The Spy “Exit Interview” series is part journalism and part oral history. Over the last eleven years, the Spy has interviewed dozen local leaders at the moment of their retirement to reflect on their work and some of the challenges they have faced in their professional careers and the nonprofit organizations they have helped as trustees.
In this installment, the Spy talks to Glenn Wilson, president of Chesapeake Bank and Trust in Chestertown. After almost forty years in banking, which included leadership positions at Maryland National Bank, AmeriServ Financial Inc. in Pennsylvania, and the past five years with Chesapeake, Wilson and his wife, Diana, will be heading down to Florida to be closer to their two sons.
Wilson is the first to note that he leaves Chesapeake amid significant challenges. While he is pleased that his bank has come out of the COVID-19 induced 2020 recession in good shape and on the course of a full recovery, he still feels the pain of the coronavirus crisis as Chestertown’s merchants and restaurateurs continue to pick up the pieces of a damaged local economy.
Glenn also talks candidly about the challenges of nonprofit organizations that he served in leadership roles. Starting with the United Way of Kent County and the needs assessment, he helped determine the area’s most pressing issues and the Sultana Education Foundation, which remains severely impacted by the pandemic shutdown. And on a brighter note, his conviction that UM Shore Regional Health, where he also served on their board, and the State of Maryland will find a way to keep Chestertown’s hospital open and thriving for many years to come.
This video is approximately minutes eleven in length.