The Recorder – Business Briefs: February 26, 2021
SPRINGFIELD – Freedom Credit Union received a grant of $ 58,800 from the Workforce Training Fund program of the State Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, which will enable it to train 29 workers by 2023.
“We were delighted to hear that our grant application was successful,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said in a press release. “Ongoing training and learning opportunities allow our employees to increase their expertise and grow in their careers. This not only benefits our employees, our business and our members, but our entire community. “
Freedom Credit Union has branches in western Massachusetts, including Greenfield and Turners Falls.
According to the press release, the company’s training has two components. The first, Principals of Leadership, will help develop a cadre of supervisors and managers who consistently understand and practice valuable leadership principles in their day-to-day work, while developing a more cohesive team of managers who are better able to manage change in a competitive environment. market. The second will allow the specialized training of a group of identified employees in order to develop project management skills with the aim of improving the member experience.
“The training will involve not only our entire management team, but also employees from all different departments and levels of the organization that we have identified as having ‘high potential’,” said Vice President of Human Resources Gina. Noblit Giannotti in the press release. “This will allow these brilliant people to grow and develop their talents, to support them in their career path and to strengthen our succession plan. Because the goal of this team is to improve the experience of our members, it is beneficial for everyone. “
NORTHAMPTON – Coldwell Banker Community Realtors has added Trenda Loftin to its roster of real estate agents serving Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.
According to a press release from Coldwell Banker, Loftin was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to western Massachusetts in 2005 to attend Smith College. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, she worked in the restaurant industry and taught theater at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley. She is an executive member of the Real Live Theater Co. in Sunderland; a co-chair of GLSEN Massachusetts, which advocates for LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; and most recently, leads the compost co-op in Greenfield and the Oxbow Design Build housing initiative.
“Being among the individuals, families and co-ops who find a home is a sincere honor,” Loftin said in the release, “and finding creative and intentional ways to support the sales process is a joy.”
“We are happy to have Trenda on our team,” said Brian Megliola, owner of Coldwell Banker Community Realtors. “His professional background, his passion for social justice and his desire to help others will benefit his buyers and sellers in many ways.”
As a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Community Realtors, Loftin will focus primarily on residential real estate in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. She can be reached at 413-588-8007 or at [email protected]
GREENFIELD – Greenfield Savings Bank recently announced promotions for Tina Flagg, Panna Royal, Kim Alli, Aleta Smith and Andrew “AJ” Bresciano.
■ Flagg, a resident of Turners Falls, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Director of Commercial Loans Administration at Greenfield Savings Bank. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of Commercial Credit Assistants and Credit Service Specialists to ensure quality customer service.
Flagg started with Greenfield Savings Bank in June 1997 as a cashier in the South Deerfield office, and has since served as a loan operations specialist, loan assistant and director of commercial loan administration. She is also a member of the bank’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan working group.
■ Royal, from Swanzey, NH, has been promoted to vice president and senior network administrator. She will manage the maintenance of existing information systems and develop and implement the information technology roadmap for the organization.
In November 2019, Royal joined Greenfield Savings Bank with 25 years of experience in the IT industry. She started out as the senior administrator of the bank’s network.
■ Alli, a resident of Amherst, has been promoted to vice president and commercial loan officer. She is responsible for meeting with local business clients to determine their financial needs and assist them with a wide range of business loan services. Her role also includes developing strategic relationships for business development, building business relationships with small businesses and serving as the bank’s ambassador.
Having joined Greenfield Savings Bank in May 2017 as Head of Business Development, Alli was subsequently promoted to Deputy Vice President. She is also a member of the PPP Loan Working Group and the Contributions Committee.
■ Smith, who lives in Greenfield, has been promoted to Business Loan Assistant. She is responsible for assembling various documents and information required for underwriting and approving commercial loan transactions, and for preparing commercial loan documents, including letters of commitment.
Smith joined Greenfield Savings Bank in 2013 as a cashier, and has since served as a cashier supervisor, customer service representative and secure deposit service, and electronic banking specialist.
Bresciano first joined Greenfield Savings Bank in 2005 as a cashier, before becoming an Accounting Clerk, Trade Credit Analyst, then Trade Credit Officer and Vice President.