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Ohio Valley Bank Congratulates Bank Leadership Program Graduates

May 6, 2013

Recently two members of the Ohio Valley Bank family graduated from the Banking Leadership Institute at the Ohio Bankers League. Chris Preston (above, center), VP, Branch Administration at our Milton branch, and Shawn Siders, Credit Analyst, were among the program's 2012-2013 graduating class. The pair are pictured here after receiving their certificates with OVBC President and CEO Tom Wiseman (above, right).

Created by the OBL more than 20 years ago, BLI generates leaders who will strengthen their organizations through enhanced leadership, organizational, and performance skills. The participants met four times throughout the 2012-2013 program year for two-day intensive study sessions and hands-on learning, and now join more than 250 Ohio bankers who are accomplished BLI graduates.

Each session concentrated on key learning activities for leadership skills development such as strategic planning, risk management, presentation, coaching and mentoring, team-building, negotiation and mediation, regulatory structure and environment, the legislative process, and more. The program was led by George Paidas, founder/executor of Embros, a strategic planning, coaching and leadership consulting firm. George is widely recognized throughout the Ohio banking industry as a past chairman of the Ohio Bankers League and former CEO of The Old Phoenix National Bank in Medina.

For the fourth time, the BLI program also included participation in the OBL Washington D.C. Fly-In last February, which for many, was their first experience in bank lobbying.

According to Mike Adelman, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the OBL, "Mid- to senior-level bankers with executive potential are selected by their bank to participate in the BLI program, which is a sound way to establish a core network of bank leaders who will provide future direction for both the OBL and the Ohio banking industry."

For more information about the 2013-2014 Bank Leadership Institute program, visit the OBL website at or contact Susan Poling, education manager, at 614.340.7611.