Bank executive recognized with award


An executive with Northwest Bank recently received the Indiana Bankers Association’s Leaders in Banking Excellence Award.

David W. Heeter, executive vice president and corporate ambassador/advisor with Northwest Bank received the award from the Indiana Bankers Association during a ceremony in Indianapolis Aug. 5. The award is considered IBA’s highest honor and celebrates exceptional bankers that have left their mark in the banking industry, as well as in community service and civic involvement, according to a news release.

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“We are extremely pleased that David is being honored by the IBA,” said William Harvey, interim president and CEO, CFO, with Northwest Bank. “He is a respected leader and committed banker who has spent his career serving others – this prestigious distinction is a fitting tribute to David and his outstanding work.”

Prior to joining Northwest, Heeter served as president, CEO and director of MutualBank, Muncie and MutualFirst Financial, Inc. until the merger with Northwest Bank in 2020. Heeter is also extremely active in the community and sits on numerous boards and committees within the

Muncie community, including the Muncie Community Schools, Habitat for Humanity, Minnetrista, IU Health Ball Memorial Physicians, Community Foundation of Muncie, Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Muncie Family YMCA and Ball State University Foundation.

“Over my forty-four-year career in banking, I’ve been blessed to be part of some great

institutions and surrounded by outstanding individuals – caring people, who have always worked

as a team to better themselves, their customers and their communities,” Heeter said.

“Banking is an admirable profession that I have been extremely proud to be a part of. I happily accept this honor on behalf of myself and all of those individuals that have supported me along the way.”

A former member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Community Depository Institution Advisory Council, Heeter was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2014. Heeter also served the Indiana Bankers Association as 2014 chairman and is a member of the IBA 40 Year Club.

He is a graduate of Ball State University and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.

For more information about the IBA Leaders in Banking Excellence Awards and to view all class of 2022 award recipients, visit


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