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Paul C. Stefunek
330.463.0303 ext. 223

paul~lawrence associates Recruits Chief Credit Officer for Home Savings

June 14, 2009 – (Cleveland, Ohio)—Executive search firm, paul~lawrence associates, has placed Matthew Garrity as Chief Credit Officer for The Home Savings and Loan Company in Youngstown, Ohio. Mark Little was the search consultant managing the assignment.

Mr. Garrity previously held the position of Senior Vice President-National City Capital Markets Investment Banking for National City Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio where he was responsible for the development and start up of a new initiative in the investment banking group that targets Merger & Acquisition transactions for lower middle market companies. Prior to that Garrity held the positions of Deputy Chief Credit Officer-Northern Ohio Credit Administration, Senior Vice President/Senior Portfolio Manager, Northern Ohio Credit Administration, Vice President, Senior Lending Officer, Middle Market Lending and Vice President, Equity Sponsor Group for National City Corporation. Previous to that, he also held the positions of Assistant Vice President, Middle Market Lending for Bank One Cleveland, Credit Analyst for Bank One Cleveland and Branch Manager for City Loan Financial Services.

Home Savings, a subsidiary of United Community Financial Corp., is a full-service community bank founded in 1889 and headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. Its center of focus remains relationship banking through the development of a full-range of competitive retail and commercial banking services. With assets of approximately $2.7 billion, Home Savings operates 39 banking offices and six loan production offices throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania, employing over 600 people.

Working in concert, paul~lawrence associates and its sister company highbridge associates serve as strategic partners with their clients in sourcing, assessing, managing and retaining human capital. The company has built a series of industry-specific practices to support the diverse needs of its clients. The firm's offices include its corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and regional offices in Chicago, Baltimore/Washington, New York, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Sarasota, as well as affiliate offices in China, India and Australia.


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