Adams County Banker Named to State Association Leadership Position

Michael Pell, President and CEO of First State Bank in Winchester has been elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Ohio Bankers League’s Board of Directors in 2017.

Comprised of bank executives from across the state, the OBL board serves as the governing body for the professional trade association representing all Ohio banks and savings institutions. As vice chairman Pell will play a critical role in setting the League’s agenda as well as establishing legislative and regulatory priorities for the Ohio banking industry. 

Pell started his career in 1983 at The Farmers Bank in West Union, Ohio.  He worked as a teller, in deposit operations, and prepared loan documents for the senior lender of this small community institution. In 1992, he moved into retail administration after The Farmers Bank was acquired by Fifth Third Bank.  In 2006, he transitioned back to community banking and became President and CEO of First State Bank in Winchester. First State Bank has experienced profitable growth under Pell’s leadership, growing to $435 million in size. 

Presently, there is a loan production office in Wilmington (non-depository office, not insured by the FDIC) and there are 11 banking center locations in Manchester, Peebles, Seaman, West Union, Winchester, Ripley, Georgetown, Mt. Orab, Hillsboro, St. Bernard and Washington Court House.

He is executive director and founding member of Leadership Adams, and serves the following boards: Southern State Community College as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Hospice of Hope in Maysville KY.

Mike received his BBA degree from Morehead State University in 1985 and is a recent graduate of the OBL’s Bank Leadership Institute. He resides in West Union, Ohio with his wife Monica and five children; Robert, Haylee, Jacob, and twins Derrick and Dakota.

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