Nicolet, Peoples add directors

Héctor Colón

Holding companies in Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio and Colorado recently announced new board members.

Héctor Colón, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, joined the board of Nicolet Bankshares, Green Bay, Wis. Before the start of Colón’s tenure in 2017, the organization had not met its budget for four consecutive years. Since that time, LSS has generated multi-million dollar surpluses with a gain of $12.4 million over his first three years. He recently was named the Nonprofit Executive of the Year by BizTimes Media and the Hispanic Man of the year by UMOS.

“Héctor is a great addition to our board,” said Bob Atwell, executive chair of the $4.5 billion Nicolet.  “He brings a strong track record of organizational leadership in the governmental, educational and not-for-profit sectors. He is a dedicated servant leader who has led these organizations through difficult changes.”

Paola Arbour was added to the board at Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc., in Dallas, bumping its membership to 11. Currently executive vice president and chief information officer of Tenet Healthcare, she has more than 30 years of experience leading and transforming IT organizations. 

Prior to Tenet, she served in leadership roles at ProV International and ServiceNow and also spent time at Dell and Electronic Data Systems. She is an active participant in multiple forums promoting Women in Technology and diversity and inclusion. 

“Paola brings decades of experience driving strong results and enhanced customer experiences by strategically implementing advanced technology,” said Chair Larry Helm. “We look forward to benefiting from her expertise and leadership experience.”

Arbour is an advisory board member of the Dallas CIO Leadership Association, serves on the board of the Technology Business Management Council, and is a member of the Evanta CIO Community for Gartner. She was recognized by Forbes as a CIO Next 2021 technology leader and by Dallas Business Journal as a 2020 Women in Technology honoree.

Fran Skinner

Frances Skinner joined the boards of Peoples Bancorp Inc., Marietta, Ohio, and its subsidiary Peoples Bank. Skinner, 57, is a partner and co-founder of AUM Partners, LLC, Libertyville, Ill., a consulting firm specializing in leadership development at financial services firms, where she worked from 2009 to 2018 and from 2019 to present.

She also currently serves as an independent director at Fenimore Asset Management, Cobleskill, N.Y., a privately held investment advisory firm, a position she has held since 2019.

A CPA, Skinner was chief administrative officer – investments, for Diamond Hill Investment Group, Columbus, Ohio, from 2018 to 2019. Prior to that, she was an independent member of the Board of Directors of Diamond Hill Investment Group from 2010 to 2018.

“We are delighted to have Fran join our board,” said Susan Rector, chair of the $5.1 billion Peoples. “The board will benefit greatly from Fran’s technical knowledge as a CPA and CFA and from her years of experience in the investment industry.”

Patrick Sobers

National Bank Holdings Corporation in Denver added Patrick Sobers, a former executive at its NBH Bank, to its board. 

A director of NBH Bank since 2017, Sobers was previously executive vice president, head of business and consumer banking at the $6.9 billion bank. He has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NBH Bank in 2012, he held several leadership positions at Bank of America.

“We are excited to have Patrick join our board and continue his active engagement with our organization,” said Chair, President and CEO Tim Laney. “His strong banking experience and commitment to community building will be an asset for our organization.”