Community Banking for Young Professionals, by Young Professionals
They are individuals infusing York with bold ideas and innovative ways to serve others. They are professionals making an impact in their industries and on their community. They are the men and women of York Traditions Bank’s Young Professional Council.
Since 2009, the Bank has engaged members of York’s young professional workforce in conversations about what they are seeking when it comes to building strong financial futures. The council offers 16 young professionals, including the individuals shown here, a place to share ideas directly with the Bank’s senior leadership team and network with other thinkers and makers in York County.
Their feedback and advice has directly influenced the Bank’s decisions on product development, financial education offerings, community support, social media involvement, and more.
“We come together to discuss our banking needs and how York Traditions Bank can serve us as we balance our professional lives with our family lives,” says Benjamin Chiaro, brokerage advisor for ROCK Commercial Real Estate Inc.
“Being involved in this council has shown me that relationships make all the difference in the success of a business,” says Dr. Heather Lawrence, owner of Wyntre Brooke Eye Associates. “It’s that value of relationships that I bring to my patients at my practice.”
Amirtharaj (Raj) Manoharan, vice president of global business development for GGS Inc., adds that the value of the council is “knowing that your opinion really matters. You can sit across the table and speak with the CEO [Gene Draganosky] and connect with a group of like-minded professionals from diverse backgrounds.”
“Being involved with the council gave me the opportunity to get to know other young professionals in the area,” says Dr. Jennifer Engler, associate professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. “This council is reflective of the Bank’s desire and willingness to best serve the needs of all members of the York community.”
Dr. Angela Lindenmuth Marick, owner of White Rose Family Chiropractic, agrees. “It’s an eclectic group. We’re in different phases of life — some of us are single and some have families. Being on this council opened my eyes to the impact that young professionals like us can have on our community.”
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