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County National Bank Announces Senior Vice President Promotions


Craig S. Connor, President and CEO of County National Bank (“CNB”), is pleased to announce the recent promotion of several members of the CNB team. Chris Clarke, Erik Lawson, and Christopher Phillips have advanced to the level of Senior Vice President.  Connor remarked, “Over several years, these three gentlemen have made countless contributions to the continued success of our banking organization.  Their promotions into top tier leadership roles of CNB are a testament to their overall dedication and talent as community bankers.”

Chris Clarke has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Senior Loan Officer. Chris joined CNB in April of 2015 as Vice President – Commercial Loan Officer and was promoted to Senior Loan Officer in July of 2019.  His 20 years of banking experience have been an asset to CNB and will continue to aid the Bank in its expansion of services in lending.  As Senior Loan Officer, Chris is responsible for CNB’s entire loan portfolio including growth and performance.  Chris is a graduate of Western Michigan University, and recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI. Chris is dedicated to the community, serves on numerous organization boards, and continues to be an avid hockey player and coach.  Chris and his wife Jennifer reside in the Tecumseh area.

 

Erik Lawson has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer. Erik joined CNB in November of 2017 as Chief Financial Officer.  His 25 years in banking and last 17 years as a Controller and CFO have provided critical experience that CNB has leveraged since he joined CNB.  Erik’s experience with the regulatory scrutiny of publicly traded banks and banks with assets greater than $1 Billion are important for CNB as the Bank continues to grow.  Erik is a Certified Public Accountant, graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, NY, and the Graduate School of Professional Accounting at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  He continues to be an avid hockey player and coach. He resides in the Jackson area and regularly travels to Boston, MA, to be with his family.

 

Christopher Phillips has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Senior Wealth Management Officer. Christopher joined CNB in October of 2016 as Vice President – Senior Wealth Management Officer.  His prior nine years in banking and seven years as an attorney were all focused on wealth management and estate planning, which prepared him well for his role at CNB.  Christopher is responsible for the performance and management of the Wealth Management department.  Christopher is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana and Valparaiso University School of Law.  He is the Treasurer for the Croswell Opera House, the Lenawee County Fair Board and Share the Warmth of Hillsdale. Christopher lives on a small hobby farm in the Sand Creek community with his wife Erin and their two children, Miley and Ephraim.

 

County National Bank is a community bank serving South Central Michigan since 1934, and we can proudly say that we are still deeply committed to and rooted in our local communities. CNB provides personal and business banking products and services and wealth management services to communities located throughout South Central Michigan. CNB operates 14 full service offices, one loan production office, and 20 ATMs in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Calhoun counties.

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