MVB Bank Names Steve Braden as EVP, Chief Retail Banking Officer

Steve BradenMVB Bank, Inc., announced the appointment of Steve Braden as Executive Vice President, Chief Retail Banking Officer. Braden has more than 27 years of banking leadership experience focused on clients, business line results, operational excellence and commitment to building strong communities.

"We are truly excited to welcome Steve Braden to the MVB family to lead our ongoing efforts for retail banking modernization,” said Larry F. Mazza, President and CEO, MVB Financial Corp. “Steve brings with him a wealth of experience in retail banking, including providing strategic direction for new community banks in China.”

In his new role with MVB, Braden will provide high level leadership, oversight and guidance in all areas of retail banking, including small business and consumer lending. His responsibilities include developing and managing the retail banking budget, ensuring the ongoing development and consistent implementation of MVB’s retail banking strategy to provide outstanding banking products and services to every client and business that MVB serves.

“I am thrilled to join the MVB Bank family and be part of an organization with a strong company culture, exceptional leadership and solid core values,” Braden said. “Additionally, I look forward to contributing to the continued success that MVB Bank has enjoyed and to build a world-class retail banking organization.”

Braden joins MVB from Heartland Financial USA, Inc. in Dubuque, Iowa, where he has served for almost two years as Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking. Prior to this, Braden spent three years as Executive Director Community Banking & Senior Consultant for Strategic Direction with Ningbo Donghai Bank in Zhejiang Province, Ningbo, China. In this position, he led the full development of the new community bank division from design and site selection to final construction. As part of his leadership, he established service quality standards, recruited team members, deployed the latest banking technology and built a strong brand through new marketing and promotions such as unique branch events. His contributions also included attention to team building, education and recognition programs.

Braden’s distinguished career in the banking industry began with assistant branch manager, branch manager and district sales manager posts in Colorado. From there, Braden moved to the Pacific Northwest where he served as Senior Vice President, District Manager, for US Bank in Eugene, Ore., and next in Seattle. In 2003, he joined Umpqua Bank in Oregon as Senior Vice President, Region Manager, where he was responsible for the overall market share growth for the Southern Oregon and Northern California markets. In 2010, he became Executive Vice President, Regional Executive, for Umpqua in Portland as the leader of the greater Portland, Willamette Valley, Vancouver and Bend markets. In that role, he implemented innovative revenue strategies, expense savings and a more effective sale strategy culture to become the leader of Umpqua’s top performing region.

Braden served as keynote speaker for China Grand Enterprises Branding Conference in 2014 and two years as guest lecturer for the University of Nottingham’s School of Business. He received the Camellia Award presented by the Ningbo Municipal Government’s Foreign Affairs Office in recognition of individuals who contributed to the economic and social development of the city promoting communication and cooperation. He also received the Outstanding Foreign Expert award presented by Ningbo Municipal Government’s Foreign Affairs Office. Throughout his career, Braden has been active in local community service.

MVB Bank, Inc., is a strong community bank with more than $1.5 billion in total assets headquartered in Fairmont, W.Va. The MVB Bank footprint now encompasses 14 total locations - 12 in West Virginia and two in Northern Virginia. For more information about MVB, please visit www.mvbbanking.com.

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