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Charles River Bank Holds Annual Dinner

Dec 01, 2014 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Recipients of Charles River Bank's annual service awards

Charles River Bank recently hosted its annual dinner meeting at Lake Pearl Luciano’s Restaurant in Wrentham, MA. Chairman of the Board Robert J. Parrella welcomed Charles River Bank staff, directors, honorary directors and invited guests. He reviewed the progress of the Bank and congratulated the staff on another banner year for the community financial institution as it prepares for its 100th year Anniversary in 2015. With much to celebrate and exciting new changes, Parrella reviewed CRB’s profitable financial performance and discussed the physical transformation currently underway at the bank’s main office, located at 70 Main Street in Medway. When complete in mid-November, the bank will feature state- of-the-art technology and teller operating systems as well as additional office space and customer service areas that enhance customer interactions.

President and CEO Jack Hamilton joined with Chairman Parrella to herald the achievements of staff at Charles River Bank.  They presented 5-year Service Awards to the following recipients: Mendon Head Teller Karen O’Grady; Mendon Tellers Barbara Horne and Emily Niss; Medway Head Teller Stephanie Howard; Assistant Vice President/Mendon Branch Manager Ann M. Gonyea; Medway High School Branch Supervisor Joan M. Gavini-Campbell; and Facilities Specialist Gary J. Paul. Ten-year Service Award recipients were Mortgage Consultant Mickee Whitney; Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Loan Officer Mel McKee; and Information Systems Manager Laura Peterson. The recipient of the 15-year Service Award was Assistant Branch Manager Nancy Sherman.

This year’s President’s Award was presented to the outstanding customer service staff at Charles River Bank’s Medway Office. The Retail Banking staff members receiving awards were Assistant Vice President/Medway Branch Officer Deb Anderson; Assistant Branch Manager Eric Lovejoy; Receptionist Claire Wilhelm; Head Teller Stephanie Howard; and Tellers Denise Lucier, Karen Schatz, Jodi Julian, Lorry White, and Alianna Kendig. Additionally, Mortgage Consultants Mickee Whitney and Jen Fasolino Benoit as well as Vice President/Director of Financial Services Tom Cern received a President’s Award. Their patience, positivity and enthusiasm through the renovations and transformation of the Bank’s Medway office have been acknowledged by both management and customers, and are just some of the reasons for their being recognized and chosen as recipients of this special award.

Charles River Bank was known as Medway Co-operative Bank when established a century ago.  The Bank’s assets have grown to $220 million today.  In that time, three additional banking offices have opened—at Medway High School, in Bellingham, and in Mendon. The Bank has already contributed more than $35,000 to local non-profits this year. In 2013, Charles River Bank employees spent 1,552 hours of their time supporting the activities of community organizations.
“Community banks like ours reinvest their deposits directly into the community by making loans to neighbors and local businesses. Our profits benefit local groups. Some of the big banks in our community send their profits not only out of town, but out of the country to where their bank is headquartered—like Scotland or Spain,” added Hamilton.




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