marketing director joins Ohnward Bancshares | Local News

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DEWITT – Marketing and communications veteran Maria Johnson has joined Ohnward Bancshares, Inc. as Chief Marketing Officer.

In her new role, Johnson will be responsible for strategically leveraging the company’s culture and growth across its vast footprint in eastern Iowa.

After leading the City of Cedar Rapids in its communications strategy for eight years, Johnson joins the local family of financial institutions to oversee the marketing efforts of Ohnward’s affiliates including – First Central State Bank, Maquoketa State Bank and Ohnward Bank & Trust.

Welcoming Johnson to the team will boost Ohnward’s profile in eastern Iowa, President and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Kintner said.

“Maria comes to us with a wealth of marketing knowledge and experience that will translate well to her leading our integrated marketing and branding strategies,” Kintner said. “Bringing it on board greatly enhances our ability to communicate our unique message to the local communities we serve.”

Johnson began her professional career in public relations at Heisler Gordon and Associates in Chicago, before becoming assistant vice president of marketing at Collins Community Credit Union.

She moved to the position of Communications Division Manager for the City of Cedar Rapids in 2014.

“Ohnward presents some exciting opportunities,” Johnson said. “The company and its financial institutions have experienced strong growth over the years, while giving back to their communities. I am thrilled not only to be part of this team, but also to be able to share some of the great stories of this organization. »

Johnson graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, with a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.

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