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August 17, 2018
 
NORTHWAY BANK SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCELLENCE AWARDED FOR THE 40th CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Berlin, NH, August 17, 2018. Northway Bank has awarded three Scholarships for Excellence to seniors graduating from the high schools in Berlin, Gorham, and Conway. This is the 40th consecutive year that these scholarships have been awarded.
 
Sarah Clark, the daughter of Kevin and Susan Clark of Berlin, was awarded the Scholarship at Berlin High School. She will attend The University of Maine in Orono, ME, where she will study Biomedical Engineering. Her career focus will be in prosthetics. Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Daughters of the American Revolution – Good Citizen Award, Sylvia Evans Award, Dartmouth College Book Award, the Patty Hood Sportsmanship Award and Deb Clark Valentine Character Development Award. Sarah has been involved in the High-Altitude Balloon Project from 2014-2018. Sarah has volunteered for Special Olympics and Key Club and has been a nursing home volunteer.
 
Maxwell Sjostrom, the Scholarship winner at Gorham High School, will study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA; he will major in Popular Music. Max is the senior class Valedictorian, class president, a member of the National Honor Society, participates in Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council. Throughout his high school years, he received the St. Michael’s Book Award and the Joseph Small Arts Prize. Max’s interest in community service led him to participate in the Community Service Day, Adopt-a-Highway program, Bikes Not Bombs and the Polar Express program. Max’s love of music has taken him to GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, CA, he was a “Red Ticket” recipient for The Voice, was the Littleton Idol winner and a finalist in the Hampton Beach Talent Competition 2014-2017. Max is the son of Kris and Linda Sjostrom of Shelburne, NH.
 
Emma Plante aspires to become a biologist, and will attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA to prepare for that career. Emma won the Scholarship at Kennett High School, where she is Valedictorian of her senior class, is a member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society. She attended St. Paul’s Advanced Studies program, where she studied biomedical ethics and received a superior ranking. Emma is very active in the community where she has performed more than 300 hours of community service. She has also been elected to student council for two years and has held leadership positions in Key Club. She has won awards in Animation, German II, Ancient World History, Business Law, German IV, Advanced Placement U.S. History, Advanced Placement English Language and Composition and the Silver Medal on the National German Exam. She is the daughter of Ron and Andrea Plante of North Conway, NH.
 
The Northway Bank Scholarship for Excellence is awarded to high school seniors for outstanding achievements in Academic Excellence, Personal Character, and Qualities of Leadership. During its 40-year history, the Scholarship Program has invested almost $700,000 in 141 graduating seniors.
William J. Woodward, Chairman, President, and CEO of Northway Bank, said, “Northway Bank has been proud to provide some financial assistance over the past 40 years to the outstanding youth of the North Country who are seeking higher education. Our Country needs well-educated young people to help guide it through the challenging times we face, and it is our desire to help them achieve their educational goals.”
August 16, 2018
 
Robert Fischer Joins Northway Bank as Assistant Vice President and Senior Branch Manager
 
Portsmouth, N.H. – Northway Bank is proud to name Robert Fischer as AVP, Senior Branch Manager of its Portsmouth location.

In his role, Bob will be responsible for cultivating and strengthening relationships within the Portsmouth community, offering the highest level of customer service, and providing advice, strategies, and solutions for Northway Bank’s customers.

Bob brings a career of banking expertise, leadership, and professional networking to his position at Northway Bank.

A graduate of Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a double minor in marketing and accounting, Bob most recently served on the Citizens Bank leadership team. Prior to that, he held positions in retail banking as well as in the fitness, travel, and restaurant industries.
Bob is a seacoast resident and New Hampshire native who enjoys spending spare time gardening, antiquing, and working on DIY projects.

Bob is based in Northway Bank’s Portsmouth Office located at 750 Lafayette Road and can be reached at 603-342-1464 or rfischer@northwaybank.com.

Northway Bank is one of the largest independent commercial banks in New Hampshire, operating 16 branches and employing more than 200 associates throughout the state. Its New Hampshire roots date back more than a century, establishing a long heritage of local commitment. Northway Bank serves individuals and businesses, combining the neighborly approach of a community bank with the extensive products and services you might expect to find only in a big national bank. At Northway Bank, community still counts. Call 800-442-6666 or visit northwaybank.com to learn how the right bank makes a real difference.
Photo of Tania Alicea, Branch Manager of Manchester
June 22, 2018
 
Northway Bank names Tania Alicea Manchester Branch Manager

Manchester, N.H. – Northway Bank, one of the largest independent commercial community banks in New Hampshire, has named Tania Alicea Branch Manager of its Manchester branch.
 
In her role, Tania will be responsible for cultivating and strengthening relationships within the community, offering the highest level of customer service, and providing advice, strategies, and solutions for Northway’s customers.
 
Tania brings 19 years of financial industry experience to her position at Northway. She began her career in banking as one of three individuals chosen to participate in an opportunity to learn and work in the banking industry through Manchester Community Center, sparking her interest in financial solutions management. Committed to providing outstanding customer service, Tania has worked in various retail banking roles, most recently as an Assistant Manager at the Citizens Financial Group.
 
A Manchester, NH native and also fluent in Spanish, Tania enjoys gardening and outdoor activities. She proudly states that one of her most significant enjoyments in life is spending time with her family. Tania enjoys volunteering with her family at the Manchester Soup Kitchen and looks forward to continuing to support her local community.
 
With a passion for service, Tania prides herself on being an advocate for small businesses and the local community, “Quality banking products, services, and trusted advice are the pillars of community growth. I’m proud to join Northway Bank to facilitate community growth and to deliver industry-leading service to my hometown.”
Picture of Scott Thimann, Northway Bank, with Janice Crawford of MWV Chamber of Commerce
June 6, 2018
 
Leadership Mount Washington Valley Graduates 15 Program Participants
 
North Conway, NH – Northway Bank is pleased to congratulate the class of 2018 Leadership Mount Washington Valley (MVW) graduates. This group of 15 young professionals from the community dedicated 6 months to immersing themselves in mentorship, learning, and leadership training to position themselves as future leaders in the Mount Washington Valley area – and is the program’s tenth group to do so.

“This group has been identified as most likely to stay and make their home in the Mount Washington Valley area. However, to entice this group to stay, professional career opportunities must be made available and support systems provided. We’re proud to help facilitate that,” stated Scott Thimann, Chief Banking Officer of Northway Bank, a sponsoring local business.

The program, sponsored in part by Northway Bank, received the New Hampshire Rising Star Leadership Development Program of the Year Award by Work Stay Play, a team dedicated to retaining outstanding professional talent in New Hampshire.

With an emphasis on service, collaboration, and synergistic opportunities to enhance the quality of life in our community, Leadership MWV’s graduates work in healthcare, entrepreneurship, sales, recreation, banking, tourism, the non-profit sector, technology and education – and all share interest in serving and bettering their communities.

“I’m so excited to help mold the future of our region,” stated Bailey Damon of Oxford Inn in Fryeburg, ME. “Leadership Mount Washington Valley not only provided me the tools for community leadership, but more importantly, rekindled my pride for our region and optimism for our future.”

For more information, or to apply for the 2019 program, please visit www.leadershipMWV.com.
Image of NH Solar recipient of Northway Bank's donation, shown with Glen Feener of Plymouth Branch
May 29, 2018
 
Northway Bank Joins NH Solar Shares as a Business Sponsor

Plymouth, NH: NH Solar Shares announced today that Northway Bank of Plymouth has signed on to support the project with a $5,000 donation. NH Solar Shares, a subsidiary of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI), in partnership with the NH Electric Cooperative is building solar PV arrays for the purpose of increasing the portion of clean renewable energy on the grid, building more environmentally sustainable communities and sharing the benefits of solar energy with low income families.

These small community-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays will be built one community at a time, located on donated space, inspired by a task force of local volunteers and funded through charitable donations, a Go Fund Me campaign, business sponsors, and state and private grants. The solar PV electricity generated at each site will be credited directly to the electric bills of low income families who are interested in learning about solar energy and how to save energy in their homes.
 
“We are delighted to have the support of our local bank whom we all know and trust,” said Sandra Jones, Director of PAREI and Manager of NH Solar Shares. “A donation to this cause is a ‘power full’ one, it helps the environment, it increases the percentage of renewable energy on our grid and it produces a gift to our local families every hour the sun shines for the next 25 years!”
 
Recently NH Solar Shares completed the design for their inaugural array which will be located on the hillside behind Frosty Scoops Ice Cream Stand in Plymouth owned by the Common Man Family of Restaurants. It will be a solar picnic park that will consist of 90 solar panels installed on two wooden picnic pavilions and three steel fixed ground mount solar structures. The area will include a nature path complete with signage for historical and solar related facts. The site plan was recently approved by the Plymouth Planning Board. Some tree removal will occur above the grassy hillside to create a shady grove and to open up the solar window on the side of the property that abuts the railroad tracks.
 
In 2017, NH Solar Shares was awarded a $75,000 CDFA Business Tax Credit Grant which allows businesses to target a portion of their NH BET and payroll taxes to support the Solar Shares’ effort. “We owe a big thanks to all of our business sponsors including Northway Bank, Common Man, Dunkin Donuts, EVP Marketing and Media, M.E. Latulippe Construction Inc., Pemi Tree Works and Revision Energy. We hope more local businesses will take part in NH Solar Shares, with a donation of any size” said Jones. Businesses interested in pledging their support via the tax credit program should visit www.nhcdfa.org/tax-credits/current-projects or call the number below.
 
Interested donors, volunteers, and families wishing to participate should contact Sandra Jones, NH Solar Shares, PO Box 753 79 Highland Street Plymouth, NH 03264; 603-536-5030 sandra@plymouthenergy.org For more information visit www.nhsolarshares.org NH Solar Shares LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative - a 501-C 3 Not for Profit Tax Exempt Charitable Organization.

Photo Caption: Glen Feener, Assistant Vice President of Northway Bank presents Sandra Jones from NH Solar Shares and the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative with a $5,000 donation. Northway Bank will become a business sponsor for NH Solar Shares that builds community solar projects where the solar energy is credited to low income families’ electric bills.
May 17, 2018

Northway Bank Renews Support of HOMEteam’s Educational and Counseling Services

Concord, NH - Pictured (Left to Right): Vanessa Vittum, Julie Cosgrove, and Merron Treadwell from Northway Bank present contribution to Paul McLaughlin, Homeownership Director.
 
Northway Bank recently donated $5,000 to NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire, renewing the Bank’s support of homeownership and financial literacy education and counseling services offered by HOMEteam in New Hampshire. HOMEteam is a collaboration between NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire, CATCH Neighborhood Housing, and Lakes Region Community Developers for the delivery of homeownership and financial literacy educational and counseling services throughout Southern and Central New Hampshire.

“We are very grateful that Northway Bank has continued generously their commitment to this program,” states Paul McLaughlin. “Support from financial companies is essential to our ability to offer these services to New Hampshire residents, helping to create homeowners who are well informed and well prepared for the responsibilities of homeownership,” continues McLaughlin.
 
“HOMEteam is a great resource for NH home buyers and home owners. Northway Bank is proud to support their efforts and to make a difference in our communities through this support,” said Wendy Olson, VP Mortgage Sales Manager.
 
HOMEteam provides New Hampshire residents with the information and tools they need to make smart financial decisions related to purchasing, renting, and maintaining a home. Through a series of workshops, seminars, one-on-one counseling, and other resources, HOMEteam helps first time home buyers navigate the mortgage process, renters save for homeownership, and home-owners preserve and protect their investment in their home. Other services include home equity conversion, mortgage counseling, and foreclosure prevention and intervention counseling.

April 18, 2018

Northway Bank names Tyler Pond as Branch Manager of Concord Branch

Northway Bank is proud to name Tyler Pond as Branch Manager of its Concord location.

In his role, Tyler will be responsible for cultivating and strengthening relationships within the Concord community, offering the highest level of customer service, and providing advice, strategies, and solutions for Northway Bank’s customers.

Tyler brings four years of banking expertise and professional networking experience in the Capital area to his position at Northway.

A Texas native and member of a military family, Tyler graduated from Maranatha Baptist University (Watertown, WI) in 2013, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Upon moving to New Hampshire in 2014, he worked as a personal banker and mortgage loan associate for Bank of America. Most recently, Tyler served as Assistant Branch Manager for Citizens Bank in the Concord area. His experience in sales, mortgage, personal banking, and small business banking – coupled with his leadership experience – will complement the Concord branch team nicely.

Currently, Tyler is pursuing an MBA in Forensic Accounting through Southern New Hampshire University. He is set to complete his degree in summer 2020 and will bring added expertise to the Northway Bank community.

Tyler and his wife live in the area and enjoy exploring the area’s many offerings. “My wife and I enjoy being a part of the Capital Region community and the growth that is taking place here. As the area changes and new technology is developed, I look forward to helping the members of this great community bank the best way possible.”
February 28, 2018

Julie Cosgrove Celebrates One Year Anniversary at Northway Bank

Julie Cosgrove, Residential Mortgage Loan Originator, proudly celebrates her one-year anniversary with the retail mortgage lending division of Northway Bank.

Julie is a well-known lending professional in the Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth area and brings with her a wealth of insight and expertise. Julie began her banking career as a Customer Service Representative 19 years ago, and has since gained experience in every area of mortgage lending.

“We’re thrilled to have Julie on our mortgage lending team,” says Wendy Olson, Northway’s Mortgage Manager. “Having lived in the state for quite some time, Julie really has a deep connection and knows the people who live here. And her industry knowledge and expertise is invaluable.”
Cosgrove says she’s inspired by her customers and delights in the process of homeownership, whether it be a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned home owner. She relocated to the seacoast two years ago and is appreciating all the area has to offer.
February 8, 2018

Northway Bank Names Kate Burns SVP, Retail Banking Manager

Northway Bank welcomes longtime New England banker, Kate Burns, as Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Manager.

In her role, Burns will oversee Northway Bank’s network of retail branches throughout New Hampshire, while also leading strategic initiatives to strengthen the bank’s service culture and market position.

Burns brings 21 years of banking experience to Northway. Most recently, she served on the leadership team at Citizens Financial Group, where she was a market executive supporting operations throughout greater Boston and, earlier in her career, regional sales manager in both the Manchester and Seacoast markets.

A seasoned leader, Burns holds a certification in advanced leadership from Babson College, a private business school specializing in entrepreneurship.

“Kate is committed to building a culture focused on providing an outstanding customer experience,” says Scott Thimann, Northway Bank’s Chief Banking Officer. “This makes her a great fit at Northway.”

Burns will be based in Manchester and can be reached at 603-342-1498 or kburns@northwaybank.com.
December 28, 2017

Northway Bank Welcomes William Ross as Mortgage Loan Officer

Northway Bank welcomes William Ross to the retail mortgage lending division of Northway Bank. William is a well-known lending professional in the Seacoast and Lakes Regions, bringing a wealth of insight and expertise. William began his banking career as a Retail Mortgage Originator in 2000. He is also a member of the Strafford County Board of Realtors Affiliates.

“We’re thrilled to have William join our mortgage lending team,” says Wendy Olson, Northway’s Mortgage Manager. “He has been working with both first time and seasoned home buyers for over 17 years and maintains a well-established referral partnership with many local Real Estate Professionals that is invaluable to our team.”

William grew up in Medford Lakes, New Jersey and graduated from Johnson & Wales University, moving to the Lakes Region in 2001. “My family and I enjoy taking advantage of the many activities that the Lakes and Seacoast Regions have to offer, making it easy to understand and share the beauty with customers living here or relocating to New Hampshire. It’s a wonderful thing.”

William is located in our West Ossipee branch and can be reached at 603-342-1004 or wross@northwaybank.com.
December 25, 2017

Bobby Hill Joins Northway Bank as Mortgage Loan Officer

Bobby Hill recently joined the Mortgage Lending team at Northway Bank. Bobby brings all that is needed in an effective team environment – passion, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and forward-thinking leadership.

“We’re very excited to have Bobby join our mortgage lending team,” says Wendy Olson, Northway’s Mortgage Manager. “Having lived in the North Country for over 14 years, Bobby has a deep connection and knows the people who live here. His passion and knowledge is invaluable.”

Bobby was most recently the General Sales Manager for Berlin City Chevrolet and has over 20 years of solid sales and marketing experience in the retail industry, including invaluable time as a loan officer while living in his native state of Vermont. He graduated from Nichols College with a four-year MBA in Marketing. He is an active member of the North Country Board of Realtors.

Being a well-known retail professional in the Berlin and Gorham area, Bobby shares “Having grown some very deep roots in the community, I am really looking forward to helping people make their new homes a reality.”

In his personal time, Bobby enjoys the outdoors with his family, taking advantage of the beautiful area they live in, often hiking, golfing or four-wheeling. Bobby is also a coach for his son’s team on the Berlin Youth Hockey squirt league.
December 24, 2017

Northway Bank Welcomes Merron Pillart as Mortgage Loan Officer

Northway Bank proudly welcomes Merron Pillart to the retail mortgage lending division of Northway Bank.

Merron comes to us from another Lakes Region bank where she worked as a loan processor. Merron has a vast domestic and international business background and she brings with her great passion and experience for retail lending. “Having chosen to live in this area, I am pleased to be a part of a true Community Bank in the region and I am looking forward to helping people acquire their new homes.”

Merron is located in the Bank’s Laconia branch and can be reached at 603-326-7322 or mpillart@northwaybank.com.