Richard A. Ehst
President & Chief Operating Officer
Richard A. “Dick” Ehst is president and chief operating officer and a founder, along with Chairman and CEO, Jay S. Sidhu, of the $10 billion-asset Customers Bank headquartered in Wyomissing, PA with offices in Chicago, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington, DC.
Dick previously served as executive vice president, Commercial Middle Market, Mid-Atlantic Division of Sovereign Bank, a $90 billion-asset financial institution serving eight states in Northeast U.S. He served as Sovereign’s regional president for Berks County from 2004-2009 and as managing director of corporate communications from 2000-2004.
Prior to joining Sovereign Bank, Dick was an independent consultant to more than 70 financial institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Sovereign, where he provided guidance on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.
As a consultant to Sovereign, Dick worked with the Commercial Development Group to identify and develop corporate and municipal relationships for the bank.
Dick began his banking career in 1968 following his service as a United States Marine during the Vietnam War. He attended Albright College, is a member of the Albright Board of Trustees and chairs the Enrollment Management Committee. Dick is a graduate of the Commercial Bank Management Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
He is often asked to speak to national and international audiences on the financial landscape to include serving as the keynote speaker at the 21st International Seminar on Finance in Tokyo, Japan. The seminar was sponsored by the Japanese Financial News Network. He has also been the featured speaker at financial conferences in the United Kingdom.
Dick currently serves as an elected board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and is Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. He has been a guest at the White House regarding education-related issues. He also serves as a Director of the Reading Hospital Health System Foundation and has served over 40 years on several professional and not-for-profit boards in eastern Pennsylvania.
Dick and his wife, Angela, reside in Reading, PA. They have five daughters and 11 grandchildren.