A leader of the banking industry in York County for nearly a half-century is being honored with a top award from the county’s economic organization.
Michael Kochenour, founder and board chairman of York Traditions Bank, was named Tuesday as the winner of the York County Economic Alliance’s annual Business Achievement Award.
Kochenour, a 45-year veteran of the banking industry, founded York Traditions in 2002, and also had served as the bank’s president and CEO. He previously was executive vice president, head of investment services and trust, for the former Drovers Bank.
A York native, Kochenour is active in the community, serving in the Rotary Club of York and as a mentor for Leadership York. He also is a past board chairman for the American Red Cross York/Adams Chapter, the United Way of York County and York’s Byrnes Health Education Center.
The YCEA business award is given to a person or persons who “have developed a successful enterprise; whose efforts have created jobs, product and opportunities; whose high moral and ethical values have set a standard of excellence in the marketplace; and whose dynamic leadership has thrust Central Pennsylvania into economic prominence,” states a description from YCEA.
Last year’s winner of the Business Achievement Award was now-retired Leadership York executive director Carolyn Warman.
Prior recipients have included former York College President George Waldner and Louis J. Appell Jr., the late York County business leader and philanthropist.
Kochenour in his banking career has had senior management roles encompassing retail, corporate and small-business banking, as well as merger integration and human resources, YCEA officials also said.
Among other roles, he is immediate past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Group 5 executive committee and chairs its nominating committee.