Stonier Advisory Board
The ABA Stonier Advisory Board is made up of dedicated industry leaders. Working closely with the Curriculum Director, ABA leadership, and Wharton, the Board helps shape the strategic direction of the School. Advisory Board members may also serve as Capstone Advisors, and are very active on campus.
Advisory Board Chairman
E. Philip Wenger
E. Philip Wenger is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Fulton Financial Corporation, a $16.5 billion financial holding company.
Wenger joined Fulton Bank in 1979. He assumed a variety of positions in the corporate lending area before being promoted to executive vice president of Corporate Banking in 1996. In 2001, Wenger was named senior executive vice president oh the Lancaster, York, and Chester Counties Division and in 2003, he was promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer of Fulton Bank.
In 2006, Wenger was named chairman and chief executive officer of Fulton Bank. He was also named senior executive vice president of Fulton Financial Corporation, the parent company of Fulton Bank, at the time as well. Wenger was promoted to president and chief operating officer in December 2008. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2013.
Wenger is immediate past chair of The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of the Lancaster County YMCA Foundation, The Economic Development Corporation of Lancaster, American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce.
Wenger hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a masters of Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Stonier Curriculum Director
After a successful career in the financial services industry, Greg Smith has focused on developing the next generation of financial services executives, serving on corporate boards and advising companies on strategic issues.
Greg serves as the Curriculum Director of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. As Curriculum Director, Greg partners with the ABA and Wharton in designing a relevant curriculum and selecting our exemplary faculty. In his role as an Instructor, Greg teaches classes related to Capital Planning and works with our bank simulation teams. Greg has been affiliated with Stonier since 2012 and previously served as the Associate Curriculum Director.
Today, Greg is an Executive-in-Residence and Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business. At UWM, Greg teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Financial Institutions, Management Analysis and Corporate Finance. In addition, he advises students and is heavily involved as a mentor to student teams with their experiential learning opportunities.
Prior to joining UWM, Greg served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Marshall & Ilsley Corporation and M&I Bank from 2006 until the company’s sale to BMO Harris Bank in 2011. Greg’s primary responsibilities covered strategy, accounting, liquidity, budgeting and forecasting, treasury, capital management, investor relations, tax and mergers and acquisitions. While with M&I, Greg was integrally involved in the value-creating spin-off of Metavante and the acquisition of three banks and three asset management companies.
Prior to joining M&I, Greg held progressively senior roles during a 16 year Wall Street investment banking career, including six years as a Managing Director dedicated to advising the financial services industry on mergers and capital structure topics.
Greg is a Director of two companies: The Church Mutual Insurance Company, where he serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees, and Envestnet (NYSE: ENV), where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of two committees: the Nominating/Corporate Governance and Information Security/Compliance Committees. Additionally, he is a Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra serving on the Executive Committee and previously as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is also a Trustee of the University School of Milwaukee, where he is the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman. He recently served as a Trustee of the $1.8 billion Milwaukee County Pension Fund.
Greg is an honors graduate of both Princeton University (1985) and The University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business (1990).
Advisory Board Members
Tom Bass combines over 35 years in banking, with an emphasis in commercial lending and strong ties to the community as president of Wyoming Bank & Trust in Cheyenne, WY. In this role, Tom develops new business, ensures that clients’ financial needs are met and represents the bank in the community. He has worked for community banks and a national bank throughout his career and has built a new bank from the ground up, serving as the president and establishing the new institution in the Cheyenne community. Tom began his banking career in New Jersey in 1979 as a management trainee and then branch manager, before moving into commercial lending in the early 1980’s. He relocated to Wyoming about 20 years ago.
Tom, a native of New Jersey, holds a degree in economics/business administration from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware and the Central Atlantic School of Commercial Lending at Bucknell University.
Being a good corporate citizen is important to Tom and he is very active in the community and has served on several local charitable organizations in Cheyenne. Tom is a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne and currently serves on the Foundation board of Laramie County Community College and he also teaches Junior Achievement at local schools. He has served on the board of directors for the Wyoming Bankers Association and was the membership representative for the state of Wyoming for the American Bankers Association. Tom is also on the board for the Laramie County Library Foundation where he serves as the head of the Resource and Development committee. He was recently elected to the board of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He also just recently was reelected as a board member to the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is especially proud of being on the Honor Flight Wyoming board of directors which helps Wyoming WWII veterans visit the Washington DC WWII memorial. In 2012 Wyoming Bank & Trust was chosen as the national top honoree in the 2012 National Banking Association Community Bank Service Awards for the bank’s outstanding leadership in its participation in the “Honor Flight Wyoming” program. As the Grand National award recipient, Wyoming Bank & Trust was recognized for its participation in the “Honor Flight Wyoming” program. “Honor Flight Wyoming” had six privately funded flights from Wyoming and raised more than $626,000 from private donors, which has resulted in flying 679 WWII veterans and 358 Guardians and staff to Washington, D.C. Tom Bass served as a vice president of the “honor Flight Wyoming” organization and one of its founding board members.
Pedro A. Bryant is the President/CEO of Louisville Development Bancorp and Chairman, President and CEO of its subsidiary bank, Metro Bank, Louisville, Kentucky. He has been with Metro Bank as the President/CEO since March 2002. Prior to joining Metro Bank he was President/CEO of American State bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma from November 1998 to March 2002. Mr. Bryant has held bank management positions in South Carolina and Georgia. He began his banking career in 1983 with the Coastal Bank in Hinesville, Georgia.
Mr. Bryant also served as an adjunct instructor of undergraduate economics at Savannah State University, Savannah, GA.
Mr. Bryant earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. He is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. He is also a 2004 graduate of Leadership Louisville.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Metro Bank he is also on the board of the banks holding company, Louisville Development Bancorp. Mr. Bryant also serves on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking, American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking Board of Advisors, Community Foundation of Louisville, Greater Louisville Inc., and University of Louisville Board of Overseers. Mr. Bryant recently served on the board of the Louisville Free Public Library Foundation and Advisory Committee of the ABA Community Bankers Council. Mr. Bryant is also a past Chairman and board member of the Kentucky Bankers Association.
Mr. Bryant was born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in Hinesville, Georgia. He and his wife have two children. They have called Louisville home since 2002.
Matthew S. Burke
Matt Burke is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, a $3 billion state-chartered mutual savings bank headquartered on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Matt joined Cape Cod Five in 2012 and became Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Prior to Cape Cod Five he served as Controller for another Massachusetts-based savings bank. Previous to that Matt worked for a regional public accounting firm specializing in audit and attestation services for financial institutions, where he earned his license as a Certified Public Accountant. Before beginning his career in finance, Matt spent eight years as a Field Artillery Sergeant in The Massachusetts Army National Guard and is a Veteran of the Iraq War.
Matt attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Accounting. In addition, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Matt is also a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Matt is Treasurer of the Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for the YMCA of Cape Cod, and also coaches youth football and baseball.
J. Duncan Campbell III
Under the leadership of President and CEO, J. Duncan Campbell III, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association team is committed to providing its members with cutting-edge resources and services. Mr. Campbell oversees the PA Bankers’ mission of being the state’s leading banking trade association and supporting the diverse needs of service providers in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the Association, Mr. Campbell served as managing director of operations for Ridge Global, the international security, risk management and consulting firm founded by Governor Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security and the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. Mr. Campbell’s executive experience in both the private and public sectors is instrumental in serving PA Bankers’ membership and supporting the Association’s mission of industry advocacy, continuing education and member service.
Leane E. Cerven
Leane English Cerven is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of NorthWest Indiana Bancorp and Peoples Bank SB.
Ms. Cerven joined the Bancorp and the Bank in May of 2010. Prior to joining the Bancorp and the Bank, she practiced law for sixteen years in Chicago, first as an Associate Attorney with Mayer, Brown & Platt where she practiced primarily in the banking area, which included transactions involving the Resolution Trust Corporation/FDIC, corporate, international, bankruptcy, and litigation practice areas, and then as Vice President and Legal Counsel for Bank One where she practiced primarily in the commercial finance area, including secured and unsecured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, workouts, purchase of assets out of bankruptcy, international and multicurrency transactions, syndications, ESOP financings, and capital regulations. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois.
Ms. Cerven holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She is a 2014 graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and a member of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking Advisory Board. She is also a member of the ABA’s Regional Banks General Counsels Group and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals.
Ms. Cerven is actively involved in community service and serves on the Bioethics Committees for St. Catherine’s Hospital, East Chicago, Indiana and St. Mary’s Hospital, Hobart, Indiana.
Christopher J. Hahne
Christopher Hahne is the manager of the Risk Analytics and Surveillance unit in the Supervision, Regulation & Credit (SRC) Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Hahne and his staff support SRC’s supervisory responsibilities by monitoring and analyzing the financial data of institutions in the Third Federal Reserve District, which includes eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Hahne also works to identify emerging risks that may impact those institutions.
Hahne has represented the Philadelphia Fed at a number of conferences. At the 2012 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Conference, he presented a review of the Basel III international banking regulations, which were designed to mitigate the risk of future financial crises. He also served on the regulatory panel at the New Jersey Bankers Association’s Directors & Managing Officers Conference in March 2014.
Before joining the Bank in 2005, Hahne was assistant vice president and manager of investor reporting at Systems & Services Technologies Inc. (SST), a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase. Prior to SST, he worked as a credit analyst and member of the Management Development Academy at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He also held positions at Merrill Lynch and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, now known as Nasdaq OMX PHLX.
Hahne has an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in business from St. Joseph’s University. He is also a commissioned Federal Reserve examiner and a 2014 graduate of the American Banking Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Janice Mazzallo has more than 30 years of human resource management experience and joined PeoplesBank in 2005.During her tenure at the bank, she helped plan and implement a culture shift to improve employee engagement, impact on the community and the overall performance of the organization. Today, its High-Performance Culture has made PeoplesBank the largest community bank in its market and earned it repeated recognition as one of the best employers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Boston Globe has named PeoplesBank a “Top Place to Work” five times in a row, the Massachusetts Chamber has honored the bank as an “Employer of Choice,” and the Boston Business Journal has named the bank a “Top Corporate Charitable Contributor” for nine consecutive years.
Ms. Mazzallo has presented regionally and nationally on topics related to creating a high-performance culture, including employee engagement, recruitment and retention, associate-led think tanks, and life-work integration initiatives.
Ms. Mazzallo is a 2008 graduate of ABA National School of Banking and of Cambridge College, where she earned a Master’s in Management. She is a member of the Human Resource Management Association of Western New England and the Society for Human Resource Management
In addition to serving on the Stonier Advisory Board, Ms. Mazzallo serves on the board of the Northampton Survival Center and is a volunteer for Link to Libraries. She is a past board member of Girls Inc. of Holyoke and the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Mr. Ira Robbins, CPA, is the President of Valley National Bank.
As President of Valley National Bank, Mr. Robbins works with Valley’s Board of Directors and the Executive Management team to develop and lead Valley’s strategic vision and direction. In this role, he is also responsible for overseeing the management of key business units including Accounting, Corporate Treasury, the Community Reinvestment Act and Community Development Department, Human Resources, Educational Resources, Consumer Banking Sales and Operations, Credit Administration, Information Technology, Property Management, International and Bank Operations.
Mr. Robbins joined Valley in 1996 as part of the Bank’s Management Associate Program and held several key positions throughout the Bank over the past two decades. In 2009, he was awarded the title of First Senior Vice President and Treasurer. His ability to lead teams that drive results earned him the title of Executive Vice President in 2013. In 2016, Mr. Robbins was recognized for his invaluable contributions to the Bank’s growth with a promotion to Senior Executive Vice President. In 2017, he was appointed as President of Valley National Bank.
In this role, Mr. Robbins works with Valley’s businesses to drive continuous process improvement to simplify business methods and enhance the client experience. Additionally, he provides business leadership in the development and execution of critical enterprise-wide change programs required to realize Valley’s strategic priorities. Mr. Robbins leads change management at the Bank and has improved how Valley engages clients with sales growth and innovation across Valley’s online/mobile, branch, contact center and ATM channels.
Mr. Robbins is instrumental in promoting a culture that embraces corporate social responsibility at Valley. He serves as a board member for the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest NJ (JVS), a nonprofit, community-based health and human service organization that delivers a wide array of personalized services to nearly 10,000 individuals throughout New Jersey. Mr. Robbins is an active supporter of several other philanthropic organizations throughout the community as well.
Mr. Robbins received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Economics from Susquehanna University and received his Masters of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Pace University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mr. Robbins is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Public Accountants.
Mr. Robbins resides in Montville, New Jersey with his wife and three sons.
John D. Sadowski
Mr. Sadowski joined Sandy Spring Bank in March 2009 as Chief Information Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in financial services, systems and operations including 14 years with T. Rowe Price where he had responsibility for a broad range of functional areas and was a two-time winner of the T. Rowe Price Management Excellence Award.
Mr. Sadowski earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and a Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA) from The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is a 2012 graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sadowski also served as an adjunct instructor at The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland.
Scott Sonbuchner is a Consumer Affairs bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He examines state member banks for compliance with consumer protection regulations and evaluates their performance under the Community Reinvestment Act. Scott is also an author for Consumer Compliance Outlook, a Federal Reserve System publication dedicated to consumer compliance issues.
Prior to becoming a bank examiner, Scott experienced the banking world from the private sector. At a Chicago-based savings and loan, he was in charge of legal and regulatory matters. At a Chicago-based law firm, he conducted due diligence for bank mergers, assisted with legal entity formation, and drafted memos on corporate and partnership law.
Scott received a Juris Doctor degree with Honors from the University of Minnesota Law School and served as an editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law, in which he was also published. He holds a bachelor of arts from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, where he double majored in philosophy and physics. Additionally, Scott graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 2017.
Patti W. Steele
Patti Steele is President and CEO for First Volunteer Corporation and First Volunteer Bank head-quartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. First Volunteer Corporation is the parent company for First Volunteer Bank, a $960 million financial institution with 24 locations, serving 11 counties in Tennessee and north Georgia. Steele serves on the Board of Directors for both the holding company and the bank, having worked with key investors to acquire and merge eight community banks over the last 30 years.
Steele is a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking-Vanderbilt University, the Graduate School of Human Resources Management-Purdue University, Stonier Graduate School of Banking-Georgetown University, Executive Banking Institute-Louisiana State University and the Financial Manager School-University of Wisconsin.
William (Bill) Tierney is Senior Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer of ConnectOne Bank (Nasdaq: CNOB), a $4.3 billion leading community bank in the NJ/NY area. In his current role, Bill is responsible for the bank’s entire construction portfolio and the construction lending team, which is comprised of a team of lenders, portfolio managers, analysts and administrators. Bill oversees the entire life cycle of the loans in his portfolio, from sourcing to portfolio management to ultimate repayment. Additionally, Bill works closely with the Bank’s senior management team to drive the bank’s culture and client first mentality. Bill began at ConnectOne Bank in 2012, when the company was $600 Million in assets and named North Jersey Community Bank, and has been instrumental in growing and further developing the bank’s construction portfolio which has seen over a 6x multiple increase under his leadership, while also working to expanding the bank’s marketplace both within New Jersey and into the New York City market.
Prior to joining ConnectOne in 2012, Bill worked for nearly 10 years at Commerce Bank / TD Bank with multiple positions ranging from Branch Retail Management through Commercial Lending Vice President. Bill received a B.S. degree in Finance from Ithaca College, and recently graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 2016.
Bill is actively involved in community service and is an avid supporter of volunteerism. Aside from banking, Bill has spent over 20 years as a specialized high-school instructor for a highly competitive percussion program that travels and competes in the northeast United States.