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William J. Wagner, who joined Northwest Bank in 1984, will retire as executive chairman and a board member on Oct. 5. Wagner has remained in those roles since retiring as CEO in June. The Pennsylvania-based bank announced his plan to retire from the board in the fourth quarter, but had not specified a date. During Wagner's 15-year tenure as CEO, Northwest built a big…

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A year ago, Northwest Bancshares reaped a $17.2 million gain from selling its three Maryland offices. Without that one-time gain this year, the bank's second-quarter profits dropped 15 percent to $26.3 million, from $31 million in 2017. The Pennsylvania-based bank had diluted earnings per share of 25 cents, compared to 30 cents a year ago. Northwest is preparing t…

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Rick Hamister developed an interest in banking at an early age, from his mother. She was an M&T Bank teller in the 1950s at the Southgate Plaza branch in West Seneca. "She talked to me about banking from the time I was little," Hamister said. "I always thought banking was just a noble profession. We take care of communities and individuals and businesses, and that's…

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Northwest Bank has hired Rick Hamister, a KeyBank vice president who has a long banking resume, to lead its operations in New York state. Hamister was named president of Northwest's New York Region, a territory that includes its Buffalo Niagara operations. That position recently became vacant when the Pennsylvania-based bank promoted John Golding to executive vice presi…

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The redevelopment of Jefferson Avenue is heating up, as a proposed new bank branch is moving forward just north of a planned new residential housing complex, while the developers behind both projects now have a new office building on the drawing board. Northwest Bancorp on Monday received an endorsement from the Buffalo Planning Board for its new East Side bank branch o…

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John Golding, the face of Northwest Bank in the Buffalo area, is getting promoted. The Pennsylvania-based bank named Golding executive vice president of business development. He has served as Northwest's New York region president, stepping into that role in 2016 as Northwest acquired 18 former First Niagara branches. In his new position, Golding will be responsible f…

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Ronald J. Seiffert's arrival at Northwest Bank reflects the bank's growth, driven partly by its expanded presence in a competitive Buffalo Niagara region. And he's eager to join the fray. The veteran banker joined Northwest last November as president and chief operating officer. Before that, William Wagner had held the roles of chairman, president and CEO. But the Warre…

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Banks serving the Buffalo Niagara region are gearing up for another year of competition, and many of them appointed new leaders in the past year. Here is a look at some of them. M&T Bank Shelley C. Drake, Western New York region president With about 47 years of experience with M&T Bank, it's hard to top Drake for longevity at the bank. Even the late chairm…