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York Traditions CEO named eastern region Community Banker of the Year

York County banker Michael Kochenour has touched a long list of causes in Central Pennsylvania, from the United Way to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.

He even chaired the March of Dimes’ March for Babies after he lost a grandaughter, inspiring others to join him on “Team Brooke.”

The Independent Community Bankers of America honored Kochenour — founder, chairman and CEO of York Traditions Bank — for his professional and community service by naming him eastern region winner of the association’s 2016 National Community Banker of the Year award, according to a news release from York Traditions.

The annual award recognizes community bankers who have had a positive impact in their field and in their communities. Kochenour is the first person from a Pennsylvania bank to receive the honor for the eastern region.

Kochenour will be recognized at the ICBA Community Banking national convention in March in addition to appearing in the December issue of the association’s monthly publication, Independent Banker.

“This award reinforces the remarkable impact Mike has had throughout his 45-year career, not only on the banking industry but throughout the community he loves,” York Traditions Board Vice Chair Paul Kilker said in the release.

Other honorees

• 2016 Community Banker of the Year: Jeff Oody, president and CEO of Community State Bank in Starke, Fla.

• Central: Todd Langenfeld, president and CEO of Farmers Trust & Savings Bank in Earling, Iowa

• West: Benjamin Nelson, senior vice president of D.L. Evans Bank in Burley, Idaho

Jennifer Wentz
Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com.

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