WAYNESBURG, PA – Scott S. O’Neil, Chairman of the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County, recently announced his retirement from the Board. At its March 27 meeting, the Board accepted O’Neil’s resignation as Chairman of the Board and elected John E. Mariner as Chairman.
With his retirement from the Board, O’Neil caps a career of nearly 50 years as an employee or officer of First Federal of Greene County, including 17 years as President/CEO and 11 years as Board Chairman.
Born in Point Marion, O’Neil graduated from Albert Gallatin High School before serving a one-year tour in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He graduated from Waynesburg College in 1969, and that August began working at First Federal of Greene County as an assistant secretary. O’Neil worked his way through the ranks of the Association, later becoming Vice President and Executive Vice President. In December 1990, O’Neil was first appointed to the Board, then was named President/CEO in January 1991.
After 39 years of service, O’Neil retired in July 2008 as President/CEO of First Federal of Greene County. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board, a position he had held since February 2006 upon the retirement of his predecessor, James L. Brewer.
In 1969, when O’Neil was first hired, First Federal of Greene County had assets of $61 million; 48 years later, as O’Neil retires from the Board, the Association’s assets are almost $900 million.
“What an outstanding career of 50 years for Scott,” Mariner said. “It was his sincere belief to ‘always do the very, very best he could possibly do,’ whatever the moment. It was this determination and dedication that will be truly missed by all.”
President/CEO Judi Goodwin Tanner also expressed sadness due to O’Neil’s retirement from the Board and his resignation as Chairman, but knows that he is just a short visit away, as he continues to make his home in the Waynesburg community.
“Mr. O’Neil was named Director Emeritus,” Tanner said, “and we look forward to continuing our special relationship with him.”
Professionally, O’Neil served as a director of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers and Western Pennsylvania League of Financial Institutions, for which he was President from 1991-1992. He was elected and inducted to the PACB “Hall of Fame” in August 2009. He also belonged to the American Community Bankers and the Independent Community Bankers of America.
Locally, O’Neil was active in the Fairchance Exchange Club, Fayette County Baseball League, Little League, Pony League Baseball, Waynesburg Elks, Waynesburg Moose, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful and Waynesburg Wrestling Association. He also loves hunting, fishing and golfing in his spare time.
O’Neil and his wife, the former Peggy Williams, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two sons and one grandson – Patrick and wife Rochelle of McKinney, Texas, and Michael, wife Tierza and son Seamus of Venetia, Pa.
Since 1924, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County has served the residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania through a combination of traditional deposit and loan products and evolving technological convenience. From checking and savings accounts to mortgage and home equity loans, from online bill pay to mobile banking, First Federal of Greene County offers a variety of services to its customers, all while remaining committed to being “The People You Know, The People You Can Trust.” For more information, visit www.firstfederalofgreene.com.