Regions Bank on Monday announced banking veteran Scott Hartwig will serve as market executive for the bank in St. Louis and surrounding communities in Missouri and Illinois.
Hartwig (left) has met the banking needs of clients in the area for over 30 years, the last six of which have been spent with Regions serving Commercial Banking customers. He will succeed Mike Hart (right) as market executive. This fall, Hart announced plans to retire from Regions at the end of this year.
“Mike Hart has made a significant and lasting impact, not only on our customers and associates, but also on the community as a whole. We are confident Scott Hartwig will build on Mike’s legacy of superior customer service and proactive community engagement,” said John Turner, President and CEO of Regions Financial Corp. “Over the last several years, Regions has made a number of important investments in St. Louis, including building and renovating branches and launching community programs to empower small businesses, local students and nonprofit organizations. Mike Hart was crucial to making these investments a success, and I know our commitment to St. Louis will continue to grow under Scott Hartwig’s leadership.”
Regions has outlets across Metro East.
As market executive, Hartwig will work with Regions leaders across all banking departments to focus their teams on implementing Regions360, what the bank calls its comprehensive approach to meeting customers’ needs.
In addition, Hartwig will work with colleagues and community members to identify opportunities for the bank to make a meaningful difference through volunteer service, nonprofit support, delivering financial education and more. Hartwig will also continue serving as a commercial banking executive for the bank’s Midwest territory, guiding teams that serve and support large business clients in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Western Kentucky.
“Regions Bank is uniquely positioned in the St. Louis marketplace because we have the size and scale to meet the complex financial needs of people and businesses, yet we also have the hometown connections and community commitment that help us serve as a trusted local source for financial advice and guidance,” Hartwig said. “It is an honor to lead the collaboration of our teams across Greater St. Louis. Together, we will begin writing the next chapter of our growth throughout the area.”
Hartwig joined Regions in 2014 following 25 years of Commercial Banking and Credit leadership roles at Enterprise Bank and Trust and Bank of America in metro St. Louis where he served medium and large corporate clients. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management from Missouri State University and obtained a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University. Hartwig volunteers with Lutheran Senior Services, serving on the finance committee. He is a past board member and former treasurer for the organization. Hartwig is also involved with Pathfinder Church, previously serving as board president and a finance committee member.
During Hart’s service at Regions, he led the bank’s regional Commercial Banking group across five states. Hart was also instrumental in bringing the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program to St. Louis twice. ICCC connects small-business owners and operators in underserved areas with nationally renowned business training at no cost. More than 200 Greater St. Louis entrepreneurs participated in the ICCC programs.
Hart also actively served on many boards to help advance the Greater St. Louis community. They include Operation HOPE Midwest, the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, the St. Louis Regional Business Council, Jobs for America’s Graduates – Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission. Hart is also a United Way of Greater St. Louis board member, where he serves as the Men’s Leadership Society Chair.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great bank associates and to serve alongside many dedicated business and community leaders during my career at Regions, and I’m deeply grateful for that experience,” said Hart. “The greatest reward is building something together that’s helped companies grow, helped people succeed and helped advance the community. Scott Hartwig is a solid leader who I’ve worked with for the past six years. I’m pleased that he’ll be serving as the Greater St. Louis market executive as I retire, and I know he’ll make lasting contributions in this role.”