Bank of Lancaster Announces Promotions13-Jan-2012
Dianne Gutknecht Pam Fawver
Bank of Lancaster President and Chief Executive Officer Randal R. Greene reports that the Board of Directors recognized Pamela J. Fawver and Dianne L. Gutknecht with promotions.
Gutknecht, Vice President and Main Branch Manager, and Fawver, Vice President and Montross Branch Manager, were both elevated to the offices of Regional Sales Managers in addition to their current positions.
In the beginning of this year, Bank of Lancaster organized its branch network along regional lines. The Bank will be establishing two sales regions within its existing footprint. Region 1 will be managed by Gutknecht. In addition to continuing to serve as Branch Manager of the Bank’s Main branch, the Bank’s Northside, White Stone, Heathsville, and Burgess branches will also report to her.
Pam Fawver will be responsible for the management of Region 2. In addition to continuing to serve as the Branch Manager of Montross, the Bank’s Warsaw, Callao and Colonial Beach branches will also report to her.
Gutknecht joined Bank of Lancaster in March 1980 in the Teller department. When the Bank expanded and opened the White Stone branch in 1990, she was a member of the initial staff. Gutknecht also assisted with the introduction and administration of the Bank of Lancaster’s Hometown VISA Card program.
Gutknecht assumed the position of Director of Human Resources in December 1993. The Board of Directors promoted her to Human Resources Officer in 1995. In August 1998, Gutknecht was named Branch Manager of the Bank’s Northside office and later promoted to Branch Officer. In 2001, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President. Gutknecht transferred to the Main branch in September 2006. In December of 2007, Gutknecht was promoted to Vice President.
Gutknecht graduated from the Virginia Bankers Association’s School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Bankers Association’s School of Human Resources, and has attended the Bank Consumer Lending School. She is a student of the American Institute of Banking and Rappahannock Community College.
Gutknecht takes an active role with the Bank’s service culture. She participates in “Getting Smart about Credit” by visiting the local high school each year to speak to students about good credit management and participates each year in “Groundhog Job Shadow Day,” a program to introduce young people to the workplace and to the skills and education needed in order to succeed in today’s job market. Both of these are American Bankers Association’s Educational Foundation programs that walk hand-in-hand with General Colin Powell’s “America’s Promise Program.”
Gutknecht is a member of The Lighthouse Keepers, a Club formed by the Company’s employees with 25 or more years of service. Through mentorship, this group provides support, guidance and direction to new employees of Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust Company during their first year of employment.
Active in her community, Gutknecht is a Director on the Board of the Kilmarnock Museum, past Treasurer and Director of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and a past Director for the Kilmarnock Chamber of Commerce. She has worked as a volunteer with the Bank’s American Cancer Relay for Life team “Angels for Life” and the March of Dimes WalkAmerica team. She is a member of St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock.
Gutknecht and her husband Bob reside in the White Stone area. They have four grown children, Jamie, Michael, Jeffrey and Rob.
Fawver, a life-time resident of the Northern Neck, joined the Bank of Lancaster in February of 1998 as the Manager of the Bank’s new Montross branch, bringing with her 20 years of banking experience. In 1999 Fawver was promoted to Branch Officer and in 2001 she was promoted to Assistant Vice President. In December 2005, Fawver was promoted to Vice President. Currently, she is also serving as the interim Manager for Bank of Lancaster’s Colonial Beach branch. Fawver is excited to be a part of the Colonial Beach market and extends an invitation to stop by and visit.
A graduate of Rappahannock High School, Fawver attended James Madison University and continued her education through Rappahannock Community College. She is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers’ School of Bank Management held at the University of Virginia and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
With 30 years of service at Bank of Lancaster, Fawver is also a member of The Lighthouse Keepers, the Club formed by the Company’s employees with 25 or more years of service.
Fawver also has a strong commitment to her community. She is a member of the Town of Montross Revitalization Committee, conducts classes on Careers in Banking for the Virginia Employment Commission in Warsaw, Scholarship Chair of the Warsaw Rotary Club, Advisory Board member of Riverside-Tappahannock Hospital and a member of the Women’s Business Network of the Northern Neck. Fawver is past officer of the Northern Neck-Southside Area Bankers Association and has served on the Boards of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond and Westmoreland Counties Habitat for Humanity. She is a past member of the Richmond County Special Education Advisory Board and has served as Secretary for the George Washington Birthplace National Memorial Association. She is a member of the Rappahannock Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday School.
Fawver and her husband Bruce reside in Richmond County and have two grown children, Kyle and Erin.
Douglas F. Jenkins, Jr., Bank of Lancaster’s Executive Vice President and Retail Delivery Administrator stated, “These changes allow for a more efficient management of the Bank’s branch network and will assist in continuing to provide service excellence that our customers expect and deserve. We also recognize the significant contributions that Dianne and Pam have made and will continue to make in our company. They not only provide excellent leadership in the areas where they have direct responsibility but they are invaluable to our company as a whole. Both of them fully understand our company’s desire to create long-standing relationships with our customers through products and services that are of value to each individual customer. Apart from Main and Montross, all of the Bank’s Branch Managers will continue to serve in their current capacities. Bank of Lancaster is just providing another value-added service for our customers.”