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Banker wins

industry award

The Pennsylvania Bankers Association recently awarded Mark A. Hughes of Citizens and Northern Bank in Wellsboro with the first-ever William S. Latoff Advocacy Award.

The award recognizes an individual who is an active policymaker with PA Bankers, an outspoken and successful advocate for the industry, and a supporter of the Pennsylvania Bankers Public Affairs Committee, according to a news release.

PA Bankers president and CEO Duncan Campbell presented it at the organization’s annual PA Bankers Day at the Capitol, where more than 75 bankers met with their local legislators to discuss the impact banks have on their local communities.

“As chair of the Tax-Financial Institution Committee and a member of the Government Relations Policy Committee, Mark truly puts his community first,” Campbell said, according to the news release.

The nomination also addressed Hughes’ role, expertise and calm demeanor in providing insight and mediation on a tax issue in the 2016-17 state budget, noting the time he dedicated to the association and his peers was “extraordinary.”

“I can’t think of a more deserving recipient for this prestigious award. Mark has been in this industry a long time, and not only is he very good at what he does every day, he is also passionate about the importance of community banks to the local economy,” said Brad Scovill, president and CEO of Citizens & Northern Bank. “His leadership and guidance as chair of the Tax-Financial Institution Committee demonstrates his dedication to the communities here.”

The award honors the late William “Bill” S. Latoff, former chairman and CEO of DNB First — National Association in Downingtown. Latoff was the chair of the public affairs committee from 2007-10, a PA Bankers Government Relations Policy Committee member, the chairman of the Nominating Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and a representative to the American Bankers Association’s BankPAC Committee.

In addition, the news release said, he was an incredible asset to his local community, holding numerous professional and philanthropic leadership positions, including chairman of the Chester County Industrial Development Authority, chairman of the Chester County Library Trust Board and board member of the Chester County Economic Development Council.

“Among his many passions, Bill wholeheartedly believed that advocacy effectuates positive change for the industry,” Campbell said. “His dedication to improving the lives of those less fortunate and enhancing the quality of life in his community was unparalleled.”

A plaque acknowledging Hughes and future award winners will hang in both the offices of PA Bankers and DNB First – National Association.

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices located throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and Steuben County, New York. The bank’s most recently opened Elmira, New York, loan production office offers commercial, residential and consumer lending services.