2019 was an incredible year for Howard Bank. We celebrated our 15th year anniversary, introduced a refreshed brand and strengthened our dedication to the communities we serve through a variety of programming.
Our accomplishments would not be possible without our team members, customers, partners and supporters. The roles each one of you plays makes a difference – for us and for our communities.
Let’s take a look back at some of the memories you all helped create:
On August 9th, Howard Bank celebrated 15 years in business. We’ve seen tremendous growth since 2004, including our employee count, asset size and branch footprint. Chairman and CEO, Mary Ann Scully shared her reflections on the bank’s 15th birthday in a special blog post, take a look.
Committed to the community
Giving back and getting involved is a central component of the Bank’s philosophy. By investing our time, energy and resources in the communities we serve, we’re helping to assure they remain great places to live and work.
We’re proud to share the results of our efforts in 2019:
- 1,161 employee volunteer hours
- 18 corporate volunteer events
- $500,000 multi-year pledge to Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and Humanim
- $327,500 contributed to organizations
- 106 organizations supported
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Junior Achievement of Central Maryland
And the award goes to...
We worked hard this past year and it didn’t go unnoticed! The Bank received recognition for our efforts within the banking industry and for our community service. Here are a few of those notable awards:
The Daily Record Reader Ranking award
Reader Rankings was designed to recognize the top businesses in Maryland. For the third year in a row (I think they call that a three-peat!), Howard Bank was voted Top Business Bank in Finance category.
American Bankers Association Community Commitment award
The ABA Community Commitment awards is a national program that recognizes the many ways banks contribute to enhancing the quality of life in their communities. We were given an Honorable Mention in the Volunteerism category for the launch of our Volunteer Time Off program and the success it saw in its first year of operation. Read more.
45th Annual Mayor's Business Recognition award
The Business Recognition award honors businesses that have demonstrated corporate leadership and service in improving the quality of life in Baltimore. Howard Bank won for our Headquarters relocation to Baltimore City and the development of several unique programs to improve the core of our city and Greater Baltimore region. Read more.
Our new brand promise
Earlier this year, we rolled out a brand refresh that we felt better defined and articulated what truly sets us apart from our competitors. After some soul searching and inspiration from our employees and customers, we found it’s really simple—we care.
We care about here. So we take our vision, to create our legacy by helping others who live and work here create theirs, very seriously. Our brand is the intersection between expectation and experience in the hearts and minds of our clients and employees. It represents our highest aspirations and it is a promise that we make not only to ourselves but to our customers.
You can read more about what we stand for here.
Keep It Local contest
In May, we launched our inaugural Keep It Local small business contest. This contest was designed to recognize and support small businesses that are helping our communities thrive. Little did we know the response we would receive from our customers and local communities. Throughout the contest's 12-week duration, we received 3,000 nominations and 14,000 votes. On August 5th, we finally crowned our winner—Rise 'N Grind Cafe, a Cecil County coffee shop dedicated to revitalizing the town of Rising Sun. The prize? $10,000 toward their continued success. Take a look:
What a year it's been! 2019 has been incredibly rewarding and we can't wait to see what 2020 brings. Thank you to the entire Howard Bank community! We look forward to serving you in the new year!