Commissioner Mike Kerschner

Photo courtesy of the Seneca
Regional Chamber of Commerce

BIOGRAPHY

Kerschner graduated from Tiffin Calvert High School in 1970. He later graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin in 1987. Mike began his career with Ohio National Bank, which now is PNC. Mike first became a CEO in 1983 at age 30. In 1988, Mike was named the president of Old Fort Bank Company. He retired from the bank in 2008. Mike was elected to a four-year term in November 2014. Mike has been the chairman of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. board twice (and currently is an executive director), he has chaired the Tiffin-Seneca United Way campaign fundraiser, he served on the board at St. Francis for about 12 years. Mike was on the Heidelberg University Board of Trustees, he was twice the chairman of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio and he also served on the Federal Legislative Committee for Independent Community Bankers of America. Mike was named Citizen of the Year in 2006 by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mike also currently serves on the Ritz Theatre board, the WSOS Community Action Board and the Opiate Task Force. Mike has been the lead director of TGR Financial, a Florida bank with about $1.5 billion in assets, since 2009.

Get to know your commissioners:

Photo Courtesy of The Advertiser-Tribune

Favorite local restaurant: Reino’s Pizza and Pasta in Tiffin. “It’s got to be Reino’s because I grew up, I was born and raised in Tiffin. I’ve had pizza from Reino’s since my high school days in the 1960s. How can you not name a place that’s been here all this time?”

Favorite road in the county: South Washington Street. “I’m just excited about the revitalization of the downtown.”

Favorite park in the county: Hedges-Boyer Park. “I played and coached a lot of baseball games there. JoElla and I raised three boys.”

Favorite part of being a commissioner: “Just having interaction with the people that I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet previously. Having a small part in making things better for the county.”

Favorite U.S. President: Harry Truman. “The reason, he was in the seat during a time of a lot of trouble, during World War II. He handled things as he should. When he left office, he took no retirement salary. He moved back to Missouri to his home. He didn’t take any personal gain from being president, I think that’s remarkable.”

Photo Courtesy of The Advertiser-Tribune

Hobbies: Fishing, playing golf and spending time with his seven grandchildren. “All this other stuff doesn’t make a difference, I have seven grandbabies and three kids, they are more important than everything else in the whole resume.”

Interesting fact most people don’t know: Mike occasionally performs as a singer with local band Rusty Vinyl. Mike performs in disguise and is welcomed on stage with a fake name.

Favorite music: The James Gang, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, The Eagles and MoTown.  “Good old rock and roll, without question.”

Pets: We do not currently have any pets, we had dogs all our lives.

Favorite TV show and/or movie: The Andy Griffith Show, The Big Bang Theory, The Sting, Shawshank Redemption and Caddyshack.

Current committee assignments:

Community Improvement Corporation

District Health Advisory Board

OSS Solid Waste District

Records Commission

Seneca Regional Planning Commission

SIEDC

Regional Planning – Executive Committee

WSOS Community Action Commission

Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team

Revolving Loan Fund

Land Bank

Museum Advisory Committee