Chief Compliance Officer
Katherine Koustenis is committed to making a difference not only in her daily work, but also in the lives of others. When she was promoted to chief compliance officer for Howard Bank in 2019, she reorganized the bank’s compliance management system and ushered in a new era of best practices.
“Ms. Koustenis compiled community development data from a myriad of sources, sourced the documentation, organized the information in a format that was readily understandable. The approach was praised by the examiners and created a template for future exams,” said Charles Schwabe, executive vice president and chief risk officer at Howard Bank.
Through her commitment to give back to the community, Koustenis started a volunteer committee at Howard Bank to encourage others to participate in volunteer activities. In 2019, Howard Bank employees logged 1,161 hours of volunteer time, a 32% increase from 2018. She also expanded the program to provide financial literacy education to students in the Baltimore region.
“I believe it’s important to celebrate the achievement in any endeavor, no matter the size, and that small steps build great accomplishments. I always seek to engage and motivate others through my actions rather than words,” Koustenis said.