Kennedy joins MutualOne Bank as VP, Retail Banking

Greg KennedyGregory Kennedy of Goffstown, NH has joined MutualOne Bank as vice president, retail banking. He brings with him over 16 years of industry experience, most recently with Northway Bank of Berlin, NH where he was vice president/regional market manager.

Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from LeMoyne College and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix Online. He is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Manchester, NH and teaches financial literacy at many non-profit organizations.

 

 

 

 

$3,000 MutualOne Foundation grant will help enhance youth technology at Natick library

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $3,000 to Natick’s Morse Institute Library to increase the number of educational technology tools available to local youth, according to Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.

The Library hopes to grow its collection of technology-based materials for children, including educational tablets and audiobooks, in order to expand its offerings to a larger youth audience, particularly those youngsters with limited access to such resources.

“MutualOne is pleased to help the library enhance its technology offerings so that all children, regardless of their means, can have access to this vital learning experience,” said Lamprey.

$3,000 Grant Benefits Morse Institute Library Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Morse Institute Library are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, assistant director; Anna Litten, community relations coordinator; and Dale Smith, children's department supervisor from the Morse Institute Library; Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator.

$3,000 Grant Benefits Morse Institute Library
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Morse Institute Library are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, assistant director; Anna Litten, community relations coordinator; and Dale Smith, children’s department supervisor from the Morse Institute Library; Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator.

MutualOne awards $5K to benefit Natick elders with chronic diseases

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 Foundation award to the Natick Service Council’s Healthy Eating, Chronic Disease Management and Food Rescue program.

According to Greg Tutuny, executive director, NSC’s initiative is designed to improve the health status of elders through individual chronic disease management plans that include increased access to nutritious food and literacy programs.

“MutualOne is pleased to support the Natick Service Council’s efforts to improve the overall health of the elder residents they serve through this program,” said Sousa.

$5,000 Grant Benefits Natick Service Council. Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator; and Lauren Mann, Director of Development & Outreach at the Natick Service Council.

$5,000 Grant Benefits Natick Service Council.
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator; and Lauren Mann, Director of Development & Outreach at the Natick Service Council.

Sambuchi, Canal, Cohen elected to new officer positions at MutualOne Bank

The Board of Directors of MutualOne Bank has elected three employees to new officer positions, according to an announcement today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO.

Kimberly Sambuchi of Framingham was elected first vice president and Carmela Canal of Hopkinton was elected vice president. Kimberly Cohen of Natick was elected assistant vice president and assistant controller.

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Kimberly Sambuchi, who previously served as vice president of operations, is now responsible for all information management. She joined the Bank in 2002 and has held positions with increasing responsibility in the retail and client service areas.

Sambuchi is a graduate of Framingham High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University and a master’s degree in business administration from Framingham State University. She is also a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies.

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Carmela Canal, who previously served as branch administrator, will oversee operations and data processing. She has been with MutualOne Bank since 1988 and has served in a variety of retail management roles during her career.

Canal, a Framingham South High School graduate, earned a degree in business management at Newbury College. She also graduated from the New England School for Financial Studies.

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Kimberly Cohen, who joined the Bank in 2014, will coordinate internal Bank controls and provide support for other departments within the Bank.

A graduate of Natick High School, Cohen has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Assumption College and a master’s degree in business from Framingham State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant with previous experience at Middlesex Savings Bank and Gerald T. Reilly & Co.

 

$10K MutualOne grant supports Resiliency for Life at Framingham High

Resiliency for Life (RFL), a successful drop-out prevention program at Framingham High School, has received a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Announcement of the grant was made today by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

According to Jug Chokshi, Executive Director, RFL strategies include intense academic monitoring, advocacy with teachers and administrators, strict program rules and clear expectations, development of personal responsibility, and prep classes for the MCAS and SAT tests. In the last three years, every single RFL student has graduated, and graduated on time. Last year, RFL launched a middle school program at the Cameron, with the goal of serving all three Framingham middle schools within 3 years.

“This program has an excellent track record of keeping students who are at academic risk from dropping out of school and failing to graduate,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to support the goals and values of Resiliency for Life, realizing the significant positive impact this program can have on the future of our community.”

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our most recent Employees of the Month – Gilana Telles, senior account representative in our Client Services Department, and Sandhya Jayarama, operations specialist in our Operations Department.

Gilana was selected for her professional development, commitment and enthusiasm. Sandhya was recognized for her desire to learn new tasks and accept additional responsibilities when the needs arise.

Gilana Telles (left) and Sandhya Jayarama (right)

Gilana Telles (left) and Sandhya Jayarama (right)

 

Employees of the Month

Dominique Tock, personal banker at our Concord Street office, and Heather Wilson, loan servicing representative in our lending department are our latest Employees of the Month.

Dominique earned her recognition for her consistent level of professionalism and demonstrated ability to reach out to assist customers. Heather was selected for her willingness to learn new skills and pitch in to help wherever needed.

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Dominique Tock (left) and Heather Wilson (right)

Brewing Success for Family-Owned Business

Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler

What does it take to develop a new and successful business? An entrepreneurial spirit? A growing market? Family values?

For local brothers, Eric, Jack, and Sam Hendler, it took all of that – and something extra – a special craft. Or more specifically, a craft for making beer. The three brothers are co-owners of Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, a Framingham-based craft brewery and restaurant they founded in 2011.

The brothers were able to capitalize on a growing trend – the popularity of craft beer – and to leverage the family and working values they experienced in their youth while working at their family’s ice-distribution company.

Though the business is just four years old, the bottom line the company has been able to build speaks volumes – with growth of 490% in cases of beer sold. It’s that growth that prompted the brothers to expand their facility from a 6,000 square-foot warehouse to a new 67,000 square-foot facility that features a brewery, tap room, restaurant, and retail space.

When they needed funding to finance their expansion, they didn’t need to look very far. “We talked to a few banks, but MutualOne was the one that came through for us. They were really excited to be part of a project that would help build downtown Framingham,” said Sam Hendler, Co-owner.

Mutual One’s willingness to help hasn’t stopped with just the financing. “We’re pretty young and sometimes need a little guidance. MutualOne has been there every step of the way to offer us helpful advice and tips,” added Hendler.

Looking for a banking relationship to support your business growth? Call Garth Chapman at 508.532.8353 today. To learn more about the success of Jack’s Abby Hall, visit jacksabby.com.

Employees of the Month

Lori Howe, senior service representative at our Lincoln Street office and Donna Cripps, commercial lending assistant in our lending department are our latest Employees of the Month.

Lori was recognized for her ability to make sure customer needs are being met and making referrals to other team members when appropriate. Donna was chosen for her ability to handle multiple tasks – some under short deadlines – and serving as the go-to-person for SBA loan policies and procedures.

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Lori Howe (left) and Donna Cripps (right)