FEATURED MOVER | Deborah Williams, 1st Mariner Bank

Deborah Williams has been named a vice president of commercial banking with 1st Mariner Bank, the largest independently owned bank in Baltimore. Williams will lead commercial banking efforts in the Northeast and Harford County markets. Before joining 1st Mariner Bank, Williams spent 21 years with  M&T Bank and its predecessor. Outside of the office, Williams is the immediate past chair of the Harford Community College Foundation Board, an organization she has worked with for 18 years. She also serves as vice chair of finance for the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, the largest  chamber in the State, and is a board member of the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Rockfield Foundation. Williams has been named to The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women three times and is a member of the Circle of Excellence. She was named the Small Business Administration’s Financial Services’ Advocate of the Year in 2004 and gained the SBA Financial Services Champion Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition she is an Athena Award recipient and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Deborah Williams, vice president of commercial banking with 1st Mariner Bank,

Deborah Williams, vice president of commercial banking with 1st Mariner Bank,


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What do you see as the next boom area for commercial development in Baltimore?  

As Maryland continues to make strides towards a more business-friendly environment, I hope to see growth in all commercial sectors. Northeast Maryland and Harford County, the areas in which I focus, have great potential.

If you had not chosen banking as a profession, what profession would you choose and why?  

If I had not chosen banking, I think I would have gravitated towards nonprofit management. I serve on several nonprofit boards and find the work very rewarding. Contributing to the success of local nonprofits gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for giving back to causes I care about.

Favorite vacation:  

I recently purchased a home on the Eastern Shore so I’ve been spending most of my spare time renovating the house. My favorite vacations always include a beach.

When I want to relax, I … :

Head to the shore.  I’m most relaxed when I’m sitting on the beach or on my boat. It’s all about being close to the water.

Favorite books:

More than a favorite author, I gravitate toward works that transport me someplace else while reading. Recent favorites include “The Nightingale” and “All the Light We Cannot See.”

Favorite quotation:

“Never, never, never give up.” -Winston Churchill

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