MOUNT VERNON — Robert. E. Boss has been named president of First-Knox National Bank, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Vickie A. Sant, who will retire Aug. 31.
Sant will continue as board chairwoman and remain active in a number of community organizations.
“Banking has evolved greatly in the 42 years I’ve been with First-Knox,” said Sant. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of great leaders and mentors — Bill Stroud, Carlos Watkins, Gordy Yance and Ian Watson to name a few — and I’ve been fortunate to hold a variety of roles over the course of my career, it’s kept things interesting and challenging.”
Boss joined First-Knox in September 2007 as part of the bank’s purchase of the Ohio Legacy office in Millersburg. He’s no stranger to banking, though. Boss has spent his entire career in the financial services industries.
“I began my career literally right out college. I graduated on Sunday, and was a branch manager on Monday. People didn’t think I was old enough to do the job. The reality was those comments pushed me to work even harder.”
During the past 10 years, Boss has focused on commercial lending and growing the Millersburg market. His ability to see the whole picture of banking, as well as his desire to continue to grow professionally, made him an ideal choice as the next president.
“Bob’s focus and skill set will be very different from mine,” said Sant. “While I tend to be more data driven and operationally focused, Bob enjoys contacts, relationships, and sales. He has an excellent grasp of the business side of the bank, too. I look forward to watching the bank grow under his leadership.”
Boss has spent the past few years working with Sant to get a feel for the daily operations and inner workings of the bank president role. This time has also allowed him to become more heavily involved in the Mount Vernon community. He is president-elect of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club; member of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce executive board; member of the Central Ohio Technical College advisory board, Knox Campus; and president of the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
“I’m really looking forward to this next step in my career,” Boss said. “First-Knox is a great bank and I’m proud to be part of it.”
A graduate of Mount Union University, Boss splits his time between Mount Vernon and Millersburg. He has three children: Taylor, Peyton and Courtney.