York Traditions founder wins business achievement award


Michael Kochenour, founder and chairman of York Traditions Bank, will receive the 2017 Business Achievement Award, courtesy of the York County Economic Alliance.

Michael Kochenour, CEO and chairman at York Traditions Bank.

The 45-year banker and York native will be honored during a dinner that begins at 5 p.m. June 15 at the Wyndham Garden York, according to an economic alliance news release.

The award is presented each year to an individual or individuals "who, through creativity, perseverance and dedication, have developed a successful enterprise; whose efforts have created jobs, product and opportunities; whose high moral and ethical values have set a standard of excellence in the marketplace; and whose dynamic leadership has thrust central Pennsylvania into economic prominence," the release states.

Recipients include former Gov. George M. Leader, former U.S. Rep. Bill Goodling, Robert W. Pullo, Arthur Glatfelter, Louis Appell Jr. and Robert Kinsley.

Prior to founding York Traditions Bank in 2002, Kochenour was head of investment services and trust for Drovers Bank, according to the economic alliance.

His involvement in local community organizations includes stints as a chairman for the American Red Cross-York/Adams Chapter, Byrnes Health Education Center and United Way of York County. Kochenour is an active Rotarian and serves as a mentor for Leadership York.