Magazine article American Banker

LNB Bancorp of Ohio Promotes Gary Smith to CEO and President

Magazine article American Banker

LNB Bancorp of Ohio Promotes Gary Smith to CEO and President

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LNB Bancorp in Lorain, Ohio, has promoted Gary C. Smith to president and chief executive officer of both the holding company and its Lorain National Bank.

Mr. Smith succeeds James F. Kidd, 60, who has retired from both those posts and is now vice chairman of the bank and holding company.

Mr. Smith, 52, had been senior executive vice president of both entities since he joined the company in May. Earlier he was president of Bank First National in Newark, Ohio, and before that senior lending officer and chairman of the board of directors' loan committee at EST National Bank in Elyria, Ohio. He has 30 years of banking experience.

LNB Bancorp has $590 million of assets.


Union Bank of Illinois in Swansea has promoted president Dennis Bielke to chairman and chief executive officer and Robert Christiansen to president and senior lending officer.

Mr. Bielke succeeds Albert J. O'Brien, who retired from the bank last year. Mr. Bielke has been president since joining Union Bank in February 1997. Earlier he was president of the Boatmen's/NationsBank east region headquartered in Belleville, Ill. He has 31 years of banking experience.

Mr. Christiansen was vice president in charge of Union Bank's consumer finance division. Earlier he was in charge of the consumer finance division at Union Planters Bank in Belleville.

He had organized this group at St. Louis-based Magna Bank before it was purchased by Union Planters in October 1998.

Union Bank of Illinois, a subsidiary of Union Financial Group, has $138 million of assets.


Main Street Bancorp in Reading, Pa., has hired Brian B. Hummel and Robert J. Hoppes to be vice presidents.

Mr. Hummel is to be in charge of the consumer loan and credit card departments for the company's Berks County Bank, Heritage Bank, and Main Street Bank. …

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