September 21, 2015

Beware the Counterfeit Email

Recently, I had a conversation with EagleBank EVP/Director of Operations Chris Brockett that resonated with me. Chris accepted my invitation to write a guest post for my blog about it. People often ask me “as a banker, what keeps you up at night?”  One major concern: cyber threats.  Count on cybercriminals, probably our biggest cyber threat, to always try to be one step ahead. At EagleBank, we take the need for cybersecurity very seriously.  It demands much of our time and effort, to ensure that our systems, your information – and your dollars – are as safe as they can be.  In a future blog post, I’ll write about various programs we have in place. But the bank, on more…Read More >

May 7, 2015

New Long-Term Alliance with George Mason University

This morning, EagleBank and George Mason University announced a landmark public-private alliance.  The relationship includes scholarships, internships, academic support and athletics support.  As a result of this relationship, the Patriot Center is being renamed the EagleBank Arena. Here are the remarks I made at this morning’s press conference. How appropriate it is that Patriots are joining forces with an eagle!  This is a quintessentially American partnership, with the public and private sectors coming together to advance the common good. George Mason University and EagleBank have much in common.  We’ve both been very strong performers in our relatively short lifespans.  Mason has been serving students for only four decades and it is already one of the finest universities in the region.…Read More >

February 11, 2015

Ever seen a baby eagle hatch?

This Berry College live cam is focused on an eagle’s nest in GA; projected hatching of the two eggs is any day now.  You can drop in and watch 24/7. Click here:

February 9, 2015

Yes we can: Embrace regional cooperation

The metropolitan Washington, DC metropolitan area is uniquely situated, spreading across three different jurisdictions.  It’s easy to be parochial and put your state (or the District) first.  For us to maximize our regional potential, however, we must embrace regional cooperation.  For if we act as one, the sum will clearly be greater than the parts.  I address this issue in this week’s Washington Business Journal. Guest Comment, Washington Business Journal, February 6, 2015 Edition

January 12, 2015

Advice to Graduates: Become a Leader

Recently I had the honor of addressing the graduating class of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at my alma mater, the University of Maryland.  My remarks centered around developing leadership skills as the key to success in one’s business, civic and personal lives.  An abbreviated version was published in The Washington Post’s Capital Business.

December 17, 2014

Thank You for the Year That Was and the New Year That Will Be

As 2014 comes to a close, I look back at the year that has been and the year that lies ahead. EagleBank is now the largest community bank headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan market, by any measure – deposit market share, assets, or stock market capitalization, for example.  We are Maryland’s most profitable community bank.  And with our merger with Virginia Heritage Bank now complete, we have more branches in Northern Virginia than in any other part of our region. While we are so proud of the success you have allowed us, we will never lose sight of what got us to this point.  We will continue to focus on the formula that we so strongly believe in: personal…Read More >

November 13, 2014

EagleBank and Virginia Heritage Bank: We Are One

It is with much enthusiasm that we welcome Virginia Heritage Bank customers and shareholders to the EagleBank family. What a combination of two great banks!  We are now over $5 billion in assets, the largest of any community bank headquartered in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.  In our market, we have the largest deposit market share, the largest stock market capitalization and the highest level of profits of any community bank. What does this mean for you?  Whether already a customer of EagleBank or new to us, you will now have the convenience of banking with us through over 20 branches located in and around the Capital Beltway.  As a result of the merger and increased capital strength, our legal lending limit is now close to $90 million.…Read More >

September 12, 2014

The Banner Yet Waves

Guest blog* by Ronald D. Paul, Chairman & CEO of EagleBank Two hundred years ago this Sunday, Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner. Our country’s promise remains as bright today. We are a beacon to the world, a shining example of democracy and human dignity and opportunity. This nation… our region… our local community afford individuals the opportunity to pursue any avenue they wish. Be it a start-up business, a non-profit organization or the next generation of a thriving family business, the sky is the limit. As a community bank, EagleBank focuses on helping local business owners live the American dream. EagleBank loans help fuel the small and medium-sized businesses of metropolitan Washington. From apartment buildings and subdivisions…Read More >

August 18, 2014

August Musings

Sweet Sixteen.  This summer marks the 16th anniversary of EagleBank opening its doors.  From that humble beginning we have become the largest community bank headquartered in metro Washington.  And our announced merger with Virginia Heritage Bank (more below) will only further strengthen our position and expand our footprint.  But one thing will never change.  EagleBank will still be the flexible, customer-oriented bank you have come to know and experience.  Always listening. Always putting relationships first. Earnings.  EagleBank released its earnings for the second quarter of 2014.  We reported net income of $12.9 million, which works out to operating earnings of $0.50 per share of common stock.  Significantly, the results represent the 22nd quarter in a row of record earnings.  Mark…Read More >

July 22, 2014

Growing by knowing

“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”  And a community bank that’s closer to the people can be bigger and more capable than one imagines. Just ask Gary Rappaport.  The retail real estate firm he founded thirty years ago, The Rappaport Companies, has grown into one of the largest owners and managers of shopping centers in the Mid-Atlantic. That kind of growth, in that business, takes big financing.  So, even though we’d known Gary for decades, we realized he probably thought his business had outgrown the capabilities of a local bank like ours. Then, a few years ago, he called us.  He owned an older shopping center in serious need of redevelopment in order to reposition it to be…Read More >

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