Newest Howard Bank Branch Will Open In December

Photo of Howard Bank principals outside construction site.
Celebrating “turning over the key” of Howard Bank's Centennial Place branch was bank President & CEO Mary Ann Scully, surrounded by board members, bank executives, project developer and contractor.

Howard Bank recently hosted board members and senior staff members at a “turning over the key” ceremony at the bank’s new Centennial Place branch. Bank president and CEO Mary Ann Scully explained that Jim Jost, representing the property developer, had completed exterior work on the branch building and that the bank was, therefore, starting work with their own interior construction contractor, Wilhelm Construction Company, on the interior fit out of this fourth Howard County branch located at the corner of Centennial Lane and Route 40. Scully indicated that the branch should be open by the end of December.

“We’re very excited about our newest branch,” Scully said. “Because of its location, it’s going to be a great bank for the county’s many small businesses located on and near Route 40 as well as those companies and professionals residing in the western county.”

Bank Vice President Daphne A. Dressler will be the manager of the new branch. Dressler was an assistant vice president and manager of Bank of America’s West Friendship Office before joining Howard Bank in December 2007.

She is a 1979 graduate of South Carroll High School. Among her community activities is serving as a youth leader at Oakland UM Church.

“Daphne’s 25 years of banking experience, her broad expertise and her deep community knowledge – most especially of the Baltimore National Pike and the western part of Howard County – will lend an added dimension to Howard Bank’s promise to consistently deliver sophisticated products, services and advice with a human hands on approach,” Scully said.

“This location adds even more convenience for our targeted  consumers and small businesses. The branch gives us another opportunity to deliver the hands-on customized service for which Howard Bank is known. Our recent move up in deposit market share to the top 8 in the county after only four years of operation will also be further enhanced by this additional location.”

Howard Bank opened in August of 2004. It currently has branches in the Hickory Ridge Village Center in Columbia, on Snowden River Parkway in Ellicott City and on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn. For information about the bank, call 410-750-0020 or visit