Sandy Spring Bank Accepted Into the ASTD Forum

Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. Logo

OLNEY, Md., June 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bank (Nasdaq:SASR) announced it has been accepted into the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) Forum, a consortium of public and private organizations joined together in a collaborative lab environment to share and compare practices in order to improve the learning function's impact on business results.

Sandy Spring Bank joins this elite learning group whose members consist of Fortune 500 companies including American Express®, The Boeing Company, and Wells Fargo.

"We are honored to join this select group of visionaries," said Dawn Weglein, Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources for Sandy Spring Bank. "Our acceptance into the ASTD Forum demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in learning and improving workplace performance. We look forward to sharing ideas and best practices with this influential group of thought leaders."

As a member of the ASTD Forum, Sandy Spring Bank will have the opportunity to engage in learning labs, collaborate on special projects, and share research findings. Members are selected from applications and are by-invitation-only. Forum members interact in a confidential environment.

"The ASTD Forum drives value for participating organizations through the sharing of best practices and the unique collaborative and confidential nature of the research and learning that takes place among member companies. It also benefits the learning profession because these member organizations establish benchmarks and best practices that all of us can learn from," said Tony Bingham, President and CEO of ASTD. "We are happy to have Sandy Spring Bank join the ASTD Forum."

About ASTD

ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD's members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. Members connect locally in 125 U.S. chapters and with 20 international partners. ASTD started in 1943 and in recent years has widened the profession's focus to align learning and performance to organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues. For more information, visit

About Sandy Spring Bancorp/Sandy Spring Bank

With $3.9 billion in assets, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank and its principal subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc. Sandy Spring Bancorp is the largest publicly traded banking company headquartered and operating in Maryland. Sandy Spring is a community banking organization that focuses its lending and other services on businesses and consumers in the local market area. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank was founded in 1868 and offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking and trust services through 49 community offices in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and investment management services. Visit for more information about Sandy Spring Bank.

CONTACT: Mandy Walsh 301-260-3614

Source:Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.