2020 Honoree
Dick Ehst

President and Chief Operating Officer of Customer’s Bank

2020 Youth Honoree
Ben Schucker

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Breakfast begins at 7:30 AM | Program begins at 8:00 AM

You’ve heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, now get ready for the most important meal of the year! Please join us on May 5th as we celebrate our 2020 Champion for Youth, Dick Ehst, President & Chief Operating Officer of Customers Bank and Youth Honoree, Ben Schucker.


Richard A. Ehst, fondly known to many as “Dick”, is a founder, along with Chairman and CEO, Jay S. Sidhu, of Customers Bank; a $10.1 billion-asset super-community bank headquartered in Wyomissing, PA with offices in Chicago, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington, DC. Dick serves as the Bank’s president and chief operating officer.

Dick began his banking career in 1968 following his service in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He attended Albright College, and previously served as a member of Albright’s Board of Trustees where he also chaired its Enrollment Management Committee. He is a graduate of the Commercial Bank Management Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Dick is often invited to speak to local, national and international audiences. He has addressed business leaders in New York, was the keynote speaker at the 21st International Seminar on Finance in Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by the Japanese Financial News Network, and has been a featured speaker at conferences in the United Kingdom and Israel. Arguably, his most memorable and impactful “speaking” engagement occurred during the many years he appeared as Santa Claus to an audience of children at Reading’s Opportunity House.

In addition to the many board and community affiliations in which he has served throughout the course of his journey, Dick, along with his lovely wife Angela, is an ardent philanthropist. They consistently demonstrate their commitment to community by giving liberally to organizations and causes that positively impact the lives of others, such as the Caron Foundation and the John Paul ll Center. Dick believes in the importance of giving a “hand up”, not just a “hand out” in order to effect sustainable, long-term success for future generations.


Ben was recommended for employment to Tri Valley YMCA by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and has been on staff for nearly a year. While his official duties around the Y include cleaning and performing general maintenance around the branch and Leap and Learn Childcare Center, Ben is not the type to limit himself to just the basics; he is incredibly ambitious, always looking to help wherever he is needed. He frequently helps out at events and has also become our resident greeter. Ben always makes a point to welcome members, youths, and parents with a smile and a kind word.


Interested in attending our 2020 event? Please contact Kris Danner at 610-378-4717 or for additional information, RSVP, or sponsor & advertising opportunities.