University of Pittsburgh

Sy Holzer, Winner 2009 H.J. Zoffer medal

Sy Holzer

PNC Bank - Pittsburgh

Sy Holzer is president of PNC Bank - Pittsburgh. He has overall client, community, and employee responsibilities, which include Corporate & Institutional Banking, Business Banking and Wealth Management in Western Pennsylvania. He also oversees financial services relationships with all large government entities, higher education institutions, and labor unions throughout the ten-county Southwestern Pennsylvania market.

Holzer joined the bank in 1971 as a management trainee and then held positions of increasing responsibility in corporate and retail community banking. He was elected vice president in 1987 and senior vice president and manager of the Community Banking division in 1989. In 1991, Holzer was named senior vice president and manager of the Commercial Banking division. He was elected executive vice president in 1994. In 1996, Holzer was given corporate-wide responsibility for Commercial Banking, Health Care, Higher Education, and Public Finance. He was named president of PNC Bank in May 1997.

Active in the community, Holzer is chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, as well as a member of the board of directors of the UPMC Cancer Center. He was appointed by Pennsylvania's governor to serve on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the School of Pharmacy as well as the Schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves on the board of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. Additionally, he serves on the boards of directors of the Bethany [College] Board of Trustees, Family Communications, Inc. d/b/a Fred Rogers, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and as chairman of the Strategic Investment Fund. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judiciary Advisory Council by the Chief Justice. He was named a Vectors/Pittsburgh Man of the Year in Finance.

Holzer is a graduate of Duquesne University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in economics. He is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and the Katz School's Management Program for Executives. Since 2002, Holzer has hosted a monthly radio show, The PNC Business Journal, which features key influencers and business leaders throughout the region.