Marty Adams
BANKING - FINANCE

Marty Adams: A penchant for industry knowledge and a keen sense of timing have propelled Jefferson County native Marty E. Adams to the top position of Sky Financial Group's $15.7 billion financial services company.

Adams, now chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sky Financial Group, began his banking career as the main office manager of Citizens Banking Company in Salineville, Ohio, in 1977. Ultimately, he rose to the positions of president and CEO of Citizens Banking Company and its parent company, Citizens Bancshares in 1987.

Following a merger of equals between Citizens and Mid Am, Inc., in 1998, Citizens Bancshares Inc. was renamed Sky Financial Group, Inc., and Adams was named president and chief operating officer soon therafter.

At that time, he also became a director of the Sky Financial Group board. In 1999, he was president and chief executive officer of Sky and chairman of the board in 2000. Under his leadership, Sky has grown from $200 million in assets to its current size of almost $16 billion. By the third quarter of 2006, after Sky's planned acquisition of Union Federal Bank, its asset size will grow to approximately $18 billion.

Active in his community with many board, local chambers and service organizations, Adams is a member of the board of trustees of Mount Union College and the foundation board of West Liberty State College. He also is a member of the NASDAQ Stock Market Issuer Affairs Board.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration from West Liberty State College. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Franciscan University. In addition, he graduated from the Ohio School of Banking/Ohio University and the Herbert V. Prochnow Graduate School of Banking/University of Wisconsin.