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PNC Private Bank

Celandra Deane-Bess, CFP®, Senior Vice President, Capital Area Market Leader


488 Montgomery Lane, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD  20814

Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?

A: It is so rewarding to know that the work we do plays a part in helping our clients fulfill the purpose for their wealth. Each client’s situation is unique. I look forward to providing individualized solutions that meet each client’s goals and objectives.

Q: What are your top priorities?

A: Inspiring my team to consistently exceed our clients’ expectations as we help successful business owners, generational families, and other high net worth individuals learn about PNC Private Bank and the tremendous value our team can bring to their family’s lives.

Q: What was a major turning point in your life and/or career?

A: Motherhood! My husband and I have three sons – a 13-year-old and 11-year-old twins. Before children, I was highly ambitious, travelled extensively and was very focused on my career trajectory. After children, I really had to redirect my priorities because I also wanted to be the best mom I could be, which impacted how I approached my career. I will forever be grateful to PNC because as one of the top firms for working mothers, the company provided me the flexibility to be a mother, while still pursuing my greatest career ambitions.

Q: What advice would you offer for women just starting out?

A: Don’t be afraid to take risks. Try a position or project or company or city that you never thought you would ever consider.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (“PNC”) uses the marketing names PNC Private BankSM to provide investment consulting and wealth management, fiduciary services, FDIC-insured banking products and services, and lending of funds to individual clients through PNC Bank, National Association (“PNC Bank”), which is a Member FDIC, and to provide specific fiduciary and agency services through PNC Delaware Trust Company or PNC Ohio Trust Company. PNC does not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice unless, with respect to tax advice, PNC Bank has entered into a written tax services agreement. PNC Bank is not registered as a municipal advisor under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

“PNC Private Bank” is a service mark of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Investments: Not FDIC Insured. No Bank Guarantee. May Lose Value.

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Celandra graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and earned her MBA from the University of Chicago. She has more than 25 years of experience in the wealth management industry. At PNC, Celandra oversees a team committed to delivering a full complement of investment, trust, financial planning and private banking services.

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