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J. Stephen Root, American banker. Outstanding finance major scholar Allstate Insurance Company, 1970.


Root, J. Stephen was born on April 5, 1948 in Canton, Ohio, United States. Son of John Brenner and Jeanne (Streb) Root.


Bachelor of Business Administration, Kent State University, 1971. Postgraduate, Columbia University, 1974. Postgraduate, Rutgers University, 1982.

Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1983.


Stockboy F. W. Woolworth Company, 1965. Toolpusher Graytex Drilling Company, 1964-1966. Junior finance analyst Hoover Worldwide Corporation, 1968-1970, management trainee, 1966-1972, assistant vice president commercial loan lending officer, 1972-1975, vice president banking division, 1975-1977, senior vice president, senior administrative officer, 1977-1980, executive vice president, director board directors, 1980-1983.

President, chief operating officer Harter Bank & Trust Company, Canton, Ohio, since 1983, president Canton District, since 1984. Vice chairman Society Bank Eastern Ohio, 1984-1986, president, since 1989. Executive vice president retail banking and affiliate banking Society Bank NA, Dayton, Ohio, 1986-1989.

President Society Bank Eastern Ohio, Canton, since 1989.


  • Avocations: offshore and one design racing (sailing). Skiing; tennis.


Ohio Commodore, since 1985. Trustee Kent State University Foundation, Mount Union College. President Akron-Canton Regional Airport Authority Board.

Chairman Mental Health Levy. Past general chairman Hall of Fame Festival, Canton, 1979. Past director Junior Achievement of Stark County.

Past director Canton Symphony Board, Canton Young Men’s Christian Association, Metropolitan Industries, Inc. Past vice president Downtown Canton Association. Member Canton Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Commodores, Union Club, Brookside Country Club, Congress Lake Country Club, Canton Club, Young President's Organization.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: offshore and one design racing (sailing). Skiing; tennis.


Married Jan Alden Clayton, December 10, 1969 (divorced 1974). 1 child, Steven Brian. Married Sara Jane Zupp, November 26, 1975.

Children– Justin, Emily. 1 stepchild, Jim Clark.

John Brenner Root

Jeanne (Streb) Root

Jan Alden Clayton

Sara Jane Zupp

Steven Brian Root

Justin Root

Emily Root