EXECUTIVE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Post on TCF One Voice: 12-14-2020
Remarks by Tom Shafer and Mike Jones in joint appearance with Steve Steinour.
GOOD MORNING, WE HAVE SOME EXITING NEWS TO SHARE. BUT FIRST I WANT TO COMMEND AND THANK YOU FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY RUN OF SUCCESS DURING AN INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING PERIOD OF TIME FOR OUR BANK, AND OUR COUNTRY.
THANKS TO YOUR GREAT TALENTS AND HARD WORK, WE SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVED OUR GOAL OF CREATING ONE TCF AND ARE DOING A GREAT JOB BUILDING A STRONG, MIDWEST, TCF CULTURE.
WE JOINED FORCES DURING A PANDEMIC, ECONOMIC DISRUPTION AND RACIAL RECKONING. THAT WASN’T EASY. BUT WE DID IT – AND MORE THAN THAT, WE RELENTLESSLY FOCUSED ON OUR PURPOSE TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS AND OUR COMMUNITIES
NAVIGATE THE STORM.
BELIEVE ME, WE KNOW NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN EASY ON YOU.
CHANGE IS HARD, EVEN IN THE BEST OF TIMES.
CHANGE CAN BE SCARY, EVEN WHEN IT’S FOR THE BEST – AS WAS THE TCF MERGER THAT WE FINALIZED JUST FOUR MONTHS AGO.
IN TIMES LIKE THESE – AND IN AN INDUSTRY LIKE OURS – WE MUST CONSTANTLY EVOLVE AND GROW TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS AND OUR COMMUNITIES – AND TO GIVE EACH ONE OF YOU THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU DESERVE TO GROW YOUR CAREERS AND
ACHIEVE YOUR ULTIMATE POTENTIAL.
THAT IS WHY WE ANNOUNCE TODAY A MERGER WITH HUNTINGTON BANK TO CREATE A $170 BILLION MIDWEST POWER-HOUSE. WE WILL HAVE DUAL HEADQUARTERS IN DETROIT AND COLUMBUS, OHIO.
GARY TORGOW WILL BE THE BANK CHAIRMAN. MIKE JONES (WHO YOU WILL HEAR FROM SHORTLY) WILL JOIN ME ON THE HUNTINGTON TEAM.
STEVE STEINOUR (WHO ALSO JOINS ME TODAY) WILL REMAIN THE CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, AND CEO OF THE HOLDING COMPANY AND CEO AND PRESIDENT OF THE BANK – OUR BANK.
LOOK, I GET IT: THIS IS QUITE A LOT TO DIGEST SO SOON AFTER OUR TCF-CHEMICAL MERGER. YOUR HEADS ARE SPINNING WITH QUESTIONS. BEFORE TURNING THIS OVER TO STEVE AND MIKE, LET ME QUICKLY ADDRESS THREE GUT-CHECK ISSUES.
FIRST: OUR JOBS.
THE TWO BANKS COMBINED WILL HAVE MORE THAN 20,000 EMPLOYEES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU? WHILE SOME DUPLICATIVE WORK WILL BE IDENTIFIED, DECISIONS ON LOCATION OF DEPARTMENTS AND PERSONNEL WILL BE MADE TOGETHER. WE WILL
WORK TO TAKE THE BEST FROM BOTH COMPANIES. THIS IS TRULY A PARTNERSHIP AND WE KNOW WE WILL BE STRONGER TOGETHER.
SECOND: OUR HEADQUARTERS
AS YOU KNOW, WE’VE BROKEN GROUND ON A MONUMENTAL PROJECT IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT – A 20-FLOOR SKYSCRAPER HOUSING OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS. WE HAD PLANNED TO HOUSE 300 TEAM MEMBERS THERE AND LEASE OUT SEVERAL FLOORS.
THE HEADQUARTERS WILL BE BUILT AS BIG AS EVER, AND GET THIS: IT WILL HOUSE AT LEAST 800 TEAM MEMBERS OF THE NEW COMPANY AND FILL EVERY FLOOR. THERE WILL BE NO TENANTS. IT’S OUR BUILDING, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM!
THIRD: OUR COMMUNITIES
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES THIS ENTERPRISE SPECIAL IS OUR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE – ESPECIALLY DETROIT, MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL, AND MIDLAND.
IN DETROIT, WE INSPIRED AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE STRATEGIC NEIGHBORHOOD FUND. WE PUT OUR NAME ON THE CITY’S CONVENTION CENTER – AND IN THE PROCESS REMOVED A REFERENCE TO A FORMER MAYOR KNOWN AS A SEGREGATIONIST IN THE
IN MIDLAND, WE CAME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR TEAM MEMBERS AND THE COMMUNITY FOLLOWING THE DEVASTING FLOODING LAST SPRING. WE HAVE A LONG HISTORY IN THIS COMMUNITY AND WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE
IN MINNESOTA, TCF HAS ITS DEEP MIDWESTERN ROOTS. OUR BANK WAS FOUNDED THERE IN 1923 AND IF ANYTHING, THIS MERGER WILL HELP US GROW EVEN STRONGER IN THE TWIN CITIES. OUR NAME IS ON THE SIDE OF THE STADIUM WHERE THE
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS PLAY – AND OUR SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNITY AND ALL OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS WHO LIVE THERE REMAINS STEADFAST.
UNDER TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT, THE NEW BANK WILL NOT ONLY KEEP ALL COMMUNITY COMMITMENTS – BUT HUNTINGTON WILL FUND A 50-MILLION-DOLLAR DONOR-ADVISED FUND AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN TO SERVE THE
NEEDS OF DETROIT AND ACROSS OUR COMBINED FOOTPRINT.
OUR NEW COMPANY IS GOING TO BE THE MIDWEST POWERHOUSE, WITH GREATER ABILITY TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND DEVELOP OUR CAREERS.
MIKE CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE MERGER AND THEN INTRODUCE STEVE?
CERTAINLY, TOM. AND THANK YOU.
I JUST WANT TO ECHO TOM’S SENTIMENTS ABOUT THIS TEAM. YOU ARE AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF GOOD AND TALENTED PEOPLE. YOU ARE WHAT DIFFERENTIATES US NOW AND WILL IN THE FUTURE AS A COMBINED COMPANY.
STEVE AND HIS TEAM KNOW, AS WE DO, THAT THERE ARE TWO KEYS TO SUCCESS IN OUR INDUSTRY. THE FIRST IS SCALE: SCALE MATTERS. IT ENABLES US TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCT AND PROCESSES TO DELIVER ON THAT
EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE THAT OUR MARKETPLACE DESERVES.
THE NEW HUNTINGTON BANK WILL BE A MIDWEST POWERHOUSE DELIVERING AT SCALE:
GREATER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
GREATER DIGITAL CAPABILITES
AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, GREATER INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITIES WHERE WE WORK AND LIVE
THE SECOND KEY TO SUCCESS IS TALENT: SIZE ONLY MATTERS WHEN IT’S NURTURED AND LEVERAGED BY ENORMOUSLY TALENTED PEOPLE AND A CULTURE OF CARING. THAT CERTAINLY DESCRIBES TCF – AND HERE’S SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO DISCOVER
IN THE COMING WEEKS: IT ALSO DESCRIBES THE MORE THAN 15-THOUSAND COLLEAGUES IN STEVE’S ORGANIZATION.
THIS MERGER WILL GIVE OUR TEAM MEMBERS NEW OPPORTUNITES. THE NEW HUNTINGTON WILL NOT ONLY BE STRONGER AND BETTER POSITIONED, BUT BY JOINING FORCES, WE WILL BE A MORE VIBRANT, DYNAMIC WORKPLACE, WHERE CAREERS ARE BUILT
THE REASON WE NEGOTIATED THIS MERGER SO SOON AFTER COMPLETING THE LAST ONE WAS THAT THIS IS A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO UNITE TWO CULTURES INTO ONE COMPANY THAT WILL BE SINGULARLY FOCUSED ON THE SAME
CARING FOR OUR CUSTOMERS
CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES
YOU MIGHT ALREADY KNOW THIS, BUT HUNTINGTON’S BRAND IS CENTERED ON THE WORD “WELCOME.”
OURS FOCUSES ON THE FIRST TWO LETTERS. THEY SPELL “WE.”
WE HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE, ONE ORGANIZATION WHERE IT ALL STARTS WITH WELCOME.
WITH THAT, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE STEVE STEINOUR, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF HUNTINGTON BANK. STEVE?
THANK YOU, MIKE AND TOM, AND WELCOME, EVERYONE. IT’S A PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU TO SHARE THIS EXCITING NEWS.
I RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING IN FOR QUITE A WHILE, AND I KNOW THAT TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT IS A SURPRISE FOR MOST OF YOU. PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO BRINGING THE BEST OF BOTH COMPANIES TOGETHER.
WE WERE IMPRESSED BY WHAT YOU’VE ACHIEVED. WE ALSO BELIEVE OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND OUR SUCCESS. OUR BEST IDEAS COME FROM OUR TEAM MEMBERS. WE CALL THEM COLLEAGUES, BUT THAT MEANS FROM YOU.
THIS MERGER PROVIDES US BOTH THE SCALE AND RESOURCES TO COMPETE AND WIN IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING INDUSTRY.
TOM AND MIKE RIGHTLY TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL ALIGNMENT IN A MERGER LIKE OURS, AND I COULDN’T AGREE MORE.
OUR VALUES CLEARLY ALIGN, AND TOGETHER WE’LL BUILD A CULTURE WE CAN BE PROUD OF.
WE’RE IN A PEOPLE BUSINESS. RELATIONSHIPS MATTER – HOW WE LOOK OUT FOR PEOPLE, HOW WE TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE, HOW WE LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER. AND WE ENHANCE THAT CONNECTION WITH PEOPLE THROUGH ENABLING THEM WITH
TECHNOLOGY. AND THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY PEOPLE-FIRST, DIGITALLY POWERED.
WE’RE BOTH KNOWN FOR OUR STRONG CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS AND DELIVERING LOCALLY. WE’RE ALSO KNOWN FOR OUR DEEP COMMITMENT TO GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES.
AND EQUALLY IMPORTANTLY, WE BELIEVE THE DIVERSITY OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS ENABLES US TO BRING THE BEST IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES TO OUR BUSINESS. DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION ARE VITAL TO OUR FUTURE SUCCESS. THESE ARE SOME
OF THE REASONS WE’RE SO EXCITED TO JOIN WITH YOU.
BY COMBINING OUR BUSINESSES, WE’LL HAVE ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, BROADER GEOGRAPHIC REACH AND GREATER SCALE TO DRIVE MORE GROWTH, DEEPEN RELATIONSHIPS AND COMPETE FAR MORE EFFECTIVELY, AS TOM MENTIONED. ALL
SUCCESSFUL MERGERS HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON, AND THAT IS A COMMITMENT TO LEVERAGE THE BEST OF BOTH COMPANIES.
TALENT IS NOT DEPENDENT ON LOCATION. I BELIEVE THIS, AND HUNTINGTON ALREADY OPERATES UNDER A DISTRIBUTED EXECUTIVE, SEGMENT AND REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM MODEL. MEMBERS OF OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM LIVE ACROSS OUR FOOTPRINT,
AND LIKE TCF, THIS ALLOWS US TO HAVE A DEEP, PERSONAL PRESENCE THROUGHOUT OUR LOCAL MARKETS, AND I THINK THIS FLEXIBILITY HAS REAL BENEFIT FOR OUR TEAM MEMBERS, AS WELL.
TOGETHER, WE’LL HAVE THE SCALE TO BOTH ACCELERATE OUR GROWTH AND TO PROVIDE ATTRACTIVE RETURNS TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS. THE MERGER WILL ACCELERATE AND INCREASE – MEANINGFULLY INCREASE – OUR ABILITY TO INVEST IN MOBILE AND
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE. WE’RE GOING TO INVEST INCREMENTALLY UP TO $150 MILLION IN DIGITAL OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
I KNOW YOU’LL HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS, AND AS YOU GET TO KNOW US, I HOPE YOU’LL FIND US TO BE A WARMLY WELCOMING COMPANY AS YOU ALSO LET HUNTINGTON GET TO KNOW YOU.
AND IF I HAD TO SUM UP WHAT I THINK HUNTINGTON IS ALL ABOUT, I’D SIMPLY SAY “WELCOME.”
IT’S NOT JUST A TAGLINE. IT’S A GUIDING PRINCIPLE – THE ETHOS OF OUR CULTURE, AND IT MEANS WELCOME TO ALL, ALWAYS. WELCOME TO ALL, ALWAYS.
ON BEHALF OF ALL MY HUNTINGTON COLLEAGUES, I EXTEND OUR WARMEST WELCOME TO EVERY ONE OF YOU. I WISH WE COULD BE WITH YOU IN PERSON, BUT THIS VIRUS COMPLICATES THINGS AND LIKELY WILL DO SO FOR A WHILE.
WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND TO THE GREAT THINGS WE’LL DO TOGETHER TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND EACH OTHER. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU, STEVE. THAT WAS INSPIRING.
TO ALL OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS WATCHING THIS VIDEO, WHETHER YOU ARE IN OUR BANKING CENTERS, AT YOUR KITCHEN TABLE, IN A FRONT OFFICE, OR WHEREVER YOU MAY BE: WE KNOW YOU WILL HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS OVER THE
WE COMMIT TO YOU THAT WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED OF DEVELOPMENTS AND WILL SHARE INFORMATION WITH YOU AS SOON AS WE CAN. WATCH YOUR EMAIL AND OUR ONE VOICE INTRANET SITE FOR REGULAR UPDATES. WE ARE ALL ON THIS JOURNEY
STAY WELL. STAY SAFE. I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE SOME TIME OFF WITH YOUR FAMILIES OVER THE HOLIDAYS TO REST AND CELEBRATE THIS MOST SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR.
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