COMMUNITY BANK HEROES
Len Anctil had recently left law school and was without a job when he got the letter from Middlesex Bank: it was time to start paying back his student loans.
Not all heroes wear capes, but some of them do don costumes and put on live musical performances to teach school children about saving and spending money. At least, Blue Hills Bank’s Julie Beckham does.
Bill Burgess and his wife of 24 years, Kelley, live in Waltham, close to where he grew up, where he works, and where he volunteers a lot of his time. He got into banking almost accidentally and has been with the same community bank for his entire 23-year career.
Overseeing Dean Bank’s charitable efforts is part of the job description for Michael Carroll, but supporting the nonprofit community is a priority that transcends Carroll’s workplace assignments.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Edward Sugrue’s banking career has come full circle.
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.
Community Bank Heroes
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