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CEO - Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalist
Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Liberty Bank Chairman & CEO named Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalist


BEACHWOOD, OHIO; May 23, 2007 -- Beachwood-based Liberty Bank, N.A. announced today that Chairman & CEO William A. Valerian is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in Northeast Ohio.


According to Ernst & Young, the awards program was designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Valerian has been in the banking industry in Northeast Ohio since 1969. He has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership, industry knowledge and business ethics.


James Mirgliotta, Executive Vice President of Twinsburg-based Forest City Erectors, Inc. and Director of Liberty Bank, N.A., said, "Bill is a very respected person in the community, not just as a banker. He draws people in, and he's someone they can trust. He has smart ideas, tenacity and intuitiveness and doesn't settle for anything but the best."


Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 national program. These Northeast Ohio winners will be announced on June 26 at a special gala event at Renaissance Hotel honoring the outstanding entrepreneurs. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2007.


Founded in 1990, Liberty Bank, N.A. is a full-service community financial institution with assets of $190.6 million as of April 30, 2007. With branch offices in Beachwood, Solon and Twinsburg, the independently owned bank serves local consumers and privately held businesses with sales of up to $25 million. Liberty Bank specializes in providing innovative financing and cash management services for commercial customers together with competitive rates and a high level of personalized customer service.