2017 Community Bank Heroes

Every year, Banker & Tradesman sets out to recognize community bankers who stand out from their peers. These individuals not only excel in their careers, they also devote professional and personal time to making the communities they serve better places for all.

Richard Chavez

Tensions between southeast Asian and Latino youths in Lowell spilled over into gun violence in the mid-1990s, prompting local minority leaders to search for solutions.

Annette Hunt

Annette Hunt entered the banking world as a teller when she was 17 years old. Decades later, she was a senior vice president at the recently acquired Medford Cooperative Bank, wondering if it was time to leave the industry behind and try something different.

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 College and holds a number of certificates, including a Retirement Plans...

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 assistance committees. According to his nominator at PERC, Anderson’s leadership has helped the organization...

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 his customers is part of what makes being a...

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 cancellation of the annual trip would be...

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 Shore Community Development Coalition (CDC)....

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 position with Panasonic, where she learned much about marketing...

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 from a throng of nonprofit groups. One such group...

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 her own use – Kulakowski, Burke said, is involved in...

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 is a kindergartner pointed out that many school supplies were left behind. “She...

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 Opportunities Upheld Inc. (Y.O.U. Inc.).“It’s the second-largest city in New England, but...

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 from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in journalism from New York...

Timothy Telman

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 earned his MBA. He spent 16 years in downtown Boston, holding positions with Bank of...