Pub. 2 2020 | Issue 7


NextGenU Graduate Jordan Zook Earns Promotion at the Bank of Bird-In-Hand


Jordan Zook

Jordan Zook, a recent graduate of PACB’s NextGenU leadership program, has been promoted to credit manager at the Bank of Bird-in-Hand. Jordan’s participation in the online management training program was made possible by a $1,500 scholarship he earned from the PACB Foundation.

“You are investing in a young man with a bright future and providing valuable training that our young Bank does not have the internal structure to provide,” wrote Tim Bender, chief credit officer and chief operations officer/SVP at the Bank of Bird-in-Hand. “I am grateful for the training for Jordan and the generosity of PACB to support him and the bank. I have no doubt he will do you proud!”

PACB’s NextGen“U” career pathing modules were developed to provide the skills training required to enable a bank’s team to become poised and professional representatives.

“This program can be the keystone that will assist them in moving into a management or leadership role, or be stronger in their current position,” said Barbara Holbert, PACB’s senior vice president for Strategy and Operations.

Jordan started as a credit analyst three years ago. With the help of the PACB scholarship, Jordan believes he is prepared to take on the added responsibility in his new role as a credit manager.

“NextGen‘U’ helped me to develop the important skills required to be successful in a leadership role, and will enable me to excel in the next phase of my career,” said Jordan.

Established in 1994, the PACB Foundation provides funds for charitable and educational initiatives throughout the Commonwealth. The scholarship program is the foundation’s most visible activity, having awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships since its inception.

Recently, the foundation updated its strategic mission to align itself more closely with the PACB and has started investing in the future of community bankers directly. The scholarship benefits community bankers by providing professional development and leadership skill advancement opportunities to those who have demonstrated excellence and the propensity for promotion in their field.

“Local community banks are the backbone of many communities and serve as a model for a commitment to excellence. They place a high value on civic responsibility, and, in turn, are quick to recognize those who do the same,” said Kevin L. Shivers, president/CEO, PACB. “Through the scholarship program, community banks in the Commonwealth can play an important role in helping to develop the leaders of tomorrow,” Shivers added.

The Bank of Bird-in-Hand was incorporated under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania on May 31, 2013, and opened its doors for business on Dec. 2, 2013. The first denovo bank in the United States in almost three years at the time, and in Pennsylvania in over five years, Bank of Bird-in-Hand is an independent bank headquartered in Lancaster County.

By The Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers

This story appears in 2020 Issue 7 of the Hometown Banker Magazine.