Tussing appointed President of Fairfield National Bank
Wells continues as Chairman and assumes leadership advisory role
LANCASTER, Ohio – Local banking leader Laura Tussing has been appointed president of Fairfield National Bank, a community banking division of the Park National Bank. Tussing joined Fairfield National Bank in 2004 and will become its president effective July 1, 2019. Fairfield’s current president, Steve Wells, will remain chairman of the banking division’s advisory board. Wells will also provide leadership support for strategic initiatives involving Park National’s family of community banking divisions.
For the last ten years, Tussing led Fairfield National Bank’s trust and investment services. In 2017, she was promoted to senior vice president and earned additional responsibility for the bank’s commercial lending services. Tussing is a graduate of Lancaster High School, the Ohio State University and holds an MBA from Ohio University. She will complete the American Bankers Association’s Graduate School of Banking this year. She is a Certified Trust Financial Planner and has completed American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School. She serves as the vice chairperson for the Fairfield Medical Center board of trustees and is past chairperson of the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation, the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters in Lancaster.
“I am thrilled that Laura has earned the opportunity to serve in this role that I have been honored to hold for the past 22 years,” Wells said. “She has proven herself consistently as a bright, capable, and trustworthy leader. We have worked closely together to prepare for this transition and I am confident she will build on the outstanding work our entire Fairfield team has done to be good community neighbors, to foster a positive work atmosphere, and to be a successful local banking organization that can be relied upon.”
With 35 years of experience in the Park National organization, Wells will now focus on guiding specialized training programs implemented across the organization, as well as support consistent communication and coordination among the leaders of Park’s Ohio banking divisions.
“Steve is an exemplary leader, both in his banking expertise and in his dedication to our culture and values,” said Park National Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David L. Trautman. “He’s earned the trust and respect of his clients and colleagues for decades, and he is in an ideal position to share his passion, insights and guidance with our associates in new ways.”
Wells was named President of Fairfield National in 1997. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking, the ABA Retail Credit School, Mt. Union College and Lakewood High School. He is the current chairman of the Fairfield 33 Growth Alliance and treasurer of the Lancaster Community Improvement Corporation and will continue to serve in both roles. Wells is also past chairman of the Fairfield Medical Center, The Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, and the Lancaster Festival. He has led successful campaigns for Ohio University Lancaster and the United Way and was a founding board member of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.