Newsmakers for July 18 | Cash

Board of Directors of the Foundation for Reading Area Community College

The Board of Trustees was recently expanded to include four new members. They were unanimously elected to the Board of Trustees for a three-year term from July 1 to June 30, 2024.

Virginia Rush has been Vice President of the Wyomissing Foundation since 2015. She has been involved in grant awarding, public relations, the 13th Street Partnership Task Force, the West Reading Task Force, and the Family Grants Program. In 2017, she became executive director of Berks County’s Capital Campaign Review Board. She is currently a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Ready.Set.READ !. She recently served as a committee member for the Opportunity House and Berks Community Health Center and has been a contributor to The United Way of Berks County for many years.

Steve Ehrlich is a retired banker with over 35 years of banking experience. He founded Affinity Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania in 2003 and was its Chairman, President and CEO until its merger with First Priority Bank in 2018, where he served as President and CEO until the bank was sold in 2018 After the sale of First Priority, Ehrlich was chief strategy officer and advisor to Riverview Financial Corp. He has been involved in many charitable activities and served on various charitable boards over the years, including the Wilson School District, Berks Alliance, and the Hawk Mountain Council.

Eric Burkey is President and CEO of Reading-based Burkey Construction and Burkey Development Group. Burkey is the third generation owner of the 75-year-old company that provides construction services throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. He is a contributor to the Greater Reading Community and currently serves on several non-profit bodies including the Berks County Community Foundation, YMCA of Reading, and the Capital Campaign Review Board of Berks County. Eric previously worked for Mary’s Shelter, Greater Reading Young Professionals, Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and several capital campaigns for local nonprofits.

Kristi Gage-Linderman is the owner and partner at Gage Personnel and currently heads the team as COO and in the third generation in the management of a family company. She currently chairs the Berks County Workforce Development Board and is a board member of the Berks Business Education Coalition, the Berks County Capital Campaign Review Board, the TempNet Staffing Association, and the Greater Reading Young Professionals Advisory Board. She also serves as a champion for the Career Ready PA Coalition and is a member of the GRCA Economic Development Council. She is on the Executive Team for the GRCA Next Gen Advanced MFG IP and serves as the team leader for the Talent Attraction and Retention Action Team.

Customers Bancorp

Andrew B. Sachs, an attorney with nearly 13 years of securities and corporate law experience focusing on advising companies and their boards of directors on a variety of growth and expansion issues, serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate. joined secretary. He replaces Michael A. DeTommaso, who is retiring from these roles. DeTommaso will serve as lead legal advisor to the bank through the end of the year to support the transition.

Sachs was a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP where he served as an investment management attorney focusing on exchange traded funds, mutual funds, investment advisors, mergers and acquisitions, and securities before joining Customers Bancorp for over six years in the information technology industry. Sachs and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton helped Customers Bank, the joint banking subsidiary of Customers Bancorp, launch their hybrid joint banking fintech business model that ultimately funded around 340,000 CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Sachs studied Magna Cum Laude at Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania.

Donegal Insurance Group

Dan DeLamater has been named Senior Vice President of Field Operations and National Accounts effective January 2022. He will succeed Richard G. Kelley, Senior Vice President and Head of Field Operations, who will be retiring in early 2022.

DeLamater currently leads Donegal’s national agency relations efforts and is President of Southern Mutual, a member firm of Donegal Insurance Group.

A native Georgian based in Athens, Georgia, in Donegal, DeLamater has many years of experience including positions in underwriting, product management and marketing prior to becoming vice president and then president of Southern Mutual. In 2020 he was named head of the newly formed Donegal National Accounts Team, which serves as a strategic channel and shared resource between regional and national agency groups and the Donegal regional and Home Office leadership teams.

DeLamater will split his time between Donegal’s Marietta, Lancaster County Home Office and Athens, where he will continue to serve as a board member of the Athens Chapter of Rotary International and the Mercy Health Clinic, as well as a board member in the community member and past president of the Touchdown Club of Athens.

A Georgia State University alum with a BBA in Risk Management & Insurance, DeLamater is visiting professor at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and serves on various boards of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.

Kelley’s retirement follows a 42-year career in the insurance industry, including the last two decades with Donegal.

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Customer bank

West Reading-based retail bank has hired the following people in its new Orlando, Florida office:

Joseph Nowland, Senior Vice President, Head of Banking Group at Customers Bank, will be responsible for leading the local banking team’s efforts to deliver exceptional service and value through the unique high-tech / high-touch single point of contact -Banking to offer the bank model that provides a better customer experience. Nowland will draw on his extensive industry experience spanning over 24 years in financial services in a variety of HR and leadership roles in various locations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Brian Buck has joined Customers Bank’s local commercial banking team as Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager. Buck will rely on the extensive relationships he has built over his 20-year career with regional and municipal banking institutions in the region. Buck will focus on building awareness of the bank in the Orlando market through homeowners associations, property management companies, medical and dental companies, and the manufacturing sector.

Dr. Shalonda Warren joins the bank’s Commercial Banking team as Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. Warren will leverage 14 years of experience focusing on high net worth industries such as manufacturing, wholesale, medical and technology to deliver the bank’s unique customer-first banking model to commercial clients with revenues of $ 5 million and above. She will also maintain an existing ledger to provide banking services and products to help companies and their clients with business growth, asset management and operational needs.

Robert Frederick has joined the local Commercial Banking team as Vice President, Relationship Manager and Team Leader for Tampa. Frederick has 10 years of experience in the commercial banking industry and will focus on understanding clients’ goals in order to provide them with the best financial products and services that will help them succeed. Frederick’s ability to solve problems with customers and uncover opportunities for their business to grow has made him a sought-after and trusted partner for many organizations in the region.

The customer bank has added the following people to its new Dallas office:

Jake Danielski, Senior Vice President, Market Executive – Texas, will be responsible for instructing local retail banking teams to deliver exceptional service and value through the bank’s high-tech / high-touch single point of contact banking model to offer unforgettable results that delivers customer experiences and long-term relationships.

David Stout will serve as vice president and client manager. Stout has over 11 years of commercial lending and credit analysis experience working with midmarket and real estate clients. Stout was trained in sales, marketing and underwriting at some of the largest banks in the country. He is a local entrepreneur who takes the perspective of a business owner while also acting as a trusted advisor to his clients. He was also recognized as one of the top Texans under 30 in 2016.

Matthew Chrastka also joins the team as Vice President, Client Management. Chrastka has more than 15 years of sales and management expertise in highly competitive markets. His experience in commercial banking also includes looking after the needs of medium-sized customers throughout the DFW Metroplex. His extensive expertise has enabled him to build lasting relationships with clients that have enabled him to enhance their experience with ex-financial institutions. Chrastka is a serial entrepreneur who has created several successful companies where he has built high performing teams, transformed salespeople, and trained individuals to achieve great levels of success.

The client bank has also expanded the workforce in its Chicago office:

Mary Haley has joined the team as Associate Vice President Commercial Banking. Haley has over 25 years of banking experience, where she was responsible for customer service and management positions of increasing responsibility, as well as financial functions. Haley brings a proven track record of problem solving with an extensive background in maintaining and developing client portfolios. She also has extensive experience providing treasury and cash management services to large multinational corporate clients.

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Berco brochure

Prospectus Berco has three new members to its board of directors:

John Hunter became a member of Prospect Berco when his son Christian signed up for the vocational training program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and then moved to the US Air Force, where he was assigned to the Space Systems Division in Los Angeles. After 20 years as a lieutenant colonel, he retired from the air force. After the service, John taught engineering at Cleveland, Tenn high school.

Leslie Shaud is a former Prospectus Berco employee who served as Nursing Coordinator for two years. With a strong passion for helping children, Shaud earned a Masters of Education in School Counseling (K-12) from West Chester University. After leaving Prospectus Berco, she began working as a paraprofessional special educator for the Tulpehocken School District, working in an autistic support classroom. In 2015, Shaud was hired as an elementary school advisor at Penn-Bernville Elementary. Shaud also received Master Certification and a Certificate in Disability and Inclusive Communities from Alvernia University.

Nicholas Thomas works for Gage Personnel. He was first introduced to Prospect Berco through the Leadership Berks program, which led to his appointment to the Development Committee. He is currently a member of the Personnel Committee. He is an active member of our community with a special interest in the development of the workforce. He has worked with various organizations to find ways to empower our community and its future co-workers. Through the innovative Gage / Reading High School career program, Thomas is helping connect students and employers through ongoing employer-contacting initiatives. He is a Rotarian and has worked in Junior Achievement, Habitat Berks, Leadership Berks, and the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce, to name a few of his volunteer efforts.

Penske Logistics

Phil Peck has been promoted from his current position as Chief Operating Officer to President of Epes Transport in Greensboro, NC, a division of Penske Logistics. Peck takes on the role following the recent resignation of Richard Kuehn, who headed the Epes organization for 23 years. Kuehn will stay with Epes as a consultant for a while to help with the change in leadership. Peck is a transportation industry veteran. He started his career at Epes in 1995 as a driver manager after having worked in the moving and warehouse business as both a driver and operations manager for 10 years. For the past 25 years he has held various roles at Epes including shipping, planning and customer service.

Peck helped the company grow its business from just 250 trucks to over 1,550 units now and played a key role in Penske Logistics’ acquisition of Epes in 2018. In 2019, Peck was promoted to Chief Operating Officer with all responsibility for drivers and customer perception These include: customer service, loading planning, driver management, and recruiting and sales for dedicated and general one-way truck loading services. In his new role he will report to Marc Althen, President of Penske Logistics.

Peck holds a bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Virginia Tech University. He currently lives in Guilford County, NC

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