MutualOne Community Contributions Recognized by United Way

United Way of Tri-County Awards

The evening’s special guest speaker, Harry Gantz, co-producer and director of the film ‘American Winter,’ presenting Rahnuma Habib with the Campaign Coordinator Award.

MutualOne Bank was honored with three awards by the United Way of Tri-County at the organization’s Annual Recognition Event Breakfast. Each year a select number of volunteers, partners and supporters of the United Way’s programs are acknowledged for their outstanding commitment to the community at the event. The theme of this year’s event, held on Thursday, April 10 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, was IN FOCUS: Gaining a new perspective on our community through the lens of the United Way.

The Bank received the United Way of Tri-County Cornerstone Award, for “exemplifying the spirit of the United Way, by providing a foundation of giving and serving as a role model for others and a treatment of what can be achieved.” In addition, the Bank’s “extraordinary contributions to the community,” were recognized through the Financial Division Award. And accepting both of the awards on behalf of the Bank was Bob Lamprey, chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and MutualOne Charitable Foundation chair.

Rahnuma Habib, assistant vice president, human resources, took home her own hardware. She was presented with the Campaign Coordinator Award “for demonstrating outstanding performance in aiding participation, community involvement, and partnerships.”

Congratulations to our Service Award winners

At our recent Awards Night, several employees were recognized for their longstanding commitment and dedication to the Bank. Each year, we bestow a Service Award to employees who have reached a new five-year milestone.

This year saw Donna Finneran mark her 40th year with MutualOne. Joining Donna in commemorating their tenure with the Bank were the following honorees:

Andrea Aronne – 5 years of service
Kurt Bischoff – 5 years of service
Clarice Santos – 5 years of service
Michael Semizoglou – 5 years of service
Melissa Burnham – 10 years of service
Frank Chamberlain – 10 years of service
Mary-Ellen Giorgio – 10 years of service
Janet Welsh – 10 years of service
Rahnuma Habib – 15 years of service
Rita Robbins – 20 years of service
Carmela Canal – 25 years of service

2014 Service Award winners – Mark Haranas, MutualOne president & CEO (fifth from right) celebrates with this year’s honorees (left to right), Kurt Bischoff, Clarice Santos, Melissa Burnham, Janet Welsh, Rahnuma Habib, Donna Finneran, Andrea Aronne, Carmela Canal, Mary-Ellen Giorgio, and Michael Semizoglou. Not pictured:  Frank Chamberlain and Rita Robbins.

2014 Service Award winners – Mark Haranas, MutualOne president & CEO (fifth from right) celebrates with this year’s honorees (left to right), Kurt Bischoff, Clarice Santos, Melissa Burnham, Janet Welsh, Rahnuma Habib, Donna Finneran, Andrea Aronne, Carmela Canal, Mary-Ellen Giorgio, and Michael Semizoglou. Not pictured: Frank Chamberlain and Rita Robbins.

Foundation grant sponsors seniors, students at Heritage Chorale pops concert

Heritage ChoraleThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $2,500 gift to the Heritage Chorale senior and student outreach program allowed 79 local senior citizens and a number of students to attend this year’s Pops Concert at Nevins Hall in Framingham.

Now celebrating its 77th season, the Heritage Chorale is a mixed chorus of more than 100 singers from the MetroWest region.

“We value our partnership in this effort to make it possible for area senior adults and students who would not otherwise be able to attend our concerts to enjoy a special event such as our Pops Concert,” said Heritage Chorale’s Robert H. Diefenbacher, vice president, development.

“Your continued support for this important effort has been truly valuable,” Diefenbacher said in a letter to Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.

Checking for Charity at MutualOne Bank supports senior centers in Framingham and Natick

CheckingCharityNewSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank’s Checking for Charity initiative will benefit both the Callahan Senior Center in Framingham and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

For every new personal or business checking account opened in 2014, the Bank will donate $10 to be shared equally by the two Centers, said Sousa.

The Checking for Charity campaign gained national attention as an “Impact” category winner in the American Bankers Association’s financial marketing awards competition when it was established in 2008.

Previous Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Framingham High School, Natick High School, the American Cancer Society, Ovations for a Cure, Buddy Dog Humane Society, and the Natick Veterans Relief Fund.

MutualOne Bank awarded SBA Preferred Lender status

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has been granted Preferred Lender status by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

To achieve this standing under the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program, lenders must have a successful, high-volume SBA performance history, including proficiency in processing and servicing SBA-guaranteed loans, which can range in size up to $5 million. SBA loans can be used to establish a new business or to assist in the acquisition, operation, or expansion of an existing business.

Local advantage
According to Michael Semizoglou, vice president, commercial lending, MutualOne Bank’s experience with SBA loan programs provides a number of distinct advantages for local start-ups and small businesses.

“We are well versed in SBA loan programs, policies and procedures, and being a Preferred Lender allows us to provide expedited loan decisions through immediate consideration and quick responses from the SBA,” he explained.

MutualOne Bank’s SBA loan portfolio includes businesses of all sizes and description, from a variety of industries, says Semizoglou.

“SBA loans are particularly advantageous for businesses that may not qualify under the Bank’s normal lending criteria,” added Semizoglou.

“In many instances, an SBA loan is the perfect answer for the small business community,” he said.

MutualOne Bank Executive Vice President and Senior Lender Larry Erickson (far right) and Vice President/Commercial Lending Michael Semizoglou (second from right) accept a plaque from Robert H. Nelson, Massachusetts District Director, and Anne Rice Hunt, Deputy District Director, of the Small Business Administration (SBA) signifying the Bank’s status as an SBA Preferred Lender.

MutualOne Bank Executive Vice President and Senior Lender Larry Erickson (far right) and Vice President/Commercial Lending Michael Semizoglou (second from right) accept a plaque from Robert H. Nelson, Massachusetts District Director, and Anne Rice Hunt, Deputy District Director, of the Small Business Administration (SBA) signifying the Bank’s status as an SBA Preferred Lender.

MutualOne Bank’s gift of $4,000 will buy new projector for Framingham High auditorium

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that Framingham High School has been awarded $4,000 as a result of the Bank’s most-recent Checking for Charity initiative.

The Bank announced last spring that it would donate $10 to be shared equally by Natick High School and Framingham High School for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion. Each school received a check for $4,000 in separate presentations earlier this month.

At Framingham High School, the $4,000 Checking for Charity gift will be used to purchase a new high definition projector for the auditorium, according to Principal Michael J. Welch.

“The auditorium/theater is used constantly by many different groups for the school and the entire community,” Welch said. ”Our original projector gave out over a year ago, and the current replacement was borrowed from another part of the building. The purchase of a new HD projector will be a welcome addition to this beautiful space.

“On behalf of the Framingham High School community, we would like to express our sincere gratitude,” he added.

Previous MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

The Checking for Charity promotion now underway at MutualOne Bank will benefit both Framingham’s Callahan Senior Center and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

FRAMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL Principal Michael Welch helps hold a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With him in the school’s auditorium, for which the gift will help purchase a new projector, are (from left) Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer; Alyse Lepkowski, Framingham High School Department Head, School Counseling; and Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Concord Street, Framingham office Branch Manager.

FRAMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL Principal Michael Welch helps hold a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With him in the school’s auditorium, for which the gift will help purchase a new projector, are (from left) Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer; Alyse Lepkowski, Framingham High School Department Head, School Counseling; and Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Concord Street, Framingham office Branch Manager.

MutualOne Bank’s gift of $4,000 will buy iPads for Natick High music students

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that Natick High School has been awarded $4,000 as a result of the Bank’s most-recent Checking for Charity initiative.

The Bank announced last spring that it would donate $10 to be shared equally by Natick High School and Framingham High School for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion. Each school received a check for $4,000 in separate presentations earlier this month.

At Natick High School, the $4,000 Checking for Charity gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by music students, according to Principal Rose Bertucci.

“This was a great way for us to thank our new checking account customers in both Natick and Framingham, and for them to support their local high school at the same time,” said Sousa.

Previous MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

The Checking for Charity promotion now underway at MutualOne Bank will benefit both Framingham’s Callahan Senior Center and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

NATICK HIGH SCHOOL students (center, l to r) Jacob Rosen, Connor Shea, Veronica Ordway and Halle George display a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With them are (from left) Tyler Turner, music teacher; Steve Miller, Director of Fine Performing and Media Arts; Marie Harrington, MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager; Rose Bertucci, M.ED., Natick High Principal; and Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. MutualOne’s gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by the school’s music students.

NATICK HIGH SCHOOL students (center, l to r) Jacob Rosen, Connor Shea, Veronica Ordway and Halle George display a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With them are (from left) Tyler Turner, music teacher; Steve Miller, Director of Fine Performing and Media Arts; Marie Harrington, MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager; Rose Bertucci, M.ED., Natick High Principal; and Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. MutualOne’s gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by the school’s music students.

Sousa promoted at MutualOne Bank

Steve_Sousa_CREMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotion of Steven J. Sousa to commercial relationship executive, a newly created position designed to service and support commercial banking relationships both in the field and internally through the Bank’s branch network.

Sousa joined MutualOne Bank as a senior teller in 2009, and advanced through positions including personal banker and certified business banker before being appointed to his current position.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and has completed financial services workshops and seminars provided by the Massachusetts Bankers Association.

Sousa is a Dedham resident.

MutualOne donation will help train service dog for veteran with disabilities

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced that the Foundation recently donated $1,400 to VFW Post 929 in Framingham to cover the cost of training a young puppy as a future assistance dog for a veteran with disabilities.

The pup will undergo two years of specialized obedience and skills training by inmates at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) in Framingham.

Connors joins MutualOne Bank as SVP, Commercial Lender

Brady ConnorsBrady M. Connors of Carlisle has joined MutualOne Bank as senior vice president, commercial lender.

A banking professional with 25 years of industry experience, Connors was most recently senior vice president/relationship manager with Salem Five Bank. Previously, he held that same position with Sovereign Bank, following nearly a decade as senior commercial lender, team leader with Digital Federal Credit Union in Marlborough.

Earlier in his career, he held management positions in commercial lending with Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick; and State Street Bank, Eastern Bank and Citizens Bank in Boston. He began his financial services career with the former BayBanks in Burlington, as senior credit analyst.

Connors holds an MBA from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from Colby College.