In March, the bank completed the renovations to its Storey Avenue Newburyport office which consisted of the addition of a second floor with approximately 1,200 square feet of new space specifically dedicated to mortgage lending. This proved to be very successful as nearly 50 percent of the bank’s 2013 real estate mortgage loans were produced from this office.
On Patriots Day and the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, the bank opened its Topsfield office, accumulating as reported $57 million in deposits.
In his remarks to the Corporation, Jones discussed the bank’s future growth plans to ensure continued profitability and success going forward. “The bank’s long term strategic focus is to increase profitability, grow our existing banking offices, and expand into other local communities, said Jones. “We are committed to remaining a ‘mutually owned’ regional savings bank serving the North Shore and Cape Ann.”
The Bank also elected three new officers and five new Corporators. Officers elected were Karl R. Wilson, senior vice president of commercial lending; Katrina P. Cutts, vice president of commercial lending; and John A. LeBlanc, vice president of loan operations. New Corporators welcomed were Dr. Ann-Marie Clancy of Newburyport, partner at Newburyport Dental Associates; Zachary T. Field of Amesbury, owner of Zach Field Drum & Musical Suite; Judy E. Proctor of Topsfield, lawyer and minister; Charles E. Wear, III of Amesbury, vice president of Meridian Associates; and Stuart E. Winfrey of Essex, owner of Winfrey’s Fudge and Chocolate.
Finally, the Corporators and Employees paid tribute to retiring long-time Trustee Jonathan J. Woodman. Woodman, founder of Woodman Associates Architects of Newburyport, served 33 years on the bank’s Board of Trustees, including terms on the Board Investment, Charitable Foundation, Long Range Strategic Planning and Building committees. Jones said: “Jon’s skills and sound judgment have given him the depth of experience to serve his community in a way unmatched by others. He is sincere, trustworthy and caring and will be greatly missed around our Board table.”
Before concluding the meeting Jones announced the 2013 recipient of the President’s Award which annually is given to an employee who consistently goes above and beyond his or her duties to serve the Bank and its customers.
This year’s award was given to Anne G. Girard of Rowley, deposit services representative.