Sam S. Pepper, Jr. Named UniBank President & CEO

Timothy P. Wickstrom, Chairman of UniBank’s Board of Directors recently announced that Sam S. Pepper, Jr. has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UniBank and the bank’s holding company, UFS Bancorp.

“Following a comprehensive search process that was conducted by a team of UniBank board members, corporators, and employees, we are confident that Sam Pepper has the knowledge and experience to uphold UniBank’s core values of Teamwork, Integrity, and Excellence, to further strengthen UniBank’s position as the premier bank serving the financial needs of individuals, businesses and communities throughout the Commonwealth,” stated Chairman Wickstrom.

Mr. Pepper comes to UniBank with over 30 years of experience in senior-level banking positions, specializing in lending and operations. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President and Commercial Banking President for Equity Bank in Wichita, Kansas. His experience also includes work at Enterprise Bank & Trust in Missouri and BMO Harris Bank in Missouri. He holds an MBA in Finance & Economics from Long Island University. He also has ties to Massachusetts as a graduate of Western New England College holding a BSBA degree.

“I am delighted to begin my tenure at such a highly-regarded community bank as UniBank. UniBank is embarking on many exciting initiatives. I am grateful for the confidence that UniBank and its Board of Directors have placed in me to lead the bank forward,” stated Sam S. Pepper, Jr., UniBank President and CEO. “Together with a talented team in place, I look forward to continued growth and success as we strive to provide excellence in serving the financial needs of Massachusetts.”

Mr. Pepper takes over from William M. Mahoney, who is retiring after having served as Interim President and CEO since October 2016 and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the bank since 2009.