Community Banker of the Year Award

Each year, New Hampshire Bankers Association seeks nominations for its “Community Banker of the Year Award.” Candidates for this award may be any New Hampshire bank employee and respected community leader who has gone above and beyond in making a significant impact in their community through their time and service. 

“We ask our small business owners, community members and leaders to think about a member of the banking industry who has gone above and beyond for their community,” Christiana Thornton, NH Bankers president/CEO explains.  “We rely on their feedback to recognize and honor one individual who has lead by example, who has put their community first and whose dedication has gone beyond what is expected of them.”

The Community Banker of the Year Award review panel is made up of several leading public officials. Nomination letters should include an outline of the individual’s recent activities along with achievements, and should be accompanied by at least one letter of recommendation from a community or civic organization. The “Community Banker of the Year” award is presented annually at NH Bankers' Annual Conference in September.

We are currently seeking nominations for "2018 Community Banker of the Year"

The “2018 Community Banker of the Year” award will be presented at NH Bankers' Annual Conference, being held September 7-9, 2018.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 22, 2018.  Nomination letters should be mailed to the New Hampshire Bankers Association c/o Sue McKee, P.O. Box 2586, Concord NH 03302-2586, or via email to smckee@nhbankers.com. Download guidelines below.

2018 Nomination Guidelines



2017 Community Banker of the Year

2017 Recipient Sam Laverack

2017 Community Banker of the Year Award Recipient Sam Laverack, President and CEO of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp. Pictured with Laverack is President and CEO of New Hampshire Bankers Association, Christiana Thornton (L) and New Hampshire Bank Commissioner, Jerry Little (R).

PAST RECIPIENTS

Year
Community Bank
2017
Sam Laverack
New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp
2016
K. Mark Primeau
Bank of New Hampshire
2015
Kathryn G. Underwood
Ledyard National Bank
2014
Stephen Christy
Mascoma Savings Bank
2013
David H. Cassidy, Jr.
Centrix Bank
2012
Mark A. Pitkin
Sugar River Bank
2011
James J. “Jay” O’Neill, Jr.
Federal Savings Bank
2010
Stephen W. Ensign
Lake Sunapee Bank, FSB
2009
James E. Tibbetts
First Colebrook Bank
2008
Ronald I. Sibley
Community Guaranty Savings Bank
2007
Philip M. Stone (posthumously)
Centrix Bank
2006
Jeffrey Goff
Ledyard National Bank
2005
R. Scott Bacon
Bank of New Hampshire
2004
Ann R. Lally
Salem Co-Operative Bank
2003
Brian Tufts
Laconia Savings Bank
2002
Harold R. Acres
Bank of New Hampshire
2001
Charles B. Paquette
Granite Bank
2000
Joseph B. Reilly
Centrix Bank
1999
Sharon L. Davis
Pemigewasset National Bank
1998
William F. Kidder (posthumously)
New London Trust
1997
None
1996
None
1995
Claudia Boys
Concord Savings Bank
1994
Louis Tranfalia
Fleet Bank