WALDEN (March 7) - Amy Sherwood, Vice President, Hometown Bank of the Hudson Valley has successfully completed the Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer Program, sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).
To earn certification, Sherwood, successfully completed four ICBA seminars: Developing a Compliance Program, Deposit Compliance, Lending Compliance, and Operations Compliance, and passed a comprehensive examination in each of these compliance areas.
Sherwood has recently assumed the Compliance position at the bank. She joined the Bank in 2001 and has over 20 years of banking experience.
Hometown Bank of the Hudson Valley, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hometown Bancorp Inc., headquartered in Walden maintains five full-service branches including Walden, Montgomery, Otisville, Newburgh, and Monroe, New York. Visit www.hometownbankhv.com
CH Energy Group, Inc. and Star Gas Partners close on sale of Griffith Energy Services, Inc.
POUGHKEEPSIE (March 5) - CH Energy Group, Inc, indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc., announced today it has completed the sale of subsidiary Griffith Energy Services, Inc. to Star Gas Partners, L.P.
Under the terms of the agreement, Star Gas acquired the equity of Griffith for US$69.9 million plus working capital.
Star Gas is the nation's largest retail distributor of home heating oil, based upon sales volume, operating throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with sales of more than US$1.7 billion in fiscal year 2013.
Griffith is a leading energy services provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, distributing heating oil, motor fuels and propane and providing HVAC services to both residential and commercial customers. Griffith has operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
“We wish Griffith future success as a part of the Star Gas organization,” said Christopher Capone, Chief Financial Officer of CH Energy Group.
CH Energy Group exited this business sector to focus on its core utility operations in New York. Lazard Middle Markets served as financial advisor, and Thompson Hine as legal advisor.
Bank of Millbrook earns 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial
CORAL GABLES FL (March 5) - Bank of Millbrook, New York received a 5-Star Superior rating from from BauerFinancial, Inc., an independent bank and credit union rating and research firm,. This rating (based on September 30, 2013 financial data) indicates that Bank of Millbrook is one of the strongest banks in the nation; a dependable and financially sound community bank.
Bank of Millbrook has earned this highest 5-Star rating for 96 consecutive quarters. Having maintained a 5-Star rating for this length of time earns Bank of Millbrook an even more elite designation as a “Sustained Superiority Bank”. Only 5% of the nation’s banks have earned Bauer’s top rating for so long and with such consistency.
“While banks may look alike on the surface, community banks, like Bank of Millbrook, are community partners”, notes Karen Dorway, president of the rating firm. “By keeping deposits local and focusing on the success of the communities in which it does business, Bank of Millbrook has thrived where other banks have faltered.”
Since its inception in 1891, Bank of Millbrook has been committed to providing the best of banking to its community. Its four branch offices are conveniently located in Amenia, Millbrook, Pine Plains and Stanfordville. Bank of Millbrook (www.bankofmillbrook.com) is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
BauerFinancial, Inc. has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting www.bauerfinancial.com.
Junior League of Orange County 10th annual A Night at the Races
MIDDLETOWN (February 25) – Join the Junior League of Orange County (JLOC) as they host their 10th Annual A Night at the Races on Friday, May 2nd at 6:00 pm at the newly renovated Villa Venezia, on 2257 Goshen Turnpike in Middletown, NY. It will be an exciting evening of video horse racing with a veteran live caller and wide array of live and silent auction items. In addition to the horse racing, this year we will also have casino betting tables.
The JLOC is currently accepting sponsorships to this great event. Sponsorship information can be found on our website www.jlocny.com or by calling the League Line at 845-344-8554. There are several packages that offer our sponsors complementary tickets and special advertizing benefits depending on the sponsorship package purchased.
The evening will also include Silent Auction donated from our sponsors. In the past items including golf escapes, spa packages, Hudson Valley Wine Trail tickets, and many other fabulous items. Some of our biggest items have included a wine cooler stocked with wine, gift certificates hanging from a live tree, vacations and more! For more information on how to donate items to our silent auction, please go to our website at www.jlocny.com or call the League Line at 845-344-8554.
Tickets are $100 per person and $110 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, beer, wine, soda and 10 Betting Bucks for the video horse racing. Tickets will also be available for purchase online at www.jlocny.com, or by calling the League Line at 845-344-8554. If additional betting bucks are purchased in advance of the event, the price will be 20 betting bucks for $10 dollars. At the night of the event, they will be available for purchase at full price.
The Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. (www.jlocny.com) is part of an international organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. All proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of the Junior League of Orange County, NY and the training of its dedicated volunteers.
L-R: Leaders of the JLOC: Kristy Horaz, Amanda Merli, Lori Anne Wolkoff, Erin Bratton, Heather Batelic, Tara Bliss,
Karen Brock and Diane Davis
Graphic design firm’s brand-building strategy helps set fabrication company shine in Winter Olympics
CROTON-ON-HUDSON February 13) - A client-customer relationship that began eight months ago has turned into the kind of success story that many companies dream of.
Hudson Valley Graphic Design, a firm based in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., has been instrumental in creating a unique brand for blackwalnut, a set fabrication company based in Rockland County that was responsible for the design and creation of two studio sets that are being used by NBC in their coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Owner Janeen Violante, along with her team, met with blackwalnut last summer, planning a marketing strategy and brand program that would spotlight their unique talent and extreme dedication in an industry that is populated by a handful of firms in the United States.
“We explored various graphic design techniques, such as typography, bold shapes and the use of icons and images, and our colleagues at blackwalnut settled on a design that depicted their unique heritage while conveying a strong brand message,” Violante explains.
In fact, Violante says blackwalnut’s managing partner, Jacob Gendelman, was very deliberate in his branding and marketing strategy. “He was very aware of the power of branding and its role in catapulting a business from one level to the next. He was ready to implement this kind of process in his own company, even as they completed their work for NBC.”
The process of re-branding for blackwalnut was extensive, says Violante, who conducted several “brainstorming” sessions with six of the company’s key decision-makers. “We asked them many questions, recording their answers for use in understanding their intent and brand story. We believe that listening to our clients enables us to understand their needs and figure how best to service them.”
The end result of this comprehensive branding and marketing strategy is one that is uniquely suited to blackwalnut’s target audience, and to their history, says Violante. “Their icon, the blackwalnut tree, is of unique significance because it is based on their brand story.”
“Based on that anecdote, I wanted to tell the story of blackwalnut’s roots, and I felt that using the icon of a tree would depict a natural strength and bold presence for them,” Violante explains.
Hudson Valley Graphic Design, LLC, has been offering smart design solutions to the business communities of Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties since 1991. Established by Janeen Violante, HVGD is a creative team made up of talented designers, marketing experts and production technicians with over 25 year of national brand experience. The company’s strength lies in its strong, strategic and visionary thinking, creating brand identities and packaging that perform in today’s marketplace. For more information on HVGD, visit http://hudsonvalleygraphics.com. To see the company work for blackwalnut, visit www.blackwalnut.tv.
NYPA promotes emerging technologies to expand state’s energy economy
WHITE PLAINS (February 7) - The Energy Efficiency Innovation Collaborative (EE-INC), a public-private partnership of energy industry leaders spearheaded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), is looking to improve energy efficiency in New York State buildings and spur economic growth in emerging technologies, bringing new and expanding businesses to the state.
“The goal of this collaborative is to spur the growth of the most promising energy-saving innovations, with a focus on those that match the energy needs of public buildings,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “Encouraging highly promising and expanding energy efficiency companies will also offer increased economic development benefits for New York State. In short, it means jobs.”
“Governor Cuomo has directed the Power Authority and other state entities to ensure that New York is the leader in developing and deploying the latest energy-efficiency products,” said Joanne M. Mahoney, vice chair and Onondaga County Executive, NYPA. “EE-INC will strive to accomplish these goals by uniting organizations that are well-versed in designing programs to expand the use of new energy efficiency technologies.”
NYPA, which has plans to finance more than $800 million in energy efficiency projects over the next several years in support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative, is looking to incorporate emerging energy-saving technologies into the projects that it is undertaking at schools, colleges and universities, offices, health-care facilities and other public buildings throughout the state.
Through a Request for Information (RFI), EE-INC is seeking commercial, but not yet widely deployed, energy efficiency technologies that can be considered for use in these projects.
The RFI process is currently open-ended, but it will have periodic cut-off dates to allow for proper review of the submitted information. The first cutoff is scheduled for March 25.
For more information on EE-INC and the RFI process, please go to www.eeinc-ny.com.
HVFCU Named among Best Companies in NYC
POUGHKEEPSIE (February 7) - For the fifth consecutive year, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York for 2014. The designation was awarded to HVFCU by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and the Best Companies Group, an independent company managing the Best Places to Work programs on state, regional and national levels around the country.
The Best Companies to Work for in New York list is comprised of two groups: small/medium sized companies with 5 to 249 employees; and large sized companies employing 250 or more employees. HVFCU has been named one of the 28 large sized Best Companies to Work for in New York.
Companies were evaluated on their workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. Employees within the companies that were nominated for the award were asked to complete a survey in order to measure each entity’s employee experience. HVFCU will be formally recognized and honored at the Best Companies to Work for in New York awards dinner on May 6, 2014, at the Albany Marriott Hotel.
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union providing personal and commercial financial services to more than 281,000 members. For more information, visit hvfcu.org.
Cummins and Faranda sworn in
The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS and the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service welcome new presidents for 2014
WHITE PLAINS (January 20) The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® welcomed Diane Cummins, Branch Manager of Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Katonah, as its 2014 President, and J. Philip Faranda, owner and principal broker of J. Philip Real Estate LLC in Briarcliff Manor, as the President of its subsidiary, the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service. (HGMLS).
Cummins and Faranda, along with the executive officers and directors of HGAR and HGMLS were officially installed in their new positions at the Association’s Gala 2014, held recently at The View in Piermont. More than 250 Realtors from Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties attended the event.
“We are so excited to have Diane and Phil as our new leaders for 2014,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO. “Both of them are award-winning real estate professionals who have been in the business for many years, and we’re looking forward to seeing great things from both of them this year.”
Cummins has been a broker in the Westchester area for almost 30 years. Prior to her real estate career, she spent 15 years as a theatrical agent in New York City representing clients such as Tom Cruise in film, TV and Broadway ventures.
Cummins was recognized as the Putnam County Realtor of the Year in 2000, 2002 and 2005. She is the past president of the former Putnam Association of Realtors (serving for 4 years); 2006 Chairwoman of the New York State International Committee; and the NAR President’s Liaison to the Bulgarian Real Estate Association, from 2006 to 2011.
Faranda founded his own firm in 2005, which today is one of the leading independent brokerages in Westchester. Faranda has appeared on ABC World News and been a source for the New York Times, Businessweek, the Associated Press, MSNBC, The New York Post, Gannett, AOL, The Real Deal, TheStreet.com, 1010Wins.com, Smart Money, MSN Money, Time.com, and various other media outlets.
Cummins succeeds Katheryn DeClerck of BHG Rand in Warwick, the 2013 HGAR President, and Faranda takes over the reins from Russ Woolley of Wright Bros Real Estate Inc in Nyack, the 2013 HGMLS President. DeClerck and Woolley will remain on the Executive Committees of HGAR and HGMLS respectively.
Dutchess Chamber announces 2014 Board of Directors
POUGHKEEPSIE (January 20) - The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its executive committee, five additions to the 2014 board of directors and two new associate board members.
In 2014, Chairman Ori Brachfeld, owner of Dash Lock & Key Service, will lead the Chamber’s all-volunteer board. His executive committee will consist of First Vice Chair Joe Bonura, Jr. of Bonura Hospitality Group, Second Vice Chair John Davies of Riverside Bank, Treasurer Vincent Ricotta from Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls, Secretary Rita McPeck of KeyBank, Immediate Past Chair Jill Sammon of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp., and Of Counsel Stephen Diamond from the law firm of Stenger, Roberts, Davis and Diamond LLP.
With board members typically serving two-year teams, most of the body remains the same in 2014. New additions include: Michael Dinizo of M&T Bank, Patrick Moore of Antalek & Moore Insurance, Cathy Secor of TD Bank, Mike Spinelli of The Brake Shop, and Denise Doring VanBuren of Central Hudson. James Lentz of TEG Federal Credit Union and Daniel Lepore of LCS Companies have been added as associate board members. To see the complete board, visit dcrcoc.org.
Founded in 1907, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of local businesses and the economy. For more information about Chamber happenings, the complete events calendar, or to find out how they might best serve as an advocate for you and your business, please visit www.dcrcoc.org.
Scott Krumpholc Named Residential Lender with Rhinebeck Bank
POUGHKEEPSIE (January 13) - Michael Quinn, President and CEO, announces the addition of Scott Krumpholc to the Residential Lending team at Rhinebeck Bank. Scott previously held positions of Mortgage Renovation Specialist and Branch Manager for financial institutions in the southern Dutchess and Orange county areas.
Krumpholc holds a business management degree from Iona College. He has been involved with local chambers of commerce and several other community organizations. Scott has also been involved with fundraising for non-profit groups, and is active in HGAR, DCAR and WCR. Scott resides in Cornwall, NY and looks forward to meeting with customers in order to serve their mortgage needs throughout Orange, Southern Dutchess and Putnam counties.
Krumpholc looks forward to helping homebuyers realize the American Dream of home ownership. “I am very excited to be a part of Rhinebeck Bank with its strong and historically-rich past”, stated Krumpholc.
Since their incorporation in 1860, Rhinebeck Bank has been a community bank that believes in serving local neighborhoods. Rhinebeck Bank has offices conveniently located in Dutchess and Ulster counties and can also be found on the web at www.rhinebeckbank.com.
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley receives donation from Walden Savings Bank
MONTGOMERY (January 13) – Walden Savings Bank continues its support of local nonprofit organizations with this year’s Ornament Campaign donation of $3,750 to Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
Zott Construction donating $1 to the Chamber Foundation for every Facebook like they receive in January
POUGHKEEPSIE (January 6) - Zott Construction, a leader in the insurance restoration industry and proud member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, is donating $1 to The Chamber Foundation Campaign for every Facebook page “like” they receive in January 2014. There is no maximum donation, no registration to complete and no exchange of contact information – the simple act of clicking ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/zottconstruction will generate $1 to benefit The Chamber Foundation’s scholarship and leadership programs.
“We think this represents a unique opportunity to promote a valuable service to the community and support a great cause at the same time,” said Chris Chichester, Account Manager at Zott Construction. “Our page provides homeowners with information about avoiding common pitfalls that can lead to disaster and a plan of action should something unfortunate happen.”
“We’re pleased that a community leader like Zott Construction believes in the mission of The Chamber Foundation and wants to support it,” said Nicholas Shannon, Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation.
Zott Construction assists insurance companies and their adjusters and agents in maximizing customer service to their policyholders when property claims arise.
The Chamber Foundation, Inc. was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for area youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the future of economic growth in the Hudson Valley region. The Foundation's mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service. The Campaign, which kicked off in July, has raised more than $25,000 to support the good work of The Chamber Foundation. For more information, visit www.ChamberFDN.org.
Hudson Heritage donation benefits Pediatric Department at ORMC
MIDDLETOWN (January 6) - Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union (HHFCU) has donated $15,000 to Orange Regional Medical Center. The donation has helped establish a much-needed inpatient room in the Hospital’s Pediatric department.
Boosting local farms, farm products goal of effort by Scenic Hudson and Hudson Valley Harvest
POUGHKEEPSIE (December 18) - In another victory in its efforts to create a secure source of fresh, local food for the Hudson Valley and New York City, Scenic Hudson is collaborating with Hudson Valley Harvest to raise public awareness of the relationship between preserving Hudson Valley farmland and the public’s access to food from local farms. Now products offered by Hudson Valley Harvest carry a special label indicating that the purchase helps Scenic Hudson preserve Hudson Valley farmland. Both organizations share an interest in expanding local farming and related businesses as well as bringing consumers fresh, healthy foods. The co-branding program seeks to help keep more local farms in farming and to seize opportunities to grow the economic benefits agriculture gives to the region.
While the label on each product is not big—slightly larger than a postage stamp—the project’s impacts could be. For those who support farmland conservation, the label highlights local foods that can be purchased to help the cause. For those who like to buy farm-fresh foods grown by neighbors, the label underscores that conserved farmland supports family farms that make more of the good stuff available. Scenic Hudson and Hudson Valley Harvest also hope that the effort will engage new people to champion farmland preservation and buy foods from valley farms.
Farm-fresh food in stores from Albany to New Windsor
Hudson Valley Harvest sources, packages and distributes foods that come from local farms. The organization works with farmers to offer consumers vegetables ranging from broccoli and green beans to kale and collard greens—all packaged at the peak of quality so they are filled with nutrients. Beef and pork come from pasture-based farms that don’t use preventive antibiotics or appetite stimulants.
Consumers can look for the Scenic Hudson-labeled Hudson Valley Harvest products in Albany at Honest Weight Food Co-op, in High Falls at High Falls Food Co-op, in Red Hook at Gigi Market, in Clinton Corners at Clinton Cheese & Provisions, in Poughkeepsie at Adams Fairacre Farms, in Wappinger at Adams Fairacre Farms, in Fishkill at Nature’s Pantry, and in New Windsor at Nature’s Pantry.
Locally grown food provides many benefits—including jobs
Greater public understanding of the importance of “farm to table” in the Hudson Valley will enhance the region’s quality of life and economic opportunity. Today, Hudson Valley agriculture is an $800-million industry, and recent reports have indicated that unmet annual demand for valley-grown food in New York City alone exceeds $600 million. Preserved farmland also is critical to a $4.2-billion tourism industry in the valley that employs 80,000 people. In addition, farmland represents natural areas and open space that help attract and retain businesses. Finally, eating healthier foods that don’t travel across the country or world to reach our tables improves people’s health and the environment.
In terms of direct financial support for farmland preservation, a nickel from the sale of each Hudson Valley Harvest product will go to Scenic Hudson to directly support its farmland work. To date, Scenic Hudson has invested more than $21 million in preserving 12,000 acres on nearly 75 Hudson Valley farms in five counties.
Scenic Hudson Senior Vice President Steve Rosenberg sees this new program with Hudson Valley Harvest as a great way to let consumers invest in something good for their community while they also enjoy the best local food. “The smaller, family-owned farms here in the Hudson Valley help drive our economy, contribute to a secure source of nourishing food, and support a healthy environment for people and wildlife. Local farms are really a win-win-win for us all, and Scenic Hudson is very excited about working with Hudson Valley Harvest on this project.”
HGAR presents Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley with $17,100 check
WHITE PLAINS, (December 18) - The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS (HGAR) recently presented a check for $17,100 to Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley. HGAR raised the funds at its “Wish Upon a Star” cocktail party, held in September at the Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point, NY. Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley, a non-profit group, grants the wishes of Hudson Valley children who are suffering with life-threatening medical conditions.
The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade association covering over 9,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties. HGAR is comprised of the former Westchester Putnam Association of REALTORS® (WPAR), Rockland County Board of REALTORS® (RCBR) and Orange County Association of REALTORS® (OCAR).
(L-R) HGAR committee members: John Chewens of Newburgh; Michelle Gilliard of Florida, NY; Debi Singho of New City;
Maryann Tercasio of Chester; Tom Conklin of Somers, CEO of Make-A- Wish® Hudson Valley; Eydie Lopez of Highland Mills;
and Mary Prenon of Cortlandt Manor.
L-R: Gregory, Greco, President and Founder, and Sichuan Chamber of
Commerce Chairman Li Ming (contributed photo)
Valley Fresh Direct attends major import/export expo in Thailand
WARWICK (December 10) - In their continuing efforts to build relationships and seek premier distribution outlets for Hudson Valley agricultural and artisanal food products, Valley Fresh Direct representatives, President and Founder Winnie Greco, Director of U.S. Operations Peter Gregory, and Legal Counsel Selena Hung, Esq., recently attended the ASEAN China Import-Export Commodities Exposition held in Bangkok, Thailand.
More than 5,000 people attend the Commodities Expo held at Bangkok's prestigious IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center. Attendees included representatives from 10 nations of ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, as well as 16 provinces of China.
Valley Fresh Direct participated in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce International Union, an organization formed in China last year. Their goal was to network with potential trade partners, build relationships overseas, and explore marketing opportunities for food trade, as well as cultural and educational exchanges.
"Our recent trip to the Commodities Expo in Thailand was quite successful," said Gregory. "We were fortunate to partner with Ms. Greco's associates from the Chamber of Commerce International Union and were able to meet with potential trade partners from throughout China," said Gregory. "We met with representatives from locations including Sichuan (Chengdu), Hebie, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Hong Kong and were able to gain a greater understanding of the types of American products being sought by the Asian markets," added Gregory.
"The interest in China and other Asian nations for safe, quality, premium products from America, especially New York, is great," said Greco. "We had a very productive trip and received further confirmation that the potential market for our local farmers and producers is significant."
Ms. Greco immediately returned to China following the Bangkok conference to bid for the 2014 Chamber of Commerce International Union Annual Conference to be held in New York. Valley Fresh Direct, under the direction of Ms. Greco, will play a key role in planning and coordinating the conference. Approximately 7,500 attendees are expected to participate in the 2014 event.
Valley Fresh Direct is currently building its catalog of Hudson Valley products to represent in China. Local producers looking for more information or to have their products represented should contact Gregory in Warwick at 855-587-2886 or by email at email@example.com.
Putnam County Savings Bank announces Julie Prevost as New City branch manager
BREWSTER (December 2) - Putnam County Savings Bank announces Julie Prevost as the Branch Manager of their newest office located in New City, Rockland County. The branch, located at 76 North Main Street, opened Monday, November 18th and is PCSB’s first in Rockland County.
Ms. Prevost, a Rockland County resident, has more than twenty years’ experience in the financial services industry. Julie began her career in banking as a part-time teller at PCSB’s Brewster branch while still in high school. Julie comes to PCSB from Key Bank in New City where she was the branch manager for over four years.
“We’re very fortunate to have someone with Julie’s experience and understanding of the local community to open our first branch in Rockland County,” said Joseph Roberto, President & CEO of PCSB. “She will be a true asset to our organization.”
Ms. Prevost is a graduate of Leadership Rockland and the former President of the Nyack Rotary. She served on the Board of Directors of the Rockland YMCA, serving as chairman for three years. She is an active member of the Rockland Business Association and a regular volunteer at local non-profit organizations.
“I am thrilled to return to a local community bank, “said Ms. Prevost. “I like the family feel of the bank and the fact that they know what’s truly important – helping people with their finances, instead of trying to sell them a product.”
PCSB is a full-service community bank with nine other locations serving communities throughout Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess Counties. To learn more about Putnam County Savings Bank, visit them at pcsb.com.
Walden Savings Bank adds to mortgage lending team
MONTGOMERY (December 2) – Walden Savings Bank announced today the appointment of Daniel A. Lusignan to the position of Mortgage Loan Officer for its mortgage lending team.
Lusignan brings to WSB 21 years of experience in financial and mortgage consultant services. Over the course of his career, he has held the position of Mortgage Loan Officer at JP Morgan Chase Bank, Senior Retail Mortgage Consultant at HSBC Mortgage Corporation, and most recently served as Assistant Vice President Mortgage Originator at Lakeland Bank.
“Daniel brings a strong background in mortgage lending and has a proven track record of client satisfaction and quality service,” said Derrik Wynkoop, President and CEO. “We look forward to adding his strong skill-set to our mortgage lending team.”
"The addition of Mr. Lusignan will also enable Walden Savings Bank to further its lending capabilities in southern Orange County." said Daniel Downing, Vice President of Retail Lending for Walden Savings Bank.
Lusignan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Siena College in Loudonville, NY, and currently resides in Chester.
Walden Savings Bank, established in 1872, is a federal chartered mutual savings bank headquartered in Montgomery, New York. With a total of 11 full-service branches serving Orange and Ulster Counties
Career path internships: Opportunity in community development
POUGHKEEPSIE (December 2) - Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows, Inc. (GET) --a nonprofit community development organization with offices in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh-- is seeking young interns with a desire to jump-start a career promoting economic development among women and minorities.
Best suited to college students in the fields of social services, marketing, media and communications, and finance. Knowledge of Spanish preferable.
GET is expanding its offerings in the Mid-Hudson region and this might be your opportunity to start new projects from the ground up. Learn entrepreneurial traits that will help you for life, or receive free assistance in starting your own business/organization. These internships might lead to employment.
Putnam County Savings Bank opens first branch in Rockland County
BREWSTER (November 20) - Putnam County Savings Bank (PCSB) announces the opening of their newest branch on Monday, November 18th in New City, NY. The branch, PCSB’s tenth, is located at 76 North Main Street in New City, and will be their first in Rockland County.
“We’re very excited to be expanding our footprint across the river and into Rockland County,” said Joseph Roberto, President & CEO of PCSB. “We offer a very special brand of banking we call ‘True Local’ banking which is highly personalized with a true commitment to serving the local community.” Mr. Roberto added that “PCSB has a long standing history of immersing themselves in the local communities they serve and contributing on a meaningful level.”
The full service branch is conveniently located on Main Street adjacent to the ShopRite Plaza and will feature a drive-thru window and a drive-thru ATM.
The branch will be managed by Julie Prevost a Rockland County resident who has been an active member of the local banking community for many years. Ms. Prevost with more than twenty years experience in the financial services industry comes to PCSB from Key Bank. In addition, Ed Horan an Orange County resident and with PCSB for approximately eight years will manage the Commercial Lending activities for the branch.
PCSB is a full service community bank with nine other locations serving communities throughout Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess Counties. To learn more about Putnam County Savings Bank, visit them at www.pcsb.com.
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