Howard Bank and its CEO Reap Honors

Howard Bank, the county’s only locally owned and managed bank, is winning the attention and praise of leading awards programs.

Mary Ann Scully, President and CEO of Howard Bank, is a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Award in the Maryland program.  According to Ernst & Young, the awards program is designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional, national and global level who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.  Criteria include excellence in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. 

Since 2004, Mary Ann Scully has been Chairman, President and CEO of Howard Bank, of which she is a Founding Organizer. In 2003, she headed the organizing team for the locally owned and managed bank, the first to open in Howard County in 15 years.

Prior to organizing Howard Bank, Scully had a distinguished 30-year career as a banking professional with Allfirst Bank (formerly The First National Bank of Maryland and now M&T Bank).

Scully was selected as a finalist from nearly 50 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 28 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. 

Howard Bank was also recently named a finalist in the Small Business of the Year Awards Program by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Criteria upon which the nominees were judged include performance, growth, innovation, creativity, competitiveness, community involvement and more. The judging panel for the chamber’s awards program is comprised of representatives of Maryland’s business media.

Rosa Scharf, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager for Howard Bank, was recently honored with the 2007 Individual Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Committee for Business and Economic Diversity Awards Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

Howard Bank has branches in the Village of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, on Snowden River Parkway in Ellicott City and on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn. A fourth branch in Ellicott City at the crossroads of Route 40, Centennial Lane and Frederick Road is also planned.