Michele Estep joined Sun National Bank in April 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, bringing more than 20 years of banking experience to this position. She oversees the bank’s administrative operations, including Human Resources, Training and Development, Marketing, and PR and Communications.
Ms. Estep’s roles include management of the bank’s Human Capital initiatives – recruiting, hiring, retention and training practices and procedures, as well as the administration of benefits and payroll services. Under her management, the marketing department is charged with developing strategies and tactics designed to support the Company’s lines of business through sales support, branding, advertising and social media. Ms. Estep is also responsible for managing communications with all of the Company’s stakeholders, including community relations and investor relations.
During Ms. Estep’s tenure at Sun, she has overseen the implementation of a Performance Management Process, the development of a Succession Plan, the construction of the bank’s first LEED-certified branches, and the commencement of the Banking on our Communities program in 2009, which has supported more than 400 non-profit groups across New Jersey.
Prior to joining Sun National Bank, Ms. Estep held successive leadership roles at KeyBank in Albany, New York, including Assistant Vice President- Human Resources Generalist, Vice President – Senior Human Resources Generalist, and Senior Vice President – Human Resources Relationship Manager.
Ms. Estep earned a Master of business administration degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Syracuse University. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Food Bank of South Jersey. Earlier in her career she served on the board of the St. Catherine’s Foundation for Children and Equinox, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on community services, including domestic violence and counseling services, as well as other community-centric programs. She has also mentored Southern New Jersey middle school students on business training through the Minding our Business Youth program, developed in conjunction with Rider University.