Howard Bank Promotes Katie Sank To Vice President, Director of Project Management
BALTIMORE, MD, January 28, 2020 – Howard Bank, a community-focused commercial bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals in the Greater Baltimore area, announced today that Katie Sank has been promoted to Vice President, Director of Project Management.
With more than 20 years of IT experience in the banking industry, Sank will be responsible for ensuring projects and initiatives complement the direction of Howard Bank and support the organization’s goals.
“We are all excited to announce this well-deserved promotion,” said Steve Poynot, Howard Bank’s Chief Information Officer. “Katie has an amazing amount of experience in IT and project management and she puts it to use every day at the bank. She is a valuable part of our team.”
Sank has been involved in banking her entire life. At four years old, she visited the Bank of Baltimore with her mother on nights and weekends, and was often tasked with making copies while perched on a stationary chair. Years later she sat near her mom and applied reinforcements to the team’s operations manuals on the floor in the data center as oversized data reels spun in the monstrous computers around the room.
Sank’s mother, Debbie, started her career as a teller at the Bank of Baltimore and for over 39 years continued to explore careers the banking industry. Her mother joined 1st Mariner Bank in 1995 and Sank, a teenager at the time, installed memory in printers scheduled for deployment to the branch network. “I don’t ever remember being bored,” Sank said. “They would always have me doing something.” For a few years, her grandfather also worked at 1st Mariner Bank. “We taught each other a lot during that time. He covered analogue and I covered digital.”
Sank aspired to be an animal behaviorist, but by 17 had embarked on journey in banking. She joined 1st Mariner Bank in 1998 as an intern. “It was an amazing experience.” Sank graduated from Harford Community College in 2010 with an Associates of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems.
Sank kicked off her career as a desktop support technician before transitioning to a telecommunications analyst in 2002, responsible for supporting the bank’s enterprise phone system and assisting with the design and installation of 1st Mariner’s network infrastructure. In 2007, she transferred to a development position. Sank advanced to project manager in 2015 and took on the responsibility of overseeing large scale IT projects and guiding other organizational projects along to successful completion. When 1st Mariner Bank and Howard Bank merged in 2018, Sank was retained as Project Manager.
Sank, who is married and has an 18-year-old daughter, writes in her spare time. A member of the Harford Writers’ Group, Sank co-authored her first novel a year ago. The Maids of Chateau Vernet, available on Amazon, has turned an “unexpected profit,” Sank said. With other projects in the works, Sank continues to write as an “escape from the real world.”