Mary Ann Scully is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Howard Bank and chairs the bank’s board of directors. She is a lifelong banker with over 30 years of varied executive experiences in the Maryland marketplace. In 2003, she headed the organizing team for Howard Bank. Howard Bank serves small and medium sized businesses in Greater Baltimore – Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford and Cecil Counties and Howard County from its birthplace in Ellicott City and thirteen branch offices. The bank also serves home buyers through mortgage offices in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard County. Mary Ann has successfully led the company through 7 equity raises and SEC Act 34 registration as well as four business combinations.
Mary Ann is Past Chair of the Maryland Bankers Association and Past Chair of the Community Foundation of Howard County. Mary Ann is presently a trustee and President of the board of Associated Catholic Charities, a trustee and corporate campaign co -chair of Kennedy Krieger Institute, a board member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and a trustee of Mount St Joseph College/High School. She is a trustee for the Community Foundation of Howard County Real Estate board and a member of the UMBC Board of Visitors. She also serves as a board member of the Baltimore Federal Reserve and a Community Advisory board member for the FDIC. She has served as a member of the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission. She is an active member of St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, Maryland. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Maryland.
In 2007, Mary Ann was recognized as an honoree in the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame; she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. She received the Howard County “Good Scout” award from the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 2011. In 2002, 2005 and 2007, Mary Ann was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, was a 2008, 2012 and 2016 Daily Record Influential Marylander, a 2012, 2015 and 2016 Most Admired CEO and was a winner of a 2012 Trailblazer Award presented by the Baltimore Center Club. She is a Loyola University Alumni laureate and a Seton Hill University Distinguished Alumna. She was named one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in Banking by the American Banker in 2016.
Mr. Arnold has served as a director of Howard Bancorp since its formation in 2005 and has served as a director of Howard Bank since 2004. Mr. Arnold is the Vice President and co-owner of The John E. Ruth Company, Inc., a plumbing and heating firm. He has served in that capacity since 1983. He also maintains ownership in various real estate holdings. Mr. Arnold serves on the Board of Trustees at Mount de Sales High School and serves on several related committees. Mr. Arnold is an organizing director of Howard Bank and is currently a member of the Compensation Committee of the boards of directors of both Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.
Mr. Keenan has served as a director of Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank since 2014. Mr. Keenan is a retired KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) partner. Mr. Keenan joined KPMG in 1975 and worked there until his retirement in 2011, including serving as Managing Partner of KPMG’s Baltimore (1994-2005) and Washington, DC (2005-2009) offices and as Partner-in-Charge of the audit practice for the Washington/Baltimore Business Unit (2005-2011). Mr. Keenan is a certified public accountant and has extensive experience serving community banks, as well as companies in other industries. Given his experience as a partner at KPMG, Mr. Keenan also has knowledge in mergers and acquisitions, SEC rules and regulations, public offerings and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Section 404 matters. Mr. Keenan is currently a member of the Audit Committee of the boards of directors of both Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.
Mr. Latta has served as a director of Howard Bancorp since its formation in 2005 and has served as a director of Howard Bank since 2004. Mr. Latta serves as Managing Member of ERIS Technologies LLC, a company developing 3-D software solutions for managing emergency situations. Prior to that Mr. Latta served as a Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Properties for The Rouse Company, a real estate development firm. Mr. Latta is an Organizing Director of Howard Bank, serves as the Lead Independent Director of Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank, and is currently a member of the Executive, Governance & Nominating, Audit and Compensation Committees. He also serves on the boards of directors of both Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.
Mr. Lundeen has served as a director of Howard Bancorp since its formation in 2005 and has served as a director of Howard Bank since 2004. Mr. Lundeen is President, Chief Executive Officer, and a co-owner of Environmental Reclamation Company, a diversified environmental services company, and has held this position for more than five years. Mr. Lundeen served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of C.J. Langenfelder & Son, Inc., a diversified construction contracting firm (1995-2004), and as Chairman of its successor Conrad Capital Corporation, an asset holding company (2004-2012). Mr. Lundeen served on the board of directors of the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (2001-2006). He is an attorney and actively practiced in Maryland, specializing in corporate and business law and representing small to medium-sized private and publicly held companies, from 1972 until 1988. Mr. Lundeen is an organizing director of Howard Bank and is currently a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Executive Committee of the boards of directors of both Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.
Mr. Smith has served as a director of Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank since 2012. Mr. Smith is a practicing attorney and has been a partner at the law firm of DLA Piper LLP (US) since 1983. He is currently the Co-chair of the Global Corporate practice for DLA Piper and is a member of the Executive Committee of DLA Piper LLP (US), positions he has held for ten years or more. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on the general representation of private and public companies, and includes significant experience relating to mergers and acquisitions and the public offering of securities. Mr. Smith also has served on the boards of several not-for-profit entities, and is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Smith is currently a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees of the Boards of Directors of both Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.
Mr. O'Neill was elected a director of Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank in August of 2015. Mr. O'Neill is a CPA and a former Partner at Hertzbach & Co. PA. Previously, he was a managing director of RSM McGladrey, Inc. and the managing partner of the regional accounting firm of Wolpoff & Company LLP. Mr. O’Neill is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and he has served on the boards of many charitable and civic groups. He is also the former Chairman of Patapsco Bancorp, Inc. and The Patapsco Bank. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola College - Baltimore.
Robert Kunisch has spent his entire banking career in Maryland, beginning in 1990 at Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Company and later its acquirer, PNC Bank. After holding several management positions, he turned down the opportunity to serve as president of PNC’s greater Baltimore market in 2007. Preferring to work for a smaller community bank, Kunisch joined Wilmington Trust FSB in 2008. When M&T Bancorp acquired the bank in 2011, he again pursued his desire to work at a community bank by joining 1st Mariner Bank as a consultant to the board. He led a group of local Baltimore investors who acquired 1st Mariner Bank in 2014, whereas he assumed the role of President. Kunisch took over as 1st Mariner Bank's Chief Executive Officer in July of 2017. After 1st Mariner Bank was acquired by Howard Bank in January 2018, Kunisch took over as President of Howard Bank.
Kunisch holds an MBA from the Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola University Maryland and a BA from Providence College, Providence Rhode Island. Kunisch is currently the Chairman of Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy, a tuition free school for 6th-8th grade boys in Baltimore City. His past community involvement includes the United Way and the Independent College Fund.
James Dresher brings a wealth of experience in operating family-owned businesses throughout Maryland, which broadens his understanding of working with small- to middle-market companies. In 1995, he founded and currently serves as CEO of Skye Asset Management, LLC, which invests in asset categories such as real estate, biotechnology, banking and social media.
With an extensive background in Maryland banking, Gary Dorsch provides the board with insight into the competitive landscape within our marketplace. He has served as president of Keyser Capital, LLC, a private equity and real estate investment company, since 2007. In 1999, Dorsch founded and currently co-manages Allegiance Capital LP, a licensed small business investment company (SBIC). Prior to Allegiance, he spent 24 years with Bank of America and its predecessor banks in Maryland.
Michael High brings a unique perspective to the board, with his in-depth background in banking combined with his knowledge of private equity. With more than 35 years of banking experience, he is currently a partner at Patriot Financial Partners LP, a private equity firm that invests in banks. His career experience includes senior management positions at Harleysville National Corporation, Progress Financial Corporation, CoreStates Financial Corporation and Meritor Savings Bank.
Jack Steil is an experienced community bank executive who has spent his career in the Baltimore market. From his start in Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Company’s auditing department in 1970, he held successively more senior management positions at this Baltimore-based bank until his retirement in 2002. Steil returned to banking in 2005 at Susquehanna Bank, and then moved to Wilmington Trust FSB in 2007. He served as 1st Mariner's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 2014 until 2017. Steil continued to serve as Chairman of the Board at 1st Mariner. He also played a significant role in the commercial lending and relationship building areas of the bank until its acquisition by Howard Bank in January 2018. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor and Director at Howard Bank. Steil’s community activities have included serving as Vice President of The Boys Scouts of America, on the Board of Governors of the National Aquarium of Baltimore, on the Board of Directors of Neighbor Housing, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Hannah More School, a nonprofit special education institution.
Howard Feinglass brings a background in finance and a comprehensive knowledge of the Maryland marketplace, as a Baltimore native. An experienced investment professional, he founded Priam Capital and is the largest 1st Mariner Bank shareholder. His previous experience includes private equity investment management.
Ms. Hill Staton, 59, has served as a director of Howard and Howard Bank since 2009. Ms. Hill Staton is an attorney and member of the Maryland Bar since 1982. Her professional experience includes 13 years with the law firm of Piper & Marbury, LLC (now DLA Piper) where she was elected partner in 1993. Her commercial litigation practice included the representation of financial institutions and other businesses in state and federal courts and commercial arbitrations. Following a period of service as a Maryland circuit court judge, Ms. Hill Staton was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the State of Maryland, a position she held from 1997-2006. As chief deputy, she assisted the Attorney General with supervision of an office of nearly 600 employees, a multi-million dollar budget and responsibility for the delivery of legal advice, counsel and representation of all branches of Maryland government; enforcement of the state’s antitrust, consumer protection and securities laws; criminal investigations; and representation of the State in all criminal appellate appeals. For 14 months beginning in December 2015, Ms. Hill Staton returned to the office to serve a second time as a deputy attorney general. Ms. Hill Staton has served in numerous volunteer capacities including the Maryland State Board of Education, trustee of the Howard County Bar Foundation, the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland and the Baltimore Education Scholarship Trust. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Law School. Ms. Hill Staton is Chairperson of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the boards of directors of both Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.