BCT-Bank of Charles Town Announces Amy Panzarella Joins Eastern Panhandle Advisory Board

October 21, 2022
CHARLES TOWN, WV, October 21, 2022 (OTC:PTBS) – BCT-Bank of Charles Town, also known as The Community’s Bank, recently announced the appointment of Amy Panzarella to its Advisory Board for the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Advisory Board consists of community leaders who work and live in Berkeley County and Jefferson County, West Virginia.

The members provide strategic advice to BCT regarding local markets, with an emphasis on the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia. 

“We are delighted to have Amy join our Advisory Board in our core Eastern Panhandle market,” stated Alice Frazier, BCT President and CEO.  “The breadth of Amy’s experience as head of HR with one of the largest employers in the Eastern Panhandle (American Public Education, Inc.) plus her extensive executive consultancies in our markets will provide additional strategic opportunities for BCT.”

Panzarella is Owner and President of Amy N. Panzarella, LLC, a Leadership and Executive consultancy located in Charles Town, West Virginia.  She previously served as Vice President of Employee and Community Engagement for American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), parent company of one of the largest accredited online universities in the world, with over 88,408 undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to APEI, Panzarella served in leadership positions in Human Resources for a variety of companies. 

Support for local community initiatives is important to Panzarella.  Currently, she serves as a Governor-appointed West Virginia Semi-quincentennial Commissioner.  Additionally, she serves as a Board Member for CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (Past President), and Leadership West Virginia. 

Panzarella has been recognized for professional and community awards including West Virginia Human Resources Professional of the Year (2011), Jefferson County West Virginia Distinguished Citizen of the Year (2018), and West Virginia Wonder Woman by West Virginia Living Magazine (2020).  She is a founding and current member of the Eastern Panhandle Society of Human Resources Management (EPSHRM).

Holding several academic and professional endorsements, Panzarella earned a Master’s in Management (MHRM) from American Public University (with Honors), a certification as SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP), Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR), International Coaching Federation’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential, a certification from George Mason University’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well Being, and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

Originally from Fairborn, Ohio, Panzarella has made Charles Town, West Virginia, her home for almost 20 years.  She and her husband have three adult sons.

Advisory Board members serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are:

  • C.W. “Chip” Hensell, III (Chair), President of Hensell Realty
  • Mark Burkhart, Owner of Mountainview Farm
  • Alison A. Cox, Special Counsel of Bowles Rice, LLP
  • Darin L. Gilpin, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian of Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital
  • Justin Henry, Chief Operating Officer of Panhandle Homes of Berkeley Co., Inc.
  • Jamila Jones-Fleet, Owner of Innovative Technology Solutions
  • John Lowe, President of Lowe Products
  • Amy Panzarella, Owner and President of Amy Panzarella, LLC
  • Kenny Roberts, Director of Invariant
  • Lisa Younis of Younis Orthodontics

The Advisory Board meets regularly with BCT management.  In addition, they will represent BCT at business and community functions, serving as BCT’s champions.

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About the Company

Founded in 1871, BCT - Bank of Charles Town, also known as The Community's Bank, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Potomac Bancshares, Inc. (OTC:PTBS). With approximately $855 million in assets as of March 31, 2024, the Company conducts operations through its main office, an additional eight branch offices, and two loan production offices.  BCT’s offices are located in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties (WV), Washington County (MD), and Loudoun and Stafford Counties (VA). The Bank provides various banking products and services including free access to over 55,000 ATMs through the Allpoint® network plus an affiliation with Sheetz convenience stores.  The Bank provides convenient online and mobile banking for individuals, businesses, and local governments. The Bank also offers commercial lines and term loans, residential and commercial construction loans, commercial real estate loans, agricultural loans, and government contractor loans.  The Bank is also a Small Business Administration (SBA) Preferred Lender.  The Residential Lending division offers secondary market and portfolio mortgage loans, one-time close construction to perm loans, as well as home equity loans and lines of credit.  For over 70 years, BCT Wealth Advisors has provided trust services, growing into a premier financial management, investments, and estate services provider.  In 2023, American Banker selected BCT as a “Top 200 Community Bank,” an annual listing of the best performing banks in the United States with assets under $2 billion.  BCT was voted a “Best of the Best” winner in the 2023 Journal-News Readers’ Choice Awards in four  categories:  Bank, Mortgage Company, Loan Services, and Financial Planning.  In 2023, 2021, 2020, and 2019 the Bank was named a “Best Bank To Work For” by American Banker.

The Company's shares are quoted on the OTC Pink Sheet marketplace under the symbol "PTBS." For more information about Potomac Bancshares, Inc., and the Bank, please visit our website at www.mybct.bank.