At Newtown Savings Bank, many of our employees are making a commitment to improve their health and well-being. To the extent that we can, our Bank is doing our best to support them. We have a Health and Wellness Committee made up of dedicated employees who are always looking for creative ways to promote wellness and have fun.
I support this effort 100% and feel a little guilty that I’m not doing my part to improve my own personal well-being. Long hours, late dinners, poor nourishment choices, and not enough exercise are a recipe for disaster at my age. You work a whole lifetime, then when you start thinking of the golden years and time to enjoy the fruits of your labor you’re not healthy enough to do the things you really want to do. For me, that would be golfing and traveling. Also, I still love a good hike in the woods!
Formed in August of 2013, our Health and Wellness team’s goal is to encourage employees to have a healthy, well balanced lifestyle by providing them with activities and services. Their first major initiative was organizing a fitness challenge with over 100 participants. Since then, they have provided many opportunities for our employees to improve their health from biometric screenings to boot camp style exercise classes. The most recent healthy promotion was supporting the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day earlier this month. Over two thirds of our employees participated, and they raised $675!
So, wish us luck as we take a step forward in trying to improve our lives, and I’ll keep you updated on our progress.
The picture above is our Dolan Plaza branch staff – you can see all the “Wear Red” photos on our Facebook page.
Happy Holidays! We are finishing up a great year at Newtown Savings Bank and some of our talented staff are moving up to new positions. There are a few changes in our branch leadership that I’m proud to communicate to you.
Sue LoRusso has transferred from our Sand Hill office to the Woodbury office, replacing Karen Tracy (who as previously announced has become our Vice President, Retail Banking Development Officer). Sue joined the Bank in 2007 and worked in the Southford office prior to moving to Sand Hill in 2012. Sue is excited to be moving back closer to her business network in the northeast corner of our market. She has done an excellent job representing Retail Banking on the Sand Hill renovation and will be helping to lead the renovation of the Woodbury office tentatively planned for 2014.
Rebecca Brown has joined the Bank as the new manager of the Sand Hill office. Rebecca is a Newtown native and Danbury resident who previously worked at another bank as a Customer Service Manager. Rebecca worked in several branches as well as on a variety of Retail Banking projects including training. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and is licensed as a mortgage originator as well as a life insurance representative.
Katie Smith has accepted a position as manager of the Dolan Plaza branch. Katie started her banking career in the Newtown office in 2002 as a teller, and her career path included positions of Head Teller, CSR, and Assistant Branch Manager. Before moving back to the Main office as the Assistant Branch Manager, Katie served as interim manager of the Sand Hill office. This experience, along with her knowledge of the Bank and its products and her upbeat and energetic leadership style made her the candidate for this opening, and we are pleased that she has accepted our offer.
And on a final note, along with my Granddog Oscar (for those of you viewing this text-only, there’s a holiday picture of Oscar), I wish you a very Happy New Year.
While a few other Banks have a high turnover rate with Branch Managers, here at Newtown Savings Bank, we are proud to have dedicated Branch Managers serve you with very little turnover. The one time I am happy to report changing Branch Managers is when talented people move up in our organization. We have three Branch Managers moving up and, unfortunately for the rest of us, out of their current positions in the Branch.
In Trumbull, Brian Fonck will soon move his office to Newtown to become VP and Regional Manager.
Sarina Manibanseng will soon leave her office in Dolan Plaza, Bethel to fill a new position for us as VP in Retail Banking Administration assisting all 14 of our branch locations.
Karen Tracy is leaving her Woodbury office to become a VP of Retail Development. Karen’s skills and expertise will be dedicated to developing and training all of our branch staff.
None of the three are leaving immediately. We are currently in the process of selecting new talented Branch Managers for all three branches.
As happy as I am that these deserving individuals are continuing to develop their careers with us, I’m excited for the opportunities they will create for others. These changes create new opportunities for people and will help us grow and thrive. I know that many of you in Trumbull, Danbury, and Woodbury are going to miss Brian, Sarina, and Karen but they are moving to build a better Newtown Savings Bank for all of us.
One of the great aspects about living in Southern New England is that there are great getaways right in our own backyards. Opportunities to hike, bike, swim, golf or to pursue just about any other interest or activity are all around us. Some of my favorite times though, take place literally in the backyard.
Linda and I always look forward to having our recently-married sons and their wives over for dinner or a barbecue. Since there are no grandkids in the picture, yet the grandogs are welcome guests and share our enthusiasm for these gatherings. Harley, a Belgian Shepherd, never tires of having a Frisbee thrown to him. Is it possible to be proud of a dog? Harley can catch a Frisbee on the run and almost never misses. If the toss is particularly bad he will pick it up on a one hopper. Boy my Yankees could use him now. His boundless energy is matched by Oscar, a Yorkie Poo, who never fails to remind us that great spirits and athleticism come in all shapes and sizes.
A tradition we’re continuing this summer is our annual trip to Delaware’s Dewey Beach, where I’ll continue to catch up with family members, as well as some golf and reading. On my list are “The Black Box” by Michael Connelly and perhaps I’ll start Ken Follet’s trilogy.
I hope you too make time for whatever it is you and your family enjoy doing in the weeks ahead. The season may be short, but there’s a long list of ways to share the joys of summer all around us.
As valuable as technology is to our daily lives, there are many people in banking circles who initially feared that technology might come at the expense of personal service in our financial lives. Now having introduced all sorts of innovative technologies, we’re delighted to see that just the opposite is happening. In addition to realizing technology’s potential to actually make banking more personal, we’re recognizing its power to redefine what personal service is all about.
In the past, personal service was easy to spot by the warm greeting customers would receive when visiting our offices. It was shown when our representatives knew your name and took a genuine interest in making sure you had the right financial products and services for your situation. Though customers are less apt to visit our offices these days, in reality, they experience us in more ways than ever before via phone, tablet and computer, as well as in-person.
How you wish to experience us is your personal choice. Our job is to make sure that your experience is not only as personal and friendly as ever, but one that also includes all the latest convenience options that you want. That’s what outstanding personal service has come to mean. Partnering with technology firms has kept us on the cutting edge, as well as enabled you to access your money and contact us in a variety of ways.
Encouraged by the popularity and success of the new technologies we’ve brought to banking, we continue to add innovative options. In addition to recently launching another new Internet-only savings account, our consumer customers can now join our commercial customers in depositing checks just by taking a picture of them with a Smartphone or mobile device. You can now even personalize your debit card with any photo of your choice.
It’s the new picture of personal service at Newtown Savings Bank–one that accommodates many personal choices, but whose singular focus remains on meeting your changing needs.
John Trentacosta is President & CEO of Newtown Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank with over $950 million in assets headquartered in Newtown, CT. Founded in 1855, the Bank has fourteen locations operating in nine towns: Newtown, Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Southbury, Monroe, Shelton, Trumbull and Woodbury.
John joined the Bank in 1998 and was promoted to President in 2003 and Chief Operating Officer in 2005. In January 2009, John was promoted to CEO. He is a member of the Bank's Board of Trustees.
John is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Science as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He has spent his entire working career as a professional in the banking and financial service industry. Prior to joining Newtown Savings Bank he held various senior financial and administrative positions including Executive Vice President and CFO of The Bank of New Haven, in Connecticut. John began his career with Bankers Trust Company in New York in 1974.
John's passion is community banking as evidenced by his nearly 40 years in this segment of the financial service business. He enjoys his volunteer work and has been active with numerous organizations and activities over the years.
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