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Background Information

Employment History

Trustee
Knight Foundation

President
Society National Bank

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Society National Bank

Executive Vice President
Society National Bank

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Society Corporation

President and Chief Operating Officer and Director
Society Corporation

President and Chief Executive Officer
Goodyear Bank of Akron

Executive
Goodyear Bank of Akron

President and Chief Executive Officer
Akron Community Foundation

Vice President
National City Bank

Security Analyst and Assistant To the Senior Investment Officer
National City Bank

Affiliations

Trustee
Mount Union College

Board Member
Akron Roundtable

Board Member
Society Corporation

Education



Stevens Institute of Technology

bachelor of science degree
commerce
University of Virginia

Web References (13 Total References)


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Gordon E. HeffernTrustee

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Gordon E. HeffernGordon Heffern has been a Knight Foundation trustee since 1980.He serves as chairman of the Investment and Pension Plan Investment committees and is a member of the Administrative and Human Resources, Pension Plan Administrative and Audit committees.
He retired at the end of 1987 as chairman of the board and CEO of Society Corporation, a position he had held since 1983.He joined Society National Bank as president in 1974 and subsequently was elected executive vice president of the corporation in 1976, chief executive officer of the bank in 1981, and chairman and chief executive officer of the corporation and the bank in 1983.He stepped down as chief executive officer of Society National Bank in 1985 and of Society Corporation in 1987.He served as a director of Society Corporation and Society National Bank until May 1990.
He was president and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation from July 1990 to May 1992.
Active in community affairs, he serves as a trustee of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Mount Union College.He served as a Goodyear Executive Professor of Business Administration at Kent State University from 1988 to 1990.
He began his banking career in July 1949 with the former Peoples National Bank of Charlottesville, Va., now affiliated with Bank of America.He was a security analyst and assistant to the bank president.
Moving to Cleveland in 1951 as a security analyst and assistant to the senior investment officer at National City Bank, he was vice president at National City when he accepted a position with the First National Bank of Alliance, Ohio.In 1963, he was elected president and chief executive officer of the Goodyear Bank of Akron and held that position for 11 years until 1974 when he joined Society.
A member of the U.S. Navy during World War II, he attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and was graduated from the University of Virginia.


Knight Foundation Trustees | Gordon Heffern

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Gordon E. HeffernGordon Heffern has been a Knight Foundation trustee since 1980.He serves as chairman of the Investment and Pension Plan Investment committees and is a member of the Audit, Pension Plan Administrative, and Administrative and Human Resources committees.
He retired at the end of 1987 as chairman of the board and CEO of Society Corporation, a position he had held since 1983.He joined Society National Bank as president in 1974 and subsequently was elected executive vice president of the corporation in 1976, chief executive officer of the bank in 1981, and chairman and chief executive officer of the corporation and the bank in 1983.He stepped down as chief executive officer of Society National Bank in 1985 and of Society Corporation in 1987.He served as a director of Society Corporation and Society National Bank until May 1990.
He was president and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation from July 1990 to May 1992.
Active in community affairs, he serves as a trustee of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Mount Union College.He served as a Goodyear Executive Professor of Business Administration at Kent State University from 1988 to 1990.
He began his banking career in July 1949 with the former Peoples National Bank of Charlottesville, Va., now affiliated with Bank of America.He was a security analyst and assistant to the bank president.
Moving to Cleveland in 1951 as a security analyst and assistant to the senior investment officer at National City Bank, he was vice president at National City when he accepted a position with the First National Bank of Alliance, Ohio.In 1963, he was elected president and chief executive officer of the Goodyear Bank of Akron and held that position for 11 years until 1974 when he joined Society.
A member of the U.S. Navy during World War II, he attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and was graduated from the University of Virginia.


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Gordon E. Heffern


Archive of Speakers

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Gordon E. Heffern, President and Chief Operating Officer and Director, Society National Bank and Society Corporation


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Obituary: Gordon Heffern, 83, banking leaderOhio.com - Obituary: Gordon Heffern, 83, banking leader

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Obituary: Gordon Heffern, 83, banking leader
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Gordon Emory Heffern, the former chairman of the board of the Society Corp. bank, was noted for his commitment to business ethics in a 37-year career.
The 83-year-old former Akron resident died Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.
After years of working in Akron, he relocated to the Cleveland area and resided in Highland Heights.When he retired in 1987 at age 63, he spent winters in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Mr. Heffern established the first code of ethics for Society National Bank in 1974, which was used as a national model for all banks by the American Banking Association."A code of ethics is only a piece of paper if not put into practice from the top CEO," he told students at Mount Union College in a lecture in 2004."A code of ethics must be a high priority in an organization."
He emphasized to students entering the business world that integrity and character are the most important principles in life.
A strong supporter of higher education, he served as the Goodyear Executive Professor of Business Administration at Kent State University, was a trustee of Mount Union College and chairman of the board of trustees of John Carroll University.
Mr. Heffern grew up as a farm boy in Cooperstown, Pa. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II.He attended the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of science degree in commerce.
He not only was competitive in the banking field but also in sports.
He enjoyed golf, tennis and racketball.While he was interested in sports, he admitted he was never very good at them.
But Mr. Heffern ended up channeling his interest in sports in another direction.
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Mr. Heffern served as president and chief executive officer of the former Goodyear Bank in Akron for 11 years before joining Society.
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Mr. Heffern was a founder and leader of faith-based endeavors that impacted Northeast Ohio, including the Leadership Prayer Breakfast in Cleveland.
He also was instrumental in bringing a Billy Graham Crusade to Cleveland in 1994.
He also served on the Great Lakes and Cleveland Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
"Gordon had the greatest personal impact on FCA in the region than anyone I know over the past 20 years," said Al Schierbaum, Great Lakes Regional Director for FCA.
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Mr. Heffern helped form the In His Steps Foundation, which helps Christians with stewardship and offers guidance on giving.
Heisler said he last saw Mr. Heffern at a fundraising event two months ago for the American Cancer Society, where as honorary chairman Mr. Heffern set a record for raising money for cancer research.
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Gordon Emory Heffern, the former chairman of the board of the Society Corp. bank, was noted for his commitment to business ethics in a 37-year career.
The 83-year-old former Akron resident died Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.
After years of working in Akron, he relocated to the Cleveland area and resided in Highland Heights.When he retired in 1987 at age 63, he spent winters in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Mr. Heffern established the first code of ethics for Society National Bank in 1974, which was used as a national model for all banks by the American Banking Association."A code of ethics is only a piece of paper if not put into practice from the top CEO," he told students at Mount Union College in a lecture in 2004."A code of ethics must be a high priority in an organization."
He emphasized to students entering the business world that integrity and character are the most important principles in life.
A strong supporter of higher education, he served as the Goodyear Executive Professor of Business Administration at Kent State University, was a trustee of Mount Union College and chairman of the board of trustees of John Carroll University.
Mr. Heffern grew up as a farm boy in Cooperstown, Pa. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II.He attended the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of science degree in commerce.
He not only was competitive in the banking field but also in sports.
He enjoyed golf, tennis and racketball.While he was interested in sports, he admitted he was never very good at them.
But Mr. Heffern ended up channeling his interest in sports in another direction.
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Mr. Heffern served as president and chief executive officer of the former Goodyear Bank in Akron for 11 years before joining Society.

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