G. Timothy Laney
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tim Laney is Chairman, President and CEO of National Bank Holdings Corporation (NYSE: NBHC). Mr. Laney has 30+ years of experience leading financial services companies in the public company sector, including Bank of America and Regions Financial Corporation. He is committed to developing talent in a challenging and rewarding environment, and building company culture with foundational values like teamwork, meritocracy, citizenship and integrity. Mr. Laney is passionate about delivering value for his clients and shareholders through a simple, fair and personal approach to doing business.
In 2016, Mr. Laney received the Colorado Banker of Distinction Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership, dedication and support of activities vital to the health of local businesses and the community.
Mr. Laney currently serves on the Board for Moffitt Cancer Center, the Colorado State Banking Board, and on the Board of the Colorado Bankers Association. Mr. Laney and his family are also avid supporters of Breakthrough Kent Denver, a program designed to increase educational and social opportunities for motivated, under-resourced youth. Notably, Mr. Laney is also the founder of the Do More Charity Challenge, a CrossFit competition that has raised more than $1 million for numerous charitable organizations in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri since 2015.
Ralph W. Clermont
Independent Lead Director
Mr. Clermont has served as a director for the Company since 2009 and as the Board’s independent Lead Director since May 2014. He also serves as Chair of the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee and as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Mr. Clermont retired in 2008 as Managing Partner of the St. Louis office of KPMG LLP, and was formerly the partner in charge of KPMG’s Midwest financial services practice. Mr. Clermont joined the St. Louis office of KPMG in 1969 and was elected to partnership in 1977. Mr. Clermont spent over 39 years providing services to the banking industry and has had responsibility for the audits of numerous banking organizations. Subsequent to retiring, Mr. Clermont has served as a consultant to various banking institutions on strategic planning, risk management and corporate governance matters. In October 2015, Mr. Clermont was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cass Information Systems, Inc., where he also serves on the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee. Mr. Clermont is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Clermont was a member of the KPMG’s Assurance Services Committee and was chairman of KPMG’s Quality Improvement Audit Subcommittee. Mr. Clermont received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint Louis University. Mr. Clermont’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his expertise in financial and accounting matters for complex financial organizations. As the independent Lead Director, Mr. Clermont is an ex officio member of all of our Board committees with full voting rights.
Fred J. Joseph
Mr. Joseph has served as a director of the Company since 2014 and also serves as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Mr. Joseph was a financial services regulator for 30 years, retiring at the end of 2013 as the Banking and Securities Commissioner for the State of Colorado, a dual role created in 2011. He was originally appointed as the Securities Commissioner in 1999. In that role, he oversaw the regulatory agency that licenses stockbrokers, brokerage firms and investment advisers in Colorado. In his role as the Banking Commissioner, he had regulatory oversight of state-chartered commercial banks, money transmitters and trust companies in Colorado. Mr. Joseph also served as the Acting Banking Commissioner for the State of Colorado from 2008 to 2010. From 1992 to 1999, he was the Deputy Securities Commissioner for the State of Colorado. In that position, he oversaw the examination functions as well as the administrative matters for the Colorado Division of Securities. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Financial Services in Colorado for eight years, where he was responsible for the examination and regulatory oversight of state-chartered savings and loan associations and credit unions in Colorado. Mr. Joseph is a past President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”), and also served as a director on NASAA’s Board for almost a decade. Mr. Joseph currently serves as a board member of the Colorado Board of Mortgage Loan Originators, being appointed to that position by the Colorado Governor in 2014. He also serves as a member of the Investor Issues Committee for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Mr. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University-Pueblo and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University in Denver. Mr. Joseph’s substantial experience in the regulatory fields of financial services and securities qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Micho F. Spring
Ms. Spring has served as a director for the Company since 2009 and also serves as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Ms. Spring is Chair, Global Corporate Practice of Weber Shandwick. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Ms. Spring was Chief Executive Officer of Boston Telecommunications Company. She served for four years as Deputy Mayor of Boston. She previously served as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Kevin H. White after four years of service in New York City government. Ms. Spring also served as a director of Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, one of the largest state-chartered banks in Massachusetts at the time of her service. Ms. Spring currently serves as Vice Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and on a member of the Corporation of Partners Healthcare, Inc. She also serves on numerous boards of civic organizations, including John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Friends of Caritas Cubana and the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Ms. Spring attended Georgetown and Columbia Universities and received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Spring’s extensive public policy experience, expertise in public relations, involvement in community activities and knowledge of financial institutions make her a valuable member of our Board.
Chief Marketing Officer and President, Bank Midwest
Ms. Bartelli has served as NBH Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer since August 2015 and has served as President of Bank Midwest, a division of NBH Bank, since November 2015. She was previously the Director of Marketing since 2012. Ms. Bartelli has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since January 2017. In her roles, she leads community building initiatives, integrated brand strategy and marketing programs, and product development and client service initiatives. Ms. Bartelli has more than 25 years of experience in financial services with a core expertise in branding, marketing and communications. Prior to joining NBH Bank in 2012, Ms. Bartelli was Senior Vice President of Retail Brand Strategy and Management at Bank of America, where she led brand-building initiatives for the card, deposits, small business and home loans lines of business. Ms. Bartelli is involved in many organizations throughout the community, including the board of directors for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as the Vice-Chair for the Executive Women’s Leadership Council, Kansas City Central Exchange, and the board of directors for Hope House.
Zsolt K. Besskó
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Mr. Besskó has served as the Company’s Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel since 2013 and as the Company’s Chief Human Resources Officer since 2017, and currently oversees our legal, compliance, BSA/AML, human resources, facilities, security/fraud and enterprise technology functions. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since 2016 and currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Human Resources Officer of NBH Bank. Mr. Besskó brings significant experience in banking, corporate, regulatory, human resources, securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters over the span of his 20-plus-year career. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Besskó was a partner with the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street LLP and, prior to that, a shareholder of the law firm of Jones & Keller, P.C. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Guaranty Bancorp, a publicly traded bank holding company, where he oversaw the company’s legal and compliance departments. He began his legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. Mr. Besskó currently serves as a member of the Colorado Bankers Association Government Affairs Committee. He also is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Birkans has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2018, as well as the Company’s Treasurer since August 2011, and he currently holds the same positions at NBH Bank. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since August 2018. Prior to joining the Company in 2011, Mr. Birkans was a Vice President, Assistant Treasurer of M&I Bank for five years, where he was responsible for capital management, investments, corporate liquidity and risk management related to the bank’s financial activities. In addition, Mr. Birkans worked at Citigroup as a Senior Vice President, Corporate and Investment Bank Treasury. Mr. Birkans holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance.
Richard U. Newfield, Jr.
Chief Risk Management Officer
Mr. Newfield has served as the Company’s Chief Risk Management Officer since 2011 and currently holds the same position at NBH Bank. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since 2016. Mr. Newfield is the former Head of Business Services Credit at Regions Bank. He joined Regions in 2008 after a 23-year career at Bank of America. Mr. Newfield held various senior positions at Bank of America, including roles in risk management, credit, commercial banking, global bank debt and corporate marketing. He brings significant experience in development and implementation of business models and integration of businesses during mergers. In addition, Mr. Newfield has led credit process reengineering initiatives, including risk and credit policy design, and other corporate governance initiatives.
Christopher S. Randall
Executive Vice President, Commercial and Specialty Banking
Mr. Randall has served as NBH Bank’s Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial and Specialty Banking since August 2015 and, prior to that, he was Senior Managing Director, Specialty Banking since 2013. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since January 2017. Mr. Randall has over 27 years of leadership experience building successful commercial banking and specialty finance and investing business, providing debt and equity capital to lower middle market business across the U.S. Prior to joining NBH Bank in 2013, Mr. Randall was the Director and Founder of CoBiz Structured Finance, based in Denver, Colorado, since 2011. Previously, he was an executive of the Marquette Financial Companies as Senior Managing Director, COO and Board Member of MFC Capital Funding, a Chicago, Illinois-based national specialty finance and investing business that was started in 2005. Mr. Randall is a Trustee of the University of Colorado Foundation, supporting all campuses of the University of Colorado System.
Patrick G. Sobers
Executive Vice President, Business and Consumer Banking and President, Community Banks of Colorado
Mr. Sobers has served as NBH Bank’s Executive Vice President and Head of Business and Consumer Banking since April 2016 and has served as President of Community Banks of Colorado, a division of NBH Bank, since November 2016. He was previously the Executive Vice President and Head of Small Business and Consumer Banking for NBH Bank’s Community Banks of Colorado and Hillcrest divisions since 2012 and 2015, respectively. Mr. Sobers has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since January 2017. Mr. Sobers has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NBH Bank in 2012, he held several leadership positions at Bank of America, including as the Southeast Region’s Consumer Banking Executive; as Customer Service and Solutions Executive; as Premier Banking and Investments Regional Executive for Florida and Georgia (now Merrill Lynch Wealth Management); and as Tampa Market President. Mr. Sobers has been very active in the communities where he has resided, serving on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is currently a member of the Foundation Board of the Moffitt Cancer Center and the Treasurer for Third Way Center.
Executive Vice President, Chief Client Executive, Deposit Operations Executive, Regional President
Ms. Stevenson has served as NBH Bank’s Chief Client Executive and Deposit Operations Executive since the merger of Peoples, Inc. and the Company on January 1, 2018. She has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since January 1, 2019. Prior to the merger, Ms. Stevenson served in a number of roles with Peoples Bank over an 18-year period, including, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of Peoples Bank and as a member of the board of directors. Ms. Stevenson has worked in a variety of roles in financial services for more than 45 years, including President of a community bank, Director of Retail, Director of a mortgage division, Operations Manager for a mortgage division, and nearly every other capacity in banking and mortgage.
Executive Vice President, Residential Banking and Market President
Mr. Zahl has served as NBH Bank’s Executive Vice President, Head of Residential Banking and Market President for the Colorado Springs Region since the merger of Peoples, Inc. and the Company on January 1, 2018. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since such time. Prior to the merger, Mr. Zahl served as President and CEO of Peoples National Bank. Mr. Zahl began his banking career at FirstBank in Colorado Springs, CO. After a decade at FirstBank, he moved to Peoples National Bank in 2007 to take over Retail and Lending Management. He was promoted to President and CEO of Peoples National Bank in 2012. Mr. Zahl currently serves on the Board and as the Chairman-Elect of the Colorado Bankers Association and the Board of Partners in Housing. Mr. Zahl has held several board, advisory, and volunteer roles with many community organizations including Partners in Housing, Junior Achievement, United Way, Rotary International, and Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Zahl attended the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of two national championship football teams and graduated with honors with a Business Administration degree.