Rob Kunisch Named CEO of 1st Mariner Bank

by Jhonell Campbell 19. July 2017

We're proud to announce that Rob Kunisch was recently named Chief Executive Officer of 1st Mariner Bank. Jack Steil, our former CEO, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board, with a focus on developing the bank’s commercial lenders and cultivating new business opportunities.

 As Chief Executive Officer, Kunisch will work to expand 1st Mariner’s role as a leading community bank that supports the financial needs of local families, businesses and individuals. Gary Rever will assume Kunisch’s former role of Chief Operating Officer in addition to his current responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer. Randy Jones will continue to serve as Chief Credit Officer.

“In the three years since 1st Mariner’s recapitalization, we’ve made tremendous strides towards building the local, community bank we envisioned,” said Steil. “As part of our original strategic plan for rebuilding the bank, these changes are a natural transition and mark an important opportunity for all of our executive leaders to concentrate on targeted growth across all lines of business.”

With more than 30 years of Baltimore banking experience, Kunisch most recently served as 1st Mariner’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining 1st Mariner, Kunisch served as president of Wilmington Trust FSB, Maryland. He spent most his career (1990-2007) with Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company and its acquirer, PNC. He held various positions throughout the organization including credit administration, loan review, workout, correspondent banking and commercial lending.

A Baltimore native, Kunisch holds an MBA from the Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland and a BA from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island.

1st Mariner Named One of the Best in Business Banking

by Jhonell Campbell 19. July 2017

Best in Business Banking

We’re excited to announce that 1st Mariner was named one of the Best in Business Banking in The Daily Record's 2017 Reader Rankings Awards.

The Daily Record is Maryland’s trusted source for business and legal news. Its Reader Rankings Awards gives readers the chance to spotlight their favorite businesses. The online survey was designed to seek the best of the best in 10 categories, ranging from real estate to higher education.

“As Maryland’s premier community bank, we pride ourselves on supporting the financial needs of local families, businesses and individuals,” said Rob Kunisch, CEO of 1st Mariner Bank. “We’re thrilled to see our reputable service recognized by the readers of The Daily Record.”

Thank you for voting us top three in business banking. 

1st Mariner Partners with Blue Water Baltimore to Create a Healthier Environment

by Erica Starr 15. June 2017

In April, 1st Mariner announced its partnership with local not-for-profit, Blue Water Baltimore for our spring Paperless Statements campaign. 

For every account that converted or signed up for Paperless Statements through the month of May, 1st Mariner made a donation to Blue Water and assisted in tree plantings in and around the Baltimore area.

Through the efforts of our dedicated employees and customers, we were able to donate thousands of dollars to support Blue Water Baltimore’s mission to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving communities.

Check out this video of the 1st Mariner and Blue Water Baltimore team in action in the Belair-Edison neighborhood.


We are truly honored to be able to give back to our community in such a significant way.Throughout the bank’s history, our dedication to this community has remained unwavering and we look forward to deepening these ties in the future.To learn more about how you can help, please visit

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