National Bankshares, Inc. Announces
Retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer James G. Rakes
And Appointment of F. Brad Denardo as Successor
Virginia - On May 9, 2017, James G. Rakes announced at the annual
shareholders meeting of National Bankshares, Inc. (the "Company")
that effective August 31, 2017 he will retire from his positions
as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and as Chairman
of the Board of Directors of the Company's wholly owned banking
subsidiary, the National Bank of Blacksburg ( the "National
Bank"), and as President, Chief Executive Officer and director
of National Bankshares Financial Services, Inc., the Company's wholly
owned financial services subsidiary. Mr. Rakes has been President
and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company since
its founding. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer
of the National Bank from 1983 until early in 2014. Mr. Rakes will
continue to serve on the Company's Board of Directors through his
current term, which ends at the Company's annual shareholders meeting
The Board of Directors of the Company announced
that Mr. Rakes has agreed to remain as the Chairman of the Company's
Board of Directors until the end of his current term in order to
continue to provide the Company and the Board of Directors with
the valuable benefit of his leadership based on over 30 years of
experience in the executive management of the Company and its subsidiaries.
The Board of Directors also announced that Mr.
F. Brad Denardo has been appointed to succeed Mr. Rakes as President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective on September
1, 2017. Mr. Denardo has been with the National Bank since 1983
when he joined the Bank as Vice President. He has served in an executive
capacity with the National Bank since 1989. He became Executive
Vice President of the Company in 2008 and President and Chief Executive
Officer of the National Bank in 2014. He is also a member of the
Board of Directors of both the Bank and the Company.
F. Brad Denardo, the Company's Executive Vice President and President
and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank, stated: "Mr.
Rakes has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Company
and the Bank for more than three decades. Under his leadership National
Bankshares was established and the Company and its shareholders
have experienced a track record of profitability that stands out
among community banks. We are delighted that he will continue in
a non-executive leadership capacity with the Company providing us
with the benefit of his knowledge of and experience in community
banking in our region. I am also very proud to have the opportunity
to succeed Mr. Rakes and I look forward to carrying on the tradition
of excellent community banking. "
Mr. Rakes stated that he was proud to be part of a community banking
organization that for more than 30 years has grown successfully
with the communities it serves. Mr. Rakes said that this growth
in shareholder value has resulted from the dedicated employees he
has had the privilege of serving with as well as the loyal customers
of the Bank. Mr. Rakes commented that he looks forward to continuing
as Chairman of the Board for the remainder of his term.
Mr. Rakes, as Chairman of the Company's Board,
further stated: "We are very excited to have Brad as the President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Company as of September 1, 2017.
His experience of more than three decades of community banking with
the National Bank, along with his enthusiasm and leadership, will
help us to carry on our tradition of service and responsiveness
to the communities we serve. Brad has been an instrumental part
of management of the Company and the Bank and we are fully confident
that he will effectively lead as the Company's President and CEO."
National Bankshares, Inc., headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia,
is the parent company of The National Bank of Blacksburg, which
does business as National Bank, and of National Bankshares Financial
Services, Inc. National Bank is a community bank operating from
26 full service offices and one loan production office throughout
Southwest Virginia. National Bankshares Financial Services, Inc.
is an investment and insurance subsidiary in the same trade area.
The Company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under
the symbol "NKSH."