Steve Braden joined MVB in the spring of 2018 and brings to the company and its clients nearly three decades of leadership experience in banking across the U.S. and the world.
In his role at MVB, Braden provides high-level leadership, oversight and guidance in all areas of retail banking, including small business and consumer lending. His responsibilities include developing and managing the retail banking budget, ensuring the ongoing development and consistent implementation of MVB’s retail banking strategy to provide outstanding banking products and services to every client and business that MVB serves. Braden also is responsible for helping the company consistently improve client experience, business line results, operational excellence, and its commitment to building strong communities.
“I was excited to join the MVB Bank family and be part of an organization with a strong company culture and solid core values,” said Braden. “I am especially excited about working with the excellent leadership team, and I look forward to increasing MVB’s market share in the highly competitive and dynamic Northern Virginia region.”
Braden joined MVB from Heartland Financial USA, Inc., in Dubuque, Iowa, where he served for nearly two years as Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking. Prior to that, Braden spent three years as Executive Director Community Banking & Senior Consultant for Strategic Direction with Ningbo Donghai Bank in Zhejiang Province, Ningbo, China. In this position, he led the full development of the new community bank division from design and site selection to final construction. As part of his leadership, he established service quality standards, recruited team members, deployed the latest banking technology and built a strong brand through new marketing and promotions such as unique branch events. His contributions also included attention to team building, education and recognition programs.
Braden’s distinguished career in the banking industry began with assistant branch manager, branch manager and district sales manager posts in Colorado. From there, he moved to the Pacific Northwest where he served as Senior Vice President, District Manager, for US Bank in Eugene, Ore., and next in Seattle. In 2003, he joined Umpqua Bank in Oregon as Senior Vice President, Region Manager, where he was responsible for the overall market share growth for the Southern Oregon and Northern California markets. In 2010, he became Executive Vice President, Regional Executive, for Umpqua in Portland as the leader of the greater Portland, Willamette Valley, Vancouver and Bend markets. In that role, Braden implemented innovative revenue strategies, expense savings and a more effective sale strategy culture to become the leader of Umpqua’s top performing region.
Braden is a recognized leader in the banking industry. He served as keynote speaker for China Grand Enterprises Branding Conference in 2014 and two years as guest lecturer for the University of Nottingham’s School of Business. He received the Camellia Award presented by the Ningbo Municipal Government’s Foreign Affairs Office in recognition of individuals who contribute to the economic and social development of the city promoting communication and cooperation. He also received the Outstanding Foreign Expert award presented by Ningbo Municipal Government’s Foreign Affairs Office.
Throughout his career, Braden has been active in local community service. He and his wife Cindy live in Reston, Va. He is also an outdoor enthusiast and can be found running, kayaking and hiking in and around the Northern Virginia region and in national parks. He is a golfer and avid sports fan, following a number of teams in many sports.
Do you live in the Reston, Va., area and have a financial need? Steve and Team MVB can help. Give us a call at (571) 526-4540 or visit our Reston banking center at 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite R13, Reston, VA 20190-3221.