Here is a great video by Jonathan Jarvis visually explaining the current credit crisis.
For more information, go to The Crisis of Credit.
Yesterday was a great day! Not only are we putting the finishing touches on our new "Gen Y" checking account called First Access, but we also had the honor of being the first guests ever on Blue Sky Factory TV. For those not familiar with BSF TV, it's a live-streamed show by our email service provider (Blue Sky Factory, Inc.) which is done right our of their CEO's office. Very cool. Not only did we get to talk with Greg Cangialosi (President & CEO of BSF) about 1st Mariner's online strategy and some of the cool things we are doing on the web, but we also got to answer questions live by those viewing the show.
To view the show, and see me sing the 1st Mariner jingle, click the read more.
Could there be a 1st Mariner TV in the future? Let me know if you would like to see one and what topics you would be interested in by leaving your suggestions in the comments section below.
There are some really amazing people at 1st Mariner Bank. One of our 1st Mariner Mortgage Loan Officers, Michael Schneck, has a 5 year old son, Caleb, who was diagnosed with Leukemia. Caleb's cousin in Colorado, Katie Ryan, has commited to raise $4,000 for The Lymphonia and Leukemia Society Team in Training, in his honor. She will be running in her first Marathon, the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. Up to this point, she has raised over $2,500 already, much of it from other 1st Mariner employees already.
When members of our Contact Center heard about this effort, they wanted to help. They have worked with and gotten to know Michael and his group at the Severna Park office. So the team, led by Dana Knauer and Kati Wood, coordinated a bake sale that raised over $425 towards her goal. All the employees in the center pitched in by making something or contributing a cash donation. Their long term goal is to raise a total of $1,000 for this worthy cause by conducting more events, including another bake sale and a raffle.
There are many caring employees here at the bank who are helping their communities every day. It is one of the things, I think, that sets us apart from other organizations. This is but one example of the type of employees we have here at 1st Mariner.