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April 14, 2014

NHEC Foundation, Northway Bank Donate $258,427 to NH Food Bank

At a ceremony attended by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, officials from the New Hampshire Electric Co-op and Northway Bank capped one of the largest-ever fundraising campaigns for the New Hampshire Food Bank with the presentation of a check for $258,427.

The NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge was launched in September 2013 with the goal of raising $150,000 for the state’s only Food Bank, which annually donates nearly 10 million pounds of food to be distributed at 400 agencies across the state to the estimated one in nine residents in the state who are considered “food insecure.”

The campaign got a big boost when the NHEC Foundation announced it would match up to $70,000 of the total raised and Northway Bank would match an additional $40,000. Donations came from all over the state – from businesses and individuals, including employees of New Hampshire Electric Co-op and Northway Bank who participated via a payroll deduction program.

On March 24, officials from both companies met with Governor Hassan in the Executive Council chambers to present the donation check to NH Food Bank Executive Director Mel Gosselin.

From left, NHEC Chairman Earl Hansen, Northway Bank Retail Banking Executive Dawn Champiny, Governor Hassan, NH Catholic Charities CEO Tom Blomski, NH Food Bank Executive Director Mel Gosselin.

“We have so many thank you’s to make as we wrap up this hugely successful campaign,” said Earl Hansen, Chairman of the New Hampshire Electric Co-op Board of Directors. “The size of this donation and the number of people involved in making it happen says a lot about this state and the generosity of its people. The power of partnering with Northway Bank and the NH Food Bank proved to be a great match.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of the partnership with the NH Electric Co-op and the NH Food Bank. Our customers and associates opened their hearts and their wallets in amazing ways. We have a 133 year history of serving the citizens of the Granite State and are committed to doing our part in eliminating food insecurity within our communities.” said Dawn Champiny, Senior VP of Northway Bank.

“The generosity of NH Electric Co-op, Northway Bank, their employees and the many businesses and individuals who supported the NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge is truly inspiring. We are so grateful to everyone who took part in this very successful challenge and helped to provide 516,854 meals to the one in nine men, women and children in need in our state.” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the NH Food Bank.

October 18, 2013

New Hampshire’s Northway Bank has opened branches in Manchester and Portsmouth, bringing community banking to areas previously dominated by large regional and national financial institutions.

The new branches are Northway’s southernmost locations in the state. Long a mainstay in northern and central New Hampshire, Northway Bank first expanded into the state’s southern population centers three years ago with the opening of a branch in Concord.

Our Portsmouth Location

“We’re committed to growing throughout the state, adding locations where there’s a need for our style of community banking,” says Bill Woodward, president and CEO of Northway Bank. “We think we can offer Manchester and Portsmouth a distinct alternative with our hands-on, community-oriented approach.”

Northway Bank is a locally owned and operated independent community bank with offices exclusively in New Hampshire. Its roots in the state go back more than a century.

“The people of New Hampshire have a well-known independent streak,” says Northway Senior Vice President Dawn Champiny, who will be based in the Manchester office. “So does Northway. We’ve been a good fit in other parts of the state and are confident the same will be true in Manchester and Portsmouth.”

Northway’s Manchester and Portsmouth offices are both full-service branches, offering loan, deposit, investment, and cash management solutions to both consumers and businesses. A team of commercial, small business, investment, and mortgage experts is available on-site. Northway is the leading commercial and mortgage lender in the markets it serves.

The Manchester branch is located at 29 Cilley Road and the Portsmouth branch is located at 750 Lafayette Road. Lobby and drive-up hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. A drive-up ATM is available 24 hours a day.

Our Manchester Location

May 31, 2013

Northway Bank names William Zafirson to executive management team

Northway Bank, the largest independent commercial bank in New Hampshire, has named William Zafirson senior vice president in charge of both retail lending and marketing.

A Maine native, Zafirson has two decades of banking experience in the Northeast. He’s a specialist in Lean Six Sigma, a business methodology that aims to implement best practices for quality and process improvement.

Before joining Northway, Zafirson spent much of his career with TD Bank in various process improvement and mortgage lending roles. He previously led all mortgage sales activities for TD Banknorth, a predecessor organization, covering the region from the Canadian border to Philadelphia. His background also includes two years with The Bank of Maine as managing director of mortgage banking.

At Northway Bank, Zafirson is responsible for all retail lending, including residential mortgages and consumer loans. He also oversees the bank’s marketing department.

“Consumer loans and mortgages go to the heart of what community banking is all about,” says Northway CEO Bill Woodward. “Bill Zafirson knows what it takes to keep improving the customer experience surrounding those products.”

“Northway offers the resources of a big regional bank and the local perspective of a community bank,” Zafirson says. “That’s an ideal combination for a bank that wants to continually get better from a customer service standpoint.”

A professional auctioneer, Zafirson volunteers his services for fund-raising events hosted by various non-profits, including Sweetser, the Center for Grieving Children, the Reach School and the Ronald McDonald House in Portland. He is also a board member and past chair of Sweetser, the oldest child welfare and behavioral health organization in Maine.

November 16, 2012

Northway Bank continues support for the NH Food Bank into November

Northway Bank has recently made a $1,000 donation to the New Hampshire Food Bank. The donation is a result from a bake sale that associates in the Bank’s Berlin banking center organized to support the Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month initiative. Northway associates made a variety of baked goods, sold them to local patrons and donated the proceeds to the Food Bank.

L to R: Chris Eddy, Lorna Thibodeau, Nancy Mellitt, Rich Sidor,
Melanie Gosselin, John Udaloy, and Colleen MacArthur

“We are continually humbled at how our communities respond to helping the needs of those struggling around us,” says Richard Sidor, assistant vice president at Northway Bank. “At our Campton banking center alone over 1,000 food items were collected during Hunger Action Month.”

Northway Bank’s support of the New Hampshire Food Bank continues during the month of November. The Bank is once again teaming up with the New Hampshire Food Bank in an effort to raise awareness and collect donations for the state’s diminishing food supply for those struggling to feed themselves and their families.

November is canned vegetable month at the food bank. Northway Bank is asking the community to help support those less fortunate this holiday season. Bring in non-perishable food donations to any Northway banking center throughout the month of November. Northway will then be delivering the food donations to the New Hampshire Food Bank, which distributes the food to local soup kitchens, food pantries, elderly meal sites, children’s meal programs, and more. Any contribution that is made will go a long way!

Click to learn more about how you can contribute to the New Hampshire Food Bank or to find a Northway banking center nearest you.

November 12, 2012

Northway Bank tops SBA lender list again in 2012

During the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) fiscal year 2012, which ended in September, Northway originated 91 loans worth more than $4 million under the agency’s core 7(a) program, once again making them the top SBA lender in the state of New Hampshire.

In addition, Northway loaned more than $20 million through the SBA’s “bricks-and-mortar” 504 program of which $11 million was permanently funded by Northway, the highest dollar volume originated among all lenders in the state.

“We’re a local business ourselves, so we’re eager to help our fellow local businesses make investments that can help our communities prosper,” says Bill Woodward, President and CEO of Northway Bank. “As an independent, locally owned community bank, Northway feels a special obligation to help small business.”

Victor Levesque, Northway’s director of commercial banking, added, “We’ve always been committed to helping small businesses. They are the economic life blood of our economy and Northway will continue to do our part to support them.”

The SBA doesn’t make loans itself, but rather guarantees loans made by participating financial institutions, thereby assuring broader access to capital by reducing lending risk.

The 7(a) program provides financing for general purposes and is the SBA’s primary means of helping small businesses. The 504 program provides financing to help small businesses acquire fixed assets like real estate or equipment.

Small business is a Northway niche. Though the bank’s experience extends to just about every industry, Northway is especially active with small, family-owned businesses.



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