Walker Honored as Young Professionals Champion

September 20, 2023

Warren, Pennsylvania – Shawn Walker of Northwest Bank was announced as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s (PA Bankers) 2023 Young Professionals Champion Award.

The Young Professionals Champion Award honors a senior leader who inspires and promotes the growth of young professionals in the industry. The award is part of PA Bankers’ Future Under 40 Awards program, which recognizes banking industry leaders, aged 40 years and younger, who have made a tremendous impact on their institution, the community and the industry.

This recognition honors Walker for his outstanding contribution as the advisor to Northwest Bank’s Next Level Professionals Employee Resource Group (ERG). He was nominated because of his dedication to bridging the gap between young professionals and Northwest Bank’s leadership team, including executive management and the Board of Directors. His efforts have resulted in new opportunities for connection, idea-sharing and promoting mutual understanding between these groups.

"At Northwest Bank, we recognize that our young professionals are a vital component to our company’s successful future and we value their ideas, thoughts and perspectives,” stated Lou Torchio, Northwest Bank president and CEO. “Today, we acknowledge and celebrate Shawn’s efforts to foster connections and promote mutual understanding between our youngest generations and bank leadership. We are proud to have Shawn as part of our executive leadership team, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude for his contributions.”

Walker has been employed by Northwest Bank since 2008 and currently serves as executive vice president of communications and regional marketing, overseeing corporate communications and public relations. In addition to his role as Northwest Bank’s Next Level Professionals ERG advisor, Walker is an active participant in the company’s senior mentorship program where he advises rising leaders from across the organization.


About Northwest
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the bank holding company of Northwest Bank. Founded in 1896 and headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania, Northwest Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, as well as treasury management solutions and wealth management services. Northwest currently operates 134 full-service community banking offices and eight free-standing drive-through facilities in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Indiana. The common stock of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market ("NWBI"). Additional information regarding Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank can be accessed online at www.northwest.com.

About Pennsylvania Bankers Association
PA Bankers has been bringing banks and bankers together for more than 125 years to learn, grow, serve and engage with their peers, communities and lawmakers. The association has built a strong reputation as a leading advocate for pro-banking policies at the state and federal levels, as well as the delivery of quality education, products and services for banks of all sizes and their employees.