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Community Bank of Tri-County announced that M. Arshed Javaid, president and founder of Smartronix Inc., and Kate Zabriskie, owner of Business Training Works, have joined the bank’s board of directors.

“We are excited to have Mr. Javaid and Mrs. Zabriskie join our board of directors,” Michael Middleton, chairman and CEO of the bank, said in a news release. “As leaders in our communities, they bring to the board expertise and insight that will be invaluable as Community Bank of Tri-County continues to expand throughout the region.”

Javaid founded Smartronix in 1995, and has extensive experience in business management and community relations, the release states. Currently, he serves on the Historic Sotterley board and is actively involved with the St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance.

Zabriskie established Business Training Works almost 15 years ago. The company provides skills training specializing in leadership development. She serves on the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland board.

“Arshed and Kate bring with them unique perspectives that we plan to leverage to help grow the bank in our communities,” Bill Pasenelli, bank president, said in the release. “As business owners, they understand the challenges that face many of our clients. Their firsthand experience will help us to better develop strategies to prosper in the current financial market and to successfully meet the needs of our customer base.”

Community Bank of Tri-County is the oldest independent financial institution headquartered in Southern Maryland with eleven branches and more than $975 million in assets. Community Bank of Tri-County branches are in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, and in King George, Va.