Who We Are

Watch Hill Bank is a community bank that provides the full range of banking and lending services to individuals and businesses in the Greater Cincinnati area.

We offer modern banking conveniences powered by the latest technology, plus the personal service you can’t find at a big bank. The result is a streamlined, personalized banking experience that fits the lives of our customers– banking made easy.

Our Story: A Proud Past and a Bright Future

Watch Hill Bank was formerly Mt. Washington Savings Bank, created in 1886 by people in the community who joined together to pool their resources and create a financial institution that would serve their needs.

The bank operated continuously as a mutually-owned bank for over 125 years providing local residents and businesses the financial services they needed to succeed and grow. In January 2015, the bank was reorganized for stock ownership to better position it for growth.

In mid-2015, the bank became Watch Hill Bank, a modern financial institution with the latest technology and banking conveniences, yet still dedicated to delivering the personal service only a community bank can provide.

Later this year, we are expanding by opening a second branch and Lending Center in Columbia-Tusculum, to bring banking convenience and personal service to a new area of Cincinnati.

Our Greatest Asset Is Our People

What truly sets Watch Hill Bank apart from other financial institutions is our people. Our entire organization, from the Board of Directors to our management team to our front-line staff, is dedicated to our mission: To provide our customers and our community with the banking and lending services they need to grow and achieve their financial goals.

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors (pictured above) is an accomplished group of individuals who provide strategic guidance and direction to the planning, operations and management of the bank. Collectively and individually, they bring a wealth of financial and business expertise, and an abiding commitment to our local community and our mission, to everything they do.

  • Gregory Niesen – President & CEO, Watch Hill Bank
  • Bernard Buerger – Chairman of the Board – Partner at Fermann & Co. CPAs in Cincinnati
  • John Croxton – Vice-Chairman – Owner of TP White Funeral Home in Cincinnati
  • Bruce Thompson – Former banker and officer of a large, Cincinnati-based bank
  • Jerry Grove – Former store manager, Anderson Township retailer

Our Management Team

Our Management Team provides the leadership and direction to ensure we stay true to our mission of service to our customers and our community. They have a combined 150 years of experience in consumer and commercial banking and lending services.

Gregory Niesen

President, CEO

Karan Kiser

Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Julie Bertsch

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Brian Veith

Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking

Janet Schneider

Senior Vice President, Retail Banking

Tom McAllister

Chief Credit Officer

Kathy Mueller

Assistant Vice President, Lending

Organizational Memberships

We are a proud member of the following industry and local business organizations, and a Platinum Sponsor of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Career Opportunities

If you are committed to professional excellence and would like to be part of a close-knit team dedicated to providing outstanding service to our customers and our community, then Watch Hill Bank may be the right place for you! We are an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salary and benefits, and a friendly, cooperative atmosphere where team members are encouraged to learn and grow.

If you have questions or want to learn more about our current openings, contact us – we will be happy to tell you about our available opportunities and answer your questions.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to info@mwbank24.com or fax to 513.231.7872.

In the Community

We are frequently out in the community at local events – you never know where you might see us! Below are some photos from recent events – if you see us out and about, please stop by and say, “Hi!” We look forward to meeting you!

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