To help further expand the company’s position as the No. 1 middle market commercial lender in the region, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) announced today the formation of an Executive Advisory Board for its Commercial Banking operations in Pennsylvania. The company has tapped Edward Ryan and Willard J. Martin, Jr. to serve in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively. Ryan, a stalwart of Philadelphia banking and a community leader, will support the growth strategy of Wells Fargo’s Philadelphia Regional Commercial Banking Offices. Meanwhile, Martin, a 40-year banking industry veteran, will focus on a broad array of middle market companies in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. “Pennsylvania is a large and growing market for Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo, and our customers will benefit from Ed’s and Will’s expertise and experience,” said Susanne Svizeny, Commercial Banking division manager for the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Eastern Canada Region. Wells Fargo’s approach to strategic growth through an Advisory Board in key cities was launched in Boston in 2013. Since the Board’s inception, the New England region has seen a number of new opportunities for business development and growth in the market. With the early success of the Advisory Board model, the company is eyeing additional markets for the establishment of Commercial Banking Executive Advisory Boards. A 45-year industry veteran, Ryan began his banking career in Philadelphia as a vice president and relationship manager with Continental Bank. He spent more than 20 years with Wells Fargo predecessors Corestates Bank and First Union National Bank, focusing on middle market companies in Pennsylvania. In 2001, he was named senior vice president of business development with Fleet Bank. He then served as executive vice president and director of commercial banking with Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Ryan was most recently vice president of business development with Elliott-Lewis Corp. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He also attended Harvard Business School through Royal Bank of Scotland. A longtime Philadelphia resident, Ryan serves on several civic committees including The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wistnar Institute, and The Franklin Institute. He currently serves on the board of Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center.
Martin began his career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. before joining the former Mellon Bank in 1975, where he spent 26 years. During his tenure at Mellon, he had assignments in internal audit, retail banking, relationship management, and risk management. Prior to his move to RBS Citizens Bank, he served as senior credit officer for Mellon’s Middle Market, Leasing and Health Care Banking business units. Joining RBS Citizens Bank in 2001, Martin served as a senior credit officer, and he supported a number of business units and locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Retired in 2012, Martin has remained active in the Pittsburgh community; he is a long time board member of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and is on the Family Links Foundation board.Martin earned a B. S. degree in business administration from Penn State University and served in the U.S. Army for three years. About Wells Fargo Commercial Banking With more than 120 offices in 38 states and three Canadian provinces, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking provides local support for businesses across the United States with annual sales generally in excess of $20 million. Experienced relationship managers and lending managers live and work where our customers do business – places like Annapolis and Baltimore in Maryland. Our teams understand the local economy and business environment and have authority to make lending decisions locally. Commercial Banking services – including asset-based lending, traditional secured loans, and capital markets – provide access to working capital for day-to-day operations and funding for growth. Commercial Banking also provides expertise and services for specific industries, including beverage, food and agribusiness, technology, healthcare, government, higher education, clean technology, and environmental services. About Wells Fargo Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet ( wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.