1st Mariner Bank promoted Rob Kunisch to CEO as part of the company’s rebuilding strategy. Kunisch, a Baltimore native who earned his MBA at Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University, has more than three decades of banking experience in the city.
Formerly the bank’s chief operating officer, Kunisch succeeds Jack Steil as CEO. Steil will remain chairman and focus on developing the bank’s commercial lenders and cultivating new business.
“In the three years since 1st Mariner’s recapitalization, we’ve made tremendous strides towards building the local community bank we envisioned,” Steil says. “As part of our original strategic plan for rebuilding the bank, these changes are a natural transition.”
As CEO, Kunisch will work to expand 1st Mariner’s role as a community bank serving financial needs of local families, businesses and individuals. The bank’s CFO Gary Rever will also take on the role of COO. 1st Mariner has about $1 billion in assets and 300 employees and operates 14 full service branches in the city and Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties.