Community Bank Heroes

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

A little over a decade ago, the staff at Mansfield Bank brought in Richard Hamilton to bolster their burgeoning commercial lending department. They knew they had gotten someone with credentials. They knew they had gotten someone who could navigate the business landscape. They likely didn’t know that they had gotten some who would dress up as Santa Claus each holiday season and lead a team of elves around the bank, spreading Christmas cheer.

Lori Meads

Lori Meads

Giving back to the community is an important mission in Lori Meads’ professional and personal life. It’s evident in the lengthy list of organizations with which she is involved.

Maria Pinarreta

Maria Pinarreta

Maria Pinarreta was surprised to hear she’d been named a Community Bank Hero. “I just do what I need to do,” Pinarreta said. Her resume suggests otherwise.

Michael Sabourin

Michael Sabourin

An employee with UniBank since 2012, it didn’t take too long for Mike Sabourin to establish his reputation as a Community Bank Hero, though undoubtedly he’ll blush when he reads these words.

Mark Sexton

Mark Sexton

Mark Sexton is a Cape Cod guy, and his affinity for the area is crucial to his success in his field and his support of the community. The married father of three sons lives in Hyannis, where he spent his summers as a kid, racing his sailboat.

Patrick Thorpe

Patrick Thorpe

It’s clear that Patrick Thorpe, president and CEO of BankGloucester, views himself not as an individual, but as an extension of the bank and a representation of the work it does for the community.

Melvin Tutiven

Melvin Tutiven

Melvin Tutiven has been nicknamed the “ambassador of Jamaica Plain” by his coworkers, and the sheer amount work he does in that corner of the city makes the epithet seems only appropriate. Besides running the day-to-day operations of East Boston Savings Bank’s (EBSB)...
Maria Alves

Maria Alves

For Maria Alves, it’s all about the customer. Her innate consideration for and desire to help others shines through in both her professional and personal lives. A graduate of Bay State College, Alves has also taken several accounting and management courses at Bryant...
Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson has been president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank since 2009. Since 2004, he has also served as president of the board of the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), with additional roles in its executive, loan and technical...
Thomas Banks

Thomas Banks

Thomas Banks has longstanding roots in the South Shore, and so do his customers. He’s been at Rockland Trust for 25 years, working his way up from branch manager to district manager. And having the opportunity to build up those kinds of long-term relationships with...
John C. Boucher

John C. Boucher

A trip to Disney World is a popular vacation choice for many young people, but for the intellectually disabled students at Cardinal Cushing Centers, it can be a trip they anticipate for years in advance. John Boucher, CEO of South Shore Bank in Weymouth, knew that the...
Steve Britton

Steve Britton

Steve Britton was surprised and pleased when he found out he was named a Community Bank Hero, but he says he’s still trying to figure out just what he did to deserve the honor. That’s just like Steve, said Jackie Giordano, the director of external affairs at the North...
Janis Dodge

Janis Dodge

During her college years, Janis Dodge thought she would pursue a career in either law or politics. But a job in the consumer electronics field steered her down a different path, and she wouldn’t change one minute of the journey. After college, Dodge accepted a...
John Fulone

John Fulone

John Fulone’s outgoing voicemail message says a lot about him. In it, he lists several different contacts who can provide direct help for callers’ specific problems. The way he returns calls says a lot about him, too – he leaves no stone unturned, including appeals...
Anna Kulakowski

Anna Kulakowski

When asked why Anna Kulakowski’s name leapt to mind when he first heard about the Community Bank Hero awards, James Burke, a Peabody attorney and one of Kulakowski’s nominators, said, jokingly, that “she’s always bugging me for bottles of wine.” Not, of course, for...
James Lively

James Lively

When the past winter’s historic snowfall caused a partial roof collapse and closure of Bridgewater’s Mitchell Elementary School, James Lively was ready to help. Pupils were relocated to other schools in the district, but a Bridgewater Savings Bank employee whose son...
Bopha Malone

Bopha Malone

When asked to describe Bopha Malone, branch relationship manager and vice president at Enterprise Bank, Alison Burns thinks first of her energy. “I remember when I first met Bopha, she was so full of energy. She was very passionate and had an infectious personality,”...
Tom McGregor

Tom McGregor

It’s difficult to find someone in Worcester’s business community who doesn’t know Tom McGregor, and it’s even more difficult to find somebody who doesn’t think the world of him. “Worcester is a very, very unique community,” said Paula Aiello, CFO of Youth...
Beth Ann Meehan

Beth Ann Meehan

As a little girl, Beth Ann Meehan vacationed on Nantucket Island and vowed someday to live there year-round. In September 1994, she kept that promise, established a career and became a champion for affordable housing. Meehan holds a bachelor’s degree in communications...