Our mission is to work for betterment of our citizens and the businesses in our communities. This means our employees participate in community projects and work with service organizations that enhance the quality of life in our service area.  We believe in supporting local nonprofit and charitable organizations, such as the arts and education, fire departments, healthcare organizations and religious organizations that address our communities’ needs.

Our dedication to serve our communities is what distinguishes our bank. Below are some of our most recent newsworthy items.

Shore United Bank Sponsors the Operation Frederick Douglas on the Hill Project

August 18, 2021
: President and CEO of Shore United Bank delivers $10,000 check to Founder of Operation Frederick Douglass on the Hill
(Left) Scott Beatty, Jr. – President & CEO of Shore United Bank
(Right) Tarence Bailey, Sr. – Founder of Operation Frederick Douglass on the Hill
 

We are pleased to announce our $10,000 sponsorship to help support the Operation Frederick Douglass on the Hill project which is planned to be unveiled Saturday, September 4th. The project, a 24x8 foot mural of Frederick Douglass painted by world-renowned artist Michael Rosato, costs around $50,000 which was the initial fundraising goal.

President and CEO of Shore United Bank, Scott Beatty, Jr. and Tarence Bailey, Sr., the Founder of Operation Frederick Douglass on the Hill met earlier last week regarding the sponsorship.

“Shore United Bank is pleased to take part in such an impactful project that celebrates African Americans and our local history. This mural is a reminder of the importance of unity and diversity, all values this community can feel proud to uphold. We are excited to see this piece of art in its permanent home in the Hill Community and share the passionate ideas of equality that this piece of art displays,” says Mr. Beatty when asked why this project is important to Shore United Bank.

Tarence Bailey, Sr. chose the location for the mural in one of the oldest African American neighborhoods and in the same area Frederick Douglass once stood. Solid Tops, which is a business located on South Street in Easton just off of the Rails to Trails, will be home to the giant mural.

 

Lemuel Peters, Elkridge Branch Manager, Shore United Bank Graduates with Honors from Maryland Banking School Program

August 10, 2021
 
We are proud to recognize Lemuel Peters, Elkridge Branch Manager, for graduating with honors from the Maryland Banking School Program. The Maryland Banking School Program is a three-year program that enhances the individual and corporate performance through peer networking and leadership development under the guidance of industry leaders.
 
The program requires three consumer education presentations over the course of three years. Mr. Peters was also awarded excellence for the "Most Financial Education Presentation' with a total of 22 presentations. 
 

Shore United Bank Shares Impact of its Vault Digital Education Program that Supported Students as COVID-19 Challenges Continue

July 16, 2021
 

Today we released the annual impact data for the Vault digital education curriculum it provides to elementary students across Dorchester County, Maryland and Accomack County, Virginia. This program supports schools and teachers as they strive to provide students with life skills like financial empowerment, mental wellness, and money skills to help them succeed both in and outside the classroom after a difficult year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources were made available to schools at no cost through our relationship with EVERFI, the leading Impact-as-a-ServiceTM  education innovator.

Since launching the education initiative in 2020, we’ve successfully grown its program and impact on students, schools, and local communities. To date, more than 361 students have taken the course in 9 schools. Program highlights from the 2020-2021 school year include: 

  • Reach: The program helped 361 students actively participating across 9 schools.
  • Knowledge Gain: Students increased their scores on financial knowledge assessments by 57%.
  • Learning Time: Cumulatively, students completed 436 hours of learning time.

The Vault program is designed to equip students with critical financial education needed to navigate our evolving world confidently and successfully. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.shoreunitedbank.com/everfi.

 

Chris Sloan Joins Shore United Bank as Vice President, Relationship Manager

June 25, 2021
Chris Sloan, Relationship Manager

We are proud to announce that Christopher Sloan has joined the company as Vice President, Relationship Manager and will be working from our Denton, MD branch. Chris joins shore united bank with sixteen (16) years of financial and banking experience, with most of his time focused on business development across a variety of regions.
 
"We're thrilled to have Chris join our team. He understands the challenges businesses face and brings value by offering operational efficiencies to their business. His interest to connect with people and help others achieve their goals is what makes him a good community banker," says Butch Townsend, Market Executive for Shore United Bank.
 

 

Congratulations to Dawn Brode for 25 Years of Service

June 21, 2021

 
We’re happy to congratulate Dawn Brode on 25 years of service. Dawn began her career with the Bank in June of 1996 as a Sales Associate at our Cambridge, MD branch.  Since that time, Dawn has held other positions with the bank as assistant branch manager and branch manager.  Currently, Ms. Brode is a Vice President, Consumer Mortgage Loan Underwriter at our Credit Administration Department in Easton, MD.  Dawn is responsible for reviewing loan requests from borrowers and completing the underwriting responsibilities to adhere to our bank policies and guidelines.  Dawn has a bachelor’s degree in market management from Goldey-Beacom College.  She is also a graduate of Maryland Bankers School and Shore Leadership and has a general banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking.  In her free time, Dawn volunteers with various organizations to help support local community initiatives.  “Dawn’s branch management experience and knowledge is a significant asset to our team,” says Charlie Rich, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer.   
  

Shore United Bank Proudly Supports Channel Marker


Pictured left to right: Cathy Cassell, Excutive Director at Channel Marker and Debra Rich, Chief Marketing & Project Officer at Shore United Bank

We are proud to support Channel Marker in their three-year $250,000 capital campaign to help with the cost of purchasing the Caroline Youth Center to make the necessary renovations to help transform the lives of Caroline County children, ages 5 to 18, who are impacted by mental illness.    

Channel Marker staff will provide children, and their families, with critical life-altering support. The Caroline Youth Center also helps children acquire the necessary skills to cope with their mental health challenges – be it at home, at school, or out in the community. They learn about their diagnoses and how to manage “triggers”. Channel Marker staff also work closely with children to help them set achievable goals toward wellness, while also assisting them to explore ways to make better real-life decisions.

For more information about Channel Marker and the Caroline Youth Campaign, visit ChannelMarker.org

 

Shore United Bank Employees Show Appreciation to Local Nurses

 
Each year, we select three employees to participate in Maryland Bankers Association Emerging Leaders program.  This year Michael Nickerson, Senior Systems Engineer, Kevin Schwaninger, Senior Credit Analyst and Laura Reeder, Denton Branch Manager were selected to participate.   
 
The structured leadership program is tailored to meet the needs of Maryland banks and bankers by becoming involved in leadership development, peer networking and learning sessions with industry, community and advocacy leaders.
 
Each year the program participants are asked to develop a community service project to help support our local community.  This year our team collected items to donate to the frontline workers in our local hospitals who have been working extra hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank the University of Maryland Medical Center leaders who dedicate their time and talents to help others.  Additional thanks to Shore United Bank employees and customers who graciously donated non-perishable snacks, drinks and money towards the purchase of these items.   
 

Shore United Bank announces new full-service branch on 34th Street in South Ocean City, MD

April 13, 2021

 
We're happy to announce that we will be opening a new full-service branch on 34th Street in Ocean City, Maryland in 2022. For more details read the full press release on our investor relations site
 
 

Congratulations to Laura Heikes for 35 Years of Service

April 7, 2021

 

We are honored to recognize Laura Heikes for 35 years of service to the Company. Laura started her career with the Bank in April of 1986 as an assistant comptroller at our Dover Street, Easton, MD branch. Over her 35 years, she has held many positions with the Bank such as, manager of loan services, officer of compliance and security, branch administration, operations and conversion coordinator.  Mrs. Heikes currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Shore United Bank, and our Government and Community Relations Officer and will be retiring from the Company on April 28, 2021. 

Laura lives her commitment to the community by currently serving with the following organizations: Chairperson and Founding Member for the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, Talbot County Fair Board,  Member of Talbot County Soroptimist Club,  Talbot County Chamber Ambassador, Vice Chair of the Talbot County Extension Board, Member of the Talbot County Hunger Coalition,  Member of the Talbot County Chamber Partners in Education Committee, Founding Board member of Junior Achievement in Talbot County.  She also volunteers for the following organizations: Talbot Goes Purple, Talbot County and Queen Ann County Fairs, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Character Counts, 4-H, FFA, Talbot County Farm Bureau, His Hope Haven, Neighborhood Service Center and many more.

In addition to her work as a community partner, Laura is a 2015 graduate of Shore Leadership and was honored with the Maryland You Are Beautiful Award in 2015 and 2014 Business Woman of the Year by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce.

 “Being a community banker is by no means a nine to five job.  To be a true community banker you need to be active in the community and connect with your customers to help improve the communities we live in,” says Laura Heikes, Senior Vice President of Shore United Bank, and our Government and Community Relations Officer.

 “We wish Laura well as she enters this new chapter in her life.  Laura has been dedicated to supporting the needs of her customers and our communities for over 35 years and she will be greatly missed. However, knowing her fondness and dedication to this community I have no doubt that she will continue to be a positive force in many local activities,” says Lloyd L. “Scott” Beatty, Jr.  President and CEO at Shore United Bank. 

 

Shore United Bank, Denton Branch - Winner of 2020 Best Business of the Year in Caroline County

 March 30, 2021
 

Our Denton Branch was honored as the 2020 Best Business of the Year in Caroline County. This award recognizes an exceptional Caroline County business whose commitment to overall best business practices, customer service, employee relations, superior marketing and social media strategies, and positive public image that sets a high standard within our business community. This business is a well-respected leader in our community. The Denton Team accepted the award at the drive-up movie event hosted by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to our Denton Team! (L to R: Danielle, Laura and Tina).

 

Shore United Bank Expands Footprint with Severn Savings Bank Merger

March 5, 2021
 
We're happy to announce that Severn Savings Bank will merge with and into Shore United Bank! Shore United Bank’s current locations of 22 branches will increase to 29 locations after the merger. For more details read our full press release on our investor relations site.

Congratulations to David Morse for 30 Years of Service

March 3, 2021
 

We are honored to congratulate David Morse on thirty years of dedicated service. David began his career with the Bank in March of 1991 as Assistant Vice President at our Dover Street, Easton, MD branch. Currently, Mr. Morse is an Executive Vice President and Legal Counsel for the Bank and Secretary and General Counsel of Shore Bancshares, Inc.  David provides legal counsel and advice about regulations, contracts and a wide range of legal matters that support the goals of the Bank. “David’s expertise and experience have been of tremendous value to the Bank, and we are thankful to have him as a part of our executive team”, says Lloyd L. “Scott” Beatty, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore United Bank and Shore Bancshares, Inc. 

 
 

Shore United Bank Partners with Junior Achievement

March 2, 2021
 
 
For over 100 years, Junior Achievement (JA) has been providing training, materials and support to help students be more successful in understanding economics and business concepts.  Together, with banks like us, we help students of all ages make better financial decisions. In 2020-2021, our employees created several videos to help JA take three of their programs virtual for elementary and high school students. JA Our City® a program designed for 3rd grade students to help them learn the importance of money and economic exchange and JA Finance Park® a program to help high school students have a better understanding of finance basics to make decisions related to income, expenses, savings and credit.  JA Inspire is a one-of-a-kind virtual career event for students to see what a day in the life of someone with their job looks like, how students can get that job, and what students need to do for the duration of their school career to be successful in that job. Learn more about our partnership with Junior Achievement.

March Kicks off Women's National History Month

March 1, 2021

We begin the month of March by celebrating the rich history of women in America. We begin by remembering Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912, an organization that now serves millions of girls.  Next, we celebrate Susan B. Anthony. Susan was the pioneer of the women's suffrage movement paving the way for the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote in 1920. Moving to 1937, we honor Amelia Earhart. Amelia was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  She disappeared in 1937 over the central Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world. To celebrate our ability to reach the moon, we recognize Katherine Johnson.  Katherine did trajectory analysis for NASA that helped the Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module.  At the age of 97, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, from former President Barrack Obama. From 1981, we recognize Sandra Day O’Connor who became the first female justice to serve on the Supreme Court from 1981-2006. Although we’ve only mentioned a few of the great women in American history, we know there are so many women to honor and celebrate. We hope you take some time to research these incredible women and their life accomplishments. 

 

Kim Kastel Joins Shore United Bank as Vice President Branch Manager for Elliot Rd. Office

February  12, 2021
 
Shore United Bank is proud to announce that Kim Kastel has joined the Company as a Branch Manager at our Elliott Road Office in Easton, Maryland. She joins Shore United Bank with thirty-one (31) years of banking and business development experience, twenty-five (25) of those years in branch management and six (6) years in wealth management.   “We are thrilled to have Kim join our team. She is a strong leader and customer focused.  She is deeply involved in the community, enjoys collaborating with her team, and helping customers,” says Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer for Shore United Bank. “I look forward to working with my new team and building strong relationships with customers and businesses in the community,” says Ms. Kastel.
 
 
 

Celebrating Black History Month
February 2021

 
February 15, 2021
 
 
This week in honor of Black History Month, we invite you to visit the Banneker-Douglas Museum in Annapolis, to explore the exhibit “Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland from 1633 through today.
 
 
 
 
February 8, 2021

 
In honor or Black History Month this week, we celebrate one of America’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman.  Learn more about her life and how she risked it all in the name of freedom by visiting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and State Park.
 
 
 
 
February 1, 2021


February marks the start of Black History Month, a federally recognized celebration of the contributions African Americans have made to this country and a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice.

Each week, we will highlight a Maryland hero, beginning today with the life of Frederick Douglass.  To learn more about his life, check out Maryland’s Frederick Douglas driving-tour at:  https://www.visitmaryland.org/driving-tours/following-his-footsteps-marylands-frederick-douglass-driving-tour


 

Brian Saucedo Joins the Company as Digital Marketing Manager

January 2021
Brian Saucedo
 

We are proud to announce that Brian Saucedo has joined the Company as a Digital Marketing Manager. Brian joins Shore United Bank with six (6) years of digital media, publishing, web and graphic design experience. Brian will oversee social media, website and email marketing for the bank and its investment division. Mr. Saucedo has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is also a graduate of Chesapeake College where he earned an associate degree in liberal arts with a PC technician certificate. “We are excited about having Brian join our marketing team. His creative insight and digital media experience will be a great asset to our organization,” says Debra Rich, Chief Marketing & Project Officer for Shore United Bank.


 

Congratulations to Kate Walters on 25 Years of Service

December 2020
Kate Walters
 

Congratulations to Kate Walters on twenty-five (25) years of service. Ms. Walters began her career with the Bank in December of 1995 in loan operations located in Centreville, Maryland.   Over her career she has held various positions, working in the mortgage division and multiple leadership positions.  Kate’s current position is Asst. Vice President Loan Servicing Manager, where she is responsible for ensuring loan records are maintained with accuracy and prepares management and regulatory reporting.  Ms. Walters attended Chesapeake College where she earned an associate degree in Business Administration. “Kate has years of loan experience, regulatory and reporting knowledge that makes her a vital team member. Her familiarity of the communities we serve and those who reside in our area are an asset.” says Jamie Dulin, Senior Loan Operations Officer.

 

Congratulations to Debbie Davis on 40 Years of Service

December 2020
Debbie Davis

We are thrilled to congratulate Debbie Davis on forty (40) years of service. Ms. Davis began her career with the Bank in December of 1980 in the operations bookkeeping/proof department in Easton, Maryland.   She later held various positions including Supervisor, Operations Bookkeeping, Manager of the Electronic Banking Department and as an Internal Auditor.  Debbie’s current position is Senior Loan Origination Specialist where she is responsible for loan review, loan qualifications and provides support functions related to loan account maintenance, research and assisting customers with questions about their loans. Throughout Debbie’s tenure with the bank, she completed several banking courses with Markland Bankers Association, Dale Carnegie courses and numerous banking seminars related to her position.   “Debbie has years of banking experience and problem solving with a true understanding of the importance of accuracy and how it impacts the bank.  She has a positive attitude and enjoys helping others understand all sides of an issue making her an asset to our team,” says Jamie Dulin, Senior Loan Operations Officer.

               

Shore United Bank Donates to Salvation Army

December 2020
Chris Honeman presents check to Salvation Army
 

We are honored to help kick off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to the Eastern Shore.   According to Lt. Wendy Parsons of the Cambridge branch, the call for help has tripled this year.  With fewer kettles out in front of stores due to the pandemic, the Salvation Army is hoping for corporate donations like the one from Shore United. “During this season of joy, we understand the increased demands with more people who become unemployed and have limited resources, the demand for food assistance will reach critical levels. As a local community bank, we understand the importance of responding to the needs of our community during this difficult time,” says Chris Honeman, Relationship Manager at Shore United Bank. “Helping the people in the communities we serve is our highest priority.” To assist with the food supplies to local communities, Shore United Bank has generously donated $2,000 to help purchase and distribute food to those in need. 


Congratulations to Anna Clough on 20 Years of Service

December 2020
Anna Clough
 

We are proud to congratulate Anna Clough on twenty (20) years of service. Anna began her career with the Bank in December of 2000. Ms. Clough started at the Bank in the bookkeeping department.   She later held a position with the finance department during her years at the Bank. Anna’s current position is Electronic Banking Specialist where she is responsible for assisting customers with online banking, wires, ACH and POS transactions and any other digital service- related questions.  “Anna likes to help customers with their banking needs, her knowledge of the digital banking products and services makes her a valuable team member.  She is committed to helping each customer no matter how big or small their request may be,” says Lorrie Twilley, Senior Deposit Operations Officer.

 

Vicki Wood Dean Joins the Company as Relationship Manager

December 2020
Vicki Wood Dean

We are proud to announce that Vicki Dean has rejoined the Company as a Relationship Manager. Vicki will be working from our Commerce Street Office in Centreville, Maryland. Vicki joins Shore United Bank with over fifteen (15) years of banking experience and three (3) years of property and casualty insurance experience.  “We welcome Vicki back to the Shore United Bank family.  She is an experienced banker with strong personal and business relationships in the community who enjoys helping new clients and community members grow their businesses,” says Heather Bacher, Market Executive for Shore United Bank.