William Shivers Retires from Huntington, Browning to Lead Region

CANTON, Ohio — After a distinguished 40-year career, William Shivers has retired from his role at Huntington as regional president for Canton and the Mahoning Valley.

“It’s been a true honor to work with Bill and get to know him personally and professionally,” said Sandy Pierce, PCG & regional banking director and Chair of Michigan. “He embodies every quality a Regional President and Huntington colleague should: hard-working, kind, and authentic, with a deeply ingrained passion for strengthening the community and looking out for people.”

A 29-year veteran of the banking industry, Shivers successfully led Huntington’s growth and investment across the Canton and Mahoning Valley regions, including civic and community engagement, according to a company release.

He joined Huntington in 2007, serving as vice president and team leader of Commercial Banking before being named regional president for Canton and Mahoning Valley. Previously, Shivers held a commercial banking role at KeyBank. His diverse background includes serving as a state examiner for the Ohio State Auditors Office; director of sales and marketing, as well as vice president of operations for Quaker Manufacturing Corp.

Nick Browning, currently Huntington’s regional president for Akron, will assume expanded leadership for Canton and Mahoning Valley after Shivers’ retirement in March 2022.

“Bill has been a great leader for Huntington and a great partner across the Bank,” said Steve Steinour, Huntington’s chairman, president and CEO. “His many contributions will continue to serve Huntington well as will the strong relationships he’s built with customers and colleagues alike. We remain committed to our continued growth and success in the region and I’m confident in Nick’s leadership moving forward.”

Shivers currently serves as trustee for the Stark Community Foundation and on the boards of the Community Building Partnership of Stark County and Downtown Canton Land Bank. He is vice chairman of the board of directors, executive committee member and co-chairman for the capital campaign for the Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank, member of the advisory panel for The City of Canton Comprehensive Steering Committee, member of the Strengthening Stark governance committee, Stark County Coming Together advisory committee member, board member of the Better Business Bureau of Mahoning Valley, board member and executive committee member of the Youngstown Business Incubator, board member for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, 2018 annual campaign chairman for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and Business Advisory Council member for the University of Mount Union.

Additionally he is past executive committee member and 2015 annual campaign chairman of the United Way of Greater Stark County, past leadership advisory council for Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, trustee of the Alliance Area Development Foundation board and executive committee, board member, executive committee member and past chairman for the Stark Economic Development Board, past Parish Council member and chairman of St. Ann’s Church, past board member for the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, and former board member and treasurer of the Akron Urban League.

Shivers is a graduate of Hiram College and has a master’s degree in business administration from Franciscan University.

Browning joined Huntington in 2016 following the merger of FirstMerit. While at FirstMerit, he served as executive vice president, Akron president and CEO and was responsible for coordinating the activities of retail, wealth and commercial banking for the Akron Region, with direct responsibility for all aspects of Akron commercial banking. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Browning was a commercial banker with Ameritrust Bank and NCNB, where he began his banking career.

Shivers and Browning will work closely together during the transition period before his retirement. In addition, George Glasser will remain the community president in Canton and Sam Houston will remain the community president in Youngstown. They will be instrumental in Huntington’s leadership in the Canton and Mahoning Valley area.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.