Howard Bank CEO Mary Ann Scully has been named a 2017 community banker of the year by American Banker, the leading trade publication for the banking industry.
Scully, also the bank’s president, was one of five bankers honored by the publication.
She’s guided the Ellicott City-based bank since its founding in 2003, helping it grow into a $1.1 billion institution through a series of acquisitions that is expected to be capped off by its pending deal to buy 1st Mariner Bank. The $163 million deal will double the bank’s assets.
“This combination of vision, charisma and chutzpah, along with Scully’s ability to expand her startup bank while the financial crisis took out so many others like it, led American Banker to recognize Scully as an ‘Enterprising Builder’ as part of its Banker of the Year awards,” according to the publication.
Also named one of the “25 Women to Watch” by the American Banker for a second consecutive year, Scully said she was humbled and thrilled to be recognized for helping build what she called “Baltimore’s Best Business Bank.” She credited her team for the bank’s accomplishments.
“It has been a terrific journey, one that is just beginning in many ways,” she said.
Howard Bank plans to relocate its headquarters to Baltimore after the 1st Mariner deal is closed.