Betty Ann Strong

It is with both gratitude and sadness that The Peoples Bank announces the resignation of long-serving member of the Board of Directors Elizabeth A. (Betty Ann) Strong. A member of the Board of Directors for 25 years, Strong was the first woman elected to the Board, a significant milestone for the Bank. During her long tenure, Strong served as a member of the Personnel Committee, as a trustee of the Retirement Plan, and as the Secretary of the Board.
Strong is the former owner and manager of the Rock Hall Insurance Agency in Rock Hall, Maryland. The Peoples Bank is grateful for her many years of dedicated service and commitment to the Bank and the community it serves.

“Betty Ann promoted and represented The Peoples Bank for a quarter-century,” commented Tad Wheatley, Chairman of the Board of Peoples Bancorp, Inc. “She worked steadfastly through good times and bad for the Bank and the community. In the Rock Hall market, Betty Ann was a source of faithful counsel for the officers of the Bank. Her happy personality and gracious smile will be missed by the directors and employees.”

As Strong vacates her position, the Bank is elated to also announce the Board of Directors will be gaining two new members, Corey Duncan and Herman (Trey) Hill.

Duncan, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Business Manager, holds a B.A. in Economics & Business Administration from McDaniel College, as well as an M.B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s College. Duncan is currently a Partner and Executive Committee Member for TGM Group, LLC, a Tax and Accounting Firm in Easton, Maryland. Previously, Duncan owned a successful tax and accounting firm for 15 years before merging with his current organization. Duncan brings a multitude of Board experience to The Peoples Bank, with previous board memberships supporting the United Fund of Talbot County, Bryan Brothers Foundation, Talbot Hospice, Easton Rotary Youth and Community Fund, and the Chesapeake College Foundation Board.

Hill, a nationally-recognized environmentalist, is Manager and Partner at Harborview Farms, a successful large-scale farming operation where he has been a partner since 1998. Hill graduated from Perdue University with a B.A. in Farm Management, and speaks nationally and internationally about sustainable farming practices.

Hill currently serves on the Board of the Hughes Center for Agro Ecology, ShoreRivers, and the FMC Sustainability Council (the 4th largest Agricultural Chemical Company in the world). He formerly served on the Kent County Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, United Way, and the Sassafras Riverkeepers. Hill has received recognition from the White House as a Champion of Change recipient for his innovation in climate-smart farming and was a recipient of the 2020 Purdue University Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award.

“All of us at The Peoples Bank are excited to welcome our newest members to the Board of Directors,” said Ralph Dowling, President and CEO of The Peoples Bank. “Trey and Corey are both standouts in their respective fields and will add great depth and expertise to the Board. We couldn’t be more honored to have them join the team.”

For more information, contact: Meghan Livie, Marketing Coordinator, The Peoples Bank, mlivie@pbkc.com.