WAYNE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--William A. Smith, retired Senior Vice President, Community Development Market Manager for Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, received the 2016 Council’s Award from FHLBank Pittsburgh for excellence in community investment. Smith received the award today at St. David’s Golf Club in Wayne, Pa., at FHLBank’s regional member meeting. John Bendel, FHLBank Director of Community Investment, spoke at the event about Smith’s community achievements before presenting Smith with the award.
“Bill Smith’s contributions to community investment have made a real difference in the lives of countless individuals and families in the Greater Philadelphia area,” said Bendel. “We are pleased to recognize Bill’s decades of exemplary service with this award.”
“We join FHLBank Pittsburgh in applauding Bill and are honored that he has received this recognition for his long and distinguished career as a member of Citizens Bank’s Community Development team,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania President of Citizens Bank. “FHLBank Pittsburgh does important work and is a key partner to Citizens Bank as we invest in our communities.”
Smith has just recently retired after working in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. At Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Smith’s management responsibilities included the growth of community and economic development for the Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey regions. He provided assistance to the Philadelphia region’s communities and organizations in financial structuring with emphasis on housing and economic development projects for low- and moderate-income persons and businesses. Smith also oversaw Citizen Bank of Pennsylvania’s use of several FHLBank Pittsburgh community investment programs, which included 62 affordable housing projects that have taken advantage of funding from the Affordable Housing Program.
Named in recognition of FHLBank Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council, FHLBank’s annual Council’s Award provides special recognition to an outstanding financial services professional who has demonstrated superior professional commitment and community spirit. The award highlights accomplishments and services in meeting FHLBank’s affordable housing and community investment mission.
About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $140.1 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance.
Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.
About FHLBank Pittsburgh
As an intermediary between global capital markets and local lenders, FHLBank Pittsburgh provides readily available liquidity, as well as affordable housing and community development opportunities, to member financial institutions of all sizes in Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Bank is part of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which was established by Congress in 1932 and serves as a reliable source of funds for housing, jobs and growth in all economic cycles. To learn more, visit www.fhlb-pgh.com.