For Immediate Release
November 10, 2015
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ABA Elects Officers, Board for 2015-2016

WASHINGTON — Members attending the American Bankers Association’s annual convention in Los Angeles have elected new ABA officers and directors to serve on ABA’s board for the 2015-2016 association year. The new officers
  • BoardElects2015.jpgCHAIRMAN:  R. Daniel Blanton, chief executive officer, Georgia Bank & Trust, Augusta, Ga.;
  • CHAIRMAN-ELECT:  Dorothy A. Savarese, chairman, president and CEO, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Orleans, Mass.;
  • VICE CHAIRMAN:  Kenneth L. Burgess, Jr., chairman, FirstCapital Bank of Texas, NA, Midland, Texas; and
  • TREASURER:  G. William Beale, president and CEO, Union Bankshares Corporation, Richmond, Va.
    Beginning new terms on the ABA board are:
  • A. Scott Anderson, president and CEO, Zions Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah;
  • Rheo A. Brouillard, president and CEO, Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company, Willimantic, Conn.;
  • Deborah A. Cole, president and CEO, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, Nashville, Tenn.;
  • Luther Deaton, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, Central Bank and Trust Company, Lexington, Ky.;
  • Manolo Sanchez, chairman and CEO, BBVA Compass, Houston, Texas; and
  • Julieann M. Thurlow, president and CEO, Reading Co-Operative Bank, Reading, Mass.
Continuing their terms on the ABA board are: 
  • Howard T. Boyle, chairman, president and CEO, Hometown Bank, Kent, Ohio;
  • Charles N. Funk, president and CEO, MidwestOne Financial Group, Inc., Iowa City, Iowa;
  • Paul G. Greig, chairman, president and CEO, FirstMerit Corporation, Akron, Ohio; 
  • George W. Hermann, president and CEO, Windsor Federal Savings & Loan Association, Windsor, Conn.;
  • John A. Klebba, chairman and president, Legends Bank, Linn, Mo.;
  • Thomas H. Shaffer, vice chairman, 1867 Western Financial Corporation, Stockton, Calif.;
  • Frank Sorrentino, III, chairman and CEO, ConnectOne Bank, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.;
  • Jeffrey M. Szyperski, chairman, president and CEO, Chesapeake Bank, Kilmarnock, Va.;
  • Gregg L. Vandaveer, president and CEO, Sooner State Bank, Tuttle, Okla.;
  • Edward L. Willingham, IV, chief operating officer, First Citizens Bank, Raleigh, N.C.;
  • Paul V. Woolway, president and CEO, Charles Schwab Bank, San Francisco, Calif.;
  • John A. Ikard, president and CEO, FirstBank Holding Company, Lakewood, Colo., and chairman of the ABA Nominating Committee;
  • Paul G. Willson, chairman of the board, Citizens National Bank, Athens, Tenn., and chairman of the ABA Government Relations Council;
  • Thomas M. Petro, president and CEO, Fox Chase Bank, Hatboro, Penn., and vice chairman of the ABA Government Relations Council; and
  • Steve Turkiewicz, CAE, president and CEO, Montana Bankers Association, Helena, Mont., and the Alliance of State Bankers Associations representative.
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