WVBankers WV Young Banker of the Year Award

Established in 2022, the West Virginia Bankers Association and Future Leaders Council's "West Virginia Young Banker of the Year Award" recognizes the achievement, performance and community and industry involvement of West Virginia bankers, 40 years of age or younger. Each candidate is nominated by a sponsor within their bank, supported by the application process highlighting their accomplishments and credentials. Nominees are reviewed by the Board of Directors through a blind selection process.  

Nominations for the 2024 West Virginia Young Banker of the Year are now open and  will be accepted through Thursday, May 23, 2024. The recipient will be recognized and honored at our 2024 Annual Meeting and Convention at The Greenbrier on Monday, July 29, 2024. 

For more information on eligibilty or to nominate a banker, click here for the application. For more information, contact Allison Boyd, aboyd@wvbankers.org.

Congrats to the 2023 WVBankers WV Young Banker of the Year!

WVBankers is proud to present the recipient and nominees for the second annual WV Young Banker of the Year Award

Deborah L. Swiger
Citizens Bank of West Virginia

Deborah Swiger serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer and has been employed at Citizens since 2008. She oversees bank and branch operations. She earned a B.A. in History and B.A. in Sociology from Davis & Elkins College and is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Banking and the Lloyd P. Calvert Graduate School of Banking.

Deborah volunteers as a Girl Scout assistant troop leader and with Relay for Life. She participates with the Community Bankers of West Virginia Leadership Development Group and is a member of TopNet — a collaboration of West Virginia bankers. Deborah was also appointed to serve on the CSI NuPoint Core Customer Advisory Board with nine other bankers across the country.

In your career, what contribution have you made that is the most meaningful to you?
Throughout my career, I’ve tried to create efficiencies for various tasks to make daily processes easier and more effective. I think, ultimately, my greatest contribution has been to create the resources to support coworkers in their projects to find success. Whether that’s by creating step-by-step instructions, simplified forms, leading group discussions, or providing training — sometimes it’s just modifying a process or providing troubleshooting help. My goal has been to improve the experience for my coworkers to make everybody’s life go a little bit smoother. I think that those small incremental changes have been my biggest contribution.

2023 WV Young Banker of the Year Award Nominees
Learn more about our outstanding 2023 nominees, by visiting our WV Banker magazine feature.

Jared Moncman | CFO/SVP
Pleasants County Bank

Ashley Brown | Senior Vice President
Peoples Bank

Morgan Hodge | Vice President, Retail Regional Manager
City National Bank

Justin Spracher | AVP, Community Bank Manager
Summit Community Bank

Jennifer Moore | Vice President/Branch Manager
City National Bank

Kayla Addison | Vice President and Charlestion Regional Manager
City National Bank

Jesse Holston | Assistant VP, Digital Channels and Credit Card Manager
City National Bank

2022 West Virginia Young Banker of the Year Award: Recipient and Nominees
E.J. Hassan
United Bank

"A Conversation With EJ Hassan – 2022 West Virginia Young Banker Of The Year"
The WV Banker Magazine

2022 WVBanker WV Young Banker of the Year Award Nominees:
Check out the 2022 WV Banker nominee feature, here.

Gabrielle "Gabby" Newcomer | Residential Lending Officer
FNB Bank

Kim Zwier | Vice President Business Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Kayla Addison | Vice President/Dual Branch Manager
City National Bank

Morgan Hodge | VP, Regional Manager, Allegheny East Region
City National Bank

Jennifer Moore | Vice President, Branch Manager
City National Bank

Joe Hager | Chief Audit Executive and Chief Risk Officer
Summit Financial Group

Jesse Holston | Assistant VP - Digital Channels Manager
City National Bank