Moving to Maryland from the New Jersey/New York City area in 1983, Barney Walsh and his family made their home in West Laurel.
Mr. Walsh began his career in the retirement beneits field in 1970 at Metropolitan Life in New York City. In 1980 he was asked to serve as manager and director of the group annuity department at ULLICO, Inc. (the "Union Labor Life Insurance Company," which relocated from NYC to Washington, DC in 1983), overseeing $1.67 billion in pension/annuity assets.
Mr. Walsh was awarded the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist* designation in 1987. At that time 10 extensive exams and programs of study were required to attain the designation. Later in 1990 he accepted an appointment as Trust Officer and Assistant Vice President at Citizens Bank of Maryland. There he was Chairman of the Trust Acceptance Committee and served on the Investment Management Committee. He worked at George Mason Bank's Trust Department in its early days, before George Mason Bank was merged into United Bank.
A co-founder and first Treasurer of the Capital Chapter (Washington, D.C.) of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, Mr. Walsh served several years as an adjunct professor at George Washington University. There, and at Anne Arundel Community College, he instructed professionals who aspired to attain the CEBS professional designation.
He is a Trustee - Board of Trustees of the City of Laurel Retirement Plans and a Member of the St. Mary of the Mills Church Finance Committee. He served as President[2007-2010] and a Director of the Laurel Board of Trade.
Mr. Walsh earned his B. A. from Seton Hall University and completed graduate studies at Drew University School of Theology before pursuing his career. Married in 1976, he and his wife Peggy, are the proud parents of two grown children who attended local schools.
* Mr. Walsh has earned the Certified Employee Benefits designation. The CEBS designation is awarded by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and is cosponsored by The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.