Board of Directors

Donald P. Hileman, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

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Mr. Hileman has served as Executive Chairman of the Boards since April 2021. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank and on the Premier Financial Corp. Board since January 1, 2014. Mr. Hileman also served as the CFO of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank and the CEO of First Insurance Group. He has worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining Premier Financial Corp. in 2007, he served as a corporate controller with Sky Financial Group, Inc., a $19 billion financial services holding company. He previously served as a community bank Chief Financial Officer, and has held various positions in banking.

Richard J. Schiraldi, VICE CHAIRMAN

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Mr. Schiraldi has served as Vice Chairman of Premier Financial Corp. since February of 2020 and as its Lead Independent Director since April 2021. Mr. Schiraldi also serves as a Director of Premier Bank. Immediately prior, he was Chairman of the Board at United Community Financial Corp and Home Savings Bank. He is retired from Cohen & Company CPAs as a CPA/JD after 36 years of servicing closely held businesses and entrepreneurs on a wide variety of business and tax issues. Concurrently, he was also on the Board of Managers at Sequoia Financial Group for 13 of those years. Mr. Schiraldi is a proud graduate of both Youngstown State University and the University of Akron School of Law.

Martin E. Adams

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Mr. Adams has more than 30 years of bank management experience in both small and large institutions. Prior to forming his own company, Marty Adams Consulting, LLC, where he serves as both an advisor to banks and their boards of directors and to private equity firms pertaining to bank equity investments, Mr. Adams served as interim chief executive officer of PVF Capital Corp. and Park View Federal Savings Bank, Solon, Ohio, before joining their boards of directors. He also served as president and chief operating officer of Huntington Bancshares, Inc. following Huntington's acquisition of Sky Financial Group, Inc. in July 2007 until December 2007. Under his leadership, Adams built Sky Financial, and its predecessor Citizens Bancshares, Inc., from a small Ohio community bank into an $18 billion diversified financial holding company, with locations throughout the Midwest. Mr. Adams has served on both boards since February 2013.

Zahid Afzal

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Zahid Afzal served as Chief Operating Officer at Home Savings Bank from March 2018 to January 2020. Prior to joining Home Savings, Afzal served as EVP, Chief Technology and Operations Executive at Capital Bank in Raleigh, N.C. Afzal has also held executive positions with Huntington National Bank and Bank of America. He was appointed to the United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) Board of Directors in 2013 and joined the PFC board in 2020. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Buckeye Insurance Group based in Piquo, OH. He has previously served on the boards of Bancsource, RoamHR, Bitglass, Banksight, Bowling Green State University College of Business, the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) and Groundwork Group. He is a Graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher Business College Executive Leadership Program, Columbus, OH and Duke University Fuqua Business College Executive Leadership Program, Durham, NC. Afzal earned a Bachelor-of-Science degree and completed some post-graduate coursework in Management Information Systems at Strayer University, Washington D.C.

Louis M. Altman

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Mr. Altman is a co-managing partner of the Altman Company, a full service real estate development firm for commercial, multi-family, office, medical and hotel properties located in multiple states. Mr. Altman has over 26 years of experience in managing, developing and financing commercial real estate ventures. Mr. Altman is the past Chairman of the Board at First Defiance Financial Corp before their merger with Home Savings Bank. Prior to Mr. Altman's involvement with Premier Bank, he served on the Sky Bank Board as a Regional Director in the Western Reserve Region as well as a Director on the Sky Bank Board of Directors. Mr. Altman graduated from The Ohio State University School of Business.

Terri A. Bettinger

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Ms. Bettinger served as Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Aging; Owner of VCIO Services, LLC, an executive consulting company. She previously served as the Chief Information Officer of Franklin County Data Center in Columbus, Ohio (February 2015 to October 2017). Prior to that time, Ms. Bettinger led North America Fund Services Technology for the Global Financial Services Group at Citigroup Inc. from April 2009 to February 2015. Ms. Bettinger spent 20 years in the banking and financial services industry, and her successful career in the delivery of valuable technology solutions provides beneficial knowledge to the Board in the area of technological growth and innovation.

John L. Bookmyer

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Mr. Bookmyer is CEO of Pain Management Group located in Findlay, Ohio, since January 2009 and the former Chief Operating Officer of Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, Ohio, from August 1995 until December 2008. Mr. Bookmyer is a Certified Public Accountant in Ohio and has extensive experience in oversight, leadership and financial matters from his roles at all entities. He is also very familiar with the needs of the region through his interactions with community hospitals and businesses.

Lee Burdman

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Mr. Burdman is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Redstone Investments. Redstone is a development, management and acquisitions company focusing on shopping center development headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. Mr. Burdman has been involved in the real estate business for more than 25 years, and he serves on the Boards of Directors of Simco Management Corp.. His extensive experience started with Burdman Brothers Companies (a family-held real estate development firm based out of Youngstown, Ohio). Mr. Burdman also serves as a Director of Premier Financial Corp and Premier Bank.

Jean A. Hubbard

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Mrs. Hubbard is a graduate of Defiance College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is also a graduate of the Ohio School of Banking and the ABA School of Human Resource Management. She is currently Business Manager and Corporate Treasurer for The Hubbard Company in Defiance, Ohio, and has more than 30 years of experience in banking. She is a member of the Governance Committee, Compensation Committee and Trust Committee.

Nikki Lanier

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Ms. Lanier is the founder and CEO of Harper Slade, a racial equality advisory firm. Prior to forming Harper Slade, Ms. Lanier was the Senior Vice President and Site General Manager of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville. She is an accomplished leader with over 25 years of experience in banking, labor and employment law, collective bargaining, human resources, and state government. Ms. Lanier is an adjunct MBA professor at the University of Louisville College of Business and a member of its Board of Advisors. She also serves as chair of the board of One West, a Louisville based community development corporation, and as secretary and audit committee chair of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority board. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Hampton University, and a collective bargaining certification from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. As a Premier Financial Board member, Ms. Lanier will serve on the Compensation and Risk committees.

Charles D. Niehaus

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Mr. Niehaus is Member and Managing Partner of Niehaus Kalas Hinshaw Ltd., Attorneys at Law, in Toledo, Ohio, since 2007. Mr. Niehaus has provided legal representation to corporate and business clients for over 30 years on a wide range of business issues including the representation of financial institutions in formation, acquisitions, bank litigation, shareholder matters and regulatory compliance. He brings extensive experience in the legal and financial services areas and provides valuable guidance and insight with respect to strategy and compliance.

Mark A. Robison

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Mr. Robison is President of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, since 2007 and Chairman of the Board of Brotherhood Mutual since 2009. Prior to his promotion to President of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, Mr. Robison served in various positions at Brotherhood Mutual since 1994, including as Vice President of Finance. As a successful leader of a national company, Mr. Robison adds valuable leadership experience to the Board.

Gary M. Small

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Mr. Small was appointed President and CEO of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank in March 2021. Prior to that, he served as President of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank and joined the Premier Financial Corp. Board on January 31, 2020, as part of the UCFC (First Federal and Home Savings) merger. Small was named President and CEO of Home Savings and joined the UCFC Board in March 2014, bringing more than 32 years of industry experience and a successful record of developing businesses, growing revenue, and improving organizational performance. Small most recently served as Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Banking Officer for S&T Bank in Indiana, PA, with responsibility for their Wealth Management, Retail Banking and Insurance business groups. Prior to joining S&T, Small served as COO for the Jackson Hewitt Tax Services 1,000 store company owned business unit. Before Jackson Hewitt, Mr. Small served as EVP - Head of Regional Banking for Sky Financial Group and post-merger with Huntington Bank, as Huntington Bank's EVP– Regional Banking Group President. Small also spent 20 years with National City Corporation and a predecessor, Merchants National Corporation, in a number of senior operating and financial roles.

Samuel S. Strausbaugh

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Mr. Strausbaugh is President of Elpis Opportunity Fund L.P. since October 2020, a Private Equity Investment Fund based in Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Strausbaugh is President and CEO of Vrsus Assets, LLC, a digital case management platform firm for plaintiff attorneys, from June 2018 through October 2020; President, CEO and CFO of JB & Company, Inc., Commercial Roofing Company, from 2011 to 2017; Former Co-President of Defiance Metal Products in Defiance, Ohio, from September 2006 to November 2011; and CFO of Defiance Metal Products from November 1998 to July 2006. Mr. Strausbaugh has important tactical and strategic skills that he has developed in management and executive positions with his prior employers. His experience with a growing company helps to inform the Board of Directors when considering future business opportunities.

Executive Management

Gary M. Small, PRESIDENT AND CEO, PREMIER FINANCIAL CORP. AND PREMIER BANK

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Mr. Small was appointed President and CEO of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank in March 2021. Prior to that, he served as President of Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank and joined the Premier Financial Corp. Board on January 31, 2020, as part of the UCFC (First Federal and Home Savings) merger. Small was named President and CEO of Home Savings and joined the UCFC Board in March 2014, bringing more than 32 years of industry experience and a successful record of developing businesses, growing revenue, and improving organizational performance. Small most recently served as Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Banking Officer for S&T Bank in Indiana, PA, with responsibility for their Wealth Management, Retail Banking and Insurance business groups. Prior to joining S&T, Small served as COO for the Jackson Hewitt Tax Services 1,000 store company owned business unit. Before Jackson Hewitt, Mr. Small served as EVP - Head of Regional Banking for Sky Financial Group and post-merger with Huntington Bank, as Huntington Bank's EVP– Regional Banking Group President. Small also spent 20 years with National City Corporation and a predecessor, Merchants National Corporation, in a number of senior operating and financial roles.

Kathy Bushway, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

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Prior to her current role, Ms. Bushway was Director of Marketing from September 2016 until June 2020. Prior to joining Premier, Ms. Bushway served as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications Director and various other positions with Huntington National Bank (formerly FirstMerit Corporation) from September 2004 to September 2016.

Varun Chandhok, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Operations Officer

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Prior to his current role, Mr. Chandhok was the Chief Information Officer from March 2021 through October 2021. Prior to joining Premier, Mr. Chandhok served as Chief Information Officer– Corporate, Risk Regulatory and Finance from October 2019 to March 2021 and as Chief Information Officer – Corporate and Chief Architect from February 2014 to October 2019 of M&T Bank.

Sharon L. Davis, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

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Prior to her current role, Ms. Davis was Director of Human Resources of Premier and Premier Bank from November 2015 to January 2020. Prior to joining Premier, Ms. Davis was Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director at First Community Bank from October 2007 to November 2015. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for BBVA Compass.

Matthew T. Garrity, Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

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Prior to his current role, Mr. Garrity served on the Home Savings Bank Board from February 2018 through January 2020, and was Executive Vice President, Commercial Lending and Credit Administration of Home Savings Bank from June 2013 to January 2020. Prior to that time, Mr. Garrity served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Home Savings Bank from June 2009 until June 2013. Mr. Garrity served as Senior Vice President – National City Capital Markets Investment Banking in Cleveland, Ohio from 2008 until he joined Home Savings. Prior to that, Mr. Garrity served as National City Corporation’s Deputy Chief Credit Officer –Northern Ohio Credit Administration in Cleveland, Ohio from 2007 until 2008, and Senior Vice President/Senior Portfolio Manager in Cleveland, Ohio from 2005 until 2007.

Jason Gendics, Executive Vice President, Retail and Business Banking

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Executive Vice President, Retail and Business Banking of Premier Bank since January 2020. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gendics was Executive Vice President, Head of Consumer and Business Banking for Home Savings Bank from May 2019 until its merger with Premier Bank in January 2020. Prior to that time, Mr. Gendics was Senior Vice President, Home Lending Region Manager for Huntington Bank from 2016 to April 2019.

Shannon M. Kuhl, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

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Ms. Kuhl joined Premier March 1, 2021. Prior to her current role, Ms. Kuhl was a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC, a law firm, from May 2019 through February 2021. Prior to that time, Ms. Kuhl was with First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio, where she served in various positions since 2006, including Chief Risk Officer from November 2017 until November2018, Chief Legal Officer from October 2013 until April 2018, and Chief Compliance Officer from September 2016 until November 2017.

Paul D. Nungester, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Prior to his current role, Mr. Nungester was Executive Vice President, Director of Finance and Accounting from July 2018 to April 2019. Prior to joining Premier, Mr. Nungester worked at Welltower Inc., a real estate investment trust, where he served in various positions since 2001: Senior Vice President and Controller from January 2012 to May 2018, including to transition his role from March 20, 2018 until May 15, 2018; Vice President and Controller from March 2006 to January 2012; and Controller from September 2002 to March 2006.

Dennis E. Rose Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

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Prior to his current role, Mr. Rose served as Chief Operations Officer from January 2020 through October 2021, Director of Strategy Management from January 2017 to January 2020, Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking from October 2013 to December 2016, and Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer from 2001 to 2013. Mr. Rose joined Premier Bank in 1996 and served as Corporate Controller until 2001.

Jennifer Scroggs, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Director

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Prior to her current role, Ms. Scroggs served as the Senior Vice President, Director of Trust and Chief Trust Fiduciary Officer from January 2020 through June 2021 for Premier Bank. Ms. Scroggs joined Premier Bank in January 2017 as Vice President, Senior Trust Fiduciary Officer. Prior to joining Premier Bank, Ms. Scroggs served as a Trust Officer and Vice President, Senior Trust Officer for Fifth Third Bank from 2006 to 2017.

Tina M. Shaver, CRCM, CAMS, Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

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Ms. Shaver joined Premier in November 2020. Prior to her current role, Ms. Shaver served as Senior Director and Deputy Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer of Treliant, LLC in Washington D.C., where she provided consultative guidance to financial institutions on enterprise risk matters from September 2016 to October 2020. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer of FirstMerit Bank, N.A. in Akron, Ohio, from October 2004 to August 2016.