Congratulations to Duane Bock of First National Bank of Mercersburg, Leslie Weaber of Mid Penn Bank, and Chris Grimm of First National Bank of Mercersburg for earning the prestigious designation of Certified Community Lender!
A Certified Community Lender (CCL) is a designation created to professionalize the position of a community bank lender. Similar to a Certified Public Accountant, the designation establishes a standard of knowledge for community bank lenders. It also helps community bank lenders demonstrate to their employers that they have achieved that standard of knowledge.
To become a CCL, a candidate must have a minimum of three years of lending experience at the time of examination, demonstrate the requisite number of educational hours based upon years of experience, and pass an exam. To maintain CCL designation, a candidate must take 24 hours of continuing education every two years. PACB began offering this exam in 2012, and it is available every two years.
In 2013, PACB began to also offer the new Certified Community Bank Security Professional (CCBSP) program, specifically designed to help Information Technology employees defend their institutions from threats of Internet crime. This program includes similar requirements in order for candidates to earn and maintain the CCBSP designation. These certifications are just two of the many ways that we are improving and renewing our educational offerings.
Overall, our members find the Annual Convention to be valuable and informative, and it is our goal for our education sessions to be just as beneficial. Whether our convention or education programs, we want our community banks to know we’re working toward the best educational offerings with the most knowledgeable speakers, so that they can compete with big banks with confidence. We have a commitment to offering quality education programs that establish high industry standards.
Improving our education programs is a dedicated effort to provide our membership with the very best opportunities. We will continue to reach out to our members, gather feedback, improve upon, and expand our education programs in years to come.
This Year’s Graduating Class
Duane E. Bock, CCL, has been in the banking industry for 14 years. Bock graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In January 2010, he was hired by The First National Bank of Mercersburg, Mercersburg, PA, where is currently a loan officer, having worked previously as a mortgage originator. Duane has a passion for serving the community. He is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County. He is involved with Franklin County Youth Leadership Program on the steering committee and mentoring local 10th graders. He also volunteers with sound production for Chambersburg First Church of God. He resides in Chambersburg, PA with his wife and two children.
Christopher D. Grimm, 44, of Greencastle, PA has been employed at The First National Bank of Mercersburg, Mercersburg, PA for 15 years as a Commercial Loan Officer. Chris has been in the banking industry for 20 years, beginning as a licensed real estate appraiser. He is a 1992 graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD) with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics/Finance. Chris is a board member of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and the Greencastle Rotary Club. He is married to Rachel and has a daughter, Katy and a step-son Zachary.
Leslie Weaber currently serves as an account manager at Mid Penn Bank. In her role, she is responsible for developing and managing commercial loan accounts. She has been employed by Mid Penn Bank for three years and has more than seven years of banking experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Penn State University. She serves as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.