Business Briefs, Jan. 19, 2018


Thursday, January 18, 2018
Brewster new vice president at Greenfield Savings

GREENFIELD — Tara Brewster has been promoted to vice president of business development at Greenfield Savings Bank. Brewster’s position includes developing long-term strategies for business development and outreach to perspective customers, including small business and individuals for lending and account services.

Brewster, according to a press release, joined GSB as a business development specialist in late 2016.

“Tara’s efforts to expand the bank’s portfolio of small business customers and individuals have been very successful,” said John H. Howland, president and CEO of Greenfield Savings Bank. “Her more than 20 years of experience in small business management has given her great insight into the needs of local businesses.”

In addition to her duties at the bank, Tara is active in volunteering on the committees and boards of a wide range of community organizations including: Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, North Star Self Directed Learning for Teens Development Committee and Community Health Center of Franklin County Marketing Committee.

Brewster is a Northampton native and graduate of Smith College and lives in Florence with her husband and two children.

Lisa Palumbo joins Delap Real Estate

NORTHAMPTON — Lisa Palumbo, a real estate agent in the Pioneer Valley since March 2005, joined Delap Real Estate and will work as a buyer’s and seller’s agent, covering Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties.

A resident of Northampton for 25 years, Palumbo most recently worked at the Coldwell Banker office in Northampton from 2006–2017. In the past year, she sold $15 million in real estate transactions in the tri-county region.

In 2017, Palumbo was ranked among the top 10 Realtors for sales in Hampshire County. From 2006-2017, she has been presented annually with the President’s Platinum and Gold Awards from the Realtor Association of the Pioneer Valley in recognition of superior sales and service.

Palumbo lives in Florence with her husband and daughter. She is a musician and singer/songwriter.

Family business center welcomes PeoplesBank

AMHERST — The Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley welcomes PeoplesBank to its team of experts.

The center is a learning organization of over 60 member companies, providing opportunities for improvement since 1994.

For more information about FBCPV, see fambizpv.com or call Ira Bryck at 413-835-0810.

President of bankHometown to retire

ATHOL — Michael D. Hewitt, president and chief executive officer of bankHometown, based in Oxford, is retiring effective June 30. The bank serves central Massachusetts including Athol.

“We have been very fortunate to have Mike Hewitt as the leader of our bank since 2013. His vast banking experience and strong leadership will be missed by us all,” Sam S. Pappas, chairman of the board, stated in a release announcing Hewitt’s retirement.

Hewitt joined the bank in 2011 and was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2013.

It was also announced that the bankHometown board of directors has chosen Matthew S. Sosik, the president and chief executive officer of bankHometown’s mutual holding company, to fill Hewitt’s position.

The bank has served its communities since 1889 and operates 13 full service offices in central Massachusetts, including Athol, and northeastern Connecticut.