As MVB’s North Market President, Herman DeProspero oversees operations at the Cheat Lake, Sabraton and Suncrest locations in Morgantown, West Virginia. He serves as an area leader by maintaining budgets, developing new business, supporting retail banking functions, networking and much more.
Fostering MVB’s business relations throughout the Morgantown area has created a wealth of opportunities to meet new people across North Central West Virginia every day. For Herman, building these strong relationships is the key to success. “I’ve made some really good relationships, both with clients and with the internal folks here at MVB,” says Herman, who’s been an integral member of Team MVB Bank for nearly six years.
Prior to joining the banking community, Herman built a career in public accounting with a West Virginia accounting firm as a CPA. After 13 years in this role, Herman was approached by an executive from MVB about joining the banking industry. Shortly after, Herman became a Commercial Loan Officer for MVB. “I figured I should give it a shot,” Herman says. “I didn’t want to look back and regret not going for it, and now I’m glad that I did.”
Six years into his career at MVB, Herman says that the people and the relationships are truly the best part of his job. “I now have some lifelong relationships that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t taken that chance and made the move from the accounting firm to MVB,” Herman says. He adds that he’s grateful for the countless, valuable business lessons and new opportunities that he’s gained since working in banking.
In addition to his role as Market President, Herman also has an exciting new title -- President of the MVB Community Development Corporation (CDC), a subsidiary of MVB Bank created in 2017. When considering his long-term career goals, Herman instantly offers his thoughts and hopes for the success of the CDC. “Foremost in my mind is taking the CDC to the next level,” Herman says. “This could be a real game-changer, both for MVB and for the state of West Virginia.” He says it feels great to be helping this effort move forward and bettering West Virginia communities at the same time.
Although his work for MVB keeps him busy, Herman carves out time to be a family man. He says he typically spends much of his free time chasing his three kids, who are 7, 10 and 12 years old; his kids are active in school events, sports and more. “Sometimes I think I’m a part-time taxi driver and a part-time coach!” Herman says.
When reflecting on his day-to-day affairs, Herman says, “I know it sounds cliché, but I really enjoy working with my clients.” He takes pride in being able to come up with strategies and solutions and enjoys winning deals for his clients, particularly in competitive situations. “Winning is always a good thing,” Herman laughs.