TOWNSHIP – Huntington Bank’s top local executive, William C. Shivers, who has been a key player in the Stark County business and nonprofit community for years, is retiring in March.
While leading Huntington’s operations in Canton and the Mahoning Valley, Shivers has served on the boards of over a dozen local and regional organizations, including the Stark Economic Development Board and the Regional Food Bank of Akron-Canton.
Shivers, who could not be reached for comment on Friday, joined Columbus-based Huntington in 2007 after several years in community banking for KeyBank. He worked 29 years in the banking sector.
When he joined Huntington, Shivers served as Vice President and Team Leader of Commercial Banking, before being appointed in 2010 as Regional President for Canton and Mahoning Valley.
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In addition to his civic and community engagement, Shivers is recognized for successfully leading Huntington’s growth and investments in the Canton and Mahoning Valley areas.
“He’s just a big heart. He’s a good man. And he’s got a great entrepreneurial spirit,” said Ray Hexamer, chairman of the Stark Economic Development Board. “For us, I hope he will continue to do the community work that he does because he is such a gifted leader.”
‘Hardworking, kind and genuine.’
Huntington’s leaders praised Shivers.
“It has been a true honor to work with Bill and get to know him personally and professionally,” said Sandy Pierce, private client group and Michigan regional banking director and president, in a press release announcing Shivers’ retirement. .
She described him as “hard worker, kind and genuine, with a deep-seated passion for community building and finding people.”
Huntington Chairman, President and CEO Steve Steinour called Shivers a great leader and partner for the bank.
“His many contributions will continue to serve Huntington well, as will the strong relationships he has built with his clients and colleagues,” said Steinour.
Who takes over?
Huntington expects Nick Browning, currently regional chairman of Akron, to assume leadership of Canton and Mahoning Valley after Shivers retires.
Steinour said Huntington remains committed to further growth in the region and is confident in Browning’s leadership.
Shivers and Browning will operate during a transition period. Huntington expects George Glasser to remain community president in Canton, while Sam Houston continues to serve as community president in Youngstown.
Browning has been with Huntington since 2016 following the acquisition of Akron-based FirstMerit. Browning was Executive Vice President of FirstMerit, President and CEO of Akron. He was responsible for the coordination of retail, wealth and commercial banking services for the Akron region. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Browning worked as a commercial banker with Ameritrust Bank and NCNB.
“You always want to try to make a difference. “
After years of working with local organizations, Shivers received the Merit Award in 2016 from the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Grand Canton.
At the time, he noted that he had learned from his parents the importance of giving back to the community.
“You always want to try to make a difference and try to make things better,” Shivers said in a 2016 interview.
Last week, he stepped forward to help with ongoing efforts to extend U.S. Route 30 east, improving community access to Pittsburgh.
Over the years, Shivers has been:
- Administrator of the Stark Community Foundation.
- Member of the board of directors of the Stark County Community Building Partnership, the Downtown Canton Land Bank.
- Vice-president, member of the executive committee and co-president of the fundraising campaign for the Akron-Canton regional food bank.
- Member of the advisory committee of the cantonal global steering committee.
- Member of the governance committee of Strengthening Stark.
- Member of the Coming Together Advisory Committee for Stark County.
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Mahoning Valley, of the Youngstown Business Incubator; Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce; and the Akron Urban League.
- 2018 Campaign Chair for United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley.
- Member of the Mount Union University Business Advisory Council.
- Former Executive Committee Member and Chair of the 2015 United Way of Greater Stark County Annual Campaign.
- Former Leadership Advisory Board for Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio.
- Director of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Alliance Area Development Foundation.
- Member and former Chairman of the Stark Economic Development Board.
- Former member of the parish council and president of St. Ann’s Church.