Gibbs Joins Howard Bank and Howard Bancorp Boards

Philip W. Gibbs  
Philip W. Gibbs

Philip W. Gibbs, president of Hamel Builders in Elkridge, has joined the boards of directors of Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.

A long-time industry and community leader, Gibbs will help guide the bank in its targeted growth strategy which now leverages  physical presence in Howard County, where Gibbs’ business is also headquartered, as well as Anne Arundel County, where Gibbs lives with his family and provides leadership assistance to numerous not for profit entities.

Gibbs began his career as an assistant estimator with Harkins Commercial, Inc. By the time he left Harkins in 1985, he was field superintendent for rehabilitation projects and had a strong interest in the development of low and moderate income housing.

He joined an East Coast development company where he was responsible for the development activities of about $150 million HUD, FmHa, and conventionally financed multi-family units.

He left the company to join Henry Knott Development in Baltimore, where he headed the development of senior living communities

Gibbs joined Hamel in 1994 as a project manager and was promoted to vice president in July, 1996. 

In 1998, he and company founder Ed Hamel incorporated Hamel Builders to include new and renovation construction in both the non-profit and for-profit building arenas.

As president, Gibbs oversees a full-service building firm with construction management, design-build and general contracting services. His role includes all contract negotiations, marketing and production.

Throughout his career, his goal has been to build communities that fill a need, providing well-designed affordable housing for individuals, families and seniors.

In announcing Gibbs’s appointment to the boards, Howard Bank President and CEO Marry Ann Scully said, “We are honored and excited to have Phil working with us. He is very active in all the communities served by Hamel as well as Howard and shares our commitment to doing our part to make Howard and Anne Arundel Counties better places to live and do business.”

A graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology, Gibbs is a donor to Hospice of the Chesapeake and Lighthouse Shelter in Annapolis. He was recently recognized as Philanthropist of the Year by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel. 

He lives in Annapolis with his wife and three children. The couple is in the process of adopting a fourth child from the Philippines.

Howard Bank opened in August of 2004. It has branches in the Village of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, on Snowden River Parkway in Ellicott City, on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn and at the intersection of Route 40 and Centennial Lane in Ellicott City and a new commercial branch office opening on Jennifer Road in Annapolis. For information about Howard Bank, call 410-750-0020 or visit