GSB News - 09.29.14

Daniel Hancock Named Cash Management & Business Development Officer

Daniel Hancock was recently named Regional Vice President, Cash Management & Business Development Officer. Dan, previously Regional Vice President, Senior Business Officer, has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. In this new role, he will expand his business development efforts, which were previously focused in the Windham, Waterboro, and Falmouth communities, to grow existing customer relationships and acquire new banking relationships in all areas that the Bank serves. Dan is a graduate of Colby Sawyer College and the New England School of Financial Studies. He serves on the board of the Windham Economic Development Corporation, he is the past president of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and current Community Reinvestment Act Officer for the Bank.

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GSB News - 09.25.14

GSB Employees Support Bank’s Wellness Initiative

We had another successful growing season at the Bank’s Operations Center this past summer. For the 2nd year, Operation Center employees planted a vegetable garden behind the building on Gray Road in Gorham.

The garden is one of the ways employees are helping to support the Bank’s wellness initiative and it’s a great way to demonstrate how easy and fun it is to grow vegetables.

Building on the success of last year, and with a generous donation from Skillins Greenhouses, the garden was expanded. Last year we grew Peas, Cucumbers, String Beans, Tomatoes and Marigolds.

The expansion has allowed for the addition of Strawberries, Squash and a Giant Pumpkin. If the squash continues to grow well, they will be added to this year’s Thanksgiving Baskets donated to area families.

All of the produce harvested from the garden is placed in the Operation Center kitchen for everyone to enjoy.

 

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GSB News - 08.07.14

Welcome Marie Morin – Senior Business Officer in Kennebunk

 

Marie Morin was recently hired as Vice President, Senior Business Officer for our newest location in Kennebunk. Prior to joining Gorham Savings Bank, she was Vice President, Retail Market Manager at Kennebunk Savings Bank. Marie has over 14 years of banking experience and is a current member of the Kennebunk Rotary Club.

 

 

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GSB News - 07.22.14

Rebecca Winslow Named Senior Vice President, Director of Sales

Gorham Savings Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Rebecca Winslow to Senior Vice President, Director of Sales. In her new role, she will assume responsibility for the strategic management and performance of the Bank’s branch network and direct sales teams. Rebecca has over 25 years of experience in retail banking and business development, most recently holding the position of Regional Vice President, Senior Business Officer. She is an active member of the community including past president of the Gorham Business Exchange, current member of the Gorham Economic Development Committee, Treasurer of the Reed Allen Community Fund, and Treasurer of the Bonny Eagle Football Boosters.

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Community News - 06.25.14

Gorham Savings Bank at The Color Run

The Color Run has become one of the Bank’s most anticipated volunteer opportunities! This year, there was an amazing outpouring of support from more than 25 employees who volunteered to help with registration, water stations, and the coveted position – throwing color!

We can certainly understand why they call it “The Happiest 5K On The Planet.” As one employee said, “It’s a fun event for a great cause!

The proceeds from The Color Run benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

 

 

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Community News - 06.02.14

GSB Employees Help Raise Nearly $80,000 for Rippleffect

On May 16th and 17th, GSB employees joined nearly 80 other daring adventurers to go Over The Edge, rappelling 13 stories down the side of one of Portland’s tallest buildings: One City Center.President and CEO Chris Emmons kicked off the fundraising event on Friday, May 16th alongside Bill Caron of MaineHealth.

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Lufkin, Dan Hancock, and Mike Voisine took up the challenge the following day, with all four helping to raise nearly $80,000 for Rippleffect, a Portland nonprofit youth and community development program that operates outdoor adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Rippleffect and their youth programs visit rippleffect.net.

 

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GSB News - 04.11.14

Winner of $30,000 LaunchPad Award – Bixby & Co. of Rockland

After presenting their business idea to a live panel of judges as part of the Live LaunchPad event, Bixby & Co. of Rockland was chosen as the $30,000 winner. Kate McAleer, founder of Bixby & Co., will use the $30,000 to purchase capital equipment to prepare for a national launch. The award will help improve quality, manufacturing speed, and consistency of their product, and according to McAleer, “is exactly what we needed to boost our product to the next level.” Bixby & Co. offers organic chocolates blended with dried fruits, nuts, organic brown rice crisps and selected spices.

After narrowing the original entries down to 12, over 8,000 votes were cast on Gorham Savings Bank’s website and 5 finalists were chosen by a public vote to compete at the April 10th event. The event was emceed by Don Gooding, Executive Director for Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development.  The other 4 finalists certainly brought their “A-game” to this competition. It was a tough decision for Judges Paul Ferguson, President of the University of Maine, Craig Denekas, CEO of the Libra Foundation, and Michelle Neujahr, Entrepreneurial Center Director at Southern Maine Community College. Congratulations to Chimani of Yarmouth, Orono-based Double Blue Sports Analytics, Flowfold from Peaks Island and Portland’s Garbage to Garden for making it this far in the program, and we wish them the best as they continue forging ahead with their business ideas.

At the live competition, two additional awards were presented to LaunchPad participants.

$5,000 Maine Technology Institute & Blackstone Accelerates Growth Technology Award – presented to one of the 12 LaunchPad semifinalists, Invisible Intelligence  for demonstrating the best use of technological innovation as the basis for creating a new business in Maine. Invisible Intelligence developed a new technology called a General Audio Recording Device. It is similar to a commercial airplane’s “black box”, but is for use at small general aviation airports. Maine Technology Institute & Blackstone Accelerates Growth will connect Invisible Intelligence with various resources needed to bring their new product or service to market. Because technology-based businesses often encounter more challenges in the development cycle, more resources are needed to resolve technology and engineering design issues, develop prototypes, or conduct testing. This award will help address those needs.

$5,000 Emerging Idea Award – PJ Coeur, voicekite.com

Gorham Savings Bank introduced an additional award for one LaunchPad applicant outside of the finalist and semifinalist group. Our panel of judges felt that one idea stood out among the 130 submissions we received. We are pleased to recognize the efforts and entrepreneurial spirit of PJ Coeur with this $5,000 cash award. PJ Coeur developed a service called Voice Kite, an innovative technology designed to pair a voice with a photograph, preserving a memory in sight and sound. The $5,000 award will enable Pamela and her team to build the graphical user interface for the Voice Kite website and also allow her to get the Voice Kite name trademarked.

An opportunity for all 5 finalists!

We would also like to extend a special thanks to the Maine Venture Fund for providing additional opportunities to the 5 LaunchPad finalists in the 2014 competition. All five of this year’s LaunchPad finalists will be invited to submit materials to Maine Venture Fund for review and written feedback, and the winner of LaunchPad will have the opportunity to present their business plan to Maine Venture Fund’s Board of Directors. For more information, visit maineventurefund.com.

 

For more information about LaunchPad, please visit launchpad.gorhamsavingsbank.com

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GSB News - 03.31.14

ANNOUNCING THE FIVE LAUNCHPAD FINALISTS

One hundred and thirty Maine entrepreneurs submitted an application to the 2014 LaunchPad program. An independent panel of judges spent countless hours reviewing each submission, and ultimately selected twelve semifinalists to compete. Nearly 9,000 public votes were cast, and the results are in.

These five finalists will pitch their idea at the live LaunchPad Competition on April 10th, where a panel of judges will award $30,000 to the winner!

To everyone who voted for the LaunchPad candidates, thank you for supporting Maine entrepreneurs!

Click here to witness the five finalists compete at the live event on April 10th at 5:30 pm at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

 

LaunchPad’s Mission - to help fund a business idea that may not otherwise take flight.

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GSB News - 03.11.14

LaunchPad Semifinalists Selected!

The semifinalists for the 2014 LaunchPad program have been selected. Congratulations to these twelve Maine entrepreneurs!  Visit our website March 18th – 27th to view their business ideas and vote!

  • Biovation, Boothbay
  • Bixby & Co., Rockland
  • Chimani, Yarmouth
  • Double Blue Sports Analytics, Orono
  • Eepybird Studios, Buckfield
  • Flowfold, Peaks Island
  • Garbage to Garden, Portland
  • Introspective Systems, Peaks Island
  • Invisible Intelligence, West Gardiner
  • Litl’ Squirts, Cumberland
  • The Holy Donut, Portland
  • Wag Rags, Readfield

In it’s second year, there were 130 LaunchPad entries from Maine entrepreneurs, which continues to showcase the great talent and ingenuity that exists throughout Maine.  Our independent panel of 7 judges–comprised of community business leaders–spent many hours considering each application.  They were very impressed with the number of creative and innovative ideas, making their choice a challenge.

From March 18th – March 27th, the semifinalists will be featured on our website, and the community will have the opportunity to vote for the top 5 finalists.

The 5 finalists will pitch their idea at the live LaunchPad Competition on April 10th at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, where a panel of judges will award $30,000 to the winner!

To everyone who submitted an application, we thank you for participating!  Maine needs fresh new ideas and with your contribution you could play a key role in our State’s future economic success.

Please visit gorhamsavingsbank.com/Launchpad to vote and to register for this exciting event.

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GSB News - 03.03.14

Bank Volunteers Help to Improve Household Financial Stability

Gorham Savings Bank was recognized for its five-year commitment to the community by United Way of Greater Portland and the Greater Portland CA$H Coalition (CA$H). Gorham Savings Bank employees have dedicated at least 2,000 volunteer hours to help improve household financial stability at CA$H free tax preparation events since the partnership began. The announcement was made during the busiest day of Gorham Savings Bank’s “Make the Most of Your Money” week.

More than 500 individuals and families have been assisted by bank volunteers at the free income tax preparation and asset building events. At least $500,000 in income tax refunds and tax preparation savings have been reinvested into the community and thousands more have been realized through asset building resources.

“Improving the financial well being of our customers and the communities we serve continues to be our long-term commitment and collective effort,” said Chris Emmons, president and CEO at Gorham Savings Bank. “This partnership with CA$H is one more way that the Bank and our employees can help those who need greater financial stability.”

CA$H Greater Portland event participants receive free federal and state income tax return preparation and filing by an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer; information about free and low-cost money-saving resources; individual assistance obtaining free credit reports and conducting unclaimed property searches; and a voucher to help fund higher education for their families.

Gorham Savings Bank’s “Make the Most of Your Money” week is in partnership with the Greater Portland CA$H Coalition: AARP Tax-Aide, Casco Federal Credit Union, CEI, Community Financial Literacy, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Gorham Savings Bank, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), KeyBank, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Portland Housing Authority, and Women, Work and Community. For more information, visit www.cashgp.org. To find a free tax preparation and asset building event in Maine, dial 2-1-1.

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