Norway Savings Bank celebrates and recognizes employee achievements in 2017

NORWAY, Maine – Norway Savings Bank held its Annual Employee Awards Banquet on February 6, 2018 to celebrate numerous employee achievements for 2017. The banquet theme was “Super Heroes” and attendees dressed in costume and were treated to an evening of food, music, games and prizes.

Employee of the Year
Janel Danforth, Assistant Vice President of Retail Operations was named 2017 Employee of the Year. Danforth was recommended for her commitment to high achievement and support as well as having significant positive impact across the bank. Last year, she led and assisted with several bank-wide initiatives, while making sure the 24 branches were supported every day. Steve Whitney, Executive Vice President for Risk Management, IT and Deposit Operations, presented her with the award.

“Over the years, she has built strong relationships with the branch and support area employees,” stated Whitney.  “She is highly regarded among her peers and known for her thoughtful approach to solving problems.”

President’s Award
This year’s President’s Award was awarded to Steve Whitney, Executive Vice President, Risk, IT and Deposit Operations.

“Steve is special in so many ways,” stated Pat Weigel, President & CEO.  “He is humble, genuine, caring and collaborative. He asks thoughtful questions in a respectful manner and is one of the best listeners I know.”

Whitney is a leader and mentor to other bank employees and has participated in almost every bank-wide technology-focused initiative since coming to the Bank in 2006. Interestingly, Whitney’s tenure at Norway Savings is his second career, having spent 33 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Best Supporting Role Award
The Best Supporting Role Award recognizes an employee who consistently provides outstanding support and goes above and beyond to ensure world-class customer service throughout the organization. Tina Merritt, Sharepoint Administrator, was honored as the 2017 Best Supporting Role Award recipient. The award was presented by Brian Shibles, Executive Vice President,Treasurer.

“Tina has developed great working relationships with numerous departments and people throughout the bank,” stated Shibles,  “One employee is quoted as saying, ‘I can always hear her smile in the many phone calls I’ve made to her’ and ‘her customer service skills are awesome’.”

Culture Champion of the Year
The Culture Champion of the Year award recognizes an employee that exhibits the elements that define the Norway Savings Bank high achievement and high support culture. Miranda Giraldo, Customer Relations Representative in the Yarmouth branch, was recognized as the 2017 Culture Champion of the Year. The award was presented by Dan Walsh, Executive Vice President & Senior Commercial Banking Officer.

“She truly understands her role as a Universal Banker and demonstrates it on a daily basis,” said Walsh. “Miranda delivers consistent exceptional customer service and always with a smile!”

Culture Awards
The following employees were recipients of awards for exhibiting elements of the bank’s culture through their daily responsibilities and high quality of work throughout 2017:

Employees, Customers and Community Award: Lin Dehetre, Kristen Charette and Michelle Wickham
Open, Honest and Transparent Communications Award: Tammy Bailey and Bobbie-Jo Chase
Taking Ownership and Being Accountable Award: Frank Farrell, Tricia Brooks and Megan Merrifield
The Value of Inclusivity and Collaboration Award: Kelcey Kimball and Sharon Breytenbach
Positivity, Attitude is Everything Award: Matt Brady, Heather Worcester and Scott Fogg
Supporting Greatness and Achieving Great Things Award: Jen Gillespie and Christine McMann
Thinking Differently Award: Maria Edwards and Kaleigh Deering
Fun and Humor Award: Missy Babineau, Corey McEntyre and Amy Marshall
Strong Financial Stewardship Award: Rhonda Ferrara and Kurt Garascia
Making it Happen Award: Mark Thurlow and Mary Leavitt

Length of Service Awards
Employees who celebrated a milestone anniversary with the bank were also recognized at the banquet.  The most notable Length of Service Award of the evening was given to Deb McPhail, who has been with the bank for 35 years.

35 Years of Service: Deb McPhail
30 Years of Service: Andrea Osgood, Tricia Brooks
20 Years of Service: Karen Hakala, Dan Walsh, Jackie Morin, Tici Conant
15 Years of Service: Brian Shibles, Lynn McAloney, Pam Veilleux, Elizabeth Stevens, Joy Hutchinson, Chris Martin, Jesse Shand, Rose Onos, Susan Driscoll, Heather Adams
10 Years of Service:  Mary Hewett, Ryan Dillingham, Kyle Hodgkins, Sacha Marston, Jessica Lilly, Patty Vaillancourt, Nancy Stroud, Janel Danforth, Alicia Taylor, Todd Schryer
5 Years of Service: Missy Babineau, Kristen Charette, Heather Worcester, Peter Horr, Joy Willard, Brendan Fickett, Linda Sarkisian, Maria Edwards, Jason Fitzgerald, Joe Leland, Sharon Breytenbach, Randy Easler


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Debbie Ward (left), RVP, Retail Banking congratulates Janel Danforth (right), 2017 Norway Savings Bank Employee of the Year.

About Norway Savings Bank
Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of December 31, 2017, Norway Savings Bank had $1.134 billion in total assets and provides financial services to over 38,000 households throughout western and southern Maine. Norway Savings Bank has 24 branch locations and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking and business banking. In 2016, Norway Savings Bank was honored as one of the Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group as well as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. In 2013, Norway Savings Bank received the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence and has been recognized as one of the healthiest companies in America by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) as a two-time Gold-Level Well Workplace award recipient.  BauerFinancial has designated 5-Star Norway Savings Bank the “Best of Bauer” for earning and maintaining its highest 5-star rating for 25 continuous years or longer.  For more information, visit