Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> February 26, 2001

Raymond Melcher – First Leesport Bancorp Inc (flpb)

RAYMOND H. MELCHER, JR., is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Leesport Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Leesport Bank. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of First Leesport Wealth Management Inc., First Leesport Investment Group Inc., and Essick & Barr Insurance, Inc., affiliate companies of First Leesport Bancorp Inc. Prior to joining First Leesport, Mr. Melcher was President and Chief Executive Officer of Security National Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harleysville National Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was Executive Vice President of Keystone Financial Inc., and President Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania National Bank, a Keystone Financial affiliate, and Executive Vice President of National Bank of Boyertown. He also spent approximately five years outside of banking serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hi-TECH Connections Inc., a computer networking company. Mr. Melcher earned an MBA from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kutztown State College, Kutztown PA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Banking and Finance from Alvernia College, Reading, PA. He has also attended numerous banking, financial management and leadership development programs, including the Graduate School of Consumer Banking at the University of Virginia, the National Consumer Compliance School, and many others. He is active in many civic, community, charitable and professional organizations. He currently serves as Vice President of Finance of the Hawk Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America, Board of Directors of West Reading/Wyomissing Rotary Club, Vice President of Resource Development of the Kutztown University Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League, the YMCA of Reading-Berks, and the Berks County Chamber of Commerce. He is an active fundraiser and has recently participated in leadership roles with the Reading Public Museum, the Children's Home of Reading and Berks County, American Red Cross, and numerous other organizations. He also serves as Chairman of the Insurance Committee of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association. Mr. Melcher was named the 2000 Business Leader of the Year in the large business category by the Berks County Chamber of Commerce. Profile
TWST: Could you give us a brief overview of First Leesport Bancorp,


Mr. Melcher: First Leesport Bancorp is a Pennsylvania bank holding

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