Customers Bank and Medgar Evers College Present Opportunity Zones Forum
Customers Bank partnered with Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, New York to host a special event focused on how communities and organizations can further economic development through Opportunity Zones. Bank President and COO, Richard Ehst, joined key stakeholders, business leaders, economic development leaders and students for the event. The forum is part of a broader plan to create a national template for the Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunity (CEO) that will be housed at Medgar Evers College’s School of Business.
Customers Bank Joins Cents Ability to Ring the NYSE Opening Bell
Customers Bank Team Members Nia Rock and Tony Mercado joined Cents Ability, Inc. Executive Director Roy Paul as he rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The Bank is proud to support the organization in achieving its mission to educate high school students about financial literacy and management.
Customers Bank Recognized by United Way of Berks County
Customers Bank celebrated a successful year of service and giving at the 56th Annual United Way of Berks County Award Dinner. We were honored to receive the Eagle Award, for the 5th consecutive year, and the Tradition in Caring Award. The Bank was recognized for our strong commitment to corporate leadership, employee giving and volunteering, and support of key programs like Ready.Set.READ! and the Loaned Campaign Specialist & Accountant Programs.
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Breaks Ground in Sharswood
Customers Bank SVP, Joe Schupp, joined Habitat for Humanity CEO, Corinne O’Connell, Philadelphia City Council President, Darrell Clarke, Representative Donna Bullock, City of Philadelphia Director of Planning and Development, Anne Fadullon, and Sharswood Brewerytown NAC Executive Director, Darnetta Arce, to break ground on 20 homes in the Sharswood neighborhood of Lower North Philadelphia. We’re proud to contribute to funding this important neighborhood revitalization project!
Philadelphia Business Journal Power Breakfast
Jay Sidhu, Customers Bank Chairman and CEO, joined other banking executives and technology professionals for a deep dive discussion about 21st century banking at Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power Breakfast.
Jay Sidhu Honored as Penn State Berks Graduation Commencement Speaker
Jay Sidhu, Customers Bank Chairman and CEO, was honored to offer the commencement address to Penn State Berks graduates and their families on May 4th. Jay highlighted lessons he learned in his own career and encouraged students to make their mark in the community and in the world, “. . . to be successful in life, you must have a vision or a dream and a plan to achieve that vision. I believe that the future is not something we just enter. The future is something, with God’s help, we create.”
2019 Reading Tree Program Kick-Off
Customers Bank’s Dick Ehst, Tim Romig and other Team Members joined United Way of Berks County’s Yamil Sanchez Rivera to kick-off the 2019 Ready. Set. READ Reading Tree Program at the Reading Fightin Phils game on April 14th. Throughout the baseball season, Team Members will read to children between innings at more than 50 home games.
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Top Minority Lender
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has named Customers Bank the top minority lender for the second year in a row. Team Member Elsie Maduro, Vice President and CRA Mortgage Officer, was also recognized by PHFA for the second year in a row as the top originator of loans to homebuyers. We are very honored to be recognized for our commitment to community development and diversity.
New Jersey Community Capital, East Trenton Collaborative
Customers Bank has awarded over $140,000 to New Jersey Community Capital. The funds will support the organization’s East Trenton Collaborative, a neighborhood revitalization initiative focused on promoting a community-driven neighborhood planning process.
Customers Bank at the Westchester Business Expo
Team Members Maria Hartigan & Zoe Mountroukas were on-site at the Westchester Business Expo. They enjoyed networking with local business leaders and community members and sharing information about how Customers Bank supports our business & personal banking customer.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
Customers Bank gifted a donation of $7,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County. The donation was presented by Jonathan Klass, SVP and relationship manager for the Bank’s Bucks County Commercial Lending team. The funds will be used to support a number of different initiatives throughout the course of the year.
2019 Youth Leadership Conference
Customers Bank Team Members joined Reading and Berks area students on March 8th for the 2019 Youth Leadership Conference. The event was organized by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance to give young people access to mentorship and the opportunity to learn about career options. Team Members enjoyed discussing the importance of education and sharing their personal career stories with students.
Read Alliance Literacy Programs
On March 13th, representatives from Customers Bank presented $25,000 to Read Alliance to support literacy programs for kindergarten through second grade students and career readiness for teen tutors throughout all boroughs in New York City. Read Alliance’s dual-impact programming allows for both elementary grade and high school students to benefit from learning and leadership opportunities!
Big Cheese Berks
23 Team Members came together over two days to package mac and cheese and rice and beans to help fight hunger in Berks County, making Big Cheese Berks the largest United Way driven meal packaging event in the country!
2018 United Way of Berks County’s Day of Caring
Customers Bank team members participated in the 2018 United Way of Berks County’s Day of Caring. The group helped prepare 2,500 newsletters for mailing and power washed a playground area on-site at Camp Lilly Berks, a day camp designed to provide a summer camp experience for children and young adults with disabilities.
Penn State Berks Homework Hotline
Customers Bank is proud to sponsor the Penn State Berks Homework Hotline! Our donation will be used to support the free math tutoring program for the 2018–2019 academic year and fund marketing, publicity, and outreach efforts to students, parents, and educators in Berks County school districts.
The goal of the initiative is to help students in our region succeed and compete in the global economy.
Cradles to Crayons
The team had a lot of fun and worked hard while volunteering for Cradles to Crayons. Great effort by all who were able to join.