Sandy Spring Bank Story
In 1868, a group of local business and townspeople less than 25 miles from the nation’s capital were reeling from the deeply troubled economic conditions of the post Civil War era. An unprecedented number of new federal taxes had eroded the little savings they could manage.
Recovering from a long and costly war, the large banks in Washington and Baltimore seemed too cold, distant, and beholden to the federal government to bring a measure of financial security to their families. Something had to be done.
The answer would come from within the community and through the formation of a new bank; a bank that would serve the interests of all people in their community, staffed and managed by those who lived and worked in their community. It would be prudently operated safe and strong. It would serve the individual needs of each customer, one at a time, and through the dedicated efforts of its employees, make the community a better place to live. Nearly 150 years later, Sandy Spring Bank has not only survived, but has thrived by living by those same principles.
Though our assets have grown to $4.2 billion, with 44 branches and six financial centers serving Maryland and Northern Virginia, our associates still take pride in serving every client with consistently remarkable service, delivered with integrity. In fact, we were recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 “Most Trustworthy’’ corporations in America for our integrity in financial reporting. The Society of Human Resources has named us one of the top 50 places to work in the United States. We continue to be at the forefront of technology in banking and provide state of the art money management and online banking services that rival those provided by the largest of banks.
Our commitment to making our community a better place to live, work, raise a family and run a business has never wavered. Through the shared effort of our 700 employees, we give back to our community all year long. While we devote significant resources each year in support of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Rebuilding Together and other great charities, our employees are encouraged to volunteer individually to their favorite cause.
Nearly a century and a half since we first opened our doors, we proudly serve as one of the oldest independent financial institutions in the area. Yet we are still the alternative to the large, out of town banks, having never wavered from the guiding principles of our roots.
We are Sandy Spring Bank, and we would love the opportunity to serve your needs, and most importantly, earn your trust.