CNB Bank Announces Graduates of Inaugural Leadership Institute

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CLEARFIELD – In early 2015, an idea long under consideration came to fruition – the CNB Leadership Institute. 

It was coined given the growth the bank has continued to experience and due to need for additional leadership depth across the institution.

CNB’s senior leadership team felt it was the right time to enhance the importance of management succession planning and to select the inaugural class from within the bank.

CNB engaged the leadership development team at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP to assist with the development of the curriculum. 

John Park, D.Ed., Maureen Dodson, Ph.D., and Senior Consultant Jeremy Fegert led the instruction of the six-session program that spanned over 18 months with each session lasting three days. 

The program was familiar to CNB Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brian Wingard, as he participated in a similar program during his employment with Parente Randolph LLC, now Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLC.

The curriculum focuses on topics, such as servant leadership; building self-awareness and individual development through the DiSC personal assessment tool; emotional intelligence; leading and working in high-performing teams; effective presentation skills; project management; managing change and conflict; and effective feedback and coaching skills.

The program design also places a focus on leveraging senior leadership to support and reinforce key concepts; creates a long-term focus on continuous learning and personal development; and uses simulations and collaborative activities to enhance competencies and reinforce CNB values and vision.

Following the strenuous curriculum, 20 employees successfully graduated from the program.

Of Those, 13 individuals are from the Clearfield area and include: Erin Brimmeier, operations officer; Becky Coleman, AVP/operations officer; Andrew Franson, AVP/wealth & asset management operations; Eric Johnson, VP/wealth & asset management; Cory Johnston, AVP/controller; Tyler Kirkwood, commercial banking officer; Kylie Ogden, AVP/compliance; Katie Penoyer, AVP/treasury services; Amy Potter, marketing officer; Eileen Ryan, VP/mortgage lending; John Sette, VP/information technology; Jessica Shaffner, enterprise support officer; and B.J. Sterndale, AVP/training. 

Rounding out the 20 employees are Mary Baker of Northern Cambria, Carla Higgins, Allison Hodas, Katie Jones, Julie Martin and Paul Sallie of Erie, Pa., and Dean Vande Water of Lewis Center, Ohio.

“Our CNB Leadership Institute graduates have expanded their skills significantly through their participation in this program, and they have willingly embraced their roles as leaders in our company,” said Wingard. 

“On behalf of the senior leadership team at CNB, I applaud their commitment to their customers, community, and co-workers and look forward to all of the contributions that this group will make to our future success.”

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