Announcing Our 2019 Community Banker of the Year Award Recipient: Daniel R. Morrison – Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Trust New Hampshire

Dan Morrison Community Banker of the Year

2019 Community Banker of the Year Award Recipient Dan Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Trust New Hampshire (C). Pictured with Morrison is (L) Steve Webb, NH Bankers Chairman and Regional President – Southern New England & Upstate New York of TD Bank, and (R) NH Bank Commissioner, Jerry Little.


NH Bankers announced that Daniel R. Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Trust New Hampshire, as the recipient of the "2019 Community Banker of the Year" award. The announcement was made by Jerry Little, Commissioner of the NH Banking Department at NH and Vermont Bankers Annual Conference this past weekend. This year’s winner has the pleasure of having lunch with Governor Chris Sununu at his bank.

Morrison, formerly founder, President and CEO of Optima Bank & Trust, now Cambridge Trust, was selected for this prestigious honor by a panel of leading public officials from the State of New Hampshire, including NH Senate President Donna Soucy, Speaker of the NH House Steve Shurtleff, and Will Arvelo, Director of Economic Development at the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.  

Upon receiving the award, Morrison cited his many years of involvement with the NH Bankers and said, “Receiving New Hampshire’s Community Baker of the Year Award is among the most meaningful awards that I have received.” 

NH Bankers President Kristy Merrill said, “We congratulate Dan Morrison for this well-deserved recognition, and our applicants considered for this award.  This year’s nominees reflected 151 years of experience in the banking industry and service to nearly 30 professional and community organization boards and committees.  Our nominees are a wonderful representation of the commitment to community service that New Hampshire bankers demonstrate in their work every day.”

Morrison has been involved with a number of community organizations throughout his career. He was a founding board member of the Seacoast Chapter of NH Veterans Count in 2012. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross, Great Bay Chapter for many years. He has volunteered in many capacities since 2003 for the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, from leading teams of volunteers on the Day of Caring, serving on Community Impact Teams, to becoming a member of the Board of Directors. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Board and a member of the Finance Committee at York Hospital.

Morrison has been involved with New Hampshire Bankers Association, serving on the board for 7 years, including Chairman of the board from 2017-2018. He has also been involved with the American Bankers Association (ABA) serving on their Government Relations Council Administrative Committee, and was past member of Community Bankers Council, with a focus on building personal relationships between the industry and government agencies, advocating on behalf of community banks and the communities they serve.

During his tenure at Optima Bank, Morrison has been awarded with a Business Excellence Award from the New Hampshire Business Review, a Master Community Builder Award, New Hampshire Statewide Business of the Year from Business NH Magazine, Business of the Year from Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, and Business of the Year from the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and recognized in American Banker Magazine along with his wife, Pam, as one of “Banking’s Power Couples.”

NH Bankers also applauds Barry McCabe for winning Vermont’s Community Banker of the Year Award.  Barry is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mascoma Bank, headquartered in Lebanon, NH.  Barry has held this position for 30 years, has 40 years experience in the banking industry and has committed his life to service through the Civil Air Patrol and many other professional and community organizations.