“We endeavored to create a place where we could recruit the best of the best as employees, clients, and investors. We have succeeded. Premier is all we wanted it to be and that allows us to deliver extraordinary service to these three groups every… single… time...”
Denise M. Penz is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Wealth Manager of Premier Bank & Trust. Denise began her banking career in 1996 after serving in the United States Navy. When she left the military, she gained experience in trust administration and trust audit before she was provided the opportunity to lead the trust and investment division for Belmont National Bank. Through two acquisitions, Denise continued to lead the regional wealth division for Sky Bank and Huntington Bank until 2008. In mid-2008, she became a principal with a private equity group, subsequently raising $17.5 million to acquire a controlling interest in Ohio Legacy Corporation and Ohio Legacy Bank, which became Premier Bank & Trust. Since February 2010, Denise has served in her current role with Premier Bank & Trust. She leads all areas of wealth management including trust, private banking, retirement plan services, and brokerage and investment services. She also oversees retail banking, mortgage lending, marketing, human resources, and the sales support areas of the bank. She is a member of the board of directors for the bank and Ohio Legacy Corp. She received her bachelor’s in accounting and management from West Liberty State University and her master’s degree in business administration from Wheeling Jesuit University. Denise also received a graduate certification from Cannon Trust Schools. She sits on the advisory board for MainStreet Advisors, an investment advisory firm based in Chicago, IL. Denise is also active in her community; she is a member of the board of trustees for Wheeling Country Day School, a member of The Women’s Giving Circle, a member of Women’s Impact, and a board member for the YWCA-Wheeling, WV.