UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 14A

(Rule 14a-101)

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN PROXY STATEMENT

 

SCHEDULE 14A INFORMATION

 

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

(Amendment No. )

 

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Definitive Proxy Statement

 

Definitive Additional Materials

 

Soliciting Material Under § 240.14a-12

  

AmeriServ Financial, Inc.

(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

 

DRIVER MANAGEMENT COMPANY LLC

Driver Opportunity Partners I LP

J. Abbott R. Cooper

(Name of Persons(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)

 

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Driver Management Company LLC, together with the other participants named herein (collectively, “Driver”), intends to nominate, and to file a preliminary proxy statement and accompanying proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission to be used to solicit votes for the election of, director nominees at the 2024 annual meeting of shareholders of AmeriServ Financial, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”).

On September 14, 2023, Driver sent the following letter to Mr. J. Michael Adams, Chairman of the board of directors of the Company:

September 14, 2023

VIA EMAIL

J. Michael Adams
Chairman
Board of Directors
AmeriServ Financial, Inc.
216 Franklin Street
Johnstown, PA 15901

Mr. Adams,

Reference is made to my letter dated September 6, 2023; capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meaning given them in that letter.

The Interlocks Bylaw first appeared in the Bylaws in 2003. In 2008, Nedret Vidinli was appointed to the Board. Mr. Vidinli was then elected to the Board at AmeriServ’s 2009 annual meeting of shareholders. When he was appointed to the Board and when he was elected to the Board, Mr. Vidinli was a director of First Keystone Financial, Inc., the parent and sole shareholder of First Keystone Bank, a federally charted stock savings bank. First Keystone Bank’s primary market area consisted of Delaware and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania.

Again, please provide the process for obtaining the “approval” contemplated by the Interlocks Bylaws. Assuming the Board “approved” Mr. Vidinli, there must be a process in place for obtaining that approval, along with objective criteria to be used in the Board’s determination to grant such approval. Given the fact that the Board had previously approved Mr. Vidinli, the geographical distance of FLIC from AmeriServ, particularly relative to AmeriServ’s distance from Delaware and Chester Counties, would suggest that there is no reasonable likelihood of any conflict of interest presented by an individual simultaneously serving on the boards of AmeriServ and FLIC.

In addition, I note that your biography in AmeriServ’s 2011 proxy statement states “Mr. Adams currently serves as chairman of the committee which reviews applications and interviews candidates for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.”1 Please disclose the dates of your service on that committee and whether you are still serving on that committee.

/s/ Abbott


1 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/707605/000119312511072422/ddef14a.htm.

 

 

 

CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PARTICIPANTS

Driver Management Company LLC (“Driver Management”), together with the other participants named herein (collectively, “Driver”), intends to nominate, and to file a preliminary proxy statement and accompanying proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission to be used to solicit votes for the election of, director nominees at the 2024 annual meeting of shareholders of AmeriServ Financial, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”).

DRIVER STRONGLY ADVISES ALL SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ ANY PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SUCH PROXY MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC’S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS PROXY SOLICITATION WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF PROXY MATERIALS WITHOUT CHARGE, WHEN AVAILABLE, UPON REQUEST.

The participants in the proxy solicitation are currently anticipated to be Driver Management, Driver Opportunity Partners I LP (“Driver Opportunity”) and J. Abbott R. Cooper.

As of the date hereof, the participants in the proxy solicitation beneficially own in the aggregate 350,503 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”). As of the date hereof, Driver Opportunity directly beneficially owns 350,503 shares of Common Stock, including 1,000 shares held in record name. Driver Management, as the general partner of Driver Opportunity, may be deemed to beneficially own the 350,503 shares of Common Stock directly beneficially owned by Driver Opportunity. Mr. Cooper, as the managing member of Driver Management, may be deemed to beneficially own the 350,503 shares of Common Stock directly beneficially owned by Driver Opportunity.


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