This fall marks the 10-year anniversary of Howard Bank’s founding, and to celebrate we asked Howard Bank employees to share some memories about their time here. Over the next few weeks, follow along with our 10th Anniversary Blog Series to hear from the people who have been with HB since the very beginning.
This week, we hear from...
Q: Describe your first day at Howard Bank. What was it like?
RS: The feeling I had and the word that I used over and over again on August 9, 2004 was "surreal.” The excitement and energy was palpable when the first accounts were opened. When a customer actually came into my office to talk about a potential deal I knew it was real. We stayed late that day. I don't think any of us wanted the feeling to end.
YC: My first time arriving at Corporate was for my interview, which took place at an 8-foot plastic table with folding chairs in the Board Room. George Coffman was the first person that I met… He made a lasting impression! My first day on the job was two weeks later and I have to say I felt like a kid in a candy store. We worked very long hours – but it never felt tiresome!
Q: When did you get the feeling that this risk was going to pay off, that it was going to work?
RS: I never thought it was not going to work or pay off. We had an incredible team; I truly felt and feel today that failure was not an option.
Q: What’s one of your favorite memories from Howard Bank’s community service activities?
YC: I think my favorite event was the first year we sponsored children from the Angel Tree at Christmas. We were able to sponsor 10 children and we only had a small number of employees at the time. It made me proud to be a part of such a caring team.
RS: When we opened the bank we only had a team of 15 to cover community events. People thought we had a team of 50!
Q: What’s the most personally rewarding aspect of being on the Howard Bank team?
YC: As the HR Manager, the most rewarding aspect of being on this team is being able to provide our staff with opportunities for growth and development! It has been wonderful watching my teammates grow and develop over the last 10 years. I just love it when people advance!!
Q: Is there a client success story that really stands out?
RS: We helped so many customers over the years. Some we helped grow and some we helped survive through the financial crisis of 2008. It is hard to pick just one. I had a customer whose dream was to grow his unique retail business from a single store to many stores. He now has many stores and is continuing to grow his business, helping both himself and our community as well.
Q: What most excites you about the future of Howard Bank?
YC: I am excited about the places we will go and the communities in which we will make a difference. I love that about us – we make a difference – and we are focused on doing so.
RS: I am excited about the continued growth of the bank. The growth and changing environment will provide opportunities for me, for my team and for the communities we serve.
Stay tuned for our next post in our 10th Anniversary series, featuring two more Howard Bank employees who’ve “seen it all.”