Howard Bank Hires Three Veteran Bankers as it Expands its Business Development Team to Meet Growing Demand for its Business Banking Services

BALTIMORE, MD, February 25, 2020 – Howard Bank, a community-focused commercial bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals in the Greater Baltimore area, announced today that it has hired three veteran bankers, Patricia Livingston, Bryan Bessling and Travis Teal.

The bankers previously worked at M&T Bank, Bank of America and Old Line Bank respectively. Old Line Bank was recently acquired by WesBanco Inc. of Wheeling, W.Va.

“We are thrilled to have Patricia, Bryan, and Travis join Howard as we expand our business banking team,” said Mary Ann Scully, Chairman and CEO of Howard Bank. “We see a tremendous opportunity to grow and serve the needs of small and medium sized businesses in the Baltimore region.”

“Attracting talent of this caliber is a testament to the high performing bank we are building,” said Rob Kunisch, President of Howard Bank.

Livingston has been a banker for 24 years spending most of her career at M&T where she was Vice President, Commercial Manager. In her new position at Howard, Livingston will be Vice President, Business Development Officer where she will work with local business owners, partnering with them as their businesses grow.

Livingston joined Howard because she believes she can have a positive impact on the lives of her clients and their businesses. “Success is providing solutions for customers before they even ask and then watching their business grow and succeed,” Livingston said. “My success is directly tied to the success of my clients.”

Livingston graduated from Lee University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in education and is also currently enrolled in a graduate program with the University of Maryland, University College. She will earn a Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in strategic planning in the Spring of 2021.

Bessling spent 17 years at Bank of America before joining Howard Bank. As Vice President of Small Business Banking at Bank of America, Bessling was responsible for servicing small business customers up to $10 million in revenue, as well as finding and developing new clients.

As Vice President, Business Development Officer at Howard, Bessling will be responsible for ensuring the growth and success of small to medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations in the Baltimore region.

“Howard Bank was a natural fit,” Bessling said. “I joined the bank because it is serious about business banking and has strong connections within the business community. It provides me with an opportunity to use my skill set to help clients grow their business.”

Teal joined Howard as Vice President, Market Sales Manager and is responsible for managing the bank’s small business banking and retail branch divisions.

He has been in the banking industry since 2008 starting as a licensed banker with Wachovia Bank and as a Bank Manager at Wells Fargo. Since then he has held leadership positions at BB&T, SunTrust and Old Line Bank. Most recently, Teal managed the business bank division of Old Line Bank which included 11 branches with total deposits of $780 million.

On joining Howard Bank, Teal said he wants to “usher in a year of profitability for both the clients and the bank.” 

“I want to play an intricate role in the direction of the bank and personally grow my career with a bank that can provide a great culture and environment for myself and our clients,” he said. “Howard has a great reputation in Maryland, and because they’re a smaller bank, I have the ability to make a difference in the community.”

Teal, who is active in the Baltimore community, has been a student mentor teaching economic empowerment at Junior Achievement in Columbia since 2015. He has also served on non-profit boards that include JA’s Mid-Atlantic advisory board and the Board to Promote Self Sufficiency in Howard County, which focuses on economic stability for families and individuals in the Howard County region. Teal is a graduate of Leadership Howard County (LHC) class of 2018. LHC prepares and connects community leaders in Howard County to stimulate personal and professional growth. He studied economics at the University of Georgia.

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