Howard Bank Adds Senior Talent, Expands into Washington Market


Howard Bank, a community-focused commercial bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals, has hired three commercial bankers to expand its footprint into the Washington market.

John Bettini, a longtime commercial lending expert, will head the expansion and joins Howard Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Team Lead. Bettini will be joined by Robert Crismond, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and Matt Reidy, Vice President, Commercial Banking.

“Throughout my career I’ve worked at community banks and understand the importance of providing flexible offerings to meet customer’s banking needs. Howard Bank is well positioned to meet this demand for clients in the DC market,” Bettini said. “We have a solid team of professionals who are passionate about providing quality, personal and community-centric services to businesses here.”

Bettini has spent most of his 27-year career working with customers in the Washington market. Prior to joining Howard Bank, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager at EagleBank. Bettini is also active in the community and is involved with Catholic Charities and the Greater Washington Hospice.

Crismond spent the last seven years as a Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager at EagleBank. In the community, he volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Clarksburg Baseball & Softball, Inc. Reidy was previously Vice President, Commercial Banking at Fulton Bank and prior to that was an Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager at EagleBank.

“We’ve found so much success throughout the years within the Baltimore community thanks to our incredible team members and customers. Expanding into the DC market is a natural next step for us to continue to best serve our clients,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Kunisch. “The pandemic has significantly impacted small and medium size businesses, and as a community bank we understand the needs of these businesses to help them reach their full potential. As we grow, and help our clients grow, we are committed to our mission of putting community first.”

Additionally, John DeZinno, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Team Lead, and Thomas Mee, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate will continue to build on Howard Bank’s commercial real estate portfolio in the Washington market. The team offers flexible lending options for non-owner-occupied assets, investment needs and construction financing.

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About Howard Bancorp, Inc.

Howard Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Howard Bank, Baltimore’s largest headquartered commercial bank. Howard Bank operates a general commercial banking business with approximately $2.5 billion consolidated assets through its 13 branches located throughout the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Additional information about Howard Bancorp, Inc. and Howard Bank is available at

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