Maryland Bankers Association Hosts 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders “Champion” Program Graduation and Bankers Challenge Event

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The Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) brought local bankers together at the start of the association’s annual Bankers Challenge event to celebrate the graduation of 14 banking professionals from its yearly Emerging Leaders “Champion” program.

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“Watching these banking professionals grow to be experts in effective leadership has truly been a privilege." - Ramon Looby, President and CEO of the Maryland Bankers Association

The Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) is proud to congratulate the 14 banking professionals who have graduated from its Emerging Leaders “Champion” program on October 6, 2022.

Over the course of the year-long program, the 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders cohort attended a variety of curated events – led by Maryland banking industry experts – aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the financial services industry through active leadership, peer networking, and political involvement.

The 2021-2022 graduating class of MBA Emerging Leader “Champions” includes:

  • Jason Parker, Vice President / Lending, Bank of Ocean City
  • Kim Shaw, Vice President, Lending Administration Manager, Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • CJ Joyner, 1st Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager & Director of Customer Care, EagleBank
  • Leah Gregg, Vice President, Treasury Management Relationship Officer, First United Bank, and Trust
  • Alan Mullendore, Vice President and Managing Director of Client Relationships - East, First United Bank and Trust
  • Kara Macko, Vice President, Harford Bank
  • Kameron Shives, Associate Business Analyst, Middletown Valley Bank
  • Desiree McCracken, Branch Manager, Vice President, Provident State Bank
  • Kristina Hoffmann, BSA Officer, Queenstown Bank of Maryland
  • Lourdes Lopez, Remote Relationship Manager, Assistant Vice President, Sandy Spring Bank
  • Sylvia Morgan, Card Servicing & Fraud Investigations Analyst, Sandy Spring Bank
  • LaDonna Pimble, Card Operations Fraud Analyst, Sandy Spring Bank
  • Kris Kozlowski, Branch Manager, Shore United Bank
  • Gary “J.R.” Delauter, Jr., Senior Vice President, Deposit Operations, Woodsboro Bank

“I am incredibly proud of our 2022 class of Emerging Leaders,” said MBA President and CEO Ramon Looby. “Watching these banking professionals grow to be experts in effective leadership has truly been a privilege.”

MBA also wishes to congratulate this year’s 2022 cohort on an extremely successful fundraising campaign for the homeless. Each year, the Emerging Leaders come together to design and complete a philanthropic project of their choosing. This year, the Class of 2022 gathered monetary and physical donations over a period of 10 months and delivered donations to various homeless shelters around the state. Physical donations included blankets, hygiene products, socks, gloves, hats, and scarves. MBA is extremely proud of the commitment this cohort continues to show and its dedication to giving back to the communities they serve.

Following the Emerging Leaders graduation, MBA successfully hosted its annual Banker's Challenge event in Ocean City, Maryland, on October 7, 2022. This event provides bankers the opportunity to connect outside the office through an array of outdoor, team-focused tournaments such as fishing, golf, and cornhole. Congratulations to all the event winners and thanks to the sponsors for helping bring bankers together every year!

About the Maryland Bankers Association:
Founded in 1896, the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) is the only Maryland-based trade group representing banks in the state. MBA's member banks employ about 28,266 banking professionals in nearly 1,490 branch offices across the state. To find out more information, please visit

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