What's New at Granite Bank
Granite Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Susie Sambito to Loan Administration Supervisor. Susie has been with the Bank since 1997 and has most recently been a Loan Administration Specialist. Susie has been considered the go-to person given her knowledge and experience and is often tasked with taking the lead on projects. Susie is an essential part of the team and will continue to work closely with Mike Gonzales in this role.
Please join us in congratulating Darlene Curley, of our Colebrook office, who has been promoted from Operations Processor I to the position of Operations Processor II. Darlene has worked at Granite Bank since January, 2013.
Granite Bank Announces Employees of the Quarter
Diane Little and Alexis Lamontagne will be sharing the Employee of the Quarter award.
Diane Little has been an integral member of the Colebrook commercial loan team for over twenty years. Her expertise in document preparation is valuable, and she is considered a “go-to” person by employees at all branch locations. Diane has had the opportunity to work with many customers over her years of service, and has developed favorable relationships with them. In addition to managing the daily details of her job, Diane is always willing to share her knowledge with others. She is patient and kind. She also takes on tasks that need attention, such as watering the plants, because it’s something that enhances the work environment. Diane’s willingness to help in all areas is greatly appreciated.
Alexis has been with the bank for almost a year and in that short time she has proven to be an invaluable addition to the Operations Department. She has been quick to learn every job that she has been assigned and is always willing and ready to take on new tasks. Alexis has excellent customer service skills and goes above and beyond to resolve any issues her customers may have. Recently, a customer filed a dispute for a purchase they had made because they had not received the product but had been charged. Alexis took it upon herself to call the merchant who then immediately shipped the item to the customer via 2 day priority mail. This not only made the customer happy but saved the bank from what could have been a potential loss. Alexis’ strong work ethic, positive attitude and upbeat personality makes her a true asset not only to her department but to Granite Bank as a whole.
Ben Wheeler named Lender of the Quarter
We are pleased to announce that “Lender of the First Quarter 2016” goes to Ben Wheeler. Ben closed over 5 million in new loans during the quarter resulting in strong net growth within his loan portfolio year-to-date. Ben was instrumental in bringing on a high profile relationship known as Wentworth Senior Living, a very prominent assisted living facility located in Portsmouth. Ben has had a great start to 2016 and maintains a solid pipeline.
Granite Bank welcomes Patricia Hahnl to the position of Branch Manager in the Amherst Office.
Patricia, also known as Patti, has fifteen years of banking experience serving in a variety of roles, including Financial Services Manager and Branch Manager. Her responsibilities involved business and relationship development, deposit and lending account management in addition to overseeing staff coaching and team building.
Patricia is committed to helping new and existing customers meet their banking needs with her extensive customer service and management background.
A resident of Hudson, NH, Patricia is member and auction committee chair of Rotary Nashua West and an active volunteer for other local organizations including the Red Cross.
Loyd W. Dollins to Retire as Granite Bank CEO
Loyd W. Dollins, president and chief executive officer will retire in December 2016 after 17 years with the bank. Dollins’ banking career began in Florida in 1974. He was a member of the organizing group of a community bank in Miami and was its President before moving to New Hampshire in 1991. He served as Vice President of 2 community banks before joining the former First Colebrook Bank in 1999. “Since Loyd was named president and CEO Granite Bank has prospered. Under his effective leadership we continue to realize significant asset growth and earnings,” said Board Chair Judy Dalton.
Scott A. Cooper will succeed Dollins as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2017. He will begin his employment on March 28, 2016 as chief operating officer based in the bank’s Colebrook, New Hampshire office.
Cooper served as president and chief executive officer of Vermont-based First Brandon National Bank. More recently he was Chief Risk Management Officer of a community bank in Minnesota. For over three decades Cooper held roles ranging from chief risk officer, chief credit officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Cooper attended New Hampshire College, now Southern New Hampshire University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at University of Colorado.
Pictured left to right: Scott Cooper and Loyd Dollins.
Granite Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Avis Brosseau to Chief Financial Officer.
For over 20 years, Brosseau has served in a variety of roles at Granite Bank, including Senior Vice President/Finance, Commercial Loan Officer, Compliance Officer, Regional Manager and Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Administration Officer.
Brosseau received an MBA from Plymouth State University, and is an active community leader, serving on the Coos Economic Development Corporation Board, the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Association Board, and is an Advisory Board Member to the NH SBDC. She is Auditor for the Town of Brunswick Vt., where she resides.
Granite Bank Donates to Booster Club!
We are proud to donate $250 to the Canaan-Pittsburg Booster Club to supplement athletic endeavors. Pictured below are (left to right): Bronson Frizzell, Deborah Lynch, and Meghan Prehemo.
Please welcome Suellen Croteau!
Granite Bank welcomes Suellen Croteau, Portfolio Assistant. After joining the bank with 26 years of financial services experience, Suellen began her career as a supervisor at Fleet Mortgage in Bedford, NH. She has served in customer service, sales, operations and compliance roles throughout her career. Most recently Suellen held the position of Relationship Manager where she worked closely with small businesses and consumers within the Concord community. Suellen earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of Maine at Orono and is a resident of Hooksett.
Bob Davis, Senior Vice President/Senior Lender of Granite Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Angela Ferris to Assistant Vice President/Portfolio Manager.
Angela began her banking career in 1996. She first joined Granite Bank in 2009 as Assistant Branch Manager. She was promoted to Branch Manager and then to Commercial Loan Assistant.
Angela is a 2014 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Angela resides in Exeter and has been involved in civic activities including Amy’s Treat, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Strafford County Community Emergency Response Team.
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Pamela Bunnell joins Granite Bank as Vice President/Residential Loan Officer!
Granite Bank welcomes Pamela Bunnell, Vice President/Residential Loan Officer in the Colebrook office.
Pamela joins Granite Bank with 39 years of bank industry experience. Most recently, she served as a Vice President/Branch Manager at Citizens Bank where she managed all branch functions, including policy and procedural compliance and operational integrity.
Pamela shares Granite Bank’s vision for ensuring the highest level of customer service is delivered to the bank’s valued customers. She is a strong supporter of the Colebrook community, where she resides. Pamela was trustee and board chairperson for Colebrook Public Library, a Colebrook school board member, and treasurer for both Habitat for Humanity and North Country Community Recreation. She also served as an advisory board member for the Colebrook region Child and Family Services.
Lise Howson transitions to Concord office
Granite Bank announces Lise T. Howson Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer has transitioned to the bank’s Concord office. Lise is available to serve commercial customers with lending services throughout the entire southern New Hampshire region.
Lise joined Granite Bank in November of 2014 and is a southern New Hampshire banking industry veteran with over 25 years of experience. She studied Business Administration at University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics. She has been involved with the Nashua Police Athletic League and the Nashua Boys & Girls Club.