean currently serves on MVB Bank's Loan Review Committee. He was previously nominated as a Director because of his extensive knowledge of the mortgage loan industry and his position as CEO of Potomac Mortgage Group, Inc.

John W. Ebert – MVB Director. Mr. Ebert is President of J.W. Ebert Corporation, which owns 40 McDonald’s franchises in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Mr. Ebert has more than 30 years of retail experience. He is the former Chairman of McDonald’s East Division Profit Team representing 5,000 restaurants. He is the former President of the Pittsburgh Region’s McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association. Mr. Ebert is a 1982 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant for a national accounting firm.

Mr. Ebert is currently Chair of MVB's Finance Committee and serves on the Audit/ERM and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees. He is also a Director of the MVB CDC board of directors. Mr. Ebert was previously nominated as a Director because of his knowledge of the North Central West Virginia market, his educational background and his business proficiencies, which include the areas of budget, risk assessment, and human resources.

Daniel W. Holt – MVB Director. Mr. Holt is Co-Founder & CEO of BillGO, Inc. (“BillGO”), a bill payment platform that improves the speed, efficiency and security for consumers, businesses, and billers/suppliers/merchants. BillGO provides billers a lower cost solution and gives payment providers access to a faster, proven bill payments engine. Mr. Holt served 8 years in the military and became a US Air Force Officer. Thereafter, he moved back to Silicon Valley, led groups in start-ups, and then founded HEIT, a SaaS Security company, and served as the CEO. Upon completion of two acquisitions, HEIT was successfully acquired by CSI, where Mr. Holt continued to build the business. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University.

Mr. Holt currently serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Information Technology Steering committees. He was previously nominated as a Director due to his leadership, education, business and professional development accomplishments in the financial and technology industries. WIth MVB's continued expansion and focus on the fintech industry, his expertise is critical for board enhancement.

Gary A. LeDonne – MVB Director.  Currently, Mr. LeDonne serves as Executive in Residence at the John Chambers College of Business & Economics of West Virginia University.  Mr. LeDonne is a retired Partner of Ernst & Young LLP, retiring in 2014 as East Central Region Tax Managing Partner. Throughout his career with Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. LeDonne served many banking, insurance, and capital market clients. He has an extensive background in strategy development, succession planning, and talent management. Mr. LeDonne received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmont State University and his Master of Professional Accountancy degree from West Virginia University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association. Mr. LeDonne currently serves as Chair of the Fairmont State University Foundation board of directors and is a member of the Visiting Committee of the John Chambers College of Business & Economics of West Virginia University.

Mr. LeDonne currently serves as Chair of MVB's Human Resources and Compensation Committee, as well as Chair of the MVB CDC board of directors and MVB Community Development Partners, Inc. board of directors and is a Director of the MVB Mortgage board of directors. He is also a member of MVB's Audit/ ERM, Finance, and ALCO committees. He was designated as an Audit Committee Financial Expert by the Board of Directors of MVB. Mr. LeDonne was previously nominated as a Director because of his extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic region business community and his investment, financial, and accounting expertise.


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Dr. Kelly R. Nelson – MVB Director. Dr. Nelson is a physician in Bridgeport, WV and is currently employed by WVU Medicine as Coordinator of Provider Relations and Primary Care Provider. He spent the bulk of his career pioneering the Urgent Care sector and served as Senior Vice President for MedExpress managing their Occupational Medicine and Workman’s Compensation Programs for nearly a decade. He established and managed Medbrook Medical Associates for 25 years before it was acquired by MedExpress. He is extremely active in community organizations and is currently President and board member of the Medbrook Children’s Charity.  He is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Dr. Nelson is currently Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and serves on the Audit/ERM, Human Resources and Compensation and Loan Review Committees.  Dr. Nelson was previously nominated as a Director due to his understanding of the medical community in North Central West Virginia, his educational and business insight, and his community activities throughout the region.

J. Christopher Pallotta – MVB Founding Director. Mr. Pallotta is Director and CEO of Bond Insurance Agency, Inc. and has been involved in the insurance and related securities businesses in the North Central West Virginia market area for more than 41 years. He is also the owner of other small businesses in the MVB market area. He is a lifelong resident of North Central West Virginia and is active in many community organizations. Mr. Pallotta is a graduate of Fairmont State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Pallotta currently serves as Chair of MVB's ALCO, Loan Approval, and Loan Review Committees. He is a member of MVB's Finance Committee and IT Steering Committee and Director of the MVB Mortgage board of directors. He was previously nominated as a Director because, as a founding director of MVB, Mr. Pallotta has extensive historical knowledge of MVB, its operations and its market area. In addition, his experience and expertise in the areas of insurance and risk-related fields also serve as an asset for MVB.

Executive Officers
Executive Officer
 
Age as of March 25, 2020
 
Officer Since
 
Title During the Last Five Years
Donald T. Robinson
 
45
 
2011
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer; previously, Chief Operating Officer – MVB and President – MVB Bank
David A. Jones
 
57
 
2006
 
Senior Vice President & Chief Risk Officer – MVB & MVB Bank; previously, Senior Vice President & Chief Credit Officer – MVB & MVB Bank
John T. Schirripa
 
57
 
2011
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Lending Officer, Regional President – West Virginia, and Commercial Loan Officer – MVB Bank

There are no family relationships among the directors, director nominees or executive officers of MVB or MVB Bank.

Other than previously disclosed, no member of the MVB Board of Directors has been a member of the board of directors of another public company during the past five years.

The Board of Directors of MVB had twelve regularly scheduled meetings and six additional special project and strategic initiative meetings during 2019.  On a regular basis, inside directors and members of the executive management team are excused from the meetings so the Board can hold an executive session to discuss matters privately. The Chair relays any action items to the CEO if necessary. All current directors attended 75% or more of the meetings held by the Board of Directors and committees thereof in which the director is a member, with an average total attendance record of 94%.

In order to meet their responsibilities, directors are expected to attend board and committee meetings, as well as the Annual Meeting of shareholders.  All directors attended the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Leadership Structure of the Board of Directors

The Board Chair and President & CEO are two separate individuals. Throughout MVB’s history, this has been the leadership model. The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day operations and performance of MVB. The Board Chair is involved in presiding over board meetings, matters of governance, and corporate oversight. The Board Chair also focuses on monitoring the

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effectiveness of the CEO in implementing MVB’s corporate strategy and ensuring that the directors receive sufficient information, on a timely basis, to provide proper risk oversight. The Board of Directors believes the current separation of these roles helps to ensure good board governance and fosters independent oversight to protect the long-term interests of the Company's private and institutional shareholders. In addition, the Board of Directors believes this separation is presently appropriate as it allows the CEO to focus primarily on leading the Company's day-to-day business and affairs while the Board Chair can focus on leading the Board of Directors in its consideration of strategic issues and monitoring corporate governance and shareholder matters.

The committee structure of MVB is such that the committees are responsible for and review the areas of greatest risk to MVB. Each is chaired by an independent director. MVB staff members provide support to the respective Chairs of each committee in providing requested information necessary for each committee to provide appropriate oversight.

Committees of the Board of Directors
    
The Board of Directors has a number of standing committees as described below.

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Audit / ERM Committee (the Audit Committee).  Composed of James J. Cava, Jr., John W. Ebert, Gary A. LeDonne, Dr. Kelly R. Nelson and Cheryl D. Spielman (Chair). Spielman was appointed Chair of this Audit Committee, effective November 1, 2019, by the Governance Committee. The purpose of the Audit Committee is to:

i.monitor the integrity of the financial reporting process, systems of internal controls and financial
statements and reports of MVB;
ii.be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the independent auditor
employed by MVB for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work;
iii.be responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the internal auditor;
iv.assist the Board of Directors in monitoring compliance by MVB with legal and regulatory requirements,
including holding company, banking, mortgage and insurance regulations and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002;
v.oversee management corrective actions when such needs have been identified;
vi.oversee MVB’s whistleblower policy;

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vii.oversee MVB’s risk management program for effectiveness and ensure that the Board of Directors
incorporates the appropriate risk management processes in its activities; and
viii.report to the Board of Directors on these matters.

The Board of Directors of MVB has designated Gary A. LeDonne and Cheryl D. Spielman as individuals who are considered to be audit committee financial experts. They have both been identified as meeting the guidelines set forth by Section 407 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 for an audit committee financial expert. The audit committee financial experts, along with all Committee members, are independent as defined by applicable listing standards and guidelines. All members of the Board of Directors are successful business owners or organization leaders and have knowledge of the requirements to run such a successful business. 

The Audit Committee met twelve (12) times in 2019. The Audit Committee meets with MVB's Chief Audit Executive, who oversees the internal audit function of MVB, and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, who is responsible for the annual certified audit, as well as with the members of the regulatory authorities upon completion of their examinations of MVB Bank or MVB. The Chief Audit Executive engages Crowe, LLP to conduct outsourced audits of Information Technology and other selected audit areas requiring specialized expertise. During these meetings, the active management of MVB Bank or MVB, including CEO Mazza and CFO Robinson, may be asked to leave the room to provide comfort of questioners and responders.

In the opinion of MVB’s Board of Directors, none of the Board of Directors, except for Directors Dean and Mazza, has a relationship with MVB that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out their responsibilities as directors. None of them are or have for the past three years been employees of MVB, except for Directors Dean and Mazza and none of their immediate family members are or have for the past three years been executive officers of MVB or MVB Bank. In the opinion of MVB and its Board of Directors, the entire Board of Directors, except for Directors Dean and Mazza are “independent directors,” as that term is defined in Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules. The Audit Committee Charter was reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors on June 19, 2018 and is available on MVB's Investor Relations website at ir.mvbbanking.com under Overview - Governance Documents.

Report of the Audit Committee

The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements for the year ended 2019 with management. The Audit Committee has also discussed the audited financial statements with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, MVB’s independent accountants, as well as the matters required to be discussed by Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (the “PCAOB”) and SEC rules. The Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, required by applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding the independent accountant’s communications concerning independence, and has discussed with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP the independent accountants’ independence. Based on the above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors (and the Board of Directors has approved) that the audited financial statements be included in MVB’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended 2019 and filed with the SEC.

Submitted by the Audit Committee:
Cheryl D. Spielman, Chair
James J. Cava, Jr.
John W. Ebert
Gary A. LeDonne
Dr. Kelly R. Nelson
    
This report shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), unless MVB specifically incorporates this report by reference. It will not otherwise be filed under such Acts.

Finance Committee. Composed of James J. Cava, Jr., John W. Ebert (Chair), Gary A. LeDonne, J. Christopher Pallotta and Cheryl D. Spielman. The purpose of the Finance Committee is to help assure that MVB fulfills the responsibilities for effective board governance of MVB and its subsidiaries by providing oversight and guidance regarding finance, capital, budget, mergers and acquisitions, and facilities matters and to make recommendations, as appropriate and warranted. The Finance Committee reports the results from these meetings to the Board of Directors. The Finance Committee met thirteen (13) times in 2019. All Finance Committee members are independent.


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Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the Governance Committee). Composed of John W. Ebert, Daniel W. Holt, and Dr. Kelly R. Nelson (Chair). The purpose of the Committee is to help assure that MVB fulfills the responsibilities for effective board governance of MVB and its subsidiaries by:

i.
helping MVB to create and maintain an appropriate board and committee structure;
ii.
assessing the skills, experience, and backgrounds necessary to effectively staff MVB boards and committees;
iii.
overseeing the development and updating of governance for MVB;
iv.
overseeing the emergency succession plan for MVB;
v.
leading MVB in periodic assessments of the operation of MVB boards and committees and the contributions of the members; and
vi.
monitoring the implementation of MVB governance policies and practices.

The Governance Committee reports the results from these meetings to the Board of Directors. The Governance Committee met six (6) times in 2019. All Governance Committee members are independent. The Governance Committee Charter was reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors on March 17, 2020 and is available on MVB's Investor Relations website at ir.mvbbanking.com under Overview - Governance Documents.

For reference, the Board of Directors believes that candidates for director should have certain minimum qualifications, including:

Directors should be of the highest ethical character.
Directors should have excellent personal and professional reputations.
Directors should be accomplished in their professions or careers.
Directors should be able to read and understand financial statements and either have knowledge of, or the ability and willingness to learn, financial institution law.
Directors should have relevant experience and expertise to evaluate financial data and provide direction and advice to the chief executive officer and the ability to exercise sound business judgment.
Directors must be willing and able to expend the time to attend meetings of the Board of Directors and to serve on board committees.
The Board of Directors will consider whether a nominee is independent, as legally defined. In addition, directors should avoid the appearance of any conflict and should be independent of any particular constituency and be able to serve all shareholders of MVB.
Directors must be acceptable to MVB's and MVB Bank's regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions and must not be under any legal disability which prevents them from serving on the Board of Directors or participating in the affairs of a financial institution.
Directors must own or acquire sufficient capital stock to satisfy the requirements of West Virginia law, the Bylaws of MVB and share ownership guidelines as established by MVB.
Directors must be at least 21 years of age.

The Board of Directors reserves the right to modify these minimum qualifications from time to time, except where the qualifications are required by the laws relating to financial institutions.

Our Board recognizes the importance of consistent, deliberate Board refreshment and succession planning to ensure that the directors possess a composite set of skills, experience and qualifications necessary for the Board to successfully establish and oversee management’s execution of the Company’s strategic priorities (see “Board of Directors Composition - Qualifications, Expertise, Diversity and Attributes” on page 5).

Diversity is just one of many factors the Governance Committee considers in the identification and selection of director nominees. Although we have no formal policy, the Board of Directors defines diversity broadly to include differences in race, gender, ethnicity, age, viewpoint, professional experience, educational background, skills, and other personal attributes that can foster board heterogeneity in order to encourage and maintain board effectiveness. While diversity and variety of experiences and viewpoints represented on the Board of Directors should always be considered, a director nominee should not be chosen nor excluded solely or largely because of race, color, gender, national origin or sexual orientation or identity. 


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In selecting a director nominee, the Governance Committee focuses on skills, expertise or background that would complement the existing Board of Directors. The majority of our directors are or have been residents of our primary markets - North Central West Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, or Northern Virginia; however, with the expansion of our client base and sales footprint, we have added directors throughout the country. Our directors come from diverse backgrounds including the financial, industrial, professional, and retail areas and information technology.

In addition, the Governance Committee identifies and evaluates nominees as follows: In the case of incumbent directors whose terms are set to expire, the Governance Committee considers the directors’ overall service to MVB or MVB Bank during their term, including such factors as the number of meetings attended, the level of participation, quality of performance and any transactions between such directors and MVB and MVB Bank. The Governance Committee also reviews the payment history of loans, if any, made to such directors by MVB Bank to ensure that the directors are not chronically delinquent and in default. 

The Governance Committee considers whether any transactions between the directors and MVB Bank have been criticized by any banking regulatory agency or MVB Bank’s external auditors and whether corrective action, if required, has been taken and was sufficient. The Governance Committee also confirms that such directors remain eligible to serve on the board of directors of a financial institution under federal and state law. 

The Board of Directors will consider director candidates recommended by shareholders for nomination, provided that the recommendations are received at least 90 days prior to the anniversary of the previous year's Annual Meeting. In addition, the procedures set forth below must be followed by shareholders for submitting nominations for directors to the shareholders. The Board of Directors does not intend to alter the manner in which it evaluates candidates, regardless of whether or not the candidate was recommended or nominated by a shareholder.

For new director candidates, the Governance Committee uses its network of contacts in MVB’s market area to compile a list of potential candidates. The Governance Committee then meets to discuss each candidate and whether he or she meets the criteria set forth above. The Governance Committee then discusses each candidate’s qualifications and chooses a candidate by majority vote.

Shareholder Nominations of Directors

MVB’s Bylaws provide that nominations for election to the Board of Directors must be made by a shareholder in writing delivered or mailed to the President not less than 90 days prior to the anniversary of the previous year's Annual Meeting, provided, however, that if the date of the Annual Meeting is more than 30 days before or more than 70 days after the anniversary of the previous year's Annual Meeting, the nominations must be mailed or delivered to the President not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day prior to such Annual Meeting or the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of such meeting is first made. The notice of nomination must contain the following information, to the extent known:

Name and address of proposed nominee(s);
Principal occupation of nominee(s);
Total shares to be voted for each nominee;
Name and address of notifying shareholder; and
Number of shares owned by notifying shareholder.

Nominations not made in accordance with these requirements may be disregarded by the chairman of the meeting and in such case the votes cast for each such nominee will likewise be disregarded. All nominees for election at the meeting are incumbent directors or directors of MVB subsidiaries and are included as nominees in this proxy statement. No shareholder recommendations or nominations have been made for election at the 2020 Annual Meeting.



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Human Resources & Compensation Committee (the Compensation Committee). Composed of James J. Cava, Jr., Gary A. LeDonne (Chair) and Dr. Kelly R. Nelson. The purpose of this Compensation Committee is to:

i.
attend to all human resources issues that come before the Board of Directors;
ii.
review and set CEO compensation;
iii.
conduct an annual CEO performance evaluation and goal setting process;
iv.
oversee executive succession planning;
v.
approve senior management salaries; and
vi.
establish the compensation for the individuals that serve on the Board of Directors.

This Compensation Committee also is responsible for administration of all incentive plans. The Compensation Committee reports the results from these meetings to the Board of Directors. The Compensation Committee met eleven (11) times in 2019. All Compensation Committee members are independent. The Compensation Committee Charter was reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors on March 17, 2020 and is available on MVB's Investor Relations website at ir.mvbbanking.com under Overview - Governance Documents.

Code of Conduct and Ethics

The MVB Board of Directors has established a Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Officers that applies to our senior executive and financial officers, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, or persons performing similar functions. We also maintain a Code of Conduct that governs all of our directors, officers and employees. A copy of the Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Officers and the Code of Conduct are available on MVB's Investor Relations website at ir.mvbbanking.com under Overview - Governance Documents. We will promptly disclose any future amendments to these codes on our website, as well as any waivers from these codes for executive officers and directors. Copies of these codes will also be available in print from our Corporate Secretary, without charge, upon request.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

None of the members of our Compensation Committee are, or have been, an officer or employee of MVB. During fiscal year 2019, no member of our Compensation Committee had any relationship with MVB requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K. None of our executive officers serve as a director or compensation committee member of a company that has an executive officer serving on our Compensation Committee or our Board of Directors.

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

The following Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) describes the philosophy, objectives and structure of MVB’s 2019 executive compensation program. This includes discussion and background information regarding the compensation of the CEO, CFO and the next three most highly-compensated executive officers of MVB, collectively referred to as the named executive officers (“NEOs”).

The following executive officers constituted MVB’s NEOs in the past fiscal year:
Executive's Name
 
Title
 
Years of Banking Experience
Larry F. Mazza
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
33
Donald T. Robinson
 
EVP, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer
 
13
H. Edward Dean III
 
CEO, MVB Mortgage
 
28
David A. Jones
 
SVP, Chief Risk Officer
 
32
John T. Schirripa
 
EVP, Chief Commercial Lending Officer
 
34

This CD&A is intended to be read in conjunction with the tables and accompanying footnotes and narrative disclosure that immediately follow this section, which provide further historical compensation information.


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Executive Summary

Overall, the Board of Directors believes that MVB’s compensation program is effective in aligning the compensation of executive officers with the long-term interests of MVB shareholders. Incentive compensation programs consist of a blend of annual performance and time-based compensation. Such programs are structured to preclude excessive and unnecessary risk-taking and utilize performance metrics established in advance based on an annual budget and business planning process. MVB’s incentive plans also contain caps or limits on the amounts that can be awarded.

Clawback policies are also imposed on all compensation awards so that awards or payments are adjusted or recovered if the performance measures supporting such an award are subsequently restated or otherwise adjusted to levels which do not support the award or payment.

Business Highlights

MVB fiscal 2019 highlights include achievement of the following:

In 2019, MVB continued to execute on its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan of MVB 3.0: Think Bigger. Execution of this strategy saw MVB hit new highs in assets and net income. Also, noninterest bearing deposit growth and loan quality were above industry and peer performance. Net income and earnings per share increased 125% and 117%, respectively, from 2018.

MVB believes that the deposit franchise is a key component to the shareholder value of a bank. A major aspect to the deposit franchise is the deposit mix, including noninterest bearing deposits. MVB continues to improve the deposit mix and noninterest bearing deposits now make up 22% of total deposits. While competition is seeing limited growth in noninterest bearing deposits, MVB grew noninterest bearing deposits by 39% in 2019.
Additionally, Net Interest Margin (NIM) continues to be a major contribution to MVB’s earnings. With the volatile rate environment, NIM has been under pressure across the industry for the last several years. For the fifth consecutive year, MVB reported an increase of NIM. MVB’s NIM increased 6 bps, while peer banks from $1 billion to $3 billion in assets within Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland saw NIM decrease 7bps during 2019.
MVB believes that asset quality will always remain a key risk to the banking industry and is critical to safety and soundness. MVB’s non-performing assets to total assets as of December 31, 2019 was 34bps, as compared to 88bps for the peer group mentioned above. Additionally, charge offs in 2019 were 7bps as compared to 12 bps for those peers.
Total shareholder return was increased from MVB stock price appreciation, increased dividend payouts, redemption of outstanding subordinated debt which occurred without diluting shares. Common cash dividends grew from $0.11 in 2018 to $0.195 in 2019 (a 77% increase).

Finally, an important metric to shareholders and shareholder value is MVB’s book value (BV) and tangible book value (TBV). In 2019, BV and TBV increased $2.58 and $2.28 per share or 17.7%, respectively.


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Components of MVB’s Compensation Program

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

MVB’s compensation programs are designed to provide competitive compensation and benefits to promote the interests of MVB and its shareholders while enabling us to attract and retain top-quality executive talent. MVB’s compensation philosophy is built on five core compensation principles:

1)
Pay for Performance
MVB philosophy is performance-based. The incentive plans are designed to drive and improve individual and business performance. Each plan requires measurable goals and objectives to be set, communicated, achieved and audited prior to any award made.

2)
Sound Compensation Practices
All MVB compensation elements will comply with appropriate regulations and sound compensation practices, which neither pay excessive compensation nor encourage inappropriate risk-taking. All behavior must be consistent with MVB’s vision, mission and values.

3)
Pay Structure
Various positions require different levels of skills, knowledge, and personal attributes that drive different rates of pay and/or variable compensation opportunity. Geographic locations will also factor into the process. MVB has an established job structure and evaluation process that provides a formal hierarchy of grades and salary ranges, and a means to determine fairness in job placement within the structure. This pay structure guides us in providing internal equity amongst positions and ensures the maintenance of fairness in compensation practices across divisions of the organization.

4)
Market Competitive Compensation
The “market” sets the framework for opportunity and achievement drives the payout. The intent of the compensation philosophy is to maintain a competitive compensation program and attract and retain top talent across the organization.

5)
Profitability Drives the Programs
Profitability and success are the key drivers in determining compensation opportunity. It is the responsibility of senior management to ensure plans provide a positive return to the Company and shareholders, in addition to appropriately rewarding contributions and successful performance.

How Our Pay Program Works

Our executive compensation philosophy, as outlined above, continues to be based on attracting and retaining top talent while providing competitive compensation that creates a direct, meaningful link between business results and compensation opportunities. We rely on the following three primary elements:
Base Salary
Base pay is used to maintain market competitiveness in attracting and retaining top talent executive officers. Base salaries are reviewed annually, and merit increases are awarded based on performance and in-line with a merit budget. Merit budgets are determined annually based on market conditions and the success of the Company.
Short-Term Incentives
Short-term incentives are tied directly to the Company’s business results. Awards are paid only when business performance is strong, and goals are met.
Long-Term Incentives
Long-term equity awards incentivize executives to deliver long-term shareholder value, while also providing a retention vehicle for executive talent.

Long-term incentive plan in which RSU performance awards vest based upon internal ROA goals (15%) and relative TSR (15%) performance over a three-year period and the time-based RSU awards (70%) with a 5-year time vesting schedule. (Please see 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan Enhancement)


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Target Executive Pay Mix

Consistent with our desire to align pay and performance, we take the above-mentioned primary compensation elements and more heavily weight their distribution towards variable (both bonus and equity) pay. Although our Compensation Committee does not target a specific allocation for each pay element, they are nevertheless cognizant of delivering an appropriate balance between fixed and variable elements, as well as short- and long-term incentives, as evidenced here in the following 2019 target pay mix allocation:

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Executive variable compensation (both bonus and equity) reflects competitive total compensation for MVB’s Executives compared to market.

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Pay and Performance

Our compensation program is grounded in a pay-for-performance philosophy. Performance goals in both our short and long-term incentive plans are set at challenging levels, with the ultimate goal that performance will drive long-term, sustainable value. When financial and stock performance goals are not met, pay outcomes for our executives should reflect this reality.

Compensation Governance Practices

MVB’s pay-for-performance philosophy and compensation governance practices provide an appropriate framework to executives to achieve financial and strategic goals without encouraging them to take excessive risks in their business decisions. Some practices include:
What MVB Does
ü     Pay-for-performance philosophy and culture
ü Comprehensive clawback policy
ü Responsible use of shares under MVB’s long-term incentive program
ü Engage an independent compensation consultant
ü Perform an annual risk assessment of the compensation programs

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Say-on-Pay Vote Results
  
At the 2019 Annual Meeting, 84.49% of the shareholders of MVB voted in favor of our executive compensation proposal (commonly known as “Say-on-Pay” proposal). The Compensation Committee believes this voting result reflects strong shareholder support for our current compensation practices. Based on the results of this vote, changes to the executive long-term incentive plan vesting were made for restricted stock unit awards in 2020.  Instead of gradually moving from 70% time, 30% performance vesting, the Committee decided to expedite the move to a 50% performance, 50% time-vested structure for the 2020 long term equity grants.  The Compensation Committee will continue to review our executive compensation program as well as consider the outcome of the “Say-on-Pay” votes when making future compensation decisions for the NEOs.

Establishing Executive Compensation

Role of the Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee’s process begins with establishing individual and corporate performance objectives by the second quarter of each calendar year. The Compensation Committee engages in an active dialogue with the CEO concerning strategic objectives and performance targets. The Compensation Committee also reviews the appropriateness of the financial measures used in incentive plans, the degree of difficulty in achieving performance targets, and appropriate risk levels. Corporate performance objectives typically are established based on a targeted return on assets and return on equity, as well as growth in earnings per share and individual goals for particular business units within MVB.

The Compensation Committee annually reviews the Compensation Committee Charter and all incentive plans used throughout MVB in all business lines. In this review of the incentive plans, the Compensation Committee determines whether the plans, individually or collectively, encourage excessive risk taking, whether each of the plans has reasonable limits and caps, and whether the overall structure of the incentive plans is aligned with the interests of the shareholders.

Role of Management

Management also plays a role in the compensation setting process. Typically, MVB's CEO will evaluate the performance of the other executive officers and other employees and will assist the Compensation Committee in determining appropriate performance targets and objects for the incentive plans. The CEO may participate in Compensation Committee meetings, when requested, to discuss these items as well as recommendations regarding salary increases, bonuses and other compensation-related matters. The Compensation Committee exercises its own independent discretion in approving compensation for all executive officers and assessing corporate performance against the pre-established objectives. The CEO is not present during deliberations or voting with respect to his own compensation.


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Investor Outreach

Investing in an outreach program, MVB’s CEO, CFO and in some cases, the Chairman of the Compensation Committee, met with the Company's top investors to share the Strategic Plan, provide an overview of leadership and structure, and present MVB compensation methodology.  Other topics included Board governance and executive compensation framework outlining where MVB is adopting best practices and providing alignment with the shareholders. The meetings and discussions were well received by all participants.  Throughout the outreach, MVB connected with investors that held over 40% of the outstanding shares of MVB.
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Use of Outside Advisors

Pursuant to the authority granted to it in its charter, the Compensation Committee may engage an independent executive compensation consultant. In 2019, McLagan, part of the Reward Solutions practice at Aon, provided consulting services to the Compensation Committee, including advice on compensation philosophy, incentive plan design, executive job compensation analysis, director compensation analysis, and CD&A disclosure, among other compensation topics.

The Compensation Committee conducted a specific review of its relationship with McLagan in 2019, taking into account the independence factors set forth in applicable SEC and Nasdaq rules, and determined that McLagan’s work for the Compensation Committee did not raise any conflicts of interest.

Risk Consideration

The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing incentive plans for executive officers that achieve an appropriate balance between MVB’s results and risk. The Compensation Committee recognizes that business in the financial industry inherently requires that MVB take on certain risks: in its lending activities, depository activities, and investing activities, as well as other facets of the organization. Upon due consideration of these items, the Compensation Committee believes that MVB incentive plans are designed in such a way as to encourage executives to take only prudent levels of risk in the pursuit of strong performance on behalf of shareholders. Furthermore, the Compensation Committee believes that MVB’s compensation policies and practices do not create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on its business or operations.

Compensation Competitive Analysis

Use of Peer Group

The Compensation Committee seeks to provide total targeted direct compensation that is competitive and dependent on Company performance and other factors, including size of assets and location. MVB adopts the position that annual compensation for all executive officers should provide bonuses based on performance metrics established at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. In evaluating our peer group, the Compensation Committee considered a number of factors including asset size and market capitalization.

MVB’s talent acquisition strategy focuses on attracting and retaining executives with the experience and skills necessary to grow the organization. MVB executives have generally come from larger metropolitan areas and/or institutions that are significantly larger than MVB. In executing talent strategy, it is necessary to provide a base salary that exceeds the median of banks that are comparable to MVB’s current asset size. Other elements of compensation are adjusted to recognize that base salaries are competitive.

2019 Peer Group

Our Compensation Committee, with the support of McLagan, reviewed the continued appropriateness of our peer group composition. In creating an appropriate peer group, the following criteria was considered:

Assets: $750 million - $4 billion
Revenue: $40 million - $200 million
Locations: DC, DE, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WV
Return on Investment: 5-Year CAGR greater than 5%
Non-Interest Income: greater than 15% of Revenue
Return on Avg Assets: greater than 0%
Consumer Loans: greater than 10% of loan portfolio


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Using these criteria, the following companies were identified as MVB's 2019 peer group:
Access National Corp.
American National Bankshares
Arrow Financial Corp.
Bryn Mawr Bank Corp.
C&F Financial Corp.
Carolina Financial Corp.
Chemung Financial Corp.
Citizens Financial Services
CNB Financial Corp.
Codorus Valley Bancorp Inc.
Entegra Financial
Evans Bancorp Inc.
Farmers National Banc Corp.
Financial Institutions Inc.
First United Corp.
Howard Bancorp Inc.
Kentucky Bancshares Inc.
LCNB Corp.
Peapack-Gladstone Financial
Penns Woods Bancorp Inc.
Peoples Bancorp Inc.
Peoples Financial Services
Premier Financial Bancorp Inc.
SB Financial Group Inc.
Southern First Bancshares Inc.
Southern National Bancorp of VA
Stock Yards Bancorp Inc.
Unity Bancorp Inc.

Components of Executive Compensation

MVB’s executive compensation program consists of three primary elements: base salary, annual cash incentives, and long-term equity incentives, each of which are provided pursuant to employment agreements between MVB and each NEO.

2019 Executive Compensation Highlights

2019 Executive Annual Incentive Plan
Corporation must satisfy a trigger based on exceeding prior year net income for any payments to occur. A portion of the incentive award for all officers is based on corporate performance, which is assessed according to four equally weighted metrics: Net Interest Margin, Noninterest-bearing Deposit Growth, Efficiency Ratio, and Non-Performing Loans/ Total Loans.

2019 Long-Term Incentive Plan
The Company long-term incentive plan vehicles are time-based and performance-based Restricted Stock Units (“RSU”) awards. The performance-based awards will vest based upon Return on Assets (“ROA”) (15%) and relative Total Shareholder Return (“TSR”) (15%) performance over a three-year period, with vested amounts ranging from 0% to 150% of target, depending on results. The time vesting RSUs (70%) will vest solely based on continued service, with a five-year graded vesting schedule.

2019 Stock Ownership Guidelines

In May 2019, our Board of Directors approved new stock ownership guidelines for both our executive and outside directors to further align their interests with our shareholders. The President and CEO must own three times (3x) his annual base salary, designated executives must own one time (1x) their annual base salary, and Directors must own ten times (10x) their annual cash retainer. Executives have five years to meet the ownership requirements. Directors have three years. Stock ownership will be reviewed by the Compensation Committee annually.

Base Salary

Base salary is a key element of executive compensation because it provides executives with a base level of monthly income. In determining base salaries, the Compensation Committee considers the executive’s qualifications and experience, scope of responsibilities and future potential, the goals and objectives established for the executive, the executive’s past performance, competitive salary practices at companies in the peer groups, internal pay equity and the tax deductibility of base salary.

The NEOs received no base pay increases for three years prior 2018. Mr. Dean’s employment agreement was renegotiated in 2017. Mr. Dean had no base salary increase since 2012.


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The table below sets forth the annual base salaries for MVB NEOs for fiscal years 2018 and 2019:
Executive
 
2018 Base Salary ($)
 
2019 Base Salary ($)
 
% Change
Larry F. Mazza
 
$695,000
 
$695,000
 
—%
Donald T. Robinson
 
$360,000
 
$360,000
 
—%
H. Edward Dean III
 
$575,000
 
$575,000
 
—%
John T. Schirripa
 
$275,000
 
$275,000
 
—%
David A. Jones
 
$255,000
 
$255,000
 
—%

2019 Annual Incentive Plan

Four goals were set, with equal weighting, all based on MVB Bank and MVB performance:
2019 Performance Metrics and Results
Primary Trigger:
Prior Year Consolidated Net-Income Number
Net Income as of 12/31/19
 
AIP Goals
 
Weight
 
Threshold -
Eligible for 85% of Potential Payout
 
Target - Eligible for 100% of Potential Payout
 
Maximum - Eligible for 150% of Potential Payout
Performance as of 12/31/19
$12,003,458
$26,991,114
 
Net Interest Margin
 
25%
 
3.40%
 
3.45%
 
3.52%
3.47%
 
Noninterest Bearing Deposit Growth
 
25%
 
$240,000,000
 
$260,000,000
 
$300,000,000
$297,798,121
 
Efficiency Ratio
 
25%
 
73.00%
 
71.00%
 
68.00%
66.17%
 
Non-Performing Loans/Total Loans
 
25%
 
0.65%
 
0.63%
 
0.60%
0.37%

The Board analyzed the metrics that are most critical to driving profitability and shareholder value; Net Interest Margin (NIM), Efficiency Ratio, Non-Performing Assets, and Non-Interest Bearing Deposit Growth.  Interest Income is the largest component of revenue for MVB and in the community banking industry. The ability to improve NIM is critical to the performance of the Bank.  MVB has increased NIM over each of the last five years, while its peers have been declining. In a volatile rate environment the ability to manage NIM is key to a bank’s success.  Efficiency Ratio, which is Non Interest Expense divided by the sum of Interest Income and Non-Interest Income, is indication of a bank’s operating efficiency.  The ability to increase revenues, while managing expenses is why the Board deemed this a key metric.  The Board and management believe the greatest risk to banks remains asset quality. The ability to grow the bank and maintain stellar asset quality is paramount to the Bank’s success. Deposits are viewed a major aspect of a bank’s franchise, and the most valuable are noninterest bearing deposits.  The ability to increase Noninterest bearing deposits and improve the Bank’s deposit mix is key metric in driving shareholder value.   

Executives had target bonus opportunities, as a percentage of base salary, ranging from 25% to 50%, with the opportunity to earn 85% to 150% of that amount based on performance.
2019 Annual Incentive Performance Opportunities
Named Executive Officer
 
2019 Salary ($)
Pro-rated
Salary ($)
 
Target (%)
 
Threshold
85% ($)
 
Target
100% ($)
 
Max
150% ($)
Larry F. Mazza
 
$695,000
$695,000
 
50%
 
$295,375
 
$347,500
 
$521,250
Donald T. Robinson
 
$360,000
$360,000
 
35%
 
$107,100
 
$126,000
 
$189,000
John T. Schirripa
 
$275,000
$275,000
 
35%
 
$81,813
 
$96,250
 
$144,375
David A. Jones
 
$255,000
$255,000
 
20%
 
$43,350
 
$51,000
 
$76,500

Mr. Dean's cash incentive compensation is described in the employment agreement section of the CD&A.

Long-Term Incentive Compensation

MVB’s Compensation Committee believes that long-term incentive compensation is an important component of the compensation program because it has the effect of retaining and motivating executives, aligning executives’ financial interests with the interests of shareholders, and rewarding the achievement of MVB’s long-term strategic goals.


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2019 Equity Grants

Eligibility for an annual equity award and the size of the award is based on the discretion of executive management and the Board of Directors. Mr. Mazza's discretion is used when determining awards for executive officers other than himself. The Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, determines option awards for the CEO. In 2019, the Compensation Committee no longer used stock options as part of the annual equity mix, except in limited circumstances. Instead, executives received equity through two different vehicles:

Time-based equity awards (RSUs); and
Performance-based equity awards (performance RSUs)

The performance RSUs will vest based upon internal ROA goals (15%) and relative TSR (15%) performance over a three-year period, with vested amounts ranging from 0% to 150% of target, depending on results. The time-vesting RSUs (70%) will vest solely based on continued service, following a five-year graded vesting schedule.

In 2019, MVB’s NEOs received the following grants pursuant to the plan.
2019 Long-Term Incentive Performance Awards
 
 
 
 
Time Vested RSUs (70%)
 
TSR Vested RSUs (15%)
 
ROA Vested RSUs (15%)
 
 
% of Salary
 
Granted (#)
 
Share Price ($)
 
Granted (#)
 
Share Price ($)
 
Granted (#)
 
Share Price ($)
Larry F. Mazza
 
65%
 
19,764
 
$16.00
 
5,728
 
$11.83
 
4,235
 
$16.00
Donald T. Robinson
 
35%
 
5,512
 
$16.00
 
1,597
 
$11.83
 
1,181
 
$16.00
John T. Schirripa
 
35%
 
4,210
 
$16.00
 
1,220
 
$11.83
 
902
 
$16.00
David A. Jones
 
20%
 
2,231
 
$16.00
 
646
 
$11.83
 
478
 
$16.00

Mr. Dean's long term incentive compensation is described in the Employment Agreement section of the CD&A.

Total Shareholder Return Comparison Group and Methodology
The 15% of the award which is subject to TSR performance will be assessed utilizing an “outrank” methodology, whereby MVB’s percent rank is assessed against its compensation peer group, defined as the peer group in use at the time of grant. The percent rank will determine the payout percentage as described in the table below:
Performance Level
 
TSR Percent Rank
 
Payout (% of Target)
Threshold
 
25th Percentile
 
0%
Target
 
50th Percentile
 
100%
Maximum
 
75th Percentile
 
150%

Return on Assets Goal
An additional 15% of the award is subject to the bank’s ROA performance but is assessed against internal goals. These goals will be defined at Threshold, Target and Maximum performance, and will correspond with payouts at 0%, 100%, and 150% of target, respectively.

The ROA goal will be defined for the three-year period, based on the average annual ROA for each of the three years in the performance period. The goals will be established and defined in award agreements at the time of grant.

2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan Enhancement

In consideration of market competitiveness and investor feedback, in 2018 our Compensation Committee determined the need to shift away from long-term incentives in the sole form of stock options and introduced both time-based and performance-based RSU awards to the executive’s equity vehicle mix.

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Since then, the Compensation Committee has shifted the mix further, with a greater emphasis on performance-based RSUs in each subsequent year. This trend will continue in the next year as the dollar value of each executive’s target equity award will consist of 50% performance-based RSUs. The evolution of the equity program is summed below:

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Additional Compensation Practices and Policies

Recoupment (“Clawback”) Policy

MVB has an incentive compensation recoupment ("clawback") policy in place, which provides for the recoupment of certain compensation paid to executive officers of the Company under certain circumstances involving material financial restatements. MVB may recoup any cash and equity incentive compensation that is paid, awarded or vested based on the achievement of reported financial results that are subsequently restated or otherwise adjusted to levels which do not support the award or payment.

Perquisites and Other Benefits

Executive officers participate in other employee benefit plans generally available to all employees on the same terms as similarly situated employees. These plans include medical, dental, group life insurance, and group disability programs, as well as health savings accounts for reimbursement of medical expenses.

Bank-Owned Life Insurance Program

In 1999, MVB implemented a bank-owned life insurance program which was primarily designed to offset the cost of certain employee benefit plans. The policies purchased are primarily general and hybrid. It is MVB’s intention to hold the insurance until the ultimate death of each insured. MVB addressed insurable interest requirements by offering the program only to officers, required their written consent to participate in the program and irrevocably assigned a set death benefit for each insured to be paid to the insured’s beneficiary upon the death of the insured directly from MVB’s general accounts.

Specifically, the program insures approximately 50 current or former officers, at the level of vice president or higher, and two current directors. Each officer has consented to participate in the program. Each officer has also been irrevocably assigned a set death benefit in the policy proceeds on the employee’s life which is payable to the insured’s designated beneficiary upon the death of the insured. On average, the death benefit payable to MVB as a multiple of salary is approximately 3.22 times annual salary. All of the NEOs have such policies for the primary benefit of MVB against their lives, and only if such policies remain in force by MVB until their death, the Company would be the primary beneficiary.


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Retirement 401(k) Plan

MVB maintained a defined contribution 401(k) retirement savings plan for all employees over the age of 21 years old. The 401(k) plan provided that each participant may contribute up to 100% of his or her pre-tax compensation or after-tax (Roth) deferral contribution amounts; up to a statutory limit of $19,000. Participants who are at least 50 years old are also entitled to make “catch-up” contributions, which may be up to an additional $6,000. MVB currently utilizes an automatic enrollment strategy in which new employees over the age of 21 are automatically enrolled in the plan at a pre-tax deferral rate of 5% unless they make the decision to opt out via the system platform.

MVB matches 50% up to 5% of the participant’s total compensation on a per pay basis, subject to IRS limitations. Full-time employees and certain part-time team members are eligible to participate upon the first month following their first day of employment or having attained age 21, whichever is later. Under MVB’s 401(k) plan, each employee is fully vested in his or her deferred salary contributions. Employer contributions vest as per the 401(k) plan document. Employee and employer contributions are held and invested by the plan’s trustee.

Employment Contracts

MVB and its subsidiaries provide certain executive officers with written employment contracts in order to secure the services of key talent within the highly competitive financial services industry. With the exception of Mr. Dean, these contracts are generally the same and are reviewed and updated annually if necessary. The non-competition provisions in the agreements are intended to protect MVB from competitive disadvantage if one of MVB’s NEOs leaves MVB to work for a competitor.

The contracts provide for discharge for cause and terminate in the event of the death of the employee. If terminated by reason of the death of the employee, the employee shall be paid when due and in accordance with MVB’s normal payroll practices and relevant policies. If terminated without cause, the employee is entitled to a severance payment equal to a set number of months of the employee’s base salary.

Although the employment contracts for each executive officer contain termination provisions which would permit salary continuation under certain circumstances in the event the contracts are terminated by MVB, the Change in Control Agreements, described in the succeeding section, contain provisions that, if the employee so elects, supersede and replace the termination benefits under an employee’s employment contract in the event of a termination or severance of such an executive officer’s employment subsequent to a change in control. Thus, the employee can elect a termination payment only under one form of benefit, either under the employment contract or the Change in Control Agreement, and if the employee elects a benefit under the Change in Control Agreement, no termination benefit is payable under the employee’s employment agreement.

The employment agreements with NEOs are described below under “Employment Agreements and Change in Control.”

Mr. Schirripa and Mr. Jones currently do not have employment agreements.

Change in Control Agreements

MVB believes that Change in Control Agreements provide security for its employees and minimize distraction of employees in the event of a significant merger and acquisition scenario, allowing them to remain objective and focused on maximizing shareholder value. The Change in Control Agreements are reviewed and updated annually.

The Change in Control Agreements set forth certain terms and conditions upon the occurrence of a “change in control event.” Absent a “change in control event,” the Change in Control Agreements do not require MVB to retain the employees in its employ or to pay any specified level of compensation or benefits.

After a Change in Control (as defined below), an involuntary termination of employment without cause may occur under either of the following circumstances:

a material diminution of the employee’s authority, duties or responsibilities, or
a change in the geographic location at which the employee must perform the services rendered hereunder which is more than fifty (50) miles from the employee’s then current location.


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In such event, the employee would be entitled to a severance payment equal to a set number of months of the employee’s base salary.

A “Change of Control” means either: (i) the acquisition, directly or indirectly, by any person(s), group of persons or other organization of units at MVB, which, when added to any other units the beneficial ownership of which is held by such acquirer(s), shall result in ownership by any person(s), group of persons or other organization, of greater than 50% of such units; or (ii) the occurrence of any merger, consolidation, exchange or reorganization to which MVB is a party and to which MVB (or any entity controlled thereby) is not a surviving entity, or the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of MVB, provided, however, no Change of Control shall have occurred if, with respect to (i) or (ii) above, the acquirer, surviving entity or owner of the assets is MVB or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Compensation Committee Report

The Compensation Committee of MVB has reviewed and discussed the foregoing CD&A required by Item 402(b) of Regulation S-K with management and, based on such review and discussion, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors has approved, that the CD&A be included in this proxy statement.

Submitted by the Compensation Committee:
Gary A. LeDonne, Chairman
James J. Cava, Jr.
Dr. Kelly R. Nelson

This report shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, unless MVB specifically incorporates this report by reference. It will not otherwise be filed under such Acts.


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Executive Compensation

The following information is prepared based on positions as of 2019. In 2019, compensation was paid to the employees by MVB or MVB Bank, unless otherwise noted. The following table summarizes compensation paid to executive officers and other highly paid individuals for the periods indicated.
Summary Compensation Table - Fiscal Years 2017, 2018 and 2019
Name and Principal Position
 
Year
 
Salary ($)1
 
Bonus ($)2
 
Stock Awards ($)
 
Option Awards ($)3
 
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation ($)
 
Change in Pension Value and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Earnings ($)
 
All Other
Compensation ($)
4
 
Total ($)
Larry F. Mazza
President & CEO, MVB
Financial Corp. and MVB Bank
 
2019
 
$739,731
 
$0
 
$451,750
 
$0
 
$487,890
 
$81,990
 
$52,601
 
$1,813,962
 
2018
 
$694,404
 
$0
 
$406,250
 
$603,000
 
$472,794
 
$27,433
 
$51,514
 
$2,255,395
2017
 
$643,250
 
$0
 
$0
 
$160,000
 
$0
 
$50,652
 
$52,075
 
$905,977
Donald T. Robinson
EVP, Chief Financial Officer,
MVB Financial Corp.
 
2019
 
$397,846
 
$25,000
 
$126,000
 
$0
 
$176,904
 
$26,070
 
$8,938
 
$760,758
2018
 
$381,370
 
$0
 
$122,500
 
$90,450
 
$174,637
 
$8,678
 
$8,494
 
$786,130
2017
 
$374,187
 
$0
 
$0
 
$80,000
 
$0
 
$9,762
 
$9,939
 
$473,888
H. Edward Dean, III
President & CEO, MVB Mortgage.
* compensation paid by MVB Mortgage
 
2019
 
$615,178
 
$0
 
$0
 
$0
 
$890,383
 
$421,885
 
$27,748
 
$1,955,194
 
2018
 
$593,250
 
$0
 
$0
 
$0
 
$374,015
 
$378,327
 
$28,665
 
$1,374,257
2017
 
$996,176
 
$620,497
 
$0
 
$528,400
 
$0
 
$7,914
 
$28,960
 
$2,181,947
David A. Jones
SVP, Chief Risk Officer, MVB Financial Corp. and MVB
 
2019
 
$264,808
 
$0
 
$51,000
 
$0
 
$71,604
 
$46,556
 
$10,190
 
$444,158
 
2018
 
$253,654
 
$0
 
$50,000
 
$0
 
$88,540
 
$15,962
 
$7,638
 
$415,794
 
2017
 
$250,000
 
$0
 
$0
 
$48,000
 
$0
 
$26,882
 
$8,170
 
$333,052
John T. Schirripa
EVP, Chief Commercial Lending Officer, Regional President – West Virginia, MVB Bank, Inc.
 
2019
 
$285,577
 
$0
 
$96,250
 
$0
 
$135,135
 
$31,768
 
$6,502
 
$555,232
 
2018
 
$272,308
 
$0
 
$92,750
 
$90,450
 
$133,115
 
$10,899
 
$6,343
 
$605,865
 
2017
 
$265,000
 
$0
 
$0
 
$80,000
 
$0
 
$19,195
 
$5,905
 
$370,100
1 This figure includes salary, commission, and vehicle allowance. In 2019, due to payroll falling on 01/01/20, the last payroll cycle was processed on 12/31/19, and therefore was an extra payroll in 2019; hence the salary increase from prior year.

2 Robinson received a $25,000 bonus for performance related to transactional projects in 2019. “$0/$-” indicates that no bonuses were paid in the fiscal year 2018 for 2017 performance and 2017 for 2016 performance.

3 This figure is calculated using the Black-Scholes value at the time of the grant.

4 This figure includes director fees of $39,500 and $17,500 for 2019, $38,900 and $18,700 for 2018,and $38,300 and $19,600 for 2017 for Messrs. Mazza and Dean, respectively. This figure also includes education expenses of $1,824, $375, and $495 for Messrs. Mazza, Robinson, and Jones for 2017.


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GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS TABLE - FISCAL YEAR 2019

 
 
 
 
Estimated future payouts
under non-equity incentive
awards
 
Estimated future payouts
under equity incentive
plan awards
 
All other stock awards: number of shares of stock or units (#)
 
All other option awards: number of securities underlying options
(#)
 
Exercise or base price of option awards
($/sh)
 
Grant date fair value of stock and option awards
($)
Name
 
Grant Date
 
Threshold
($)
 
Target
($)
 
Maximum
($)
 
Threshold
(#)
 
Target
(#)
 
Maximum
(#)
 
 
 
 
Larry F. Mazza

5/20/19

$295,375
 
$347,500
 
$521,250
 
 
 
19,764
 
21,740
 
19,764
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$316,225

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5,728
 
8,592
 
5,728
 
 
 
$11.83
 
$67,793

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4,235
 
6,353
 
4,235
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$67,793
Donald T. Robinson

5/20/19

$107,100
 
$126,000
 
$189,000
 
 
 
5,512
 
6,063
 
5,512
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$88,200

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,597
 
2,396
 
1,597
 
 
 
$11.83
 
$18,900

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,181
 
1,772
 
1,181
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$18,900
H. Edward Dean, III

N/A

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David A. Jones

5/20/19

$43,350
 
$51,000
 
$76,500
 
 
 
2,231
 
3,625
 
2,231
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$35,700

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
646
 
969
 
646
 
 
 
$11.83
 
$7,650

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
478
 
717
 
478
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$7,650
John T. Schirripa

5/20/19

$81,813
 
$96,250
 
$144,375
 
 
 
4,210
 
4,632
 
4,210
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$67,375

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,220
 
1,830
 
1,220
 
 
 
$11.83
 
$14,438

5/20/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
902
 
1,353
 
902
 
 
 
$16.00
 
$14,438

The Board of Directors believes that the successful implementation of its business strategy will depend upon attracting, retaining, and motivating able executives, managers, and other key employees. The 2013 MVB Financial Corp. Stock Incentive Plan (Amended) provides that the Compensation Committee appointed by the Board of Directors has the flexibility to grant stock options, merit awards and rights to acquire stock through purchase under a stock purchase program. Typically, grants have a five-year vesting period with an expiration life span of ten years.

During 2019, the Compensation Committee granted 45 awards, totaling 46,250 shares at exercise prices ranging from $15.41 to $20.85 per share. The expense to be recognized with respect to such awards will be amortized over the vesting period, beginning the year of the grant.


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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End - Fiscal Year 2019
Name
 
Option Awards
 
Stock Awards
 
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Exercisable
 
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Unexercisable
 
Equity
Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options (#)
 
Option
Exercise
Price
($)
 
Option
Expiration
Date
 
Number of Shares or Units of Stock that have not Vested
(#)
 
Market Value of Shares or Units of Stock that have not Vested ($)
 
Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Number of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights that have not Vested (#)
 
Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Market or Payout Value of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights that have not Vested ($)
Larry F. Mazza
 
50,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
12/31/22
 
16,598
 
$413,622
 
4,178
 
$156,174
 
50,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
01/01/23
 
19,764
 
$492,519
 
9,963
 
$359,570
 
120,000
 
 
 
$16.00
 
02/01/24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
60,000
 
40,000
 
 
$12.50
 
02/03/26
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20,000
 
30,000
 
 
$12.85
 
03/21/27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20,000
 
80,000
 
 
$19.65
 
02/21/28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donald T. Robinson
 
14,002
 
 
 
$12.00
 
12/31/22
 
5,005
 
$124,725
 
1,259
 
$47,061
 
15,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
01/01/23
 
5,512
 
$137,359
 
2,278
 
$100,260
 
50,000
 
 
 
$16.00
 
12/31/23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9,000
 
6,000
 
 
$12.50
 
02/03/26
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
60,000
 
40,000
 
 
$13.25
 
09/21/26
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10,000
 
15,000
 
 
$12.85
 
03/21/27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3,000
 
12,000
 
 
$19.65
 
02/21/28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
H. Edward Dean, III
 
10,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
01/01/23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3,000
 
 
 
$16.00
 
02/21/24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,600
 
400
 
 
$13.50
 
03/02/25
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6,000
 
4,000
 
 
$12.50
 
02/03/26
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
800
 
1,200
 
 
$12.85
 
03/21/27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
75,000
 
25,000
 
 
$18.26
 
11/07/27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David A. Jones
 
10,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
12/31/22
 
2,042
 
$50,887
 
514
 
$19,213
 
10,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
01/01/23
 
2,231
 
$55,597
 
1,124
 
$40,566
 
10,000
 
 
 
$16.00
 
12/31/23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3,000
 
2,000
 
 
$12.50
 
02/03/26
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6,000
 
9,000
 
 
$12.85
 
03/21/27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John T. Schirripa
 
15,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
12/31/22
 
3,789
 
94,422
 
953
 
$35,623
 
15,000
 
 
 
$12.00
 
01/01/23
 
4,210
 
104,913
 
2,122
 
$76,584
 
2,000
 
 
 
$16.00
 
12/31/23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30,000
 
20,000
 
 
$12.50
 
02/03/26
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10,000
 
15,000
 
 
$12.85
 
03/21/27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3,000
 
12,000
 
 
$19.65
 
02/21/28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Option Exercises and Stock Vested - Fiscal Year 2019
 
 
Option Awards
 
Stock Awards
Name
 
Number of
Shares Acquired on Exercise
(#)
 
Value Realized on Exercise
($)
 
Number of
Shares Acquired on Vesting
(#)
 
Value Realized on Vesting
($)
Larry A. Mazza
 
66,000
 
$599,940
 
 
David A. Jones
 
17,600
 
$159,984
 
 
John T. Schirripa
 
22,000
 
$215,651
 
 


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Retirement Plans

MVB provided a defined benefit retirement plan for all qualifying employees; however, the defined benefit plan has been frozen, and no service after May 31, 2014 is taken into consideration for determining a benefit. All qualifying employees actively employed on May 31, 2014 are 100% vested, but no subsequent vesting is contemplated. The plan provides for benefits based on the highest five consecutive years of earnings multiplied by 2 ½ times the years of service. Normal retirement age is 65. All retiree benefits are calculated in the same manner. The benefits are summarized in the table below:
PENSION BENEFITS TABLE

Name
 
Plan Name
 
Number of Years
Credited Service
(#)
 
Present
Value of
Accumulated Benefit
($)
 
Payments During
Last Fiscal Year
($)
Larry F. Mazza
 
Allegheny Group Retirement Plan
 
9.250
 
$489,642
 
None
Donald T. Robinson
 
Allegheny Group Retirement Plan
 
3.167
 
$89,986
 
None
H. Edward Dean, III
 
Allegheny Group Retirement Plan
 
1.417
 
$65,232
 
None
David A. Jones
 
Allegheny Group Retirement Plan
 
9.250
 
$252,267
 
None
John T. Schirripa
 
Allegheny Group Retirement Plan
 
3.917
 
$180,373
 
None

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

Nonqualified deferred compensation plans currently are not available to executive management.

Employment Agreements and Change in Control

MVB has employment agreements with Messrs. Mazza, Robinson, and Dean.

Mr. Mazza has a written employment agreement with MVB, effective January 1, 2014 as amended on January 21, 2014, that can be renewed annually. Mr. Mazza’s current salary is $695,000 per year, payable in accordance with MVB’s general payroll practices and is subject to future adjustment.  Mr. Mazza continues to be eligible to participate in the MVB annual executive performance incentive plan.  Mr. Mazza’s employment may be terminated for cause, terminated without cause, terminated due to death or permanent disability, or constructively terminated in the event of a change in control, all subject to certain conditions and commitments, including, if termination without cause or constructive termination occurs, a severance payment of two years of the then current annual base salary, provided that a general release of claims is executed. Additionally, in the event Mr. Mazza is constructively terminated upon a change in control, he would be entitled to all compensation that would have been payable through the applicable term of employment. Upon any separation from the Company, Mr. Mazza would also be entitled to accrued salary, bonuses, vacation pay and reimbursement of appropriate business expenses. Mr. Mazza’s employment agreement also includes provisions related to treatment of confidential information, the return of MVB’s property in the event of a resignation or termination, non-solicitation and non-interference, and non-competition for one (1) year in West Virginia and also within 50 miles of a place of business of MVB or any MVB subsidiary. If Mr. Mazza’s employment were terminated without cause as of December 31, 2019 he would have been entitled to receive a lump sum of $1,390,000 from MVB and all stock options and restricted stock units, totaling $5,592,900 would immediately vest.

Mr. Robinson has a written employment agreement with MVB, effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Robinson’s current salary is $360,000 per year payable in accordance with MVB’s general payroll practices and is subject to future adjustment. Mr. Robinson is eligible to participate in the MVB annual executive performance incentive plan.Mr. Robinson’s employment may be terminated for cause, terminated without cause, terminated due to death or permanent disability, or constructively terminated in the event of a change in control, all subject to certain conditions and commitments, including, if termination without cause or constructive termination occurs, a severance payment of one year of the then current annual base salary, provided that a general release of claims is executed. Upon separation from the Company, Mr. Robinson would also be entitled to accrued, but unpaid, salary and benefits. Mr. Robinson’s employment agreement also includes provisions related to treatment of confidential information, the return of MVB’s property in the event of a resignation or termination, non-solicitation and non-interference, and non-competition. During the term of this agreement and for one-year period following the effective date of the termination of this agreement, Mr. Robinson will not, directly or indirectly, individually or as an employee, joint venture, partner, agent, or independent contractor of any other person, provide or render services that are competitive with the services provided by Mr. Robinson thereunder at any

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location within 50 miles of Mr. Robinson's primary office. If Mr. Robinson’s employment were terminated without cause as of December 31, 2019, he would have been entitled to receive a lump sum of $360,000 from MVB and all stock options and restricted stock units, totaling $2,554,805 would immediately vest.

Mr. Dean’s current term of employment is through December 31, 2020, at which time employment shall cease unless otherwise agreed. Effective January 1, 2018 his base compensation is set at an annual rate of $575,000. Beginning January 1, 2018, Mr. Dean became entitled to receive a monthly cash payment equal to 9% of MVB Mortgage’s pre-tax income.

Mr. Dean's employment agreement also allows for his participation in a Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (“SERP”), to take effect on December 31, 2017. Under the SERP, if Dean completes three years of continuous employment with MVB Mortgage prior to his retirement date (which shall be no earlier than the date he attains age 55), he will, upon retirement, be entitled to receive $1.8 million (the “Retirement Benefit”), payable in 180 equal consecutive monthly installments of $10,000. In the event Mr. Dean is deceased prior to his retirement, the Retirement Benefit will fully vest and shall be payable to Mr. Dean’s beneficiary. Should Mr. Dean become deceased after his retirement, the remaining balance of the Retirement Benefit will fully vest and become payable to Mr. Dean’s beneficiary. If Mr. Dean is terminated without Cause or due to Disability, or if Mr. Dean terminates his employment for Good Reason (as each such terms are defined in the SERP), the Retirement Benefit shall immediately vest. If Mr. Dean is terminated for Cause, he will not be entitled to the Retirement Benefit. Pursuant to the SERP, Mr. Dean also entered into a Confidentiality, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement, containing non-solicitation and non-competition covenants throughout the 24-month period following his employment termination.

Mr. Dean’s employment may be terminated for cause, terminated without cause, terminated due to death or permanent disability, or constructively terminated in the event of a change in control, all subject to certain conditions and commitments. If Mr. Dean’s employment is terminated without cause, or terminated by Mr. Dean for a good reason, as defined under the agreement (including after a change of control) Mr. Dean would be entitled to: receive 18 months' compensation based on an average of the sum of the two years' W-2, all stock options possessed by Mr. Dean would immediately vest; and he would receive payments for health insurance premiums for the maximum time provided under COBRA plus an additional six months.  If employment terminates due to death or disability, Mr. Dean, or his estate, shall receive an amount shown on Mr. Dean's Form W-2 for the previous fiscal year. The agreement also provides that, on termination without cause, or termination by Mr. Dean without good reason, as defined in the agreement, Mr. Dean will not compete with, or solicit customers or employees of MVB or Potomac Mortgage Group for a period of 18 months within the counties in which MVB, MVB Bank, and MVB Mortgage operate.  If Mr. Dean’s employment were terminated without cause as of December 31, 2019, he would have been entitled to receive a lump sum of $2,908,038 from MVB and its subsidiaries under this agreement. Further, all stock options, totaling $993,140, would immediately vest.

CEO Pay Ratio

As required by applicable SEC rules, we are providing the following information about the relationship of the annual total compensation of our employees and the annual total compensation of Larry F. Mazza, our year-end CEO.

For fiscal 2019, MVB’s last completed fiscal year:

the median of the annual total compensation of all employees at MVB, including its consolidated subsidiaries (other than CEO Larry F. Mazza), was $60,076; and
the annual total compensation of Larry F. Mazza, MVB's CEO was $1,813,962.

Based on this information, the ratio for 2019 of the annual total compensation of MVB’s President & CEO to the median of the annual total compensation of all employees is approximately 30.2 to 1. With respect to the annual total compensation of the CEO, MVB used the amount reported in the “Total” column of 2019 Summary Compensation Table. As permitted under Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, we have determined to utilize the same median employee for 2019 as we did in 2018, based on our conclusion that (i) there has been no change in our employee compensation arrangements that we reasonably believe would result in a significant change in our pay ratio disclosure; and (ii) there has been no change in our employee population that we believe would result in a significant change to our pay ratio disclosure.

The pay ratio reported above is a reasonable estimate calculated in a manner consistent with SEC rules based on our internal records and the methodology described above. The SEC rules for identifying the median-compensated employee and calculating the pay ratio based on that employee’s annual total compensation allow companies to adopt a variety of methodologies, to apply

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certain exclusions, and to make reasonable estimates and assumptions that reflect their employee populations and compensation practices. Therefore, the pay ratio reported by other companies may not be comparable to the pay ratio reported above, as other companies have different employee populations and compensation practices and may utilize different methodologies, exclusions, estimates and assumptions in calculating their own pay ratios.

Director Compensation
    
Our compensation policy for non-employee directors is as set forth below:

Members of the boards of MVB and its subsidiaries received a fee of $300 for each board meeting attended and a fee of $300 for each committee meeting they attended, with the exception of members of the Audit Committee who received $350 for each meeting attended
$10,000 annual retainer fee for each MVB director
$7,000 annual retainer fee for each MVB Bank director
$1,500 annual retainer fee for each MVB Mortgage director
Chair retainer fees as follows: $40,000 Board of Directors; $1,500 MVB CDC board of directors; $25,000 Audit Committee; $12,500 Finance Committee; $12,500 Governance Committee; $5,000 Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO Committee) (of MVB Bank); $15,000 Compensation Committee; $2,000 Loan Review Committee (of MVB Bank)
$75,000 restricted stock unit equity award with a one-year time vesting schedule

Director Compensation - Fiscal Year 2019
Director Name
 
Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash
($)
 
Stock Awards
($)
1
 
Option Awards
($)
 
Change in Pension Value and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Earnings
($)
 
All Other Compensation ($)
 
Total
($)
David B. Alvarez
 
$63,467
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$138,467
James J. Cava, Jr.
 
$68,983
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$143,983
John W. Ebert
 
$48,300
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$123,300
Daniel W. Holt
 
$27,500
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$102,500
Gary A. LeDonne
 
$61,100
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$136,100
Dr. Kelly R. Nelson
 
$49,100
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$124,100
J. Christopher Pallotta
 
$59,600
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$134,600
Cheryl D. Spielman
 
$35,367
 
$75,000
 
 
 
 
$110,367
1 Each director was granted Time-Vested RSUs on June 3, 2019 at a share price of $15.82 per share for 4,740 shares, which will be fully vested on June 3, 2020.

Certain Transactions with Directors, Officers and Their Associates

MVB and MVB Bank have, and expect to continue to have, banking and other transactions in the ordinary course of business with their directors and officers and their affiliates, including members of their families or corporations, partnerships or other organizations in which officers or directors have a controlling interest, on substantially the same terms (including documentation, price, interest rates, and collateral, repayment and amortization schedules and default provisions) as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with unrelated parties. All of these transactions were made on substantially the same terms (including interest rates, collateral and repayment terms on loans) as comparable transactions with non-affiliated persons. MVB’s management believes that these transactions did not involve more than the normal business risk of collection or include any unfavorable features. All related-party loans require approval from the Board of Directors of MVB.


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Principal Holders of Voting Securities

Ownership of Securities by Directors, Nominees and Executive Officers

As of March 1, 2020, ownership by directors, nominees and NEOs of MVB was:
Name of Beneficial Owner
 
Amount of Common Stock
Beneficially Owned
1 2
 
Percent of
Ownership
3
David B. Alvarez4
 
300,132
 
2.50%
James J. Cava, Jr.5
 
177,063
 
1.48%
H. Edward Dean6
 
279,523
 
2.32%
John W. Ebert
 
81,910
 
-
Daniel W. Holt
 
7,272
 
-
Gary A. LeDonne
 
46,629
 
-
Larry F. Mazza7
 
687,519
 
5.56%
Dr. Kelly R. Nelson8
 
69,420
 
-
J. Christopher Pallotta
 
136,329
 
1.14%
Cheryl D. Spielman
 
3,430
 
-
Donald T. Robinson
 
185,580
 
1.52%
David A. Jones
 
82,679
 
-
John T. Schirripa
 
122,199
 
1.01%
Directors and Executive Officers as a group
 
2,179,685
 
17.07%
1 Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, and includes shares held by adults and immediate family living in the same household and any related entity in which a 10% or greater ownership percentage is maintained.

2 Includes common shares outstanding and 2,000 stock option shares that became exercisable February 1, 2015; 1,000 stock option shares that became exercisable January 21, 2016; 800 stock option shares that became exercisable February 3, 2017 for all Directors, except for Dean, Holt, LeDonne, Mazza and Spielman; 600 stock option shares that became exercisable March 21, 2018 for all Directors, except for Dean, Holt, Mazza and Spielman and 400 stock option shares that became exercisable February 21, 2019 for all Directors, except for Dean, Mazza and Spielman. Also includes 99,200, 43,000, 370,000, 172,002, and 93,000 shares which may be acquired by Dean, Jones, Mazza, Robinson, and Schirripa, respectively, within 60 days through the exercise of options. This total does not include options that have been granted but not exercisable within 60 days.

3 (-) Indicates percentage ownership < 1%.

4 Includes 187,833 common shares that were, as of March 1, 2020, pledged as security for a line of credit advanced by a third party lender for Mr. Alvarez's business.

5 Includes 40,343 common shares that were pledged as collateral in a margin account as of March 1, 2020, which margin account had a zero balance and is now closed.

6 Includes 10,567 common shares that were pledged as collateral in a margin account as of March 1, 2020, which margin account had a zero balance and is now closed.

7 Includes 157,482 common shares that were, as of March 1, 2020, pledged as security for loan proceeds advanced by a third party lender to facilitate Mr. Mazza’s purchase of Company stock options.

8 Includes 7,222 common shares that were pledged as additional security for a loan as of March 1, 2020. Such pledge has now been released.


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Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners

The table below sets forth information with respect to those persons (other than the officers/directors listed above) known to the Company to have owned beneficially 5% or more of the outstanding shares of common stock as of December 31, 2019. The information as to beneficial ownership is based upon statements filed by such persons with the SEC under Section 13(d) or 13(g) of the Exchange Act.
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
 
Amount of Common Stock Beneficially Owned
 
Percent of Class
EJF Capital LLC1
2107 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 410
Arlington, VA 22201
 
1,129,478
 
9.46
Second Curve Capital, LLC2
150 Radnor Chester Road, Suite F120
Radnor, PA 19087
 
631,645
 
5.29
1 As disclosed on Schedule 13 G/A filed with the SEC on February 13, 2019, EJF Sidecar Fund, Series LLC - Series E (“EJF Sidecar Series E”) is the record owner of 249,900 shares of Common Stock and EJF Sidecar Fund, Series LLC - Small Financial Equities Series (“EJF Sidecar Series SFE”) is the record owner of 879,578 shares of Common Stock as of December 31, 2018.

2 As disclosed on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 10, 2020, Second Curve Capital, LLC and Thomas K. Brown, Managing Member, have shared power to vote or to direct the vote or to dispose or to direct the disposition of 631,645 shares of common stock as of December 31, 2019. Thomas K. Brown disclaims beneficial ownership in the common stock reported except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.

2.    NON-BINDING ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
    
MVB is providing shareholders with a non-binding advisory vote on compensation programs for our NEOs listed in the table entitled “Summary Compensation Table” (sometimes referred to as “Say on Pay”). This vote is required under Section 14A of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78n-1), and such vote is currently held every year. Accordingly, you may vote on the following resolution at the 2020 Annual Meeting:

“Resolved, that the shareholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers as disclosed in the accompanying compensation tables, and the related narrative disclosure in this proxy statement.”

This vote is advisory in nature and therefore, is non-binding. The Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee, which is comprised of independent directors, expect to take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation decisions to the extent they can determine the cause or causes of any significant negative voting results.

The management of MVB and Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR” the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our NEOs as disclosed in the CD&A, the accompanying compensation tables and the related narrative disclosure.

The proxy will be voted “FOR” the approval of executive compensation, unless otherwise directed.


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3.    RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED ACCOUNTING FIRM

The firm of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP examined and audited the financial statements of MVB for 2019 and 2018.

The following fees were billed by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP as indicated:
 
 
2019
 
2018
Audit Fees 1
 
$375,000
 
$308,300
Audit-Related Fees 2
 
16,622
 
15,734
Tax Fees 3
 
27,220
 
43,620
All Other Fees 4
 
36,195
 
42,786
Total
 
$455,037
 
$410,440
1 “Audit Fees” are fees billed by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP for professional services rendered for the audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements, review of consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s quarterly reports, and for services normally provided by the independent auditor in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements.

2 “Audit-Related Fees” are fees billed by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP for assurance and related services professional services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of Company financial statements and are not reported under “Audit Fees.”

3 “Tax Fees” are fees billed by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP for professional services rendered in connection with tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning.

4 “All Other Fees” are fees billed by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP for services provided in relation to the filing of registration statements with the SEC, reviewing executive compensation matters, and any other products and services provided by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, other than those services described above.

The Audit Committee has considered whether Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP has maintained its independence during the fiscal year ended 2019. The Audit Committee requires that the Audit Committee pre-approve all audit and non-audit services to be provided to MVB by the independent accountants, except for cumulative expenditures not to exceed $5,000. Further, the pre-approval policies may be waived, with respect to the provision of any non-audit services, consistent with the exceptions for federal securities laws. The Audit Committee did not waive the pre-approval requirement of any other services during 2019 or 2018.

The Audit Committee proposes that Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP will examine and audit the financial statements of MVB for 2020. The proxies will vote your proxy “FOR” ratification of the selection of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, unless otherwise directed. Representatives of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP are expected to attend the Annual Meeting via webcast, will have an opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so, and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR” the ratification of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP to serve as independent registered accounting firm for the fiscal year ending 2020.

4.    OTHER INFORMATION

Voting of Proxies

If any of the nominees for election as directors should be unable to serve as Directors by reason of death or other unexpected occurrence, a proxy will be voted for a substitute nominee or nominees designated by the Board of Directors of MVB unless the Board of Directors adopts a resolution pursuant to the Bylaws reducing the number of directors.

The Board of Directors is unaware of any other matters to be considered at the meeting but, if any other matters properly come before the meeting, persons named in the proxy will vote such proxy in accordance with their judgment on such matters.


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Legal Actions

From time to time in the ordinary course of business, the Company and its subsidiaries are subject to claims, asserted or unasserted, or named as a party to lawsuits or investigations. Litigation, in general, and intellectual property and securities litigation, in particular, can be expensive and disruptive to normal business operations. Moreover, the results of legal proceedings cannot be predicted with any certainty and in the case of more complex legal proceedings, the results are difficult to predict at all. The Company is not aware of any asserted or unasserted legal proceedings or claims that the Company believes would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of the Company’s operations.

Form 10-K Annual Report

Upon written request by any shareholder to Lisa J. McCormick, Corporate Secretary, MVB Financial Corp, 301 Virginia Avenue, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554, a copy of MVB's 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K will be provided without charge. You may also find a copy of MVB’s Form 10-K on the SEC’s website: http://www.sec.gov and MVB’s 2020 Annual Meeting website: www.edocumentview.com/MVBF.

Shareholder Communications with the Board of Directors

Any shareholder desiring to contact the Board of Directors or any individual director serving on the Board of Directors may do so by written communication mailed to: Board of Directors (Attention: (name of director(s), as applicable)), care of the Corporate Secretary, MVB Financial Corp. 301 Virginia Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554. Any proper communication so received will be processed by the Corporate Secretary as agent for the Board of Directors. Unless, in the judgment of the Corporate Secretary, the matter is not intended or appropriate for the Board of Directors (and subject to any applicable regulatory requirements), the Corporate Secretary will prepare a summary of the communication for prompt delivery to each member of the Board of Directors or, as appropriate, to the member(s) of the Board of Directors named in the communication. Any director may request the Corporate Secretary to produce for his or her review the original of the shareholder communication.

Shareholder Proposals - Inclusion in Company Proxy Statement

For a shareholder proposal to be considered by us for inclusion in our proxy statement and form of proxy relating to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the proposal must be received at the Company’s principal executive offices by December 7, 2020, as prescribed by rules under the Exchange Act.

Other Shareholder Proposals - Business to be Conducted at the Annual Meeting

With respect to shareholder proposals not wishing to be included in our proxy statement and form of proxy, but rather to be brought as business at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, our Bylaws prescribe certain advance notice procedures independent of the notice requirement and deadline described above. Our Bylaws state that, to be timely, notice and certain related information must be received at our principal executive offices not less than 90 days nor more than 120 days prior to the first anniversary of the preceding year’s Annual Meeting. However, in the event that the date of the Annual Meeting is more than 30 days before or more than 70 days after the anniversary date, the notice must be delivered not earlier than 120 days prior to the annual meeting and not later than 90 days prior to such annual meeting or the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of such meeting is first made.

Annual Report

MVB’s Annual Report to Shareholders for fiscal year 2019 is being made available electronically at www.edocumentview.com/MVBF to shareholders as of the record date. The Annual Report to Shareholders does not constitute a part of this proxy statement or the proxy solicitation material.
 
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Larry F. Mazza
 
President & Chief Executive Officer

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