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Rondout Savings Bank promotes proven leader Cheryl Bowers as new Chief Operating Officer

February 1, 2016

Rondout Savings Bank promoted Cheryl D. Bowers to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this new position, Cheryl will directly manage key departments of the bank to ensure efficient operations, and guide smart and profitable growth. Working in direct collaboration with President and CEO Jim Davenport and the Executive Leadership Team, Bowers will maintain Rondout Savings Bank’s mission and vision with an unwavering commitment to the communities it serves.

“As a tenured executive leader of Rondout Savings Bank and a lifelong member of the community, I will successfully lead the bank and its team to make decisions and execute strategic initiatives that will support long-term independent growth,” Bowers stated. “At the same time, I will never lose sight of my commitment to the community and be a good steward to the communities we serve.”

With more than 25 years of experience in local banking, Cheryl has honed her skills in meeting the needs of local businesses and individuals. As Chief Operating Officer, she stated she is committed to the continued process of strengthening banking services and building on the bank’s powerful relationship banking practices. “Providing the highest value to our customers and the community will remain a top priority”, stated Bowers.

She has been an integral part of Rondout’s Executive Leadership Team since 2008, after joining the bank in 2001 as a founding Business Banking Department Team member. Prior to joining Rondout Savings Bank, she held various leadership positions at other area financial institutions.

“I am so proud and honored to have the opportunity to help lead such a well-respected, reputable community bank. We were established in this very community in 1868 – being able to have a role in continuing this legacy is both exciting and humbling.”

Bowers is a high honors graduate from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. She also earned a Leadership Certificate from the Wharton Business School. She is an active committee member with the New York Bankers Association and has been a speaker at the Annual Women’s Leadership Conference.

Bower’s leadership skills and volunteerism have been recognized in the greater community as well, where she formerly chaired the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the boards of The State University of New York at Ulster Foundation, The Kingston Boys and Girls Club, the Kingston Lions Club, the American Heart Association, Secretary of Health Alliance, and Mary’s Avenue Campus Board. Cheryl is a past honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women, and was named Volunteer of the Decade by Gateway Community Industries. In June 2014, she was named Kingston Lion of The Year for her long-standing membership and volunteerism. Bowers is a lifelong native of Kingston where she resides with her husband and two children.