Jim Brown, president of The Bank of Bennington announced the promotion of Annick Gwozdz to Vice President of Northshire Business Development/Manchester Branch Manager. Gwozdz will take over for retiring Vice President Jim Comar. Comar, having worked at Factory Point Bank for 30 years before joining The Bank of Bennington in 2002, will have 46 years of banking experience when he retires at the end of 2018.
In his retirement notice, Comar said, “I have worked for the two most outstanding small-town community banks in the area and I am thankful that The Bank of Bennington is where I will end my banking career.” He has served on many community boards, among them the Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester Rescue Squad, Manchester Health Services, The First Baptist Church Finance and Building & Grounds Committees and others. He and his wife Cathy have two children and three grandchildren whom he looks forward to spending more time with in retirement.
President Jim Brown said, “We are sad to lose Jim and his many years of banking expertise; we wish him well in his retirement. On the other hand, I am very pleased that Annick will succeed him. Annick’s position with the bank has increased with responsibility over time, so she brings a strong knowledge base to her new role, she will do a great job for us in Manchester.”
Gwozdz graduated from Southern Vermont College in 2000 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Private Security Management. She had planned to return to her hometown of Canaan, VT, but she fell in love with southwestern Vermont and stayed. She has held management and business development roles at The Bank of Bennington since 2000.She lives in Shaftsbury with her daughter Masson, her son Lincoln, and her husband Jason Gwozdz. She currently serves on the board of the Bennington Rescue Squad.
The Bank of Bennington is a mutual bank with a deep commitment to the area. It is the only bank headquartered in Bennington County, with branches in Bennington, Arlington, Manchester, and Rutland.