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The Univest Difference: Why I Made the Move After 20 Years with Another Bank

When I became Univest’s Market President for Western Pennsylvania in April, I left my role with another bank where I worked for just short of 20 years. Walking away from nearly two decades of loyal service, and the seniority that comes with it, was not a decision I made lightly. When people ask why I made the move, I tell them it was the right opportunity but, more importantly, it was with the right organization.

I grew up in Aliquippa, just outside Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania. So, when I…


Why I Joined Univest After 18 Years with Another Bank

In April, I made the move to Univest as Market President for Maryland after spending 18 years at a well-known, mid-Atlantic bank with $150-plus billion in assets. I started with that bank right out of college, went through a management development program, climbed the corporate ladder and eventually oversaw business banking in the Baltimore region.

Since deciding to leave, I often hear the question: “Why? You had a great career and you’re still young with so much opportunity.”

The answer is pretty simple: Univest offers something very different to the Baltimore market. The consolidation of community banks over the years…


Welcome Nicole Pedriani

Get to know Nicole:

Name: Nicole Pedriani
Current title: Vice President and Relationship Manager at Univest Bank and Trust Co.

What is your specialty or area of focus?
My areas of expertise are relationship management and community involvement. As a commercial lender, I love working with all types of business, whether professional, nonprofit, family-owned or startup. I am inspired by hearing their story of how they got to where they are and what they see for their future. It is rewarding to provide them with the tools and funding necessary to grow their business to the next level and add value as they…


Welcome Mike Russo

Get to know Mike:

Name: Mike Russo
Current title: Senior Vice President and Director of Customer Care at Univest Bank and Trust Co.

What is your specialty or area of focus?
My current role is to grow our already world-class customer care and help us move further into the digital era. I started early in my career taking calls in a call center and continued to learn and understand what great service truly meant over the years. I feel that type of experience of learning from the ground up gave me a unique perspective and passion for customer service.

Tell us about your professional…


Welcome James Barker

Get to know James:

Name: James Barker
Current title: Wealth Advisor Associate at Girard, a Univest Wealth Division

What is your specialty or area of focus?
My goal is to provide an exceptional and comprehensive financial planning experience for our clients.

Tell us about your professional experience
I have almost 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Girard, I was a help desk product support specialist at eMoney Advisor.

What are your interests outside of work? 
I enjoy weightlifting/bodybuilding, day trips and weekend getaways, trying new restaurants, walking around the neighborhood and local trails with my family and two rescue pit…


Get to know, Bill Wilson, Senior Vice President and Director of Asset Based Lending

Tell us about your professional experience.
I started my career in financial services at Citizens Bank in Providence, Rhode Island in 1986 before moving to Mellon Bank in Philadelphia in the early 1990’s. For the last 28 years I worked at Bank of America in the Asset Based Lending group rising to the level of Senior Vice President/Senior Account officer. I began my career at Bank of America as a field examiner responsible for examining the books and records of existing and prospective clients before becoming an Account Officer where I was responsible for managing a portfolio of…


Univest Announces Expansion into Maryland and Hiring of Matt Cohen as Market President

Univest recently announced it is expanding into Maryland with a focus on Baltimore and the surrounding areas. Matt Cohen has been hired to serve as Market President for Maryland. Matt joins Univest from a regional bank where he served as Business Banking Regional Manager for Baltimore.

Work is currently underway to identify a location to serve as Univest’s regional headquarters. In addition to building out a commercial lending team, Matt will be working with Univest’s various lines of business to ensure Univest’s full suite of financial products and services are brought into this new…


Univest Announces Expansion into Western PA and Hiring of Chris Trombetta as Market President

Univest recently announced it is expanding into western Pennsylvania, specifically the greater Pittsburgh market, with the hiring of Chris Trombetta who will serve as Market President of Univest’s Western PA region. Chris joins Univest from a Pittsburgh regional bank where he served as SVP and Commercial Banking Team Leader for Western PA. Work is currently underway to identify a location to serve as Univest’s regional headquarters. In addition to building out a commercial lending team, Chris will be working with Univest’s various lines of business to ensure Univest’s full suite of financial products and services are brought…


Welcome Stephen Bamberski, Mortgage Loan Officer

Get to know Stephen:

Name: Stephen Bamberski
Current title: Mortgage Loan Officer, Univest Bank and Trust Co.

What helps you succeed in your role?
As a Mortgage Loan Officer, I must be customer-centric and detail-oriented with complete knowledge of the product to guide the client to the right product for their specific needs.

Tell us about your professional experience.
Prior to Univest, I worked at Santander Bank as a Senior Mortgage Development Officer for 14 years.

Are you actively involved in your community?
I serve as a coach and…


Welcome Todd Feder, CFA, CFP®

Get to know Todd:

Name: Todd Feder, CFA, CFP®
Current title: Vice President and Senior Retirement Plan Consultant at Girard, a Univest Wealth Division

What is your specialty or area of focus?
I focus on helping businesses with their retirement plans enabling employees to save for retirement. I have more than 10 years of experience within the retirement planning segment, and I maintain specific licenses and professional designations that enable me to provide these services.

Tell us about your professional experience
I have more than 23 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, I was a Managing Director for National Life.

I graduated…

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