Mark Donavan, President of the Board of Directors of The Bank of Bennington, announced that four new directors have joined the Board. Two joined this year, and two in preceding years.
The new directors are John Ahearn, Billy Brownlee, Jason Morrissey, and Justin Salem. Retiring from the Board this year are longtime trustees Jim Horst, a director from 1982-2016, and Tom Pacquin who served from 1977-2016. Both men join William E. Dailey Jr., Charles Palmer, and Judy Livingston as Director Emeriti.
The new directors “embody the spirit of community that the Bank considers so important, and they bring talent and diverse experience to our institution,” according to Jim Brown, President of The Bank of Bennington.
John Ahearn, elected 2016, currently serves as Chief Financial Officer / Assistant Secretary for Rifenburg Construction, Inc. and nine affiliated companies. Previously he was CFO and Treasurer for William E. Dailey, Inc, and Vice President of Finance for Mace Security International, Inc. A retired Master Sergeant (E-8) of the Vermont Army National Guard / Army Reserves, John is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently affiliated with the Bennington Catamount Rotary Club, Sacred Heart St. Francis and other community groups. He lives in Bennington with his wife Karen and three children.
William “Billy” Brownlee, elected 2016, is the owner of H.N. Williams Store in Dorset, VT. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Information Systems. Billy is president of Manchester Youth Baseball, Treasurer and Board member of Riley Rink, and an Advisor on the Manchester Recreation Development Committee. He lives in Manchester with his wife Blair and their three children.
Jason P. Morrissey, elected 2014, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Maryland School of Law. He serves on the Board’s Audit and Nominating Committees. Jason grew up in Bennington and graduated from Mt. Anthony Union High School in 1988. Jason’s law practice specializes in real estate transactions, commercial transactions, probate matters, and business counseling. He is a member of the Vermont Bar Association and the Bennington County Bar Association. Previously, Jason served two terms on the Bennington Select Board. He lives in North Bennington with his wife Christine and his daughter Catherine.
Justin P. Salem, elected 2013, received a BS in Professional Studies from the University of Notre Dame, a BS in Dentistry from the University of Illinois, and a DDS from the University of Illinois. He has practiced dentistry in Bennington since 1995. He serves on the Board’s Budget and ALOC Committees. He is also a co-founder of Bright Smiles, a hospital-based program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center that provides dental care to children, and he participates in Project 31, which offers free dental care to low-income community members. Justin lives in Bennington with his wife Christiana and three children.
The Bank of Bennington, the only bank headquartered in Bennington County, will be celebrating it’s 100th anniversary in 2017. With a mutual bank structure, The Bank of Bennington does not have stockholders and invests heavily in the local community. It has 4 branches in Bennington County, and recently expanded into Rutland, where it has a loan office. For more than 25 years, The Bank of Bennington has achieved the highest rating, 5 stars, from Bauer Financial, a testament to the institution’s fiscal soundness. For more information, visit thebankofbennington.com or call 802-442-8121.