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2008 Weatherhead 100 honors
Friday, December 5, 2008



Liberty Bank is the only bank to achieve 2008 Weatherhead 100 honors


December 5, 2008; Beachwood, Ohio -- Beachwood-based Liberty Bank, N. A. announced today that it is the only the bank to receive honors on the 2008 Weatherhead 100 list of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio.


Presented by the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), the 2008 Weatherhead 100 program recognized the region's 100 fastest growing companies, based on sales from 2003 through 2007.


A two-time Weatherhead 100 recipient, Liberty Bank achieved a higher ranking this year as the 22nd top-growth company with sales growth of 456%, versus its 2007 rank of 43rd out of 100 with 272.15% in sales growth.


"We're extremely pleased to receive this honor for extraordinary growth for the second straight year and to now rank in the top 25," said William A. Valerian, Chairman & CEO of Liberty Bank, N.A. "Our goal is to continue to be one of Ohio's fastest-growing banks by growing our Bank one quality relationship at a time."


Founded 21 years ago by the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, the Weatherhead 100 program recognizes the growth and success of local businesses and demonstrates the strength of entrepreneurial spirit in the region.


About Liberty Bank, N.A.
Founded in 1990, Beachwood, Ohio-based Liberty Bank, N.A. is a full-service community national bank with assets of $245 million as of December 31, 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 $35 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.