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DeAlmeida Elected 117th Chairman of Maryland Bankers Association
ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 12, 2013) – Robert A. DeAlmeida, President & CEO of Hamilton Bank, was elected 2013-2014 Chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) at its Annual Convention on June 4, 2013. DeAlmeida is also making history as the first savings bank CEO representative to serve as MBA Chairman.
The Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) is the only professional association representing the banking industry in Maryland. Founded in 1896, MBA’s mission is to make Maryland banks stronger and more successful. As the MBA's 117th Chairman, DeAlmeida will play a key role in representing the members' interests to policy makers at the state and federal levels. He will also lead the Association's Board of Directors and Executive Committee and work directly with the MBA’s President and CEO on all matters relating to the banking industry.
For his 12-month term of office, DeAlmeida has embraced the theme MBA: An Investment in Our Future. He will address this theme through three broad goals. The main goal continues to be for the Association to serve as a strong advocate for the banking industry. “Advocacy is something I’m really proud of as the Association leadership and members have set us on a strong path of working with policy makers to support the banking industry and promote a positive image of the banking industry to the public,” said Bob DeAlmeida. “A unified industry voice at the federal, state and local levels makes this possible.” This coming year, the Association is also committed to helping our member banks increase efficiencies and exploring the use of social media to enhance communication with our members.
According to the Association’s President and CEO Kathleen Murphy, “Bob DeAlmeida brings years of Association involvement to his leadership post, having chaired the Association’s Government Relations and Financial Education Councils and Maryland BankPAC. His extensive involvement with policy makers at the state and federal levels reflects the importance of telling the positive story about banking. He will lead the Association at a time of great possibilities, with a strengthening industry and economy.”
Bob DeAlmeida joined Hamilton Bank in 1990 when he was hired as the bank’s chief financial officer. At the time, the bank had two locations and less than 25 employees. Today, Hamilton Bank operates five Maryland locations from its headquarters in Towson, and its staff has more than doubled. DeAlmeida and his team have expanded the bank’s services to meet the complete banking needs of small businesses, retailers, consumers, and homeowners across Greater Baltimore.
During his prior post as CFO of Hamilton Bank, DeAlmeida managed the accounting operations and investments for the bank, yet he quickly found himself entrenched in other aspects of the business. DeAlmeida handled negotiations and all related acquisition dealings, fueling growth for Hamilton Bank at a time when other banks were struggling. He became vice president and treasurer in 1990, and earned the position of bank president in July 2005. During DeAlmeida’s tenure, Hamilton Bank has proven its stability, its reputation, and its dedication to the customer.
DeAlmeida also serves on a special committee to advise the president of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and is on the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business Advisory Council, which provides a business perspective for the strategic direction of the School. He also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC), a 12 member, hand-selected group of banking experts that shares insights on the economy, banking conditions, lending conditions, regulatory matters and other issues that affect the ability of community depository institutions to serve local markets. DeAlmeida is on the Board of Directors of Healthy Neighborhoods, a supporting organization of the Baltimore Community Foundation, which finances housing and home improvements for home buyers and homeowners in Baltimore City. He also serves on the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Baltimore loan committee.
DeAlmeida earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola College of Maryland and his master’s degree in economics from the University of Baltimore.
MBA also welcomed to its Board of Directors: Calvin Barker, Regional President-Baltimore Metro Region, BB&T; and George D. Swygert, Jr., Regional Executive, Capital One, N.A. Elected to the board’s Executive Committee as Vice Chairman is Daniel J. Schrider, President & CEO, Sandy Spring Bank; and former Vice Chairman John A. Scaldara, Jr., Chairman, President & CEO, The Columbia Bank, is serving as the Chairman-Elect of the Association.
Below is a complete listing of the 2013-2014 officers and directors of the Maryland Bankers Association:
Robert A. DeAlmeida, President & CEO, Hamilton Bank
John A. Scaldara, Jr., Chairman, President & CEO, The Columbia Bank
Daniel J. Schrider, President & CEO, Sandy Spring Bank
Michael L. Middleton, Chairman & CEO, Community Bank of Tri-County
Calvin Barker, Regional President-Baltimore Metro Region, BB&T
George J. Behr, Jr., President and CEO, Arundel Federal Savings Bank
Andrew M. Bertamini, Regional President, Maryland Market, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
James R. Bosley, Jr., President & CEO, Farmers & Merchants Bank
Ralph W. Emerson, Jr., Senior Vice President, M&T Bank
Raymond W. Hamm, Jr., President, Greater Maryland, PNC Bank, N.A.
Michael E. Hough, CEO of Maryland Division, Susquehanna Bank
Kim Liddell, Chairman, President and CEO, The National Bank of Cambridge
Michael G. Livingston, President and CEO, The Bank of Glen Burnie
Philip Logan, President, Chairman and CEO, Slavie Federal Savings Bank
Carissa L. Rodeheaver, Executive Vice President and CFO, First United Bank & Trust
George D. Swygert, Jr., Regional Executive, Capital One, N.A.
Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company
Kelly Whitley, Vice President of Public Policy and State Government Relations – Mid-Atlantic, Bank of America
J. Scott Wilfong, Chairman, President and CEO, SunTrust Bank, Greater Washington/Maryland
Maryland banks hold $120 billion in deposits and employ 47,600 banking professionals. Ninety-six percent of the banks in Maryland are well capitalized (the highest regulatory designation). MBA’s member banks hold 97 percent of the FDIC insured deposits in Maryland in more than 1,800 branch offices. MBA serves member banks as a legislative and regulatory advocate at all levels of government, as the public relations voice for the industry, as a provider of professional education to members and as a promoter of financial education to the community.