William R. Hartman is Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Republic Bancorp, a $14 billion financial services company with locations in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and Indiana. Citizens Republic, the second largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan, provides a full range of financial services through its 258 banking and financial center locations, and its investment and mortgage subsidiaries, title company and insurance agency. Prior to the completion of the merger with Republic Bancorp on December 29, 2006, that created Citizens Republic, Mr. Hartman served as Chairman, President and CEO of Citizens Banking Corporation.
Prior to joining Citizens in February of 2002, Hartman was chairman, president and CEO of Bank One, NA– Ohio and Kentucky, headquartered in Columbus. He was appointed to that position in 2000. The region for which he was responsible consisted of 340 branches with combined assets of $41 billion. Hartman joined the Bank One organization in 1990, first as director, president and COO of Bank One, Dayton, NA from 1990 until 1992, at which time he was appointed chairman and CEO of Bank One, Lexington, NA. He served in that capacity until 1995 when he became chairman, president and CEO of Bank One, Kentucky, NA. During his nine-year tenure with Bank One, Kentucky, Hartman managed the merger of all legacy Bank One organizations in Kentucky into a single entity.
Prior to joining Bank One, Hartman spent 13 years with Corestates Financial Corporation and Hamilton Bank, which was acquired by Corestates. During this period he held several management positions including the head of Hamilton Bank’s commercial lending department (in Harrisburg, PA), regional administrator responsible for the bank’s consumer and commercial lending (in York County, PA), and executive vice president of Hamilton Bank with direct responsibility for strategic planning, and later, the Bank’s commercial line of business.
Hartman is a strong supporter of community service. He currently serves as a director of Kettering University, the Clarion University Foundation, and the Greater Genesee County Regional Chamber of Commerce. In Columbus, OH he was a member of the board of directors of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Central Ohio United Way and the Columbus Association of Performing Arts. Bill is a past chairperson of both the Louisville Fund for Arts Drive and Greater Louisville, Inc., an organization comprising the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership. He is a former trustee, executive committee member, and past finance committee chairperson of Bellarmine University, Louisville and a former member of the board of overseers of the University of Louisville. He also served as trustee for the University of Kentucky School of Business, and as a director of the Kentucky Economic Development Corporation and the Kentucky Bankers Association, where he was also a member of the executive committee.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Hartman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Clarion University, Clarion, PA in 1970. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.