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COMMUNITY BANK HEROES

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson

By Christina P. O'Neill | Special To Banker & Tradesman | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Colleen M. Sullivan | Banker & Tradesman Staff | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Steve Adams | Banker & Tradesman Staff | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Laura Alix | Banker & Tradesman Staff | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Phyllis Hanlon | Special To Banker & Tradesman | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Christina P. O'Neill | Special To Banker & Tradesman | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Colleen M. Sullivan | Banker & Tradesman Staff | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Steve Adams | Banker & Tradesman Staff | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Anna Sims | Special To Banker & Tradesman | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Laura Alix | Banker & Tradesman Staff | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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

By Phyllis Hanlon | Special To Banker & Tradesman | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

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...

Andrew Sobers

Andrew Sobers

By Christina P. O'Neill | Special To Banker & Tradesman | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

Building a community from the inside out, one household at a time, is Andrew Sobers’ vocation. That’s the observation of his nominator at Urban Edge, a nonprofit CDC serving Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and surrounding Boston communites. Sobers has served on Urban Edge’s...

Timothy Telman

Timothy Telman

By Phyllis Hanlon | Special To Banker & Tradesman | May 24, 2015 | Reprints

Although his career has followed a mostly financial path, Timothy Telman considers himself an entrepreneur first and a banker second. Telman received his undergraduate degree in economics from Boston College and continued his education at Babson College, where he...

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