Premier Bank Promotes Houpt to Chief Credit Officer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Premier Bank this week announced that John Houpt has been promoted to executive vice president, chief credit officer.

Houpt joined Premier in April 2022 as deputy chief credit officer and was responsible for credit underwriting, approval and portfolio administration. In his new role as chief credit officer, Houpt oversees the bank’s established credit risk appetite, developing credit risk policies and strategies, credit delivery, portfolio management and leading the credit administration team.

“John has over 25 years of dedicated credit underwriting and credit administration experience with regional banks operating within our markets,” says Gary Small, president and CEO of Premier Bank. “His leadership skills and demonstrated knowledge in community banking is invaluable to the bank as we position ourselves for future success.”

Houpt earned a B.A degree in real estate and management from the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business; as well as an MBA in corporate financial management and real estate from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

“I am excited to join the Premier Bank leadership team,” Houpt says. “I will work to continue to uphold our strong credit culture and deliver local solutions to our clients while building relationships that make us truly a community bank.”

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