Management & Directors SUMMIT FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. (NASDAQ - SMMF)

Management & Directors

Senior Management

H. Charles Maddy III
H. Charles Maddy III
President & Chief Executive Officer
H. Charles Maddy III H. Charles Maddy, III has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 1993 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary, Summit Community Bank, since 1993. Mr. Maddy has served as Chairman of Summit Community Bank since September, 2010, and Co-Chairman from 2007 to September, 2010. Mr. Maddy is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and has served in this capacity since 1994. Mr. Maddy has demonstrated exceptional leadership through his participation in a variety of professional and community service activities, including his service as the past Vice-Chairman and past Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and also served as Chairman of their Audit Committee; Director and past President of the West Virginia Bankers’ Association and member of the Legislative/Government Relations Committee; past President and past Director of the West Virginia Association of Community Bankers; member of American Bankers Association and Chairman of the ABA Federal Home Loan Bank Committee; member of the Banker Advocacy and Grassroots Committee; past member of the ABA’s Community Bankers Council and Government Relations Council Administrative Committee; Director and a Founder of the Hardy County Child Care Center; and Director of the Hardy County Community Foundation. Mr. Maddy has also been recognized as a leader in his industry and has been the recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award and the AICPA Business and Industry Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Maddy received his bachelor degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Concord College. Mr. Maddy is a member of the Executive Committee, the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee, and the Profit Sharing Committee.
Brad Ritchie
Brad Ritchie
President, Summit Community Bank
Brad Ritchie Mr. Ritchie has served as President of Summit Community Bank, the banking subsidiary of the Company, since January 2012. He has also served as President, WV Market, of Summit Community Bank from July 2008 to December 2011. Brad currently serves on the following positions: Board Member and President Elect of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants; Board Member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and Vice Chairman of the Auditing Committee; Trustee of the University of Charleston; Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business, University of Charleston; and Former Director of the United Way of Central West Virginia.
Scott C. Jennings
Scott C. Jennings
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Scott C. Jennings Mr. Jennings has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Summit Financial Group since October 2000. He also served as Vice President and Director of Technology and Loan Administration of Summit Financial Group from 1999-2000.
Robert S. Tissue
Robert S. Tissue
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Robert S. Tissue Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Summit Financial Group since 1998.
Patrick N. Frye
Patrick N. Frye
Senior Vice President & Chief of Credit Administration
Patrick N. Frye Patrick N. Frye served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company from 2000 to 2011. Also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary from 1998 to 2008. Mr. Frye has 29 years of banking experience involving banks of various sizes from $100 million to $6 billion. Mr. Frye has over 20 years of executive management experience. Mr. Frye serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief of Credit Administration. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Frye served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Company. Mr. Frye served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of a banking subsidiary of the Company from December 1998 through November, 2004. Mr. Frye is also an experienced commercial and residential land developer.

Board of Directors

Oscar M. Bean
Oscar M. Bean
Chairman of the Board
Oscar M. Bean Oscar M. Bean has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 1987 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary since 1978. Mr. Bean was named Chairman of the Board of the Company in 1995, and has served in this capacity for the last 20 years. Mr. Bean is a lawyer and was formerly the prosecuting attorney of Hardy County, West Virginia. Mr. Bean served on the Board of the Moorefield Scholarship Fund and served as a member of the West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee. Mr. Bean is currently the Chairman of the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Foundation, a member of the Hardy County Community Foundation Board and is the Managing Partner of Bean & Bean, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Bean is Chairman of the Commission on Judicial Independence. Mr. Bean also chairs the Executive Committee and Compensation and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.
H. Charles Maddy III
H. Charles Maddy III
President & Chief Executive Officer
Vice Chairman of the Board
H. Charles Maddy III H. Charles Maddy, III has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 1993 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary, Summit Community Bank, since 1993. Mr. Maddy has served as Chairman of Summit Community Bank since September, 2010, and Co-Chairman from 2007 to September, 2010. Mr. Maddy is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and has served in this capacity since 1994. Mr. Maddy has demonstrated exceptional leadership through his participation in a variety of professional and community service activities, including his service as the past Vice-Chairman and past Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and also served as Chairman of their Audit Committee; Director and past President of the West Virginia Bankers’ Association and member of the Legislative/Government Relations Committee; past President and past Director of the West Virginia Association of Community Bankers; member of American Bankers Association and Chairman of the ABA Federal Home Loan Bank Committee; member of the Banker Advocacy and Grassroots Committee; past member of the ABA’s Community Bankers Council and Government Relations Council Administrative Committee; Director and a Founder of the Hardy County Child Care Center; and Director of the Hardy County Community Foundation. Mr. Maddy has also been recognized as a leader in his industry and has been the recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award and the AICPA Business and Industry Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Maddy received his bachelor degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Concord College. Mr. Maddy is a member of the Executive Committee, the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee, and the Profit Sharing Committee.
James Paul Geary II
James Paul Geary II
James Paul Geary II James P. Geary, II has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 2007 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Geary was reappointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary in May, 2011. Mr. Geary earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from the West Virginia University School of Business and received his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. Mr. Geary is a Partner of the law firm Geary & Geary and is a real estate broker for Landimer, Inc. Mr. Geary is a title insurance agent for Old Republic Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company and is the Managing Member of Allegheny Highlands, LLC, a real estate sales and development company. Mr. Geary is a current member of the West Virginia Forestry Association. Mr. Geary has served as a mediator in the 21st and 22nd West Virginia Judicial Circuits and serves as the Mental Hygiene Commissioner in the 21st West Virginia Judicial Circuit. Mr. Geary is a charter member of the Grant and Hardy County Gideons and is the Faithfund Regional Program Leader of the West Virginia Gideons International. Mr. Geary was also a professor at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Mr. Geary is a member of the Executive Committee, the Compensation and Nominating Committee, and the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.
Georgette R. George
Georgette R. George
Georgette R. George Georgette R. George has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. Ms. George also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit from March, 1998 to December, 1999 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary from 1995 to 2005. Ms. George was re-appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary in December, 2009. Ms. George is the Chief Executive Officer for Monarch Holdings. She is also an executive committee member of Monarch Management Services which manages Monarch Holdings. She has been engaged with the businesses within Monarch for more than twenty years. She is a principal in a number of business enterprises involved in various retail, office, and hotel development projects, of which she manages the administrative, hotel, and financial operations. She serves as president of E&G, Inc. as well as three hotel companies. In addition, Ms. George is the co-president of Affiliate Services and vice-president of Ridgeline, Inc. Previously, she held a position in sales management at the Hewlett-Packard Company where she received the President’s Award, that company’s highest sales achievement award. Ms. George has a strong understanding of business management and finance through her experience in managing and operating multiple businesses. Ms. George has served on the Boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Thomas Hospital Foundation, Community Council of Kanawha Valley, the Convention Bureaus of the cities of both Charleston and South Charleston, West Virginia, Tamarack Artisan Foundation, Edgewood Summit, West Virginia Regional Technology Park Corp. and the Greater Kanawha Valley Distribution Committee. Ms. George was a recipient of the Women of Achievement Award conferred by the Young Women’s Christian Association of Charleston. Ms. George is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where she earned a B.E. degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. Ms. George is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Profit Sharing Committee, and the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.
Dewey F. Bensenhaver
Dewey F. Bensenhaver
Dewey F. Bensenhaver Dewey F. Bensenhaver, MD has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 2000 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary from 1998 to 2008. Dr. Bensenhaver was reappointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary in May, 2011. Dr. Bensenhaver is a physician operating a private practice since 1972. In addition, Dr. Bensenhaver has owned a farming operation since 1976. Dr. Bensenhaver is a member of the Compensation and Nominating Committee and the Equity Compensation Committee.
James M. Cookman
James M. Cookman
James M. Cookman James M. Cookman has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 1994 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary from 1994 to 2008. Mr. Cookman was reappointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary in May, 2011 and has served in that capacity since that time. Mr. Cookman has 40 years of diverse business experience in the areas of insurance, renewable energy and communications and currently serves as the President of Cookman Insurance Group, Inc., and is a member manager of Laurel Renewable Partners, LLC. Mr. Cookman is politically active at the local and state levels and is actively involved in community initiatives. Mr. Cookman is a member of the Profit Sharing Committee.
Thomas J. Hawse III
Thomas J. Hawse III
Thomas J. Hawse III Thomas J. Hawse, III has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 1988 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary since 1988. Mr. Hawse received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from West Virginia University and has audit experience from working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hawse has served on numerous Boards of Directors and has executive and legislative experience. Mr. Hawse is currently the President of Hawse Food Market, Inc. Mr. Hawse serves as a member of the Executive Committee, the Compensation and Nominating Committee, the Equity Compensation Committee and the Audit and Compliance Committee.
Gary L. Hinkle
Gary L. Hinkle
Gary L. Hinkle Gary L. Hinkle has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 1993 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary since 1993. Mr. Hinkle received his bachelor of science in business management from West Virginia University and has 30 years of experience in owning and operating his own business. Mr. Hinkle is currently the President of Hinkle Trucking, Inc., Dettinburn Transport, Inc., Mt. Storm Fuel Inc., and H. T. Services, Inc. Mr. Hinkle serves as a member of the Executive Committee, the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee, the Compensation and Nominating Committee and Chairman of the Equity Compensation Committee.
J. Scott Bridgeforth
J. Scott Bridgeforth
J. Scott Bridgeforth J. Scott Bridgeforth has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Bridgeforth has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary since 1999. Mr. Bridgeforth received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from James Madison University and has 29 years of experience in owning and operating his own business. Mr. Bridgeforth is currently the owner and Vice-President of Royal Crown Bottling Company of Winchester, Inc. and Royal Crown Bottling Company of Hagerstown, Maryland, and the owner and President of Sure Bet Services, Inc. Mr. Bridgeforth is a member of the Profit Sharing Committee and Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.
Gerald W. Huffman
Gerald W. Huffman
Gerald W. Huffman Gerald W. Huffman has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 2000 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary from 1998 to 2008. Mr. Huffman was reappointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary in May, 2011. Mr. Huffman has over 44 years of experience in owning and operating his own business and has employed as many as 50 individuals. Mr. Huffman is currently the President of Huffman Logging, Inc., Potomac Trucking and Excavation, Inc. and G&T Repair, Inc. Mr. Huffman has served on the Executive Board of the West Virginia Forestry Association. Mr. Huffman serves on the Compensation and Nominating Committee, the Equity Compensation Committee and the Profit Sharing Committee.
Charles S. Piccirillo
Charles S. Piccirillo
Charles S. Piccirillo Charles S. Piccirillo has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 1998 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary from 1996 to 2008. Mr. Piccirillo was reappointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Summit’s banking subsidiary in May, 2011. Mr. Piccirillo received his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1980 and is a member in the law firm of Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC. Mr. Piccirillo is also a Partner with Lawoff Associates, and President of Auggus Enterprises, Inc., both of which are real estate entities. Mr. Piccirillo is a member of the Executive Committee, the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Compensation and Nominating Committee and the Equity Compensation Committee.
Kyle E. Almond
Kyle E. Almond
Kyle E. Almond Kyle E. Almond has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and Summit’s banking subsidiary since October 2016. Mr. Almond served on the Board of Directors at Highland County Bankshares, Inc. and its banking subsidiary from 1986 to 2016. He served as Secretary of the Highland County Bankshares, Inc. Board from March 2002 to July 2009 and Chairman of the Board from July 2009 to October 2016. Mr. Almond is a retired insurance agent. He currently serves as the adjutant for American Legion Post 155 in Highland County, Virginia and is on the Board of Trustees for Monterey United Methodist Church. Mr. Almond received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. Mr. Almond is a member of the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.
John W. Crites II
John W. Crites II
John W. Crites II John W. Crites, II has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 2016. Mr. Crites earned his bachelor of science degree in Forestry, Wood Industries, from West Virginia University. Mr. Crites has served as the President of Allegheny Wood Products, Inc. since April, 2006. Prior to this time, Mr. Crites served as general manager of Allegheny Wood Products, Inc. where he was actively involved in the overall operations of the company. Mr. Crites also serves as the President and owner of Appalachian Wood Pellets, Inc. and Allegheny Dimensions, LLC. Mr. Crites is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Hardwood Lumber Association and the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Association. Mr. Crites is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Forestry Association. Mr. Crites is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Grant County Board of Education and a member of the Strategic Review Committee for the WVU School of Forestry. Mr. Crites is a member of the Executive Committee, the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.
John B. Gianola
John B. Gianola
John B. Gianola John B. Gianola has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since December, 2016. Mr. Gianola retired in 2013 as a managing partner of the Charleston, West Virginia office of Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”), an international public accounting firm, where he was responsible for EY’s practice in the State of West Virginia. During his 38 year career with EY, he had supervisory responsibility for engagements involving accounting and auditing for a variety of industries including banking, insurance, distribution, energy, mining, manufacturing, technology, and not for profit and governmental entities. Mr. Gianola is a member of the Board of Directors of The Health Plan, Evidence Action and the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. Mr. Gianola holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from West Virginia University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Board of Advisors of The College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University and the West Virginia University Foundation. Mr. Gianola is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Compensation and Nominating Committee, the Equity Compensation Committee and the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.
John H. Shott
John H. Shott
John H. Shott John H. Shott has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and Summit’s banking subsidiary since April, 2017. Mr. Shott served on the First Century Bankshares, Inc. Board of Directors since 1999 where he served as a member of its Compensation Committee and the Trust Committee of First Century Bank, First Century Bankshares, Inc.’s banking subsidiary. Mr. Shott brings to our Board relevant experience with legal and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Shott obtained his law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has been practicing law since September, 1975, retiring in 2015. Mr. Shott is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates – 27th District and serves as Chairman of its Judiciary Committee. Mr. Shott is also a member of the Board of Directors of several non-profit entities and community organizations. Mr. Shott is a member of the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee and the Profit Sharing Committee.
Jason A. Kitzmiller
Jason A. Kitzmiller
Jason A. Kitzmiller Jason A. Kitzmiller has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and Summit’s banking subsidiary since July 24, 2018. Mr. Kitzmiller served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic and was honorably discharged. Mr. Kitzmiller received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University and has over 25 years of construction related experience.

Mr. Kitzmiller serves as president of A.L.L. Construction Inc., specializing in excavating and utility contracting in WV, MD, PA and VA, where he is actively involved in daily management, financial and operational decisions. Mr. Kitzmiller is the vice-president of ALL Construction and Excavating LLC and also serves as managing member of Alleghany Investments LLC and OSA Enterprises LLC. In addition, Mr. Kitzmiller is president of D.P. Southbound LLC and ALL Concrete Inc. and is the sole owner of ALL Outdoors, LLC.

Mr. Kitzmiller is past president and current board member of the West Virginia Construction Labor Council and a member of the West Virginia Contractors Association. Mr. Kitzmiller is very active in youth sports and is the vice-president and board member of Grant County Little League Basketball and board member of the Grant County Little League Baseball. Mr. Kitzmiller serves as a member of the Company’s Audit and Compliance Committee and the Asset/Liability and Funds Management Committee.