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Delaware Bankers Association Announces New President


Dover, DE, May 15, 2015 – The Delaware Bankers Association (DBA) announced Sarah A. Long of Wilmington will become the new president of the association. Ms. Long will replace outgoing president David A. Bakerian who will retire effective May 31st. For the last four years Ms. Long served as the Director of Retail Strategy & Customer Advocacy, PNC Bank. Prior to that, she was a Card Products Executive with PNC. Ms. Long has over twenty years’ experience in Financial Services focused on Payments, Product Development, Program Management, Marketing, Regulatory Issues, Risk Management, and Customer Loyalty. She was formerly with Bank of America and MBNA America, where she held a variety of positions. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and earned her Masters of Business Administration from Widener University.

Ms. Long was selected from an extensive list of candidates from around the country. The search was conducted by a committee comprised of DBA board members headed by Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr., Regional President, PNC Bank Delaware, and including Cynthia D.M. Brown, President, Commonwealth Trust Company; David E. Gillan, Chairman of the Board and CEO, County Bank; Rodger Levenson, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, WSFS Bank, and Chairman of the DBA; and, Lynda Messick, former President & CEO, Community Bank Delaware.

“Following an extensive nationwide search, the Delaware Bankers Association is pleased to welcome lifelong Delawarean Sarah Long as its new president,” said Rodger Levenson. “Her extensive experience in financial services, including credit cards, and traditional banking will serve our members and the community well.”

Ms. Long is the fourth administrative director in the 120 year history of the DBA. Mr. Bakerian served in the position for the past 22 years.

The Delaware Bankers Association is a not-for-profit, private trade association that represents its members that are chartered to do banking business in the State of Delaware in the areas of State and Federal advocacy, education, community outreach, communications and events.