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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

William J. Small
Chairman
Mr. Small first became affiliated with the banking business in 1978 when he joined First Federal Bank of the Midwest based in Defiance, Ohio. He served in this position until 1987 when he assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of the Hicksville Building, Loan and Savings Company in Hicksville, Ohio. In 1994 he returned to First Federal of Defiance as senior vice president. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in 1996 and chairman and chief executive officer, First Federal Bank of the Midwest and president, chairman and chief executive officer of First Defiance Financial Corp. in January 1999. Mr. Small retired from active management of the holding Company and the Bank as of December 31, 2013, but remains Chairman of both entities. He is also currently on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.

In recent years, Mr. Small served on the Federal Reserve Board's Thrift Advisory Council from 2002 through 2004, serving as its chairman in 2004. He is past chairman of The Ohio League of Financial Institutions and former board member of the American Bankers Association. An active citizen in his community, he is past president and board member of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce, the Defiance City Schools Foundation, and the Defiance Area YMCA and was a trustee of The Defiance College. He is a member of the Defiance Rotary Club and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Currently residing in Defiance, Bill attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in sociology and business administration from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan in 1973.
Stephen L. Boomer
Vice Chairman
Mr. Boomer is President and Chief Executive Officer of Arps Dairy, Inc., a processor and distributor of dairy products located in Defiance, Ohio. Mr. Boomer joined the First Defiance board in 1994. He was appointed to Vice Chairman of the board in January 2006. He is member of Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, Succession Planning Committee, Trust Committee and First Insurance Group Board.
John L. Bookmyer
Mr. Bookmyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Pain Management Group in Findlay, Ohio. Mr. Bookmyer also is a Certified Public Accountant. He was appointed to the board in February, 2005. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Investment Committee.
Douglas Burgei, D.V.M.
Dr. Burgei was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1995. He is a veterinarian practicing in Napoleon, Ohio since 1978. He is member of, Strategic Planning Committee, Succession Planning Committee and Investment Committee.
Peter A. Diehl
Mr. Diehl has been a Director of First Defiance since 1997. Mr. Diehl is a retired business owner. He is member of the Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Succession Planning Committee.
Donald P. Hileman
President and Chief Executive Officer of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank based in Defiance Ohio.

Donald Hileman has worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining First Defiance in 2007, he served as a corporate controller with Sky Financial Group, Inc., a $19 billion financial services holding company. He previously served as a community bank Chief Financial Officer before becoming the CFO of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank and the CEO of First Insurance Group.

Mr. Hileman was appointed to serve as President and CEO with First Defiance on January 1, 2014. On January 1, 2015, he was appointed to serve as President and CEO of First Federal Bank.
Jean A. Hubbard
Mrs. Hubbard is a graduate of Defiance College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is also a graduate of the Ohio School of Banking and the ABA School of Human Resource Management. She is currently Business Manager and Corporate Treasurer for The Hubbard Company in Defiance, Ohio, and has more than 30 years of experience in banking. She is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Succession Planning Committee.
Barbara A. Mitzel
Mrs. Mitzel has a Bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University and is the Area Manager for Consumers Energy in Adrian, Michigan, where she is responsible for community and local government relations in the areas of economic development, public safety, franchise renewals and infrastructure-related work across two counties. She serves on the Corporate Governance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Investment Committee.
Samuel S. Strausbaugh
Mr. Strausbaugh is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of JB & Company, Inc. in Tiffin, Ohio. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in January 2006. He serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Succession Planning Committee and the First Insurance Group Board.
Charles D. Niehaus

Executive Management

William J. Small
Chairman of First Defiance Financial Corp.
Mr. Small first became affiliated with the banking business in 1978 when he joined First Federal Bank of the Midwest based in Defiance, Ohio. He served in this position until 1987 when he assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of the Hicksville Building, Loan and Savings Company in Hicksville, Ohio. In 1994 he returned to First Federal of Defiance as senior vice president. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in 1996 and chairman and chief executive officer, First Federal Bank of the Midwest and president, chairman and chief executive officer of First Defiance Financial Corp. in January 1999. Mr. Small retired from active management of the holding Company and the Bank as of December 31, 2013, but remains Chairman of both entities. He is also currently on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.

In recent years, Mr. Small served on the Federal Reserve Board's Thrift Advisory Council from 2002 through 2004, serving as its chairman in 2004. He is past chairman of The Ohio League of Financial Institutions and former board member of the American Bankers Association. An active citizen in his community, he is past president and board member of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce, the Defiance City Schools Foundation, and the Defiance Area YMCA and was a trustee of The Defiance College. He is a member of the Defiance Rotary Club and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Currently residing in Defiance, Bill attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in sociology and business administration from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan in 1973.
Donald P. Hileman
President and CEO – First Defiance Financial Corp.
President and CEO – First Federal Bank
President and Chief Executive Officer of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank based in Defiance Ohio.

Donald Hileman has worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining First Defiance in 2007, he served as a corporate controller with Sky Financial Group, Inc., a $19 billion financial services holding company. He previously served as a community bank Chief Financial Officer before becoming the CFO of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank and the CEO of First Insurance Group.

Mr. Hileman was appointed to serve as President and CEO with First Defiance on January 1, 2014. On January 1, 2015, he was appointed to serve as President and CEO of First Federal Bank.
Kevin T. Thompson
Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
Gregory R. Allen
Executive Vice President, Community Banking President – First Federal Bank
Gregory Allen is the Southern Market Area President for First Federal Bank, a subsidiary of First Defiance Financial Corp. Allen has been with First Federal Bank since 1998, most recently managing the commercial and agricultural lending and commercial credit departments. During his tenure, the bank’s commercial loan portfolio grew from $30 million to $825 million. As Market Area President, Allen will oversee the branch administration, commercial lending, mortgage and consumer lending and cash management functions for the eleven First Federal Bank offices in Allen, Hancock, Seneca, and Putnam counties. Allen’s office will be located in Findlay. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a major in Finance, Allen has been in banking over 17 years in the Toledo, Findlay, Fostoria and Defiance areas. He graduated from the American Bankers’ Association National Commercial Lending School and is currently pursuing a degree from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Allen, his wife Susan and their two children reside in Findlay.
Timothy K. Harris
Executive Vice President, Eastern Market Area President – First Federal Bank
Tim Harris is the Eastern Market Area President for First Federal Bank, a subsidiary of First Defiance Financial Corp. Harris has been with First Federal Bank since 2000, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and head of Commercial Lending in the Northern Market Area. As Eastern Market Area President, Harris will oversee the branch administration, commercial lending, mortgage and consumer lending and cash management functions for the five offices in Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties. Harris’s office will be located in Bowling Green. Harris has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from BGSU. Harris has been in banking over 27 years in the Toledo and Bowling Green areas. He also completed the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin in 2007. He is a Board member of the Wood County Board of MR/DD, a member of the Bowling Green Revolving Loan Fund and a Board member of the Wood County District Library Foundation. He and his wife Margie and their three children reside in Bowling Green.
Michael D. Mulford
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
James R. Williams III
Executive Vice President, Western Market Area President
John R. Reisner
Executive Vice President, Legal Counsel and Chief Risk Officer
Marybeth Shunck
Executive Vice President, Northern Market President
Dennis E. Rose Jr.
Executive Vice President of Business Banking - First Federal Bank
Dennis Rose is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer for First Defiance Financial Corp. Rose has been with First Federal Bank for over 15 years. As Chief Operations Officer, Rose is responsible for overall management, supervision and strategic direction for operation and sales support departments. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo and a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from BGSU. He obtained his CPA in 1993 and graduated first in his class from the Graduate School of Banking in 2008. Rose currently serves on the Member Services Committee of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio Advisory board, is a treasurer of the Optimist Club of Defiance and golf league treasuer of the Defiance Elks Lodge. In his spare time, Rose enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey and golfing.