John Guedry, CEO of Bank of Nevada and First Independent Bank, has announced he will retire from his role on Dec. 31, 2022 after serving for the banks for more than a decade. Western Alliance Bank, parent company of Bank of Nevada and First Independent Bank, has hired Robert Cerminaro, a 25-year veteran of the banking industry, as the new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
During his successful tenure, Guedry oversaw the launch of the company’s Gaming National Business Line and expansion into the Utah market. He also secured the high-profile commercial banking and educational partnership with the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium.
Among his many professional and civic awards are The Public Education Foundation’s Education Hero Award (2015), UNLV’s Lee Business School Alumnus of the Year (2017) and the William S. Boyd Award of Excellence for outstanding support of legal aid and pro bono services by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (2019).
"We are very grateful to John for his sound leadership over many years at Bank of Nevada and First Independent Bank, where his banking expertise and deep connections in the community combined to help the company build our formidable business and strong reputation in the Nevada market," said Tim Bruckner, chief banking officer for regional banking at Western Alliance.
Cerminaro has over 25 years of banking experience. He has served in a variety of senior-level commercial, corporate and investment banking leadership roles at Santander Bank, KeyBank, Citigroup, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Most recently, he served as managing director and head of mid-corporate banking for Santander Bank in New York, where he led all aspects of the strategic direction of the group including spearheading the re-segmentation of the overall commercial business and national expansion.
Cerminaro holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate in finance from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree from St. John’s University. He is relocating from Connecticut to Las Vegas and will office at the Bank of Nevada divisional offices.