Linda Goodspeed

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Linda Goodspeed is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to Banker & Tradesman.
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Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor

Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor was looking for a new house for her family in 1990 when she asked her real estate agent if she enjoyed her job. Eidinger-Taylor, who had just given birth to her second child, was on a leave of absence from her supervisory position at an electronics firm in Hopkinton. Encouraged by the agent, she decided to take the plunge and try a new career path.

Debbie Sousa

Debbie Sousa, executive director of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association, learned political and community involvement at an early age from her parents: Her dad was a Haverhill city council, and her mom ran the local hospital. By the time she was 5, Sousa was already a seasoned campaigner, attending rallies and holding signs for various causes. She says her mom, in particular, was an inspiration.

Roland Draper

The credit union credo “people helping people” has been Roland (Ron) Draper’s own personal philosophy his whole life.

Vanessa Silveira

A former intern at Disney World, Vanessa Silveira has brought that Disney magic to her job as training manager at the state’s largest credit union.

Luba Levin

Resilience and passion are what set Luba Levin apart and made her one of this year’s Community Bank Heroes. Levin learned resilience at an early age; her family emigrated from Russia to the U.S. in 1989 when Luba was just 12. Adjusting to a new language and culture was not easy, she said, but “it made me stronger and the person I am today.”

Gladys Martinez

When the Andover branch of Reading Cooperative Bank wanted to expand into the nearby Lawrence market, branch manager Gladys Martinez, one of this year’s Community Bank Heroes, knew just what to do.

Susan Paley

As a lifelong resident of Newton and volunteer in the community, Susan Paley was a natural choice for the position of vice president of community relations at The Village Bank. Her work in that position over the last decade also made her a natural selection as one of this year’s Community Bank Heroes.

Thomas Sharkey

Thomas Sharkey wanted to be a banker his whole life, ever since accompanying his father to the local bank in Lowell as a young boy. Sharkey has realized his dream, spending more than 40 years in banking, including two stints as interim president and CEO of Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank.

Leslie Bos

Whether serving as the president of the board of directors or as a key staff member, Leslie Bos has been a mainstay of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. (JPNDC) for the last 20 years. Currently, she is real estate director of the nonprofit community development organization. Bos grew up in Jamaica Plain and...

Teresa Hassara

Teresa Hassara, executive vice president and head of institutional business at TIAA-CREF, says values and people matter in choosing a career. After earning a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Hassara continued her career in the financial services industry because of the values and people she...

Jennifer Malboeuf Crampton

Jennifer Malboeuf Crampton says she got her passion for real estate from her dad. “He owned an equipment rental company in Gloucester, and did a lot of construction and building on the side,” Crampton said. “That was his real passion in life. I used to tag along with him on jobs. I knew I...

Balancing Act

Affordable housing on the agenda of the state’s commercial real estate community?

Not only on the agenda, but at the top of the list, according to David Begelfer, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).