2012 CCO Rankings

Featured Executive:

Barb Godin

Barb Godin is ExecRank's Top Chief Credit Officer for 2012. Barb has a long and successful track record in a variety of senior management positions encompassing credit, retail lending, credit risk management, collections, and underwriting. Her work in implementing the Regions Customer Assistance Program furthered Regions Bank’s reputation for providing the highest quality to its customers, especially during the economic downturn. She is highly regarded amongst other Chief Credit Officers, and we are happy to include her at the top of our list for 2012.

As chief credit officer for Regions, Godin is responsible for Credit Policy, Credit Administration and Problem Asset Management. She has nearly 40 years of experience in financial services. She was appointed Chief Credit Officer in August 2010 and named to the Regions Operating Committee. She joined Regions in 2003 after serving in senior management positions in credit, retail lending, credit risk management, collections and underwriting.

Godin earned a diploma in Finance and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and is also a graduate of the International School of Banking. She is active in the Birmingham, Ala. community and serves on the board of the Assistance League of Birmingham.

2012 CCO Rankings

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There are over 5,000 Chief Credit Officers in the United States. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being a part of ExecRank’s “Top Chief Credit Officers Ranking” for 2012. The number one area of focus for Top CCOs in 2012 has been their role in building credit policies that help their customers and their company succeed. ExecRank also weighed heavily their role in shaping policies that reached out to customers affected by the economic downturn and other hardships. In addition, we saw a significant uptick in the number of CCOs that served on boards of directors and displayed a skill set that is applicable to multiple industries. The CCOs that made this list represent the best of the best in their field.

Chief Credit Officers were ranked according to our patent-pending proprietary CCO Ranking Algorithm that calculates points for 24 key categories, in addition to the insights and feedback from evaluation committees featuring some of the world’s most renowned business leaders. Like all of our position specific ranking algorithms, the CCO Ranking Algorithm serves as an objective standard for executive performance and is designed to produce results that act as leading indicators for future executive and team performance. Feedback from past award winners includes:

Barb Godin, Chief Credit Officer, Regions Financial “The Financial Services Industry has undergone significant structural change in the past few years and has demanded the best from all of us. There are over 5,000 Chief Credit Officers and therefore, to be recognized from among my peers is truly an honor.”

Nick E. Reitzler, Chief Credit Officer, Morrill & Janes Bank“The ranking is an appreciated honor. Success in the CCO field requires a team culture where the Board of Directors share a common vision for risk that can be organized and communicated through the lending team, and as from there can be communicated through our customers. I have had the privilege to work with many great Bank leader during my career and my skill set is a direct result of those opportunities.”

David West, SVP & Chief Credit Officer, Sallie Mae“It is an honor to be recognized by ExecRank as a top COO and included amongst this group of talented leaders. This is very much a team effort working with a group of outstanding professionals at Sallie Mae and our desire to be the best in our industry.”

Chris Bagley, Chief Credit Officer, Prosperity Bank“It is an honor to be recognized along with such distinguished and outstanding credit professionals. While this is a privilege for me, it is truly a credit to the outstanding team at Prosperity Bank that works hard every day to make the company one of the premier bank franchises in the United States.”

David Palamé, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Colony Capital“In an ever expanding legal, regulatory and compliance driven corporate environment, I’d like to thank ExecRank for the recognition of not only my efforts but also my peer General Counsels and Chief Compliance Officers working diligently to maintain and elevate corporate responsibility and transparency among our respective companies, senior management and shareholders.”

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1. Barb Godin, Regions Financial Corporation 2. William Parker, U.S. Bancorp
3. Jerry O’Flanagan, First National of Nebraska 4. Fil Hall, BankPlus
5. Robert Bojdak, M&T Bank Corporation 6. Cesar Medina, Popular Inc.
7. George Malanga, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation 8. Daniel Neumeyer, Huntington National Bank
9. Scott Hickey, Associated Banc-Corp. 10. Daniel Callahan, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
11. Charles Cotter, BOK Financial Corporation 12. Ricky Holland, First Citizens Bank
13. Dave Berey, People’s United Bank 14. Brian Fitzmaurice, City National Corporation
15. William Richgels, FirstMerit Corporation 16. Daryl Moore, Old National Bancorp
17. Michael Quick, Susquehanna Banchshares, Inc. 18. Michael Kozak, First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
19. Chris Bagley, Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. 20. John Hall, East West Bancorp, Inc.
21. John Martin, First Merchants Corporation 22. David Lichtman, First Republic Bank
23. James Gartner, Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. 24. Phillip Bond, Farmers and Merchants Bank of Long Beach
25. Carl Spilker, DFC Global Corp 26. Eric Andren, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
27. Howard Ross, Bank Hapoalim 28. Thad Allen, Zions Bancorporation
29. David West, Sallie Mae 30. Teri Rapp, Nuvision Federal Credit Union
31. Ray Sanders, Woodforest Financial Group, Inc. 32. Terence Yeh, American Savings Bank, FSB
33. Dan Defnet, Johnson Financial Group, Inc. 34. Joseph Amy, First Federal Bank
35. Kenn Darling, First Tech Federal Credit Union 36. Brad Hoover, Sunwest Bank
37. Kenneth Erickson, Heartland Financial USA, Inc. 38. Bill Goodwin, MainSournce Financial Group
39. Patrick Haberfield, S&T Bancorp, Inc. 40. Gregg Strader, IBERIABANK Corporation
41. Jeffrey Welch, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. 42. Roger Nash, North Valley Bancorp
43. Michael Merlo, Signature Bank 44. Mark Lee, BBCN Bank
45. Paul Thomas, NASB Financial, Inc. 46. Craig Hankinson, Macatawa Bank Corporation
47. Chris Tietz, First Security Group Inc. 48. Jack Choi, Wilshire State Bank
49. Mark Baumgartner, The Ziegler Companies, Inc. 50. Andrew Perkins, Old Point Financial Corporation
51. Dennis Coombe, Virginia Commerce Bancorp, Inc. 52. Thomas Dixon, Oneida Financial Corp.
53. Casey Hogan, Pacific Continental Bank 54. Kris Gagnon, OneWest Bank, FSB
55. Raknings Update 56. Jeffrey Swanhorst, AgriBank, FCB
57. James Dowd, Citizens Business Bank 58. Mike Kelly, Third Federal Savings & Loan
59. Lori O’Flaherty, Cobank 60. Donald Shaw, High Point Bank
61. Terri Waring, Freedom Mortgage Corporation 62. Randy Roper, MidFirst Bank
63. Rankings Update 64. Nick Reitzler, Morrill and Janes Bank and Trust Company
65. Melissa Demos, Vectra Bank Colorado 66. Robert McAuslan, Western Alliance Bancorp
67. Steven Hartnett, Adirondack Bank 68. Benigno Pazos, Totalbank
69. Brian Giovinazzi, The Provident Bank of NJ 70. Wes Budd, NewBridge Bank
71. Frank Namdar, OnPoint Community Credit Union 72. Denise Bartoletti, Luzerne Bank
73. Cathy Goss, Guaranty Bancorp 74. David Houdeshell, Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida
75. Mark Redmond, Capital Bank 76. Bruce McGrath, Marquette Financial Companies
77. Larry Wickter, North Shore Bank 78. Donald McGraw, The Bancorp, Inc.
79. Dale Guenther, Park Bank 80. Daniel Parry, Exeter Finance Corporation
81. Bill Lee, Spiritbank 82. Fran Fuson, Forcht Bank National Association
83. Olin Davis, East Carolina Bank 84. Patrick McHone, River City Bank Corporation
85. Douglas Ballman, Titan Global Holdings Inc. 86. Robert Coradi, Orrstown Financial Services, Inc.
87. Dave Hoekstra, BNC National Bank 88. James Thomas, Eastern Virginia Bancshares
89. Donald Pratt, CSI Leasing, Inc. 90. Rhonda McMillan, Liberty Bank and Trust Company
91. Robert Dyck, PacWest Bancorp 92. Robert Stevens, Mission Community Bank
93. Tom Nolan, CW Financial Services 94. John Wells, Mechanics Bank
95. David Provancher, Waterstone Bank 96. David Harnett, Lorain National Bank
97. Patrick Day, First Northern Bank of Dixon 98. Ed Foster, Timberland Bancorp, Inc.
99. Michael Wenstrup, Ameriana Bank 100. David Richard Tobin, New Century Bancorp, Inc