Hope M. Pifer, Assistant Vice President, Senior Financial Analyst at Mars Bank ranked first in the 2018 graduating class of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking. Ms. Pifer received the Dr. Philip O. Benham, Jr. Leadership Award for Highest Honors.
“It is no surprise that Hope topped her graduating class, she is exemplary in her work and reflects the high standards of excellence of our bank,” said James V. Dionise, Mars Bank President and Chief Executive Officer. “Hope is an outstanding leader and makes substantial contributions to both the bank and our community.”
“The Pa Banker School of Banking helps our emerging leaders learn about the industry, prepares them to take on expanded management roles, and become effective leaders at their respective financial institutions,” added Dionise.
PA Bankers’ Advanced School of Banking is a three-year program that teaches financial services knowledge and skills. The curriculum provides a greater understanding of the multiple banking disciplines and how those disciplines work together within the bank. It is analogous to 200-, 300- and 400-level college course study.
Ms. Pifer earned an Associate’s degree in accounting from Alfred State College in Alfred, NY, and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ashford University in Clinton, IA. In 2014, she chaired the Leadership Butler County Class, a nine-month program that provides participants exposure to issues, resources and opportunities for service in the Butler County, PA area.
The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s leading banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership. The Association offers extensive continuing education programs, government relations representation on behalf of the industry, and provides numerous products and services for banks and their employees.