Office of the Chair

Richard A. Ehst

President & Chief Executive Officer

An active humanitarian and Veteran of the United States Marines, Richard A. Ehst has a long history in both the banking and community service sectors.

A graduate of the Commercial Bank Management Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Dick began his banking career in 1968 following his service as a Marine during the Vietnam War.

He has served as an independent consultant to more than 70 financial institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Sovereign Bank, a $90 billion-asset bank serving eight states in the Northeast United States. As a consultant to Sovereign, he provided guidance on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and worked with the bank’s Commercial Development Group to identify and develop corporate and municipal relationships.

During his time with Sovereign Bank, Dick served as managing director of corporate communications from 2000-2004, regional president for Berks County from 2004-2009, and then as executive vice president, Commercial Middle Market, Mid-Atlantic Division until he left later in 2009.

In 2009, Dick joined Customers Bank as president and chief operating officer and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Often asked to speak to national and international audiences on the financial landscape, Dick was the keynote speaker at the 21st International Seminar on Finance in Tokyo, Japan, which was sponsored by the Japanese Financial News Network. He has also been the featured speaker at financial conferences throughout the United Kingdom and was a guest at the White House on behalf of education initiatives.

Dick currently serves as a Director of the Reading Hospital Health System Foundation and as an elected board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, where he is Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. He has also served on several professional and not-for-profit boards in eastern Pennsylvania for over 40 years.

Throughout his career, Dick has been recognized for his commitment and service in the community. In 2018, Dick and Angela Ehst were honored by the John Paul II Center for Special Learning for raising money to support programs for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During the same year, Dick received the Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence from Caron Treatment Centers, recognizing his dedication to service and commitment to helping provide drug and alcohol treatment to individuals and families who need it most.

Read Alliance recognized Dick and Angela Ehst in 2020 for their lifetime of philanthropic efforts and leadership in childhood education and literacy. In 2021, Dick was invited to join the Board of Directors for the United Way of Berks County and Dick and Angela will serve as the 2021 Campaign Co-Chairs. Later this year, Dick will be honored as a Champion of Youth by the Reading YMCA.