We’ll take your smelly, old sneakers

You are registered for the Litchfield Hills Road Race. You’ve trained for the 7 + mile race, ready to conquer the infamous Gallows Lane, a steep quarter-mile long hill at the 6-mile mark that threatens to sap your strength.

You go to pick up your number and your free T-shirt. The crowds are beginning to gather on the green – the tailgaters are staking out their territory and you see it…the big bin of sneakers, most of which have seen a mile or two.  

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Why should a business bank with a local community bank?

I have spent my long banking career at a few (some people say “a number”) of banks here in Connecticut.  At each stop I have had the pleasure of working with small and medium sized businesses who work every day to promote their products and provide jobs for thousands of people in our state.  Each of those businesses also realize that the communities that they are in are very important to the success of their business.  It is those people in the community who buy their products, educate their employees and their employees’ children, and provide a secure environment in which to live.

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We’re not just a bank, we’re your neighbor

Every bank has a tag line, a motto, a mission – some even have fancy jingles – you know the ones that run through your brain at 2am and won’t leave?  At Litchfield Bancorp we are pretty down to earth – no fancy jingles here keeping you up at night.   Our culture and our team, we are just normal people – we are your neighbors.  We do the same things you do – from Chairman of the Board to our top notch tellers – yes, we are just like you.

Back to tag lines, ours is “Every Customer Counts”.  This may sound cliché, but for 165 years, this saying has been the driving force behind everything that we do.

Here’s what I mean….

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Changing while staying the same

I’ve been in this industry a long time – no need to dwell on the actual years invested but suffice it to say I’ve seen quite a few changes during my banking journey.  I joined Litchfield Bancorp in 1994 when my predecessor Mark Macomber brought me on as Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender.  At that time, our bank was at a tipping point – a financial tipping point.  Like any business in that situation, it was sink or swim time.  Mark decided to swim, I agreed to follow – and that required change at the bank.

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