The managing director of business services at $558 million-asset York Traditions Bank in York, Pa., has cultivated teamwork on the basketball court and in his community bank.
Basketball has been a big part of my life since my teenage years. I was fortunate to be part of a very successful team my senior year of high school; we won our school’s first county championship in over 30 years. I learned a lot about the value of teamwork in sports, and it carries over into my career today.
I played against people in high school who are now good friends and customers of the bank. They’re owners of [local] businesses, and they’ve brought their entire business relationship over to our bank as a result of those friendships that we developed many years ago.
I coached high school basketball from 1996 until 2004. It’s been very rewarding to be around the game and give back to the youth and the community here. York Traditions Bank is now doing business with some former players that I coached. My son is coaching at the junior high level, and my daughter, who is a teacher, has been coaching elementary [school] basketball, so they’re both carrying on that coaching legacy.
Teamwork is something that we take a lot of pride in at York Traditions Bank. Our business services team has doubled over the past five years. As the bank continues to grow, it’s really important that we have a foundation of great people. Teamwork and chemistry are really the keys to a successful team.
Colleen Cowie is an editorial assistant with Independent Banker.