HARRISBURG – Joseph B. Bower, president and chief executive officer of CNB Bank and CNB Financial Corporation in Clearfield, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) Board of Directors.
Bower is the Group 6 representative on the board. The board of directors, which includes PBA’s officer, will meet at least quarterly to determine the policies and administration of the association. Members of the board are senior level officers of PBA member banks.
Bower began serving a two-year term July 1. He leads CNB Bank and CNB Financial Corporation in the overall strategic planning process and execution of the plan. He works with the board of directors of CNB Financial Corporation to develop and direct the financial policies and practices of the bank’s retail, commercial, investment and private banking divisions to ensure that financial objectives, goals and institutional growth are met.
Bower also develops, along with other members of the executive management team, investment, loan, interest and reserve strategies to ensure optimum shareholder returns while complying with government restrictions, and sound financial practices.
He joined CNB in 1997 as the senior vice president and chief financial officer for the bank and treasurer for the Corporation. Prior to joining CNB, he was chief financial officer for Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company, Mifflinburg. He also served a period of time with the Mifflinburg Bank as internal auditor and controller.
A native of Elimsport, Bower graduated from Montgomery Area High School in 1981. He later graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College in May 1989 with a bachelor of arts. in accounting.
He also completed training with the U.S. Army ROTC program and graduated from the U.S. Army Ordinance School Officer Basic Course. In the process of attaining his CPA, he worked for Parente Bearde in Williamsport, in charge of audit engagements with a number of bank clients.
Bower currently serves on the board for Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation and is the treasurer. He has also served as president of the board for the Clearfield Area School District and has coached in the Youth Soccer League in Clearfield.
Bower resides in Clearfield with his wife Hillary. He has three children, Britney, Mindy and Ryan, and a stepdaughter, Kayleigh.
The Pennsylvania Banker’s Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s major banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership. The association offers extensive continuing education programs, government relations representation on behalf of the industry and provides numerous products and services for banks and their employees.
Based on strong, traditional values, CNB Bank is dedicated to being the premier, financial service provider in our communities, focused on the changing needs of people and businesses by providing the highest quality service.
CNB Financial Corporation is a $1.3 billion bank holding company conducting business primarily through CNB Bank, the corporation’s principal subsidiary. CNB Bank operations include a loan production office, a private banking division and 26 full-service offices in Pennsylvania, including ERIEBANK, a division of CNB Bank.