, Newburyport, MA


November 30, 2010

Business briefs

Provident Bank's Bob Jones to retire

After a distinguished 37-year career in commercial banking, Bob Jones will retire at the end of this year. Jones is vice president/commercial lending at The Provident Bank's Seabrook branch.

Born and raised in Newburyport, Jones has spent his entire career in banking within the Greater Newburyport and Seacoast New Hampshire regions, where he has remained dedicated to making the community a better place to live and work.

He joined The Provident Bank in 2004 from First & Ocean National Bank in Newburyport, where he had worked for 10 years. He previously worked at some of the area's other prominent banks, including Bank of New England, Eastern Bank and Northeast National Bank in Amesbury.

Jones gives generously of his time and expertise to support civic and community organizations. He remains treasurer of The Pettengill House, a social services agency in Salisbury, where he has been a board member for 10 years. He is a former Finance Committee member for the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation, where he also remains a corporator. In addition, he is a board member of Housing Support Inc. in Newburyport; chairman of the board of directors at the Coastal Economic Development Corporation in New Hampshire; an executive member and treasurer of the board for the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce; and first vice chairman of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Vine Associates merges with GZA

David Vine, principal of Vine Associates Inc. of Newburyport, announced that he has merged his firm with GZA GeoEnvironmental of Norwood. The merger enables Vine Associates to provide the full range of engineering and environmental services to clients.

Vine Associates has been in business in Newburyport for the past 23 years. Most recently, Vine Associates has been assigned a five-year work task contract with the U.S. Coast Guard, providing waterfront services throughout the country. It is currently providing bathymetric surveys at eight Coast Guard facilities in Florida, Texas and Louisiana.

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