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2012

WFS Goes Green With New Windows and HVAC
George Hermann Named As New WFS President

Plans Announced For New Bloomfield Office

Mark Griffin Named Grand Marshall

Kimberly Schmaltz Named Mortgage Loan Originator

WFS Assists Marquis of Granby

WFS Announces Retirement of CEO Mark Griffin

WFS Announce New Bloomfield Branch Sales Manager

Mark Griffin Receives WCC Lifetime Achievement Award

WFS Honors Graduating Student Tellers

WFS Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Bloomfield Office

Robert Verrengia Selected as WFS New Board Chairman

Ray Halsted Promoted to Senior Vice President Lending

Mary-Lynn Kinney Promoted to Executive Vice President

Jan Kelley Promoted to Senior Vice President

WFS donates $5,000 to JFACT

Mike Paparella New Vice President
Commercial Loan and Business Development


2012

 

WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS “GOES GREEN”
WITH NEW ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS AND HVAC SYSTEM

(WINDSOR, CT – JANUARY 2012) – In the spirit of “going green”, and to repair some long-standing mechanical, aesthetic and efficiency issues, Windsor Federal Savings will be undergoing substantial changes to their Main Office and Administrative/Loan buildings located on Broad Street in Windsor Center in the coming weeks.

The former Windsor Trust Company building, built around 1929, now houses Windsor Federal Savings’ Administrative/Loan Services offices, and the windows are drafty, inefficient – and historic.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and any improvements – such as, to the windows – needed to be carefully considered, to ensure the building maintained its period appearance.  Windsor resident Lon Pelton, of Clearwood Building, had just the solution: custom replacement windows, with triple pane glass and Low E characteristics. The same approach was used for the windows in the Main Office building, but because it is a newer building, the job was somewhat easier.

Retaining the character and feel of the administrative building, while improving the efficiency of the windows, sounds like a relatively easy task.  In truth, it was no such thing. “We had to actually remove a window to measure, and make sure that our custom windows were going to fit correctly” said Pelton.  “With a building from 1929, seeing how the (new) windows would fit was very important.”  The target date for installation is approximately eight weeks.

In addition to new, energy efficient windows, the Main Office building is also getting an upgrade to its aging HVAC system, bringing the system and its controls into the 21st century – and getting the corresponding improvement in energy efficiency as well.  “There will be at least a 20% improvement in efficiency with this new system” said Kevin Moriarty, owner of HARP Mechanical, the contractor for the job.   “The old system used pneumatic controls, which were hard to operate and also lacked replacement parts. The new system is digitally controlled, has new compressors and condensers, and actually uses outside air as a way of being more efficient.”  Moriarty and his team from HARP will be installing the new system in the next few weeks. 

“Being more energy efficient was a major consideration in our decision to institute these improvements” said Mark Griffin, Windsor Federal Savings’ President and CEO.  “Customers and employees alike will enjoy a more comfortable environment after the work is completed.  We appreciate everyone’s patience while the project is underway.  The end result will be well worth it.”

 

 

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GEORGE HERMANN
NAMED NEW PRESIDENT
OF WINDSOR FEDERAL

WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS ANNOUNCES SELECTION
OF GEORGE HERMANN AS NEXT PRESIDENT

 

(WINDSOR, CT – JANUARY 19, 2012) – The Board of Directors of Windsor Federal Savings today announced the selection of George Hermann, a Connecticut native and a longtime community banking executive, to serve as their new President and COO, effective February 1st.  Hermann, who will succeed current President Mark Griffin, will also assume the role of CEO when Griffin retires in June. 

Hermann joins Windsor Federal Savings after an extensive career as a banking executive in Connecticut, including the last five years as President and CEO of The First National Bank of Suffield, where he guided them to consistently strong results during some challenging economic times.

“I would like to be able to build upon the strong foundation that the Board has put down” said Hermann.  “The first step is to make crystal clear to our customers and employees that our commitment to our communities will not change. As a community bank, involvement in local activities and organizations is part of our fabric. It will be business as usual in that regard at Windsor Federal, and I sincerely look forward to meeting with customers and employees alike in the coming weeks.”

“While he may well be a different face, George is very familiar with our market area and is a good community banker” said Mark Griffin.   “He truly understands the importance of strong community involvement, and he will ensure that Windsor Federal maintains and grows the relationships that we already have. I know George will have new and innovative ideas, but at the heart of the matter will be the strong focus on service to our customers that we have always strived for.  Our customers can be assured that our commitment to personalized service – and to being a good neighbor – will not change.”

Hermann, a native of Stratford, will bring a hands-on style to the job that will help him as he begins the process of getting to know customers, employees, and the communities.  “With the expected changes in the banking industry over the next ten years, banks like Windsor Federal are going to be key for the economic success of their communities.  I’m honored to have been chosen to lead Windsor Federal Savings, and I look forward to assisting with that growth.”

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS ANNOUNCES
PLAN FOR NEW BLOOMFIELD BRANCH

(WINDSOR, CT - FEBRUARY 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings today announced their plan to build a new, energy-efficient branch in Bloomfield, complete with drive-through ATM, additional parking, and a customer-focused floor plan.  The new building will be adjacent to the current location.

“The building of our new branch in Bloomfield underscores both our commitment to community banking in Bloomfield, and to continued energy efficiency in all that we do” said George Hermann, President and COO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “It is our intention to incorporate as many “Green” technologies as possible in this new branch, while also ensuring that our customers feel “right at home” at our new location.”

Windsor Federal Savings expects a ground-breaking this spring.

 

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MARK GRIFFIN NAMED GRAND MARSHALL OF
THE
2012 WINDSOR SHAD DERBY PARADE

(WINDSOR, CT - APRIL 2012) John Jary, President of the Windsor Jaycees, recently announced that retiring Windsor Federal Savings President Mark Griffin will be the Grand Marshall of this year’s Windsor Shad Derby Parade & Green Festival, to be held on Saturday May 19th 2012.

“The Jaycees like to highlight people that go above and beyond in putting the entire Windsor community first, and Mark Griffin fits that description perfectly. Mark is a true Windsor Difference Maker for his commitment & dedication for a better and stronger Windsor community. The Jaycees are truly honored to have Mark serve as this year’s Grand Marshall” said Jary.  He continued:  “The combination of Mark Griffin and Windsor Federal Savings have helped out and supported our Town in so many ways over the years that it seems appropriate for him to be selected just prior to his retirement, as a way of thanking Mark for his long time contributions to the Town of Windsor.  Mark and Windsor Federal truly are about neighbors helping neighbors, and they have made a tremendous difference in the Windsor community helping all their neighbors in Town”.

The Green Activities Day and Parade take place on Saturday, May 19th from 10am to 4pm. On the Green will be games, local vendors and activities for all ages.  One of the major events of the day is the parade that marches through historic Windsor Center in the afternoon.

The Shad Derby Festival is a series of events that are run by Windsor Civic organizations, under the umbrella of the Windsor Shad Fest Bureau.  It originated in 1954, when John Cardillo of the Windsor Rod & Gun Club started a fishing tournament to raise awareness about the growing pollution in the Connecticut River.  Over the years, the Shad Derby Festival has grown in to a Windsor celebration of 10 civic organizations, hundreds of volunteers all coming together to provide 13 Festival events. All proceeds from Shad Derby events stay in Town and are reinvested in the Windsor community throughout the year.  For more information about the Shad Derby history and all the 2012 Festival events, go to www.windsorshadderby.org.

 

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Kimberly Schmaltz
New Mortgage Loan Originator

Mark E. Griffin, CEO and Lori LePauloue, VP of Residential and Consumer Lending of Windsor Federal Savings are pleased to announce that Kimberly Schmaltz has been promoted to the position of Mortgage Loan Originator.

Kimberly’s banking career spans over 15 years in the lending area, most recently as a mortgage loan underwriter.  She received her degree from Central Connecticut State University and has successfully completed numerous mortgage related seminars and training.

A resident of Middlefield, she enjoys DIY projects, horseback riding and traveling. Kimberly will work out of the North Central Square office on Poquonock Avenue in Windsor and can be reached at 860-298-0504.

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS ASSISTS
MARQUIS OF GRANBY TRIP TO SWITZERLAND

(GRANBY, CT - APRIL 2012) – After two years of fundraisers, including bake sales, dances, pancake breakfasts, and a variety of other methods, the Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corp thought they had nearly reached their financial goal to travel to Switzerland for the International Muster this summer.  The airlines, however, had a message for them which was not fully expected: musical instruments do not fly free!  A $2,000 charge was looming as a major roadblock, so Windsor Federal Savings decided to assist.

The Marquis did not anticipate the expense to ship their musical instruments, so this was totally unexpected.  They have worked very hard to raise the necessary funds to go, and at this late stage, we felt that making this donation could make a huge difference” said George Hermann, President of Windsor Federal Savings.  He continued: “the Granby community has pulled together to help make this trip a reality and we are happy to do our part to help.”

Audrey Lampert, Marquis Director, was delighted with the donation: “We are so grateful for Windsor Federal’s longstanding support of the corps.   They were there for us when we needed a new bus a few years ago, and now they have stepped up again to help us with the trip to Switzerland.  The donation they’ve made to the corps will cover the entire cost of shipping all the drums and other equipment to Basel.”

Jim Matejek, Manager of Windsor Federal’s Granby office, sees the donation as a way to help a worthy cause:  “The Granby community has supported Windsor Federal for almost 40 years, so it feels good to be able to give back and help make this trip a reality. Personally, I am proud to support the efforts of the local fife and drum corps.  As a young boy, I played fife for the Yalesville Junior Ancients, a corps based out of the Yalesville section of the Town of Wallingford where I grew up.  The experience I had with Yalesville was invaluable, marching in parades and participating in musters throughout CT, New England, and the Northeast. We hope the group has a fantastic voyage.”

The Marquis of Granby were founded in 1969, and are active at many area events.  Memorial Day Weekend the Corps will perform in six parades and special performances, including American Warrior Homecoming (WW II Veterans) on Saturday.  They’ll also be performing at parades in New Haven, Enfield, Granby, Simsbury and New Britain.  The annual Memorial Day performance on the Granby Town Green will feature the presentation that will also be performed in Switzerland.  To learn more about the Corps, or to make a donation, go to www.MarquisofGranby.org

 

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MARK GRIFFIN, CEO OF WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS TO OFFICIALLY RETIRE IN JUNE

(WINDSOR, CT - MAY 2012) - After a successful thirty-eight year career, Mark Griffin will retire from Windsor Federal Savings this June, and will trade in his business suit for golf shirt and shorts.

Griffin began his career at Windsor Federal Savings in July, 1974, starting out as a Manager trainee after his graduation from St. Francis College, in Maine. He was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Treasurer in 1982, appointed to the Board of Directors in 1983, Executive Vice President in 1986 and President, CEO and Treasurer in 1989. His successor, George Hermann, took over as President and COO of Windsor Federal Savings in February of this year, and will assume the CEO title in June.

Hermann commented on Griffin’s impending retirement: “Mark’s contributions to Windsor Federal Savings’ growth over his 38 year career are just incredible.  His thoughtful, informed approach and steady leadership benefited the bank and the community in so many positive ways.  We will miss him greatly, and we thank him for his many years of service. Mark is going to leave quite a legacy at this institution to live up to.”

Griffin has a long list of accomplishments from his 24 years as President and CEO of Windsor Federal, including growing the asset base from $85 million in 1989 to $397 million today; dramatically updating the business model to meet modern market and regulatory requirements; and bringing Windsor Federal Savings to the forefront of community banking technology. In short, his impact on the organization was profoundly important.  Through it all, his steady, pleasant demeanor and his genuine concern for employees remained his hallmark.

Bob St. Jacques, President of Four Seasons Landscaping in Windsor, remembers the early days at Four Seasons when Griffin was their advocate in town, and for business growth:  “He really believed in us, and showed a lot of faith in our organization.  He surrounds himself with great people, and they are the epitome of giving back to the community.”

Windsor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jane Garibay, says that Griffin was more than just the President of the Bank:  “Someone like Mark has been an integral part of the community for so many years.  He’s not only a great bank leader but a great leader in the community.”

Mayor of Windsor and owner of Bart’s Restaurant, Don Trinks, echoed that sentiment: “Mark made Windsor Federal the perfect corporate partner. He’s always been supportive of so many programs – he epitomizes the term “community banker.”

Syd Schulman, Mayor of Bloomfield, agreed.  “Mark has demonstrated a real commitment to the towns serviced by Windsor Federal.  Through him, Windsor Federal has been a “player” in the economic development plans of Bloomfield.  We appreciate his efforts and the strong relationship he has built with our town, and we wish him well”.

Granby, where Windsor Federal also has a branch, is another community where Windsor Federal’s impact under Griffin was felt. Said Granby Town Manager Bill Smith: “We’re most appreciative of the support of town events by Mark and Windsor Federal, and the many different sponsorships that they have backed over the years.”

Lindsey Pinkham, Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Connecticut Bankers Association, summed up Griffin’s standing in the industry this way: “One of the things Mark has is the ultimate respect of his peer group.  If the Connecticut Bankers Association had a Hall of Fame, Mark would be its latest inductee. He’s a dear friend and he will be missed.”

Mike Rabbett, Board Member and owner of Rabbett Insurance in Windsor, agrees. “With all of the responsibilities he has, he always made time to talk with anyone, no matter who they were. He’s just a regular guy at the core.  In fact, we always kid him at the board meetings because he was the only person that could change light bulbs at the bank. He’s not afraid to do anything.”

Windsor Federal CFO, Mary Lynn-Kinney, saw that style every day: “I’ve always been tremendously impressed with his approach to issues, and his way to find a solution. He considers all parties when making a decision and always asks what can be done to help the community. He likes to see his employees succeed, and always considers the effect of decisions on employees – and the community.”

Gaye Rizzo, Board Member and Windsor Library Director, concurs: “Mark finds value in every single person that works with him. I felt so privileged to be able to work with him over these many years.   I’ve never had anyone say a bad word about Mark.   He’s really down to earth; he has an open door policy, and he puts the bank and the customers first.”

Longtime Windsor Federal employee Rosa Segars, who celebrated her 40th anniversary with the bank last year, appreciates Griffin’s leadership: “He started shortly after I did – two years after me. He makes all of us better.  He asks us to give a 100% effort to our community- and to the bank – just like he does. Mark has been such a great gentleman to work for!”

Griffin, for his part, believes that it’s time.  “I’ve had a great career, and met and worked with some wonderful people.  From community members to fellow employees, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the daily interactions.  To our entire team at Windsor Federal, as well as to the many members of the community that I’ve had the pleasure of working with, I want to extend my sincere appreciation for making these 38 years so special.”

Although Griffin’s move from Bank CEO to retiree will mean a change in his work address, he plans to remain active in the community and will be seen around town, at various meetings, and of course, on the golf course.  Griffin’s plans for his retirement are to spend more time doing what he loves, like spending time with his wife, Sandy, as well as traveling, skiing, working in the yard, and fixing anything mechanical that needs it.  If “riding into the sunset” were an official retirement kickoff, Griffin’s vehicle of choice would surprise no one: his beloved tractor.

After 38 years, the entire Windsor Federal Saving’s family would like to say a sincere “thank you” to Mark for those many years of service – and especially for his kind and caring style.  It’s been a great ride!

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS ANNOUNCES NEW BLOOMFIELD BRANCH SALES MANAGER

(BLOOMFIELD, CT, JUNE 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings recently held a “meet and greet” reception at their Bloomfield Office to introduce Harold Harper, their new Branch Manager, and George Hermann, their new Bank President, to the Bloomfield community.

Nearly seventy community members and employees were on hand as both Harper and Hermann greeted various members of the business community and local officials.  The response was very positive, according to Hermann. In the coming months, Windsor Federal plans to reach out to local businesses and organizations, reinforcing the banks’ longstanding commitment to Bloomfield.

"Harold’s banking experience is a great asset to Windsor Federal Savings, and we’re delighted to have him join our team” said Hermann.  “His strong track record, together with his solid community ties, will fit nicely with our continued emphasis on being a good neighbor and helpful community member in Bloomfield.”

Harper comes to Windsor Federal after a nearly thirty year career with Webster Bank, and its predecessor in Bloomfield, Mechanics Savings Bank.  An active member of the Bloomfield community, he is Vice President of the West Indian Foundation, is a member of the board of Bloomfield Access TV, and is a past board member of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.

 

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MARK GRIFFIN RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM
WINDSOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  

(WINDSOR, CT - JUNE 2012)  – Mark Griffin, retiring President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings, received the Windsor Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award at their Annual Dinner on June 8th at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott.

“We wanted to honor Mark, not only for his work at Windsor Federal Savings, but for his personal dedication to the Town of Windsor” said Windsor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jane Garibay.  “There are few people that are in that category.  This award goes to people that we all admire and strive to be like.  Mark believes, and makes every individual feel, like their opinion and their contributions are important.”

In a show of appreciation, the Chamber honored Griffin with a “best wishes” brick, to be placed on the Windsor Town Green, across from CVS.

Griffin began his career at Windsor Federal Savings in July, 1974, starting out as a Manager trainee after his graduation from St. Francis College, in Maine. He was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Treasurer in 1982, appointed to the Board of Directors in 1983, Executive Vice President in 1986 and President, CEO and Treasurer in 1989. His successor, George Hermann, took over as President and COO of Windsor Federal Savings in February of this year, and will assume the CEO title this month.

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS HONORS GRADUATING STUDENT TELLERS


Photo pictured left to right:
Clive McLean, Hayley Malloy, Javim Gordon and Miesha Williams

(WINDSOR, CT - JUNE 2012)  A special ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 12th at Windsor Federal Saving’s Windsor Center office, to recognize four Windsor High School graduating seniors as student tellers.

Each of the tellers worked at the Windsor High Branch of Windsor Federal Savings during the past year.  The ceremony was held to express the Bank’s appreciation for the students’ dedication and strong work ethic during the year as they worked side by side with their Windsor Federal mentors and other Windsor Federal employees.  Upon joining Windsor Federal last year, each student underwent extensive training in bank safety, personal and information security, business etiquette and protocols, and customer service.  After completion of the training, the students followed the same processes and procedures that all Windsor Federal Savings employees do, each and every day.

"As our first class of student interns, we’re thrilled with the hard work and professionalism these students have shown all year long” said George Hermann, Windsor Federal Savings President and CEO.  “Their contributions to the success of the Windsor High School branch were significant.  We applaud their efforts and wish them the very best going forward.”

In addition to honoring the graduates, the ceremony also marked the starting point for the next class of student interns, and set expectations, as well.  Those expectations are intended to help the students gain valuable experience, according to Hermann.  “Around the country, in-school banks have been successful in recent years, as both a vehicle for increasing financial literacy, as well as a means of introducing banking – and business – to students.  Using a strong collaboration with the schools, as we did with Windsor High School, the school branches teach kids many valuable lessons, in a safe and secure setting.”

Jan Kelley, Windsor Federal Savings Vice President and Director of Human Resources, said that parental involvement and school communication were vital:  “The program couldn’t have been successful without the support of the high school administration, as well as the encouragement of the parents.   It truly was a team effort between the parents, students, Windsor High Administration, and our team here at Windsor Federal”.

The graduating student tellers, class of 2012, are:  Miesha Williams, Hayley Malloy, Clive McLean, and Javim Gordon.

 

 

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GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY HELD FOR
NEW WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BLOOMFIELD BRANCH

Photo pictured left to right:

Steven Erickson, WFS Board of Directors; Tom McCue, Builder; Bill Hogan, Director of Finance, Town of Bloomfield; Thom Hooper, Director Planning & Zoning, Town of Bloomfield; Michael Rabbett, WFS Board of Directors; George Hermann, WFS President & CEO; Kellie Maliszewski, WFS Bloomfield Office Operations Manager; Louie Chapman, Jr., Bloomfield Town Manager; Harold Harper, WFS Bloomfield Office AVP Sales Manager; Gaye Rizzo, WFS Board of Directors; David Pokras, Architect; Brian Quagan, WFS Board of Directors; Sharron Howe, Bloomfield Assistant to the Town Manager; William Chiodo, WFS Chairman of the Board; Tony Roncaioli, WFS VP, Business Development

(WINDSOR, CT - JULY 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings held a ground breaking ceremony on July 12th to signify commencement of construction on their new Bloomfield branch, with a planned opening in early 2013. Bloomfield officials, along with representatives from Windsor Federal Savings, were on hand to officially kick off the project.

“We see great things happening in Bloomfield, and we want to be a part of it” said George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “In addition to being more energy efficient than our current location, this branch will provide our customers with simpler, easier access, both inside and out.  We also intend to incorporate a number of new technologies that should enhance the overall customer experience.  What won’t change, however, is our customer and community focus.  We recognize that our customers are our most important asset, and regardless of what building we’re in, our customers are the key.”

The new building, to be located next to the current branch on Jerome Avenue, will have two drive-up lanes, a much needed drive-up ATM, and drive-up night depository.  The improvements, according to Operations Branch Manager Kellie Maliszewski, will provide significant benefits: “Customers are very excited about the new facility, and they are thrilled that Windsor Federal will remain right in Bloomfield center.”  Harold Harper, Assistant Vice President & Branch Sales Manager, agrees: “Our new building will be a more efficient and customer friendly office.  The building will also add visibility and compliment the highly trained and experienced staff members that are already in place. The Windsor Federal family believes that our customers and the citizens of Bloomfield deserve a branch that is state of the art.”

By offering customers the very best in products and customer service, and continuing their commitment to the Town of Bloomfield and surrounding communities, Windsor Federal Savings is taking seriously their responsibility to be a valuable neighbor.

 

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­­­WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS ANNOUNCES SELECTION
OF ROBERT A. VERRENGIA AS BOARD CHAIRMAN

(WINDSOR, CT – JULY 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings announced today that Bill Chiodo has retired from the Board of Directors and as Chairman after 25 years, and Robert A. (Bob) Verrengia, longtime Corporate Secretary, has been selected as the new Chairman. Both moves were effective July 18th, at the Bank’s annual meeting.  A reception was held to honor Mr. Chiodo on July 18th, as well.

“Bill Chiodo has done a great job as chairman, and our sincere thanks goes out to him for his strong leadership and twenty five years of service” said George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “We look forward to Bob’s advice and counsel going forward, as we build upon his board and business experience and take on the normal challenges that await us. Windsor Federal is secure and strong financially, and we are well positioned for growth.”

Mr. Verrengia has been a member of the board since 1985, and has extensive community and business leadership experience. He was First Selectman in Granby for four years, and was on the Board of Selectmen for six.  He was also on the Granby Board of Finance, and was deeply involved in improving the town’s financial and educational structure during his tenure.  His business experience is also strong, having worked at Aetna for over thirty years, running a variety of departments and projects during that time, including purchasing, data processing, and real estate.

“I’m proud to be a part of Windsor Federal Savings and to continue the exceptional commitment to our customers, our communities and the numerous community organizations that we support” said Verrengia.   “It’s a privilege to serve on the board, and to serve our customers. We honestly strive to be “neighbors helping neighbors” – everyday”.

Mr. Verrengia has two children, five grandchildren, and has been married for nearly forty five years.

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR LENDING OFFICER

(WINDSOR, CT – OCTOBER 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings announced today that Ray Halsted has been promoted to Senior Vice President & Senior Lending Officer.

Halsted, a longtime Windsor resident, is a seasoned professional with over 38 years of commercial lending, business and community banking experience.  He has been with Windsor Federal since 2009, most recently as Vice President, Commercial Lending and Business Development.  Prior to joining Windsor Federal, Ray was the Northern Region Manager of Business Banking with New Alliance Bank.  “Ray’s experience in our industry is extensive, and his transition to Senior Lending Officer will be seamless” said George Hermann, President of Windsor Federal Savings.  “His strong banking background, excellent track record, and unwavering commitment to customer service, make him a great fit for this position.

Halsted will replace Gary Roman, who is leaving Windsor Federal to become President of a Community Bank.  According to George Hermann, Roman’s service was exemplary: “We wish Gary the very best, and know that his future is very bright.  He will be missed, and we would like to thank him for his outstanding dedication to Windsor Federal Savings over the years”.

For his part, Halsted believes that the most important element in his new position is the customer: “our motto of “neighbors helping neighbors” is more than just words; it’s how we approach our jobs every day.  Our strong capital position allows us to focus on delivering the right products and services within our local markets.  Our emphasis truly is local, and we are committed to making the customer experience a positive one.”

 

 

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KINNEY PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AT WINDSOR FEDERAL

(WINDSOR, CT – OCTOBER 2012) – Mary-Lynn Kinney has been promoted to Executive Vice President at Windsor Federal Savings, the bank announced today.

Kinney assumes her new title while continuing as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. She has been with Windsor Federal Savings since August, 2000, and has spent her entire career in financial services.  Prior to joining Windsor Federal she was with Mechanics Savings Bank.

George Hermann, President of Windsor Federal Savings, expressed his appreciation for Mary-Lynn’s efforts: “Mary-Lynn’s financial leadership has been invaluable to us, and will be going forward, as we execute our long-term strategy. Her guidance has helped us to be well positioned for future growth, as we are strong and stable financially.”

Windsor Federal’s outlook is bright, according to Kinney, largely due to its continued emphasis on its customers, and helping the community:  “I’m thrilled to be able to work in a strongly capitalized, profitable, community-based financial institution.  With the mutuality of our organization, we can emphasize community, first and foremost.  I look forward to continuing to help Windsor Federal to serve its retail and commercial customers.”

Kinney’s duties will continue to include financial oversight and guidance for the bank, as well as regulatory compliance.  She reports directly to George Hermann, Windsor Federal Savings’ President.

 

 

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KELLEY PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

(WINDSOR, CT – OCTOBER 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings announced today that Janice Kelley, Director of Human Resources, has been promoted to Senior Vice President.

Kelley has been with Windsor Federal Savings since November 2005.  Her career spans over thirty years in the human resources field, with over twenty-two spent at Mechanics Savings Bank, prior to her arrival at Windsor Federal.

“Jan is a valuable part of our management team here at Windsor Federal Savings, and her hard work and dedication to her job is truly impressive.  She helps our employees strive to get better, each and every day” said George Hermann, President of Windsor Federal Savings.

Kelley’s focus on employee development is a labor of love – one that she relishes: “developing our workforce is a top priority for us, and I’m thrilled at the confidence the bank has shown in me as we continue to aim for excellence in all that we do.”  She continued: “We work especially hard to make sure every employee goes above and beyond in helping our customers.  We want our customers to know that they really are our neighbors – and they deserve our very best.  We’re here because of them, and we try to never lose sight of that fact.”

Kelley, a noted St. Louis Cardinals and New York Jets fan, hopes for a championship - regardless of which team - sometime in the near future.  

 

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WFS ASSISTS BLOOMFIELD SCHOOLS and JFACT OF CT

Pictured left to right:  Robert Fishman, Executive Director of JFACT; Harold Harper, WFS Bloomfield Branch Sales Manager; David Baram, Vice President of the JFACT fund

(WINDSOR, CT – OCTOBER 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings has donated $5,000 to the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT), in order to further the educational goals of awareness and history of the Holocaust and genocide, via the Identity project in Bloomfield schools.

A brief gathering was held on October 5th at the Bloomfield branch of Windsor Federal Savings, with Harold Harper, branch sales manager, presenting the $5,000 check to Robert Fishman, Executive Director of JFACT, and David Baram, Vice President of the JFACT fund.  Fishman and Baram both expressed their appreciation, on behalf of JFACT, as well as for the students that the donation will benefit.  Fishman said: “We are indebted to Windsor Federal for this donation, which will be used for our work with the schools and the Identity project, to promote education about Genocide and the Holocaust”.  Baram stated: “The Identity project is extremely valuable.  It is a character building program that has a number of components, including helping kids to recognize the importance of speaking out when they see things like disrespect, discrimination, or even genocide.  It helps them to learn that they can have a personal impact – and should.”

Harold Harper, Bloomfield branch sales manager for Windsor Federal Savings, believes that assisting the community is part of the fabric of the bank: “We try to live up to our motto of “neighbors helping neighbors”, and we want to make sure that we benefit the community.  This is just one example of how we’re trying to accomplish that.”

Bloomfield public schools director of performing and visual arts, Dr. Joseph Olzacki, together with Rabbi Philip Lazowski, of Bloomfield, created the Identity project in 2007 as a way for high school students to learn about genocide, and themselves.  Its many faceted approach involves hands-on learning, such as trips to the Holocaust museum in Washington, musical interpretations, and much more.  Guest speakers are sometimes asked to share their experiences as living survivors of the atrocities of the Holocaust.  In that regard, the importance of passing along the facts is not lost on Robert Fishman. “There are not many survivors left, so we are emphasizing the legacy being passed on to the children - and grandchildren - of survivors, so they can continue to tell the stories.  The Identity project helps to get the message out, while at the same time it is helping the kids themselves.”

The Hebrew term “Tikkun Olam”, translated as “to repair the world” is one of the themes for this year’s Identity project.  Students will use the theme as they explore ways to make a difference in their own lives – and in the world.

To learn more about the Identity Project, or JFACT, contact Robert Fishman, JFACT Executive Director, at 860-727-5701, or go to www.jfact.org

 

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MICHAEL B. PAPARELLA JOINS WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS

 

(WINDSOR, CT – NOVEMBER 2012) – Windsor Federal Savings’ President, George Hermann, along with Ray Halsted, Senior Vice President Commercial Lending, are pleased to announce that Michael B. Paparella has joined the Association as Vice President – Commercial Loan and Business Development.

Paparella, a longtime Windsor resident, is a seasoned professional with over thirty-five years of diverse bank experience with an expertise in Commercial and Real Estate Loan origination and portfolio management within a community bank environment.  His most recent position was with The Connecticut Bank and Trust Company (CBT). His eight year tenure with CBT began while the bank was in organization establishing the Credit and Loan Servicing Departments in addition to his primary role of business development. His extensive referral base and relationships that developed over his career proved integral to the growth and success of the bank and its customers.

“We are excited to have a professional like Mike join the commercial lending team at Windsor Federal”, stated George Hermann, Windsor Federal President.

“Throughout Mike’s extensive banking career, he has served the markets in which Windsor Federal has established its footprint”, commented Ray Halsted, Senior Vice President of Lending, “Being a Windsor resident for over 35 years, he knows our community well and we welcome him to our Business Banking team.”

An avid golfer, Mike also enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends.

 

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