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Peterson and Broyles elected Assistant Vice Presidents At Charles River Bank

Suzanne Broyles and Laura Peterson are surprised with flowers and a note announcing the news of their election to Assistant Vice President at Charles River Bank.

Charles River Bank announced on Thursday, December 8th that two of their employees have been elected Assistant Vice Presidents by the Board of Directors. Laura Peterson was elected to AVP/Information Systems Manager and Suzanne Broyles was elected to AVP/Compliance Director.

In her new role, Peterson is responsible for maintaining a secure network environment for the bank, implementing new Information Technology policies and procedures and maintaining vendor management where she will verify that CRB’s vendor partners exceed the strict financial, security and technology requirements expected by the bank and its regulators.

Peterson graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics. She then received her Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College. She began her career in banking during high school and joined Charles River Bank in 2004, bringing with her years of experience in both banking and technology. Peterson joined the IT team when it was first created and has since been an integral part of the department’s success. She currently resides in Franklin, MA with her husband and two sons.

With ever increasing industry regulations, a new position was created for Broyles to ensure compliance standards are constantly followed. She will be responsible for strengthening Charles River Bank’s compliance program, conducting regulatory research and focusing on interpretation of regulatory risks. Broyles will also be monitoring internal controls reporting and audit scheduling.

Broyles attended Bryant University for her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and received her Master of Public Administration degree from Suffolk University. She has over 10 years of banking experience including knowledge in underwriting, servicing, collections, internal auditing and compliance. Broyles joined Charles River Bank in 2012 as the internal auditor and has recently earned certifications from the Independent Community Bankers of America including Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor as well as Certified BSA/AML Professional. She resides in Franklin, MA with her husband and three children.

“I am very excited for Suzanne and Laura. They have shown a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to Charles River Bank over the years, and these elections by the Board are well- deserved. With more complex technology solutions and complex vendor management issues, along with growing regulatory burdens, their expertise will support our bank’s growing IT and compliance programs,” said President and CEO of Charles River Bank, Jack Hamilton.

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Charles River Bank Donates to Annual Medway Christmas Parade

(Medway) Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton presents a donation check of $1,000 to the Medway Christmas Parade Committee, represented by Vice President of EPCO Inc. Richard Parrella, Town of Medway Treasurer/Collector Joanne Russo and Chief of Medway Police Allen Tingley. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, November 26th and will begin at 5:30pm at the Medway Middle School. The parade will end at Choate Park where visitors will be treated to a snack bar inside the Thayer House, fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus!

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Medway Gift Donations

Charles River Bank Prepares for Adopt-A-Family Program Through the Salvation Army in Milford

Gift donations made in 2015 at Charles River Bank to the Adopt-A-Family Program through the Salvation Army in Milford.

Every year, Charles River Bank proudly participates in the Adopt-A-Family Program offered through the Salvation Army in Milford. We pledge to adopt between 40 and 50 children each holiday season.

Bank employees, as well as our generous customers, are matched up with various families in need. Sponsors are then given a wish list that a child has created and purchase items specifically requested by that child. Trees will be set up in the Medway, Bellingham and Mendon branches with ornaments listing a child in need, their age, their clothing size and some gift requests.

Please stop by one of our branches at the end of November to collect an ornament or contact info@charlesriverbank.com if you would like us to send you a wish list.

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Charles River Bank Begins Annual Food Drive for 2016 Holiday Season

Photo Caption: (Medway) A sample of the food donations made in 2015 by Charles River Bank to the Medway Food Pantry.

Photo Caption: (Medway) A sample of the food donations made in 2015 by Charles River Bank to the Medway Food Pantry.

A long-standing tradition with Charles River Bank is the annual Food Drive. Every year during the months of November and December, the Charles River Bank branches set up donation tables in their lobbies for customers and bank staff to make food donations to the Medway, Bellingham and Mendon Food Pantries. Items most needed by the Food Pantries include: canned meals, dry foods such as cereal and pasta, other non-perishable food items, paper goods, diapers and personal hygiene items. Be on the look-out for the donation tables at your local branch over the next few weeks.

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Charles River Bank Holds Annual Dinner at Lake Pearl in Wrentham

Charles River Bank recently held its annual dinner meeting at Lake Pearl Function Facility in Wrentham, MA. Chairman of the Board Robert J. Parrella welcomed Charles River Bank staff, directors, honorary directors and invited guests. During the meeting, President & CEO Jack Hamilton announced that he was celebrating his 40th year in the banking industry as well as his 15th year with Charles River Bank. Over the course of the meeting, Jack went into detail about the successes of the bank over the past year as well as some challenges that the bank has effectively overcome. One of the more exciting updates was that the mortgage department originated more than $33 million in loans this year and the commercial loan department originated more than $15.4 million in loans. President Hamilton also announced that the bank’s asset value has increased this year to over $230 million.

Chairman Parrella later joined President Hamilton to commend the achievements of staff at Charles River Bank. They presented 5-year Service Awards to Assistant Vice President of Administration Charlene Hebert and Assistant Vice President & Controller Lisa Forman. The 10-year Service Award recipient was Assistant Vice President & Bellingham Branch Officer Michael Tuite. The recipients of the 15-year Service Award were Senior Vice President of IT & Compliance Sue Rovedo and President & CEO Jack Hamilton. For the first time in the history of Charles River Bank, a 25-year Service Award was presented to Deposit Operations Support Specialist Laurie O’Rourke.

Two team members, Vice President & Commercial Lending Officer Peter Rizzo and Bellingham Assistant Branch Manager Tara Crivello, earned the honor of being named recipients of the President’s Award.

“I am extremely pleased with Charles River Bank’s performance in the past year. With the unwavering support of our employees and directors, this has been one of our best years yet. Our Annual Dinner is a

great way to recognize the triumphs of our company and recognize those who contribute to our success,” stated Hamilton.

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Charles River Bank offers FREE Activities in conjunction with Mendon Lions Country Fair

Photo Caption: Hundreds of pumpkins will be ready and waiting for local children to decorate at Charles River Bank’s Mendon office, located at 1 Hastings Street, during the Country Fair on October 8th from 10am to 5pm.

Charles River Bank is proud to once again be a corporate sponsor Mendon Lions Country Fair that is being held this year on Saturday, October 8th from 10am to 5pm at the fields of the Blessing Barn, 5 Hastings Street. The Bank’s booth on the fairgrounds will offer free Halloween themed gifts for children, candy, other gifts and free raffle prizes, as well as discount coupons for various financial services including, new accounts, safe deposit boxes and mortgage loans. Bank staff will be available all day to greet visitors and answer any questions.

In addition, Charles River Bank will offer complimentary fun family activities at their Mendon Office at 1 Hastings Street, which is adjacent to the fairgrounds. On CRB’s front lawn, is a bounce house with a giant inflatable slide for children and those fun-loving adults who are kids at heart. Inside the office, children can tap into their creative talents by selecting one of the hundreds of small pumpkins provided by the bank to decorate on site. The Bank will also have Halloween themed coloring & activity books, balloons, cupcakes, candy and beverages. Be sure to stop in and enjoy the FREE activities on your way into or out of the fairgrounds!

“Charles River Bank has been a long-time supporter of the Mendon Lions Club and the Country Fair, which is a perennial favorite event for our town. We love the opportunity to bring these family centered activities to the local community in conjunction with the Fair. We welcome our existing customers and look forward to meeting new friends in our Mendon office and at our Fair booth!” stated Charles River Bank President & CEO Jack Hamilton.

For any questions about our booth or branch activities, please call 508-533- 8661 or email info@charlesriverbank.com.

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Charles River Bank Donates to Mendon-Upton Soccer Association


Photo Caption: (Mendon) Ann Gonyea, Charles River Bank AVP/Mendon Branch Officer , presents a donation check of $500 to Mendon-Upton Soccer Association’s Dave Kirby, Robert Cavanaugh, and Jonathan Harvey, along with members of the girls soccer team, in support of the 2016 season.

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Charles River Bank Contributes to Taft Public Library Relocation in Mendon


Photo Caption: (Mendon) Ann Gonyea, Assistant Vice President and Mendon Branch Officer, Jack Hamilton, President and CEO, and Ann Sherry, Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development, pose for a picture at the newly opened Taft Public Library. The new library’s Lower Level Circulation Desk was funded through a $2,500 contribution from Charles River Bank.

On September 13, 2016, Taft Public Library held their grand re-opening in their newly constructed location at 29 North Avenue. Charles River Bank AVP/Mendon Branch Officer Ann Gonyea, President & CEO Jack Hamilton, and SVP/Customer Care & Relationship Development Ann Sherry attended the event. The bank’s financial contribution to the project helped build the library’s lower level circulation desk where visitors will be able to check out library materials.

The library first opened in 1881 and has grown substantially over the past 135 years. This relocation has helped transition the library into the 21st century in order to better serve the surrounding community.

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Charles River Bank Donates to Medway Mustang Gridiron Club

Photo Caption: (Medway) Ann Sherry, Charles River Bank Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development, presents a donation check of $1,000 to the Medway Mustang Gridiron Club represented by cheer and football captains: Sarah O’Connor, Dylan Ehrmanntraut, Patrick Travers, and Julianne Pratt in support of the 2016 season.

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Charles River Bank Donates to Medway Youth Football and Cheer

Photo Caption: (Medway) Ann Sherry, Charles River Bank Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development, presents a donation check of $1,000 to Medway Youth Football and Cheer’s President John Farrell, Treasurer Cheryl Richardson, and Vice President Matthew Applebaum, along with members of the football and cheerleading teams, to support the 2016 season.

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