One locally owned and operated bank was recently recognized on a state level for its leadership. At the 137th annual convention of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB), former Ambler Savings Bank CEO Martin Brown was inducted into the PACB Hall of Fame.
Ambler Savings Bank Media Contact Leann Pettit said that Brown was a long-time leader of the community banks.
“Brown was the CEO of Ambler Savings Bank from 1979 until his recent retirement in 2014,” explained Pettit. “His 41 years of service to the community bank has earned Brown the distinction of having one of the longest tenures of any CEO in the banking industry in the Philadelphia area.”
The honor of the PACB is no small feat.
“Since 1989, the PACB Hall of Fame has recognized distinguished men and women who have contributed to their community, institution, and, in particular, the PACB, and who have recently retired from the banking industry,” said Pettit. “The PACB Hall of Fame includes over 90 dedicated community bankers who have been honored for their faithful service and genuine concern of Pennsylvania’s hometown communities.”
Former coworkers described Brown as “a community banker with the warm heart of a born volunteer.” Pettit said that he has been a leader for much more than the bank.
“Martin currently serves on the Board of the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler and has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ambler since 1974, where he has served as a past president and the club’s treasurer for many years,” she said. “He is still very active in the Kiwanis and is on the committee for the annual Kiwanis Carnival and fireworks display held every year at the Wissahickon High School. He is also active at his church, having served on the board as a trustee for many years, teaching Sunday School and for several years drove the Sunday School bus. He also coached his church’s summer baseball team for six years.”
Additionally, Brown served the Ambler community in countless ways. He was a board member of Ambler Main Street, served as president of the Greater Ambler Parking Corp., was on Ambler’s Centennial committee, a former president and coach of Ambler Junior Baseball, was a board member for the Ambler YMCA, and has served on Borough of Ambler committees including the Spirit of Ambler Committee and the Christmas Lighting Committee.
Pettit said that his role with Ambler Savings Bank helped to form the business into the bank it is today.
“During his tenure, Ambler Savings Bank went from a $25 million institution in 1973 to a $320 million institution in 2014,” said Pettit. “The Bank opened seven branches during his time as CEO; and in 2014, Ambler Savings Bank celebrated its 140th Anniversary and embarked on a building project to expand its headquarters in Ambler.”
Ambler Savings Bank has a location at Park and Germantown, serving the local residents in and around Lower Providence Township. For more information on the bank and its services, visit the banks’ websites here or stop by the Fairview Village location at 3009 W. Germantown Pike. The phone for the local branch is 610-650-9517.