Business Briefs: Apple Bank, Bostwick’s Chowder House & Markard Music


Apple Bank Elects New Chairman

Apple Bank for Savings has announced that Steven C. Bush, currently Apple Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been elected by the Board of Directors to succeed Alan Shamoon as the Bank’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bush assumed his new role on April 1.  Mr. Shamoon is retiring from Apple Bank after 25 years of service, 22 of those years as Chairman, President and CEO.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Apple Bank’s next CEO,” said Mr. Bush. “Under Alan Shamoon’s many years of leadership, Apple has grown into an important regional bank in the New York metropolitan area with decades of sterling credit quality and continuous profitability, providing a broad array of personal and business banking services and a reputation for personal service and community involvement. The Board extends its deep appreciation to Alan for all he has done to build the Apple franchise and prepare it for the future. Having worked with Alan for 30 years, I share his commitment to conservative management of the institution, the expansion of our retail network and the protection of depositors.”

In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bush oversees Apple Bank’s lending and investment units, as well as financial, risk management and planning functions. Mr. Bush joined Apple Bank in 1992 from Chemical Bank, where he worked in the Asset and Liability Management and Finance Divisions. Mr. Bush holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Cincinnati.

Bostwick’s Chowder House Opens for the 2016 Season

Bostwick’s Chowder House, 277 Pantigo Road in East Hampton, opens Thursday, April 7 for the 2016 season. Business hours, leading into the summer, will be Thursday through Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Bostwick’s classic menu will return with crowd favorites such as their baked calms, seared tuna, homemade chowders and soups, clam strips, seafood pasta, sautéed crab cakes, grilled fish tacos, Lobster Roll MTK, and the oyster Po Boy. For more information, visit or call (631) 324-1111.

Markard Music Opens Musikgarten Studio

East Hampton resident Marlene Markard has opened Markard Music, a new Musikgarten studio in East Hampton, offering early childhood music classes and private piano lessons.

Markard Music is an early childhood music studio offering fun, high-quality, substantive early childhood music classes that are designed to pave the way to music literacy and facilitate cognitive, aural, physical, social, and emotional development. Markard Music’s early childhood classes are part of the Musikgarten curriculum, a leading early childhood music program that has been in existence since 1994. Markard Music also offers private in-home piano lessons for adults and children ages five and up.

Ms. Markard is a conservatory-trained pianist, licensed Musikgarten teacher, early childhood music education advocate, and mother to a toddler. In addition to teaching, Ms. Markard speaks at libraries and schools throughout Long Island and writes a music blog to educate parents about the benefits of early childhood music education. When she’s not teaching, writing, and speaking, Ms. Markard actively performs as a pianist throughout Long Island.

For more information about Markard Music or to read Ms. Markard’s music blog, please visit