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Maryland Bankers Association Names New President & CEO

December 4, 2020    Annapolis, MD  –  The Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) announced today that Ramon O. Looby of Fulton, Maryland, will become the new President & CEO of the Association. Mr. Looby will replace long-time President & CEO, Kathleen Murphy, who left the Association in August. For the last four years, Mr. Looby served as the Senior Vice President and Public Policy Lead at Bank of America, working with legislators and associations in a number of states including Maryland.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Director with the Consumer Data Industry Association based in Washington D.C.  Throughout his career, Mr. Looby has held numerous leadership positions with various government and trade industry associations. He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and his Master of Arts in Political Communication.  Mr. Looby’s expected start date with the MBA is January 11, 2021.

Mr. Looby was selected from an extensive list of candidates from around the country. The search was conducted by a committee comprised of MBA board members, headed by Committee Chairman William Pasenelli, CEO, Community Bank of the Chesapeake and MBA Chairman Robert “BJ” Goetz, President & CEO, Middletown Valley Bank.  The MBA also engaged Kaplan Partners, a nationally known retained executive search and board advisory firm specializing in the banking industry, to assist with the search process.

“Following an extensive nationwide search, the Maryland Bankers Association is pleased to welcome Ramon Looby as its new President & CEO,” said B.J. Goetz. “His combination of experience in banking and with national trade associations will serve our members and the community well.”  “I am honored and excited to join the MBA in early 2021 and look forward to leading this historic Association into the future,” said Looby.

For additional information please contact B.J. Goetz, MBA Chairman and President & CEO of Middletown Valley Bank at (301) 371-3055.  For information on the MBA, please visit www.mdbankers.com.

Founded in 1896, MBA represents community, regional and large nationwide banks and thrifts of all sizes and charter types which hold $140 billion in deposits in more than 1,400 branches across the State.  Maryland banks employ more than 26,000 professionals who dedicate on average 100 hours of community service annually.  MBA serves member banks as a legislative and regulatory advocate at all levels of government, as the public relations voice for the industry, as a provider of professional education to members and a promoter of financial education to the community.  The MBA will celebrate its 125th Anniversary in 2021.