bankESB Commits $20K to CISA’s Growing Resilience Campaign

Easthampton, Massachusetts — June 21, 2024 —

bankESB recently announced a commitment of $20,000 to the South Deerfield-based Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) Growing Resilience Campaign, an effort focused on building a stronger, more resilient local food system in western Massachusetts. CISA’s efforts to support a local food economy began more than 30 years ago. Today, more than 250 farms participate

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bankESB hires Michelakis as Branch Officer in Amherst

Easthampton, MA — June 17, 2024 —

Join us in welcoming George Michelakis as branch officer of our 253 Triangle St., Amherst office! Michelakis, of Chicopee, has 15 years of banking experience. He was previously a financial center manager at Berkshire Bank, and before that, a branch operations administrator at Peoples United Bank. He brings an extensive background of retail banking leadership

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bankESB promotes LaBonte to Assistant Vice President, Core Systems

Easthampton, MA — June 7, 2024 —

Congratulations to Melissa LaBonte on her recent promotion to assistant vice president, core systems! LaBonte, of Southampton, has 23 years of banking experience and has unlocked potential in many different areas of the banking industry throughout her career. She joined the bank in 2001 as a teller, and over the past two decades has held

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Fraud Prevention: Watch Out for Scams Targeting the Elderly

June 7, 2024 —

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. And, unfortunately, the number of scams targeting seniors is rising rapidly. That’s because scammers believe those 60 and older have more money, are more willing to trust people, and are less willing to report crimes against them. Here are some common elder scams and how you can stop them

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Fraud Prevention: What You Should Know About Phishing, Smishing, and Vishing

May 28, 2024 —

There’s only one you, and at bankESB, we want to help you keep it that way! Here’s what you need to know about common scams that try to steal your personal info or identity! Phishing: Watch your email With a phishing scam, you may receive an email that appears to be from a company you

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bankESB promotes Raskevitz to Vice President

Easthampton, MA — May 10, 2024 —

bankESB recently promoted Michelle Raskevitz to vice president, learning and development. Raskevitz, of Easthampton, joined bankESB as a teller in the bank’s College Hwy., Southampton office, and is about to celebrate her 30-year work anniversary at bankESB. She has held various roles, primarily in the realm of training, and was most recently assistant vice president,

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Protect Yourself from Zelle® Scams

April 11, 2024 —

Who doesn’t love a convenient and easy way to move money? That’s why Zelle, the person-to-person payment service offered by bankESB, has become a popular way to send and receive money quickly. Unfortunately, it’s also become popular among scammers who use it to defraud unsuspecting victims. As part of our commitment to helping you protect

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bankESB hires Tabin as Assistant Vice President, Branch Officer in Northampton

Easthampton, MA — March 27, 2024 —

bankESB recently hired Lauren Tabin as assistant vice president, branch officer of its King St., Northampton office. Tabin, of Holyoke, has nearly 30 years of banking experience. Prior to joining bankESB, she was assistant vice president, branch officer at PeoplesBank, and previously held various other positions there including banking center manager, branch officer, trainer, and

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bankESB to Host Two Free Shred Days

Easthampton, MA — March 22, 2024 —

bankESB invites customers and members of the community to two free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (or until the truck is full) on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, June 8: Agawam office, 770 Main St. Saturday, June

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bankESB Parent Wins 2024 Top Workplaces USA Award

Easthampton, MA — March 20, 2024 —

Hometown Financial Group, parent company of bankESB, Abington Bank, and bankHometown, announced today it was named a winner of the 2024 Top Workplaces USA award by Energage. Top Workplaces USA celebrates organizations with 150 or more employees that are dedicated to building an exceptional people-first culture. Winners are chosen based solely on employee feedback gathered

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Beware of Fraud This Tax Season!

March 20, 2024 —

Tax season is in full swing. For many, it’s time to get a little extra money back as a refund. Unfortunately, it’s also a time that scammers look to steal money and the identities of unsuspecting victims. At bankESB, we want to help protect you. Here’s some info on the latest tax scams and how

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bankESB Makes $25,000 Donation to The Chamber of Greater Easthampton’s WorkHub on Union

Easthampton, Massachusetts — March 15, 2024 —

The Chamber of Greater Easthampton is pleased to announce a significant contribution of $25,000 from bankESB towards its ambitious co-workspace project, WorkHub on Union. The donation will support the development of a vibrant and collaborative co-working space, providing valuable resources for entrepreneurs and businesses in the Greater Easthampton region. “This is a tremendous opportunity to

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bankESB hires Suarez as Assistant Vice President, Branch Officer in Holyoke

Eastampton, MA — March 13, 2024 —

bankESB recently hired Hector Suarez as assistant vice president, branch officer of their Sargeant St., Holyoke office. Suarez grew up in Holyoke and Puerto Rico and has nearly 30 years of banking experience. He says he is passionate about providing a customer-first experience and brings an extensive background to his new role, where he will

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bankESB Promotes Clark to Wire Transfer Officer

Easthampton, MA — March 4, 2024 —

Congratulations to Seth Clark of our 36 Main St. Easthampton office on his recent promotion to wire transfer officer! Seth lives in Westfield and has 11 years of banking experience. He joined bankESB in 2013 and has held a variety of positions that have helped him unlock the potential of our customers, including wire transfer

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$12,500 Donated to Junior Achievement on behalf of bankESB

Easthampton, Massachusetts — February 16, 2024 —

Elan Charitable Giving Program Supports Credit Card Partners’ Communities bankESB has made a $12,500 donation to the Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts in partnership with the Elan Charitable Giving Program. Elan Financial Services, bankESB’s credit card solutions partner, launched their charitable giving program in 2022 and has donated over $1.7 million to charities on behalf

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bankESB Raises $35,000 for Local Food Pantries

Eastampton, MA — January 31, 2024 —

Matthew S. Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB, announced that the bank’s third annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising drive raised $35,000 for local food pantries. This brings the program’s three-year total to nearly $110,000. The appeal is part of bankESB’s charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, which reflects the bank’s commitment to making a difference

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bankESB Donates $50,000 to United Way

Eastampton, MA — January 19, 2024 —

bankESB and its employees recently made donations of $50,000 to the United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region. Employees pledged nearly $23,000 of their own funds in the bank’s United Way workplace campaign. Combined with the bank’s dollar-for-dollar match and additional corporate contribution, the campaign total of $50,000 will be donated to the United

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bankESB promotes Vincelette to Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Operations

EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS — January 5, 2024 —

bankESB recently promoted Stephanie Vincelette to assistant vice president, human resources operations. Vincelette, of Granby, has 11 years of banking experience. She was previously human resources operations officer, and before that, payroll manager, and began her career in banking as payroll specialist. Before joining bankESB in 2012, she had 5 years of previous payroll &

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bankESB promotes Gomes to Assistant Vice President, Customer Care

Easthampton, Massachusetts — January 5, 2024 —

bankESB recently promoted Erica Gomes to assistant vice president, customer care, based at their Northampton Street, Easthampton office. Gomes, of Chicopee, has 24 years of banking experience. She joined the Hometown Financial Group family of banks at bankHometown in 2013 as branch manager of the Killingly office, after spending more than 14 years in retail

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bankESB promotes West to Assistant Vice President, Branch Officer in Easthampton

Eastampton, MA — December 21, 2023 —

bankESB recently promoted Jessica West to assistant vice president, branch officer of their 36 Main St., Easthampton office. West, of Hadley, has 31 years of banking experience. She was previously assistant vice president, branch manager in Amherst. Before that, she was branch manager at the Northampton St., Easthampton office, and before that, assistant branch manager

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bankESB promotes McCarthy to Float Retail Manager

Eastampton, MA — December 21, 2023 —

bankESB recently promoted Trevor McCarthy to float retail manager. McCarthy, of Chicopee, has three years of banking experience, and joined bankESB in 2020 as a teller. In his new role, he will manage the float staff at bankESB. He will be based in Easthampton but will float to all bankESB branches to support with supervisory

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The Boston Globe names bankESB a Top Place to Work

Eastampton, MA — December 8, 2023 —

bankESB has been named one of The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work in Massachusetts. “We’re so proud to be named one of the Commonwealth’s ‘Top Places to Work’ and humbled that it’s the direct result of positive feedback by our own employees,” said bankESB President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik. “I’m inspired every day

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bankESB promotes Raines to Vice President, Retail Administration

Eastampton, MA — December 8, 2023 —

bankESB recently promoted Tiffany Raines to vice president, retail administration. Raines, of Belchertown, joined bankESB in 2018 as assistant vice president, branch officer of the Holyoke branch and was promoted to vice president, branch officer in 2021. She has nearly 25 years of banking experience, including her previous roles as assistant vice president and banking

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bankESB Supports Local Food Pantries through 3rd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser

Easthampton, Massachusetts — October 16, 2023 —

This marks the third year of the bank’s annual appeal, which invites bank customers, employees, and community members to donate money between November 1 and November 30 to help fight food insecurity. All donations up to $2,500 per customer will be matched dollar for dollar by bankESB and the total raised will be divided among

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bankESB named among most charitable companies in Massachusetts

Easthampton, Massachusetts — September 1, 2023 —

bankESB has received the 2023 Corporate Citizenship Award from Boston Business Journal, recognizing the bank as one of Massachusetts’ top corporate charitable contributors. It’s the ninth year in a row that bankESB has received the honor. The Business Journal annually publishes this list to showcase companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities.

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bankESB to Host Two Free Shred Days In Fall 2023

Easthampton, Massachusetts — August 23, 2023 —

bankESB invites customers and members of the community to two free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (on until the truck is full) on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, September 23: Easthampton office, 241 Northampton St. Saturday, October

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bankESB Parent Wins National Top Workplaces Award

Easthampton, Massachusetts — July 24, 2023 —

Hometown Financial Group, parent company of bankESB, announced today that it was named a 2023 Financial Services Industry Top Workplaces national award winner. This award is based solely on feedback from employees of participating workplaces, gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. Top Workplaces

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bankESB Makes $25,000 Challenge Grant to Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters’ T.U.R.F. Project

Easthampton, Massachusetts — July 24, 2023 —

Matthew Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB, announced that the bank is awarding up to $25,000 in a matching challenge grant to support the Amherst Hurricanes Boosters’ Transformative Uses for Regional Fields (T.U.R.F). Project. Alongside the support of parents and community members, the total could reach as much as $50,000. The Amherst Hurricane Athletic Boosters

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bankESB Commits $5,000 to Belchertown Pickleball Community

Easthampton, Massachusetts — July 13, 2023 —

bankESB recently awarded $5,000 to the Belchertown Pickleball Community and Belchertown Orioles Athletic Association to support the initiative of building two new community pickleball courts at 59 State Street in Belchertown. The Belchertown Pickleball Community ​is a volunteer run, not for profit organization, created to better the Pickleball experience in Belchertown. The two new State

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bankESB Promotes Peter Gilbert to Assistant Branch Manager in Easthampton

Easthampton, Massachusetts — July 11, 2023 —

bankESB recently promoted Peter Gilbert to assistant branch manager of its 241 Northampton Street branch in Easthampton, MA. Gilbert, of Westhampton, started as a teller at bankESB’s Hadley branch in 2018, was promoted to teller supervisor in 2019, and moved to a float retail supervisor in 2021. He holds an associate degree in liberal arts

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bankESB Promotes Czerniejewski to Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lending

Easthampton, Massachusetts — July 5, 2023 —

bankESB recently promoted Tim Czerniejewski to assistant vice president, commercial lending. Czerniejewski, of Westfield, has 16 years of experience in banking. He joined bankESB in 2016 as a credit analyst, and was promoted in 2018 to assistant vice president, portfolio manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing, structuring and closing commercial

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Hometown Mortgage to Host Three First-Time Home Buyer Seminars

Easthampton, Massachusetts — May 25, 2023 —

Hometown Mortgage is hosting three first-time home buyer seminars on June 6, June 7, and June 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 7 Campus Lane in Easthampton, MA. Join Jeff Hutchins, mortgage loan originator at Hometown Mortgage, along with other real estate professionals, in this certified course recognized by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership

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bankESB Hires Joe Williams as Vice President, Commercial Lender

Easthampton, Massachusetts — May 25, 2023 —

bankESB recently announced that Joe Williams has been hired as vice president, commercial lender. Williams, of East Longmeadow, has twelve years of banking experience including his most recent roles as AVP, business banking officer at People’s Bank, and AVP, credit officer at United Bank. Williams holds a master’s degree in communication from Bay Path University,

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bankESB Promotes Brenna Breeding to Digital Marketing Officer

Easthampton, Massachusetts — May 23, 2023 —

bankESB recently promoted Brenna Breeding to digital marketing officer. Breeding, of West Springfield, joined bankESB in 2020 as digital marketing manager. In her new role, Breeding will be responsible for digital marketing content strategy and development, corporate website management, and will serve as the relationship manager for 3rd party vendors. She earned a bachelor’s degree

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Amherst’s Turku Named bankESB Retail SVP

Easthampton, Massachusetts — May 15, 2023 —

bankESB recently announced that Gary Turku has been named senior vice president, retail banking officer for bankESB, succeeding Nancy Lapointe who recently retired. Turku, of Amherst, joined bankESB in May 2021 as the vice president, branch officer of the bank’s former Locust St., Northampton office, later transitioning to the 36 Main St., Easthampton, main office.

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bankESB Promotes Ian Megraw to IT Officer

Easthampton, Massachusetts — April 21, 2023 —

bankESB recently promoted Ian Megraw to information technology officer. Megraw, of Southampton, joined bankESB in 2016 as a systems administrator. He has seven years of experience in banking and has many strengths that have significantly contributed to the success of the IT department and the bank’s conversions since joining the team. He is a respected

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bankESB Adds Audrey Chechile to Marketing Department

Easthampton, Massachusetts — March 31, 2023 —

Audrey Chechile of Wilbraham has joined the bankESB marketing department as its marketing communications manager. In this role, she will be responsible for managing internal and external communications content to drive brand awareness, engagement, and business development; managing the company’s marketing and sales material development, inventory, and distribution; and managing bank-sponsored events and donations across

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bankESB to Host Two Free Spring 2023 Shred Days

Easthampton, Massachusetts — March 15, 2023 —

bankESB invites customers and members of the community to two free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, April 15: Easthampton office, 241 Northampton St. Saturday, May 13: Hadley Home Depot parking lot,

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Safe, Reliable, and Fully Insured

Easthampton, Massachusetts — March 13, 2023 —

This past weekend, federal regulators seized the assets of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. In light of these events, we’d like to assure you that your deposits are safe, sound, and fully insured at bankESB. As a strong local community bank, bankESB provides our customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing that

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bankESB Hires Gadouas to Lead Belchertown Office

Easthampton, Massachusetts — February 17, 2023 —

bankESB recently announced that David Gadouas has been hired as assistant vice president, branch officer of the bank’s State Street, Belchertown office. Gadouas, of Chicopee, has over 15 years of banking experience. Prior to joining bankESB, he was employed by Bank of America where he served as vice president, financial center manager. Gadouas holds a

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bankESB Promotes Two to Officer

Easthampton, Massachusetts — February 9, 2023 —

bankESB recently announced that two of its employees have been promoted to officer. Heather Dameworth, of South Hadley, has been promoted to cash management and government banking administrator officer. Dameworth joined bankESB in 2021 as cash management – government banking administrator. She has over 18 years of banking experience including roles in accounting, call centers,

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bankESB Donates $56,700 to United Way

Easthampton, Massachusetts — February 3, 2023 —

bankESB and its employees recently made donations of more than $56,700 to the United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region. Employees pledged more than $31,000 of their own funds in support of the bank’s United Way workplace campaign. Combined with the bank’s direct contribution, the campaign total of $56,714 will be donated to the

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