About Raymond Melcher
Raymond H. Melcher, Jr. has 32 years experience with both private and publically-owned companies. He is currently Managing Principal of Marathon Business Group, LLC, an advisory firm specializing in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and the sale of small to medium size businesses. In addition to merger and acquisition advisory services, he also consults for banks, insurance agencies, securities firms and other companies in the manufacturing, transportation, fundraising and promotion industries. His consulting engagements have involved financial management, marketing planning, strategic planning, and capital raising for growth and expansion. He is also President and Owner of a family business, Family Mobility, LLC, a durable medical equipment retailer specializing in equipment for people who need assistance attaining mobility, lost due to illness, disability or injury.
Previously, Melcher was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Leesport Financial Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Leesport Bank, Essick and Barr Insurance and Madison Financial Advisors. Melcher joined Leesport in 1998 and has received nationwide recognition for being the architect of a plan, and leader of the effort between 1998 and 2005 to grow Leesport from $200 million in assets to more than $900 million of assets and to have expanded and diversified the company's product offerings while and strengthened the company's financial platform, promoting increased interest from the investment community. During his Leesport tenure, he presided over 11 acquisitions, divestitures or joint ventures.
Prior to joining Leesport, Melcher held executive positions at other banks and was a part-owner of a technology services company that was sold to a public company.
He earned his MBA from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from both Kutztown University and Alvernia College. He also attended numerous advanced banking, management and leadership development schools and programs. He has also lectured at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and is a frequent speaker at business seminars and conferences.
Active in many civic, community, charitable and professional organizations, Melcher currently serves as President of both the Kutztown University Foundation and the Hawk Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank Insurance and Securities Assn, a national trade association, the Humane Society of Berks County, and the Delaware Valley Golden Retrievers Rescue League. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Berks County Conservancy, is a member of the Business Executives Forum, and is on the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Melcher formerly served on the Board of Directors and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Bankers Assn. He was Vice Chairman of the Berks County Chamber of Commerce and served on the Boards of the Police Athletic League, YMCA, Wyomissing Rotary Club, Berks Enterprise for Regional Comprehensive Services, Inc., the Berks Economic Partnership, Berks County YR Club, Reading Alloys, Inc.(a private, for profit company) and many other organizations.
The recipient of numerous professional and community awards, Melcher was most recently honored as the Business Leader of the Year (large business category) in 2000 by the Berks County Chamber of Commerce, won the Eastern Pennsylvania Executive Spotlight Award in 2001, received the Community Leadership By Example Award from the Senior Citizens Council in 2002, in 2003 was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Alvernia College and in 2005 was awarded the Citation for Service to Kutztown University.
He enjoys reading, golf, dogs and travel, and is the father of two sons Patrick and Timothy.