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 CHARLESTON, W.Va., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- L. Thomas Bulla, president and chief executive officer of Bank One, West Virginia, Charleston, NA (formerly Charleston National Bank), today announced that he has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of The First National Bank in Ronceverte, W.Va.
 "My decision did not come easily and was not made in haste. Over the past 31 years, some of my goals have been to climb the corporate ladder, increase my responsibilities and reap the rewards that come with accomplishing these goals. Having reached the point in my life where my priorities have changed, these goals are no longer on the top of my list. An interesting opportunity has come about due to the pending retirement of my friend, William M. Dickson, who has served as president and chief executive officer of The First National Bank in Ronceverte for 35 years. My wife, Nancy, and I have close ties to Greenbrier County, including many wonderful friends and family. This career change gives me the opportunity to share my experience, leadership and abilities in another community we love and we are looking forward to living in Lewisburg on a full-time basis," Bulla said.
 Bulla was named head of the Charleston bank in December 1985, following the merger of Centurion Bancorp with Key Bancshares of West Virginia, Inc. forming Key Centurion Bancshares, Inc., West Virginia's first billion-dollar financial organization.
 "This bank, its staff and our community will miss Tom. Under his excellent leadership our organization has flourished. He has utilized his outstanding people skills in developing our bank and its staff and in leading a number of vital community organizations such as United Way and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation of Kanawha Valley (BIDCO). He is a person who gives unselfishly of his time and talent to accomplish goals and has the ability to motivate others to also be successful," said Charles B. Gates Jr., chairman of Bank One, West Virginia, Charleston, NA.
 Marshall T. Reynolds, chairman of Banc One West Virginia Corporation, said, "Tom typifies the type of executive we needed to move this organization forward. He is the kind of guy that makes things happen. We recognized his many strengths while he was with Huntington Trust & Savings Bank and his excellent leadership at Charleston further confirmed our opinion of him. Ronceverte is fortunate to have been able to attract a man of Tom's outstanding skills."
 "Certainly, we wish Tom well in his new position, however, his close association with us and his advice and counsel will be greatly missed. Tom and I have worked closely together since he came to West Virginia in December 1981 as president & chief executive officer of Huntington Trust & Savings Bank. He became president and CEO at Charleston after the merger with us and he has been a driving force in the past success of Banc One West Virginia Corporation (Key Centurion) and we were looking forward to his contributions in the future success of our organization," said A. Michael Perry, president and chief executive officer, Banc One West Virginia Corporation.
 Bulla added, "The changes taking place at Banc One West Virginia Corporation are, in my opinion, very positive and will be extremely good for our state and the banking community. The new and expanding products and services that will be offered will be very beneficial to customers. It will be a challenging competitive environment for The First National Bank in Ronceverte as we begin to compete."
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 /CONTACT: Beverly S. McKinney, director of marketing, of Bank One, 304-728-8000, or at home, 304-736-3435/

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