New CEO outlines vision for Portage Community Bank – Crain's Cleveland Business

Portage Community Bank’s headquarters in Ravenna, Ohio
Portage Community Bank (PCB) has seen a change in leadership as it transitions from the June 2021 retirement of founding chief executive officer Richard J. Coe. Now at the helm, incoming CEO Kevin T. Lewis continues the bank’s vision of “Neighbors Serving Neighbors” by assembling a core leadership team to continue the strategic plans of Portage Community Bank and further cement the organization’s commitment to the communities in which PCB serves.
Lewis, the founding chief lending officer for Portage Community Bank, assumed the additional role of president in 2006. Also moving into a new role last June, current president of PCB Connie M. Bennett was the founding chief operations officer and Donald D. Herman continues his role as chief financial officer. All three PCB veterans bring their combined experiences and resources to lead the new team the bank has put in place.
Kevin T. Lewis, founding chief lending officer of Portage Community Bank, is assuming the role of CEO.
Lewis announces the following additions to the management team by introducing five current Portage Community Bank employee promotions; Robert S. Standardi has been with Portage Community Bank since 2010. He was recently promoted to the role of senior vice president, chief risk officer and controller. Prior to this promotion, Robert had acted as vice president and controller for PCB. Eric B. Decker has been with PCB since 2013. He was recently promoted to the role of senior vice president, chief lending officer. Prior to his promotion, Eric was a commercial lender for the Bank. Adriana M. Rucci-Kobus has been with PCB since 2020. She was recently promoted from the role of operations manager to senior vice president, chief operations officer. Maria A. Hydell has also been with PCB since 2020. She was recently promoted to senior vice president, chief credit officer and was the previous portfolio manager. Ann H. Durr joined Portage Community Bank in 2018 as market president. Ann was promoted to senior vice president, Cuyahoga Falls market president and chief retail officer.
“When you look at the strength of this team, we have positioned our bank with a group of core individuals who have been with us, some for many years, and have brought their expertise from previous roles.” Lewis said, “With the additions to our executive team, I am confident the bank will remain steadfast in our commitment to our shareholders and community while continuing our tradition of excellence.”
Since first opening its doors in 1998, Portage Community Bank has been a locally owned and operated community financial provider. Headquartered in Ravenna, Ohio, the bank also has offices in Rootstown, Kent and Cuyahoga Falls. With $475 million in assets, PCB offers a robust state of the art digital banking technology coupled with exceptional products and services to meet the financial needs for all consumer and business customers. Visit for more information.
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