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Meet Our Executive Management Team

We believe that our OWNIT (Opportunity, Wisdom, Nurture, Integrity, and Teamwork) core values are best demonstrated by our actions. Premier Bank’s leadership team includes a diverse set of experienced industry professionals leading a team of highly motivated employees. We are committed to providing the best in banking in our quest to be the partner and employer of choice. Click below to read more about our executive management team.

Executive Management Team

    • Mr. Small was appointed President and CEO of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank in March 2021. Prior to that, he served as President of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank and joined the Premier Financial Corp. Board on January 31, 2020, as part of the UCFC merger. Small was named President and CEO of Home Savings and joined the UCFC Board in March 2014, bringing more than 28 years of industry experience and a successful record of developing businesses, growing revenue and improving organizational performance. Small most recently served as Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Banking Officer for S&T Bank in Indiana, PA, with responsibility for their Wealth Management, Retail Banking and Insurance business groups. Prior to joining S&T, Small served as COO for the Jackson Hewitt Tax Services 1,000 store company owned business unit. Before Jackson Hewitt, Mr. Small served as EVP - Head of Regional Banking for Sky Financial Group and post-merger with Huntington Bank, as Huntington Bank’s EVP– Regional Banking Group President. Small also spent 20 years with National City Corporation, and a predecessor, Merchants National Corporation, in a number of senior operating and financial roles.
    • Ms. Bushway leads a team of marketing professionals in brand and marketing strategy, media relations, PR
      and communications. Ms. Bushway joined Home Savings in 2016 with over 30 years of marketing experience, most recently as SVP, Marketing and Communications Director at FirstMerit Bank. Previously, she served as Director of Marketing for a list compiler and direct marketing company and has an extensive marketing background across various industries including 20 years in banking. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Kent State University and MBA at Malone University.

       
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Premier Bank since March 2021. Prior to joining Premier Bank, Mr. Chandhok served as CIO – Regulatory, Risk, Financial Crimes and Corporate Technology for M&T Bank, where he focused on strategic consolidation, architecture and capability evolution across multiple functions. Mr. Chandhok earned his Bachelor of Science dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and his Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration with a concentration in Information Technology, Finance & Organizational Behavior from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He continued his education by completing the Executive Leadership Program and the Learning as Leadership Personal Mastery Program at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank as of January 2020. Prior to that she served as Director of Human Resources since November 2015. Ms. Davis was Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director at First Community Bank from October 2007 to November 2015 before joining Premier Financial Corp. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for BBVA Compass. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Business and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama. Ms. Davis also has her SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications.
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Head of Residential Lending since January 2020 as part of the UCFC merger. Mr. Garrity was Executive Vice President with responsibility for Commercial Lending, Mortgage Lending and Credit Administration of Home Savings from 2013 through January 2020. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, for Home Savings when he joined the company in 2009. Before joining Home Savings, Garrity served as Senior Vice President at National City from 2005 – 2007 managing Capital Markets Investment Banking, serving as Deputy Chief Credit Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager in the Cleveland, Ohio market.
    • Jason Gendics joined Premier Bank as part of the First Federal Bank and Home Savings merger in 2020. In 2019, he joined Home Savings as Executive Vice President, Consumer and Business Banking. He is responsible for management, planning and oversight of consumer branch and business banking sales. He has over 25 years of very successful banking experience, leadership and innovation with large regional banks.  Before joining Home Savings, he held management positions at Huntington National Bank, FirstMerit Corporation, and National City Bank.  Mr. Gendics earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island and Master of Business Administration in International Management from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. 
       
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank as of March 2021. Prior to joining Premier Bank, Ms. Kuhl served as a Member of the Corporate Practice Group and Financial Institutions Services Group at Frost Brown Todd, LLC, where she focused on regulatory compliance, small business lending, M&A, contract review/negotiation, corporate governance matters, securities law compliance and SEC reporting and corporate policy development. Ms. Kuhl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Dayton; and her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer, Head of Community Banking Group since March 2019. Prior to joining Premier Bank, Mr. Liuzzi served as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer of DNB First, N.A., located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 2013 to 2019. Prior to his time at DNB First, he served as Executive Vice President, Region President of Philadelphia for Well Fargo & Company from 2009 to 2013.
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer since May 2019. Prior to that, he served as Director of Finance and Accounting. Mr. Nungester served as Senior Vice President and Controller at Welltower Inc., a real estate investment trust, where he served in various roles from 2001 until 2018 before joining Premier Bank. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and earned his MBA at The University of Toledo. Paul is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and graduate of Deloitte’s Next Generation CFO Academy.
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer of Premier Bank as of January 2020. Prior to that, he served as Director of Strategy Management since January 2017. In addition, Mr. Rose served as Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking from 2013 until 2017 and Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer from 2001 until 2013. Mr. Rose joined Premier Bank in 1996 and served as Corporate Controller until 2001.
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank as of November 2020. Ms. Shaver has spent most of her career at FirstMerit Corporation in Akron, OH. She most recently served as Senior Director & Deputy Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer with Treliant, LLC in Washington D.C. Ms. Shaver earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Walsh University. She is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).