Four new offices are now on the drawing boards.
The bank's second Clarksburg office is scheduled to open Oct. 31. Its second office in Morgantown is scheduled to open in the Sabraton area in April. A third office in the Eastern Panhandle, at Martinsburg, is expected to open in June. And a second office in the Fairmont area, at White Hall, is expected to open in October 2013.
"As for Charleston, we'll see what happens, but hope that office will open at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013," Mazza said. Even if the site off Washington Street doesn't work out, "we're still coming to Charleston. We've looked at other locations downtown and in Kanawha City.
"Why pick Charleston? It's a $4-billion-deposit market. The next closest to Charleston is $2 billion. The size of the market - that's important. Also if you look at Charleston, it's been very solid through the Great Recession. If you look at the statistics issued by West Virginia University, they're bullish on economic growth in Charleston. It's a great market.
"Another great thing Charleston offers is a pool of banking people there who have maturity. And it is the center of state government. If you're going to be a West Virginia bank you need to be in Charleston. It's almost a must, in my opinion, for every reason I've stated."
MVB has 160 employees. "We employ four people in Charleston already," Mazza said. "They live in Charleston but of course they can work anywhere. We are a very technology friendly bank."
Mazza is no stranger to Charleston.
"I lived there nearly two years," he said. Retired One Valley and BB&T Corp. executive Phyllis Arnold asked Mazza to serve as the bank's Charleston market president during the year 2000 transition, he said.
As of June 30, MVB was No. 11 in market share in West Virginia. "I think by now, if the figures were updated, we would probably be in the top 10," he said.
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