Howard Bank Forms Partnership With Rep Stage

Howard Bank has formed a partnership with Howard Community College’s Rep Stage for the 2007-2008 season. Rep Stage is HCC’s professional theater in residence and has won seven Helen Hayes Awards.

Noting that the bank “is dedicated to a focus and commitment on enriching the lives of citizens, both individual and corporate in this wonderful county,” President and CEO Mary Ann Scully said the bank is “honored to support Rep Stage.”

“This is an institution that in a very unique and focused way immeasurably advances the cultural life within and outside of Howard County,” she said.

Under the new partnership agreement, Howard Bank has donated $5,000 to Rep Stage for its upcoming season. The bank also plans to assist with audience development by hosting an event to develop other corporate sponsorships for future Rep Stage Seasons, displaying posters and distributing production announcements through its branches,  and hosting performances for employees and customers , as well as supporting  discounts on tickets for employees.

Howard Bank is the county’s only locally owned and managed community bank. It was recently named Small Business of the Year by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and Scully was a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Award in the Maryland program.  In 2006, Howard Bank became the first bank to win the Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Economic Development Achievement Award. In presenting the award, the EDA cited the bank’s “significant impact” on the county during its short history.  Its rapid growth in assets, branch locations and additional employment base within the county were complemented by active involvement and leadership in many community service activities, the EDA said.

Scully says the bank and its staff are “almost obsessive” about volunteerism and participation in the community. Serving on the board of a local nonprofit is a job requirement for all of the bank’s managers.

Rep Stage is just the latest community organization to receive support from the bank. Others include the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, FIRN, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard Community College Foundation, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Howard County General Hospital, Howard County Hospice, Leadership Howard County, The Arc of Howard County, The Columbia Foundation and more.

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.

For information about the bank, call 410-750-0020 or visit www.howardbank.com. For information about Rep Stage’s upcoming season, call 410-772-4900 or go to www.repstage.org.