The Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Bankers Association, the state’s leading banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership, has awarded its first-ever William S. Latoff Advocacy Award in honor of the late DNB First CEO.
Mark A. Hughes of Citizens & Northern Bank in Wellsboro won the award that 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 (PaBPAC).
PA Bankers President and CEO Duncan Campbell presented the award 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.
Latoff was once the chair of PaBPAC, 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.
He was also 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 of Latoff. “His dedication to improving the lives of those less fortunate and enhancing the quality of life in his community was unparalleled.”