CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pat Bond, of Charleston, joins an elite group of corporate directors and corporate governance professionals, becoming the first National Association of Corporate Directors Fellow from West Virginia.
The NACD fellowship program is the highest level of credentialing and requires candidates to complete a course about issues pertinent to the association, followed by an additional NACD continuing-education session within a 12-month period.
Fellows also must renew their status yearly with continuing education, which comes by way of peer partnerships and interaction.
Bond's career began in Cleveland after he earned his bachelor's and master's degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University. He soon returned home to work in state government for a few years before he entered the banking industry.
Bond started working for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh in 2007, and was recently re-elected to a four-year term. Locally, he is a founding general partner of Mountaineer Capital. He also serves on the board of directors for several of Mountaineer's portfolio companies, including Vested Health, Aero Corp., JBLCo and Troy and Vandalia Research Inc.
"He exemplifies leadership," said Winthrop Watson, CEO at FHLBank Pittsburgh. "He cares about people and is passionate about West Virginia."
The FHLBank provides liquidity for the banks in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware, which own the Pittsburgh-based bank.
Between serving on the board of directors for the FHLBank, Mountaineer Capital and several of its portfolio companies, moving companies forward is always on Bond's mind.
"Those ideas and thoughts can come at any time," he said. "Some of them are off the wall, but others you want to pursue."
One of the ideas that Bond was able to bring to life was diversifying the membership of the board of directors at FHLBank. When Bond arrived, the board comprised 15 people, with only one woman and one African-American. Now, there are four women, two Hispanics and one African-American.