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Arvon & Edwards Graduate Bank Leadership Institute

May 4, 2017

Picture of CEO Tom Wiseman and graduates Lori Edwards and Austin Arvon

Pictured from left: Tom Wiseman, Lori Edwards, and Austin Arvon

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio—Austin Arvon, credit analyst, and Lori Edwards, assistant vice president and secondary market manager, were among 24 bankers from across Ohio who recently graduated from the 2016-2017 Bank Leadership Institute (BLI) at the Ohio Bankers League.

Ohio Valley Bank President and CEO Tom Wiseman commented, “Please join me in congratulating Austin and Lori on this major achievement. At Ohio Valley Bank, we strongly believe in nurturing homegrown talent. Over the last 13 years, OVB has been able to enhance the careers of 43 local bankers through this remarkable program.”

Created by the Ohio Bankers League more than 25 years ago, BLI generates leaders who will strengthen their organizations through enhanced leadership, organizational and performance skills. The 24 participants met four times throughout the 2016-2017 program year for two-day intensive study sessions and hands-on learning, and now join more than 400 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 eighth 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, president & CEO at the OBL, “Mid- to senior-level bankers with executive potential are selected by their bank to participate in the BLI program. This is a sound way to establish a core network of bank leaders who will provide future direction for both their institutions and the Ohio banking industry. Given the significant outflow of retiring Baby Boomer bank executives, we need to continue to keep our industry stocked with leaders passionate about sustaining banking in communities across Ohio.”

For more information about the 2017-2018 Bank Leadership Institute program, visit the OBL Web site at or contact Susan Poling Jones, education manager, at 614-340-7611. The first session will be held in Columbus on Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 2017.