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Marketing and Sales Award
Friday, February 24, 2006


William Valerian receives Distinguished Marketing and Sales Award


Beachwood, OH; February 24, 2006William A. Valerian, Chairman, President and CEO of Liberty Bank, N.A., was honored as a recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Marketing and Sales Award (DMSA) presented by Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland (SME) at an awards dinner at Cleveland's InterContinental Hotel on February 23.


SME Education Foundation President and 2006 DMSA Chair Dawn Southard said, "The Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards are the profession's premier honor to acknowledge excellence and provide community recognition for outstanding sales and marketing achievements."


Valerian was selected based on his successful leadership in sales and marketing, superior planning and organizational skills, and his strong community and professional involvement.


With a successful career in the financial industry since 1969, Valerian oversees Liberty Bank's management team and operations. He demonstrated his sales and financial expertise by leading a capital raise of $5.5 million from 20 active investors. These investors have spearheaded the growth of Liberty Bank from $54 million in assets on January 1, 2004 to $137 million through January 31, 2006. Valerian also led the development and opening of Liberty's new administrative office in Beachwood last year.


James Mirgliotta, Executive Vice President of Forest City Erectors, Inc. and Director of Liberty Bank, said, "Bill is a very respected guy in the community, not just as a banker. He draws people in, and he's someone they can trust. He has tenacity and intuitiveness and doesn't settle for anything but the best. I'm very pleased with how he has handled things at the bank, and I know the other directors feel the same. He is truly deserving of the DMSA Award."


Prior to Liberty Bank, N.A., Valerian held senior executive positions with Smythe Cramer's Home Mortgage Assured Corporation, Charter One Investor Services, Haverfield Corporation, Home Bank and the Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University.


A dedicated volunteer, Valerian currently holds leadership positions with: Cleveland Institute of Art; Julie Billiart School; Alta House Neighborhood Center; and, First Suburbs Consortium Development Council.


Valerian is a graduate of Marquette University and a 1961 graduate of St. Ignatius High School. He resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife, Diane, and has three grown sons.


Liberty Bank, N.A. is a full-service community financial institution with offices in Beachwood, Solon and Twinsburg. The bank serves local consumers and privately held businesses with sales of up to $25 million and specializes in providing innovative financing and cash management services for commercial customers together with competitive rates and a high level of personalized customer service.


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