2/2006-11/2017: President of the Southwest Region of Northwest Bank, Mr. Christopher Martin was responsible for the growth and profitability, operational and compliance integrity, strategic planning, business planning and market awareness of the bank in the ten county area of southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to twenty-six community banking offices in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Washington counties, Mr. Martin coordinated all business development efforts in his region through Northwest business lines and personnel. His goal was to increase awareness of the comprehensive line of products and services offered by the bank, including retail banking, mortgage lending, commercial lending, insurance services, retirement services, business services, and wealth management and trust. Mr. Martin’s region encompassed approximately: 200 banking associates, over $1 billion in deposits and $800 million in the lending portfolio. Mr. Martin and his team in the Southwest Region were committed to the success of the people, businesses and communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Together, they strive to improve Northwest’s community awareness and involvement, customer satisfaction and loyalty, employee engagement and development, profitability and shareholder return. Mr. Martin joined Northwest in 2006, bringing sixteen years of sales, banking and lending experience.
Prior to his appointment as Southwest Region president, Mr. Martin served as senior vice president of Sales and Customer Service for NexTier Bank.
Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in Spanish from Westminster College. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Executive Bank Management at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and the PaBankers Commercial Lending School at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. He was recognized by Westminster College as a 2011 Distinguished Alumni.
Mr. Martin served as past chairman of PaBankers Group 1. He was an At-Large member of the Board of Directors for the trade association of PaBankers; he second appointment to the PaBankers Board of Directors.
Mr. Martin serves on the Board of Directors, and as a Trustee of the Butler County Family YMCA . His a past Treasurer, and past-chair of the YMCA’s finance committee. Mr. Martin served on the Loan Committee for the Butler CDC. Mr. Martin serves on the Board of Directors the HM3 Independence Care Fund. Mr. Martin serves in an advisory capacity to several Western Pennsylvania non-profit organizations.
Active in his hometown, Cranberry Township, Mr. Martin volunteers his time to his passion of developing and instilling integrity, respect, sportsmanship, fair play, honor, work ethic, responsibility and teamwork to local youth. To deliver this message, Mr. Martin served as a head coach for PONY baseball, co-treasurer of the Seneca Valley Girls Basketball Boosters. Mr. Martin has also served as an assistant coach for youth baseball, youth football, youth soccer, youth softball and youth basketball.
Mr. Martin, his wife and their two children live in Cranberry Township.