CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK TO SPONSOR CITY OF PLATTSBURGH EVENTS
February 5, 2018
In a show of support for the City of Plattsburgh as they move to a business-sponsored model for their events, Champlain National Bank has given the city $2,000 to help local traditions like the Battle of Plattsburgh and the Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting continue.
“We know how much Plattsburgh and the surrounding communities value the wonderful events the city puts on year after year,” Champlain National Bank President and CEO Steven Cacchio said. “It’s important to maintain these local traditions, and we are happy to support the city as they go through this transition.”
“Without our amazing sponsors, city events would not be possible,” Sandra Geddes, City of Plattsburgh Promotions and Special Events Coordinator said. “Champlain National Bank has been a long-time supporter of our events and we are excited to partner with them again in 2018!”
Pictured: Jackie Hallock, Laurie Kelsh, Monika Cook, Lori Hebert, Anne Franks, Steven Cacchio, Emelin Koss, Tim Kononan, Charlene Sample, Lori Boren, Debbie Buesser
WE'RE GIVING AWAY TEN VERMONT TEDDY BEARS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!
January 16, 2018
To show a little love to our clients this Valentine’s Day, Champlain National Bank will be hosting a drawing in each of its branches for a large Vermont Teddy Bear, as a gesture of thanks to the communities who have supported the Bank for the past 109 years.
In the lobby of the Bank’s 10 branches (Willsboro, Westport, Elizabethtown, Crown Point, Keene, Plattsburgh (two locations), Champlain, Lake Placid, and Saranac Lake), a huge bear sits, waiting to go home with a lucky child. Anyone can stop by to enter his or her child’s name(s) into the drawing, as long as the child is 12 years of age or younger. There will be no purchase necessary to enter the drawing. The drawings will be held on Monday, February 12 and the winners will be notified by phone.
“We are so thankful for the people of the North Country and Adirondacks for choosing to bank local with us,” Director of Marketing Jackie Hallock said. “This is a small way to show our appreciation and to have some fun during the winter months.”
First Picture: Michelle Lafountain
Second Picture: Renee Darrah
Third Picture: Medara Sherman
STRICTLY BUSINESS FORUM
Our President and CEO Steven Cacchio took part in the Strictly Business Forum, where he spoke about the Bank and doing business in the North Country. To read his comments, go to the discussion on the Strictly Business webpage.
Pictured: Betsy Vicencio (The Northeast Group), Billy Jones (New York State Assemblyman), Bruce Garcia (JCEO), MaryAnne Bukolt-Ryder (Attorney), Mark Lukens (BHSN), Dan Mannix (Beekmantown Central School District), Julie Canepa (Strictly Business), Pat Leary (P.M. Leary Restorations), Steven Cacchio (Champlain National Bank)
Photo by: Ty Kretser for Strictly Business
CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST FEATURED IN THE SUN COMMUNITY NEWS
December 30, 2017
Great article in the Sun Community News about our 2018 Calendar and the story behind our cover photo this year. If you didn’t see it - take a look!
PROJECT WE CARE FEATURED ON MOUNTAIN LAKE JOURNAL
December 22, 2017
Take a look at how Champlain National Bank’s Project We Care was featured on Mountain Lake Journal (on Mountain Lake PBS) this past week. Our Westport and Elizabethtown Branch Manager Medara Sherman, who started the project a few years back, speaks about how we help our community during the holiday season. If you missed it, you can watch it by visiting the Mountain Lake Journal website.
CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK GIVES BACK TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES THIS CHRISTMAS
November 16, 2017
Employees at Champlain National Bank are spearheading projects throughout Essex and Clinton counties to help make the holidays a little brighter for local families. The Project We Care program at Champlain National Bank partners with local agencies throughout the region to help them collect toys, food, and other items, which are provided to people in need in our communities during the holidays.
In Westport, Plattsburgh (500 Route 3 location), and Champlain, Project We Care is working in partnership with area schools to provide gifts for children and families who another social service agency might not reach, and who might not have much under their Christmas tree. We are looking for people who would be willing to help us by adopting a child. To help, please visit any of these branches, where you will find a Christmas tree full of tags, with each tag listing a local child’s wish and need for this Christmas. These gifts do need to be returned wrapped with the tag attached by December 13. Please call 983-3316 or 561-6000 for more information.
The Elizabethtown branch is collecting toys for ACAP’s Holidays Are For Sharing program, which provides parents with new toys to give to their children on Christmas Day. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off to our Elizabethtown branch and the staff there will make sure it gets to a child who might not receive a gift otherwise. The phone number in Elizabethtown is 873-6347 if you need more information.
In Crown Point we are collecting Socks and Slippers for Soldiers, which is an annual giving project of the sixth grade class at Moriah Central School. They send everything they collect to the men and women serving overseas during the holidays. Our Crown Point branch will also have a box for the local food pantry in the branch. To help, stop by the branch to visit Staff Sergeant Ted E. Bear Bourdon, or call 983-3322.
In Keene, they are collecting food for the Keene Food Pantry, which sees an increased need during the holiday season. Please drop off non-perishable food items during the month of December and we’ll make sure they are delivered to the Keene Food Pantry in time for the holidays. They are also participating in the community collaboration between St. Brendan’s Church, the Keene Valley Congregational Church, and the Neighborhood House to collect gifts for local children. To help, stop by the branch and take an angel or mitten tag listing a gift for a child in Keene. Return the item either wrapped or unwrapped with the tag attached. You can call 576-9515 for more information.
The Willsboro branch is focusing on helping senior citizens in the community this holiday season. They are collecting food, which will be made into food gift baskets, and warm clothing to be donated to local seniors who may need a little help this holiday season and winter. To help: drop off any holiday meal food item or gently used adult winter clothing, like coats, hats, gloves, scarves to the Willsboro branch. You can call 963-4201 for more information.
The downtown Plattsburgh branch will be collecting toys for the Christmas Bureau. They are requesting any new, unwrapped toys be dropped off at our downtown location, where there is a toy donation box. The last day to donate is December 12. Please call 562-1785 for more information.
In Lake Placid and Saranac Lake they are collecting toys, which will be given to Families First to distribute. Tags listing a local child’s Christmas gift wish will be located in those two branches. Please return the unwrapped gift to either Lake Placid or Saranac Lake by December 13. If you need more details about the program, you can call 523-7070.
“Our communities are extremely generous during the holidays, providing to those who are less fortunate,” Director of Marketing Jackie Hallock said. “As the local bank, we look for opportunities where we can make a difference right here. It’s important to us that we can keep everything donated here, where the need is great.”
CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK MAKES MAJOR GIFT TO FORT TICONDEROGA
October 4, 2017
Champlain National Bank has gifted $20,000 to Fort Ticonderoga to be used towards the restoration of the Pavilion located on the Fort’s grounds. The Bank is a longtime supporter of Fort Ticonderoga.
“We’re excited about the next phase of renovation and restoration at Fort Ticonderoga and how the Fort is working as an economic driver in the area,” President and CEO Steven Cacchio said. “This space is going to allow for new opportunities for engagement with the community and we’re proud to support projects that will benefit the greater region in which we serve.”
“Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to have the generous donation of Champlain National Bank to help support the restoration and adaptive re-use of the Pavilion, the Pell 1826 home,” Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga said. “This National Historic Landmark will be a tourism hub on the shores of Lake Champlain, preserve a national historic landmark, and grow our region’s economy. Champlain National Bank is an important business leader in our region and its commitment to the past as well as the future is reflected in this very generous gift.”
Once the restoration is completed, the Pavilion at Fort Ticonderoga will serve visitors through a new exhibition highlighting America’s earliest story of preservation, a teaching kitchen and culinary program, a variety of other educational programs, and additional services and amenities.
Pictured: The Pavilion at Fort Ticonderoga (Photo courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga)
SARANAC LAKE BRANCH OPEN FOR BUSINESS
August 23, 2017
Champlain National Bank President and CEO Steven Cacchio is pleased to announce the new branch in Saranac Lake is now open for business after a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place on August 22, 2017. Attending the ceremony were bank executives and local leaders, including Board Chairman Peter Paine Jr., whose grandfather founded the bank in Essex County in the early 1900s. The Saranac Lake Branch is the Bank’s 10th location.
“Since the opening of our branch in Lake Placid, we watched the Saranac Lake community grow and expand,” Cacchio said. “We look forward to further developing our relationships here, and supporting the community.”
“We are the only locally owned and managed bank in Saranac Lake, and being the local bank is at the core of all decisions we make,” Director of Marketing Jackie Hallock said. “We’ve heard from the community that they value supporting local businesses first, and we know they will discover the benefits of banking local by giving us a try.”
The branch is located at 622 Lake Flower Avenue in the Saranac Lake Shopping Center and features a deposit-taking ATM making banking possible at any hour of the day. The full service office will provide clients with all bank products and services, including business accounts and loans in addition to a robust mortgage offering. Renee Darrah, a Bloomingdale native, will lead the branch team as the Vice President and Manager. It will be open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Pictured: Lori Verzillo (SVP/Retail Banking and Operations), Deena McCullough (Board of Directors), Renee Darrah (VP/Tri-Lakes Manager), Teresa Sayward (Board of Directors), Raymond Martin (Board of Directors), Peter Paine III (Vice Chairman/Board of Directors), Steven Cacchio (President and CEO), Peter Paine Jr. (Chairman of the Board), Rich Shapiro (Saranac Lake Village Trustee), William Kissel (Board of Directors), Rebecca Miner (Saranac Lake Assistant Branch Manager), Jackie Hallock (VP/Director of Marketing)
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO GRADUATING SENIORS
August 2, 2017
Champlain National Bank gave $3,500 in scholarship money to graduating seniors throughout Essex and Clinton Counties at graduation ceremonies in June. Recipients of the Champlain National Bank Scholarship received $500 towards college expenses, and were treated to a special luncheon at the Bank’s headquarters in Willsboro, where they were able to meet and chat with President and CEO Steven Cacchio.
Champlain National Bank Scholarships are awarded every year at graduation to students throughout Essex and Clinton Counties who will be attending college in the fall.
The Willsboro Central School Winner was Kaitlin Shaw, daughter of John & Hilda Shaw of Willsboro. She will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall and plans to study Social Work.
In Westport, the Champlain National Bank Scholarship was presented to Schylar Kurth, son of Medara Sherman & Warren Feulner of Westport, and Mark and Jane Kurth of Des Moines, IA. He will be attending LeMoyne College and majoring in Business and Finance.
In Elizabethtown, Joel Morris, son of Matthew & Shari Morris of Elizabethtown, won the Scholarship. He plans to attend Clinton Community College and study Renewable Energy.
In Crown Point the scholarship was awarded to Amber DuShane, daughter of Dwane & Renee DuShane from Crown Point. She will be attending North Country Community College in the fall and is undecided about her major.
Maria Gates, daughter of Marsha Gates of Keene Valley, was the winner from Keene Central School. She will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall and plans to study Business.
Northeastern Clinton Central School’s winner was Chrysa Rabideau, daughter of Andrea Rabideau of West Chazy. Rabideau will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh where she will study Finance.
Lake Placid Central School’s winner was Trent White, son of Thomas & Nancy White of Lake Placid. He will be attending SUNY Binghamton to study Engineering and Business Management.
Pictured: Kaitlin Shaw, Trent White, Steven Cacchio (President and CEO), Schylar Kurth, Amber DuShane
PETER PAINE JR. FEATURED IN ADIRONDACK LIFE MAGAZINE
Our Board Chairman, Peter Paine Jr., was recently the subject of an article in Adirondack Life Magazine talking about his role in the creation of the Adirondack Park. We’re proud of our history in the Adirondacks and serving the people in the small communities nestled in the high peaks and along Lake Champlain. Visit Adirondack Life Magazine's website to read his story.
EMPLOYEE PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED
July 7, 2017
Steven Cacchio, President and CEO of Champlain National Bank, is pleased to announce the following employees have been promoted:
Marilyn Strong to Vice President. She is also the Deposit and Loan Services Manager. Strong joined the Bank in 1989 as a teller. In 1991 she became the CD and IRA Specialist, and in 1996 she was promoted to the Deposit Operations Supervisor. In 2006 she was promoted to AVP and Deposit Operations Manager. In her current position, Strong manages staff and the everyday interests of the Deposit Operations and Loan Services Departments. Strong is a lifelong resident of Reber, NY and has two children. She is active in the Reber Methodist Church.
Lori Hebert to Commercial Lender. Hebert joined Champlain National Bank in 1996 and worked in various positions including being the Plattsburgh Branch Manager for many years. She began her banking career in 1988 at a similar small and local bank. Hebert is very active in the Plattsburgh community, including serving on the Board of the Plattsburgh Kiwanis Breakfast Club.
Michelle Lafountain to Branch Manager of both Plattsburgh and Champlain branches. Lafountain started working for Champlain National Bank as a teller in 2003. In 2008 she was promoted to branch manager of the Champlain branch. Outside of work she is the secretary of the Champlain - Rouses Point Rotary Club and takes part in planning the annual Rotary Father/Daughter Dance. Lafountain also stays busy with her young daughter and son. In her spare time, she enjoys rollerblading, scrapbooking, camping, cooking, and most importantly, spending time with her family.
Buck Bobbin to Mortgage Loan Originator. Bobbin came to the Bank in 2017 after a career in politics. Before moving to the North Country, he lived in Chicago, Virginia, and his native Hudson Valley. Bobbin holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. He is a lifelong canoeist, hiker, and skier.
Brittany Faubert to Plattsburgh Assistant Branch Manager. Faubert started working for Champlain National Bank in 2008 as a teller, and in 2011 was promoted to Vault Teller. She is a mom of two and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family.
Stephanie Coulombe to Champlain Assistant Branch Manager. Coulombe started at Champlain National Bank in 2008 working in the Lake Placid branch before moving to the Champlain location. She is the Treasurer for the Friends of NCCS Hockey. Mom to two teenagers, Coulombe likes to read and travel with her kids to their sporting events.
Cindy Caner to Lake Placid Assistant Branch Manager. Caner’s entire banking career has been with Champlain National Bank, starting in 1998. In 2004 she was promoted to a Client Service Representative, and in 2016 was promoted to Office Supervisor. She is a member of the Keene Business Association. Caner grew up in Lake Placid, and now resides in Keene Valley with her husband Nathaniel. She is also an avid scrap booker.
KEVIN BRADY APPOINTED TO CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK BOARD OF DIRECTORS
June 1, 2017
Peter S. Paine, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors of Champlain National Bank and its holding company, Champlain Bank Corporation, is pleased to announce that at a recent board meeting, Kevin Brady of Lake Placid was elected as a new member of both Boards.
"Kevin brings to our Bank not only broad financial experience but also extensive contacts in the Tri-Lakes market,” Paine said. “With our rapidly expanding Lake Placid branch and a new branch about to open in Saranac Lake, I am confident Kevin will make a meaningful contribution to the growth of our Bank in the years ahead.”
Mr. Brady is a partner and co-founder of Long Run Wealth Advisors, LLC, a Lake Placid based financial advisory firm. He has been involved in asset management, securities trading and research for more than twenty years at a variety of global institutions. He also serves on the boards of the Adirondack Health Foundation, St. Joseph’s Treatment and Recovery Center, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Lake Placid Land Conservancy. Mr. Brady grew up in Saranac Lake and lived for more than two decades in Boston and New York City before returning to the Tri-Lakes. He and his wife, Teresa, are active members of the community and are excited to have the opportunity to raise their three children in the Adirondacks.
“I am excited about joining the Champlain National Bank Board and being a part of such a long-standing local institution,” Mr. Brady said. “From their headquarters in Willsboro to their branches serving Essex, Franklin and Clinton counties, they are deeply invested in the growth and well-being of North Country businesses and residents. The commitment to the area exhibited by the Bank is wonderful, and their ability to provide strong client service and understand the needs of the local residents truly sets them apart.”
CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN BRANCH IN SARANAC LAKE
May 5, 2017
Steven Cacchio, President and CEO of Champlain National Bank, is pleased to announce the Bank will be opening up a branch in Saranac Lake, its 10th location. It will be located at 622 Lake Flower Avenue in the Saranac Lake Shopping Center and will feature an enhanced deposit-taking ATM making banking possible at any hour of the day. The full service branch will provide clients with all bank products and services, including business accounts and loans in addition to a robust mortgage offering.
“We see the Saranac Lake branch as a natural extension of our coverage in the Tri-Lakes market,” Cacchio said. “This location will allow us to provide more convenience for the products we offer, and the personal service we provide.”
Highlighting its commitment to the local community, the Bank is hiring local contractors for the project. So far, the Bank has hired High Peaks Builders, who is the primary contractor, North Woods Engineering, and Laura’s Custom Artworks.
The branch is scheduled to open mid-summer.
CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK LAUNCHES EVENT SERIES
April 10, 2017
Champlain National Bank is proud to announce their first ever Event Series, aimed at celebrating businesses and products from around the North Country. These after-work gatherings, held at the Champlain National Bank branch located at 500 Route 3, are designed so people can learn a new skill or try something new. They will be free to attend.
“Being the local bank in Plattsburgh, we want to do something that gives back to the Plattsburgh community, which is so good to us, Director of Marketing Jackie Hallock said. “We think this will be a wonderful way to promote businesses and people working hard right here in the North Country while providing a fun after-work activity.”
Kicking off the Event Series will be a cooking class focusing on making tasty gluten-free desserts, which will include tips for baking without gluten. It is scheduled for April 26 and will be taught by Christine Landaker Charbonneau, a local private chef. Future events include a wine tasting featuring Vesco Ridge Vineyards on June 28, and a fun and informative presentation on cybersecurity with Twinstate on August 9.
All events will start at 5:30 pm and are free to anyone who RSVPs. The number of people who can attend each event is limited so Hallock recommends you RSVP early by calling 561-6000.
NEW HIRES ANNOUNCED
March 8, 2017
Steven Cacchio, President and CEO of Champlain National Bank, is pleased to announce the following new hires:
Darlene Mirrer has been hired as the Vice President and Director of Consumer Lending. Mirrer will be responsible for overseeing the consumer, mortgage and home equity programs at the Bank, focusing on providing excellent client service during the loan process for all borrowers. Before coming to Champlain National Bank, Mirrer spent 30 years working for National Bank of Delaware County, most recently as Senior Vice President and Senior Lender. Her banking career has included positions in business development, branch management, commercial and consumer lending, as well as training and compliance. She enjoys running, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends and family.
Rebecca Miner has joined the Bank as the Lake Placid Assistant Branch Manager. Miner has more than 22 years of banking experience in the Tri-Lakes and has worked in many different capacities including audit, bookkeeping, loans, and the branch.
Buck Bobbin is the new Retail Banking Specialist for the Tri-Lakes. Bobbin comes to Champlain National Bank from a career in politics. Before moving to the North Country, he lived in Chicago, Virginia, and his native Hudson Valley. Buck holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. He is a lifelong canoeist, hiker, and skier in the Adirondacks.
CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE PROFILE: BRITTANY FAUBERT
February 28, 2017
The Press Republican featured Brittany Faubert, one of our Plattsburgh Client Service Representatives in the Progress 2017 special edition, where she talked about what it’s like to work at a Bank. Take a look at what she said!
5-STAR RATING RECEIVED FROM BAUERFINANCIAL
February 8, 2017
Champlain National Bank has once again earned the highest rating of five stars from the nation’s bank and credit union rating firm BauerFinancial. This rating indicates that BauerFinancial considers Champlain National Bank to be a superior institution and has placed Champlain National Bank on its Recommended Report.
BauerFinancial is the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, and has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of US banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Ratings for all financial institutions can be found by visiting their website at bauerfinancial.com.
“We are proud to receive this superior rating,” President and CEO Steven Cacchio said, “The entire staff at Champlain National Bank works hard to ensure the bank stays financially sound and to offer our community not only a local choice, but one that is rated well on a national level.”
CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK WARNS COMMUNITY OF PHONE SCAM ON LOCAL MEDIA
Thanks to the local media for covering the recent phone scams targeting local phone numbers. Remember to NEVER give any personal or financial information to anyone who calls or texts you. If you’re ever in doubt, we recommend you call your bank directly.
Here is some of the recent coverage featuring members of the Champlain National Bank team getting the word out:
Mountain Lake PBS
Forum Series: Scam Alert
Phone Scams Target North Country Residents
Phishing Scam Uses Local Bank Names to Lure Victims
CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK MAKES MAJOR GIFT TO ELIZABETHTOWN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
January 9, 2017
In a show of support for one of the area’s largest hospitals, Champlain National Bank has gifted $20,000 to Elizabethtown Community Hospital, which is part of the University of Vermont Health Network.
“We feel it is important to support the hospital that takes care of so many of our employees and clients,” Champlain National Bank President and CEO Steven Cacchio said. “Both the Bank and ECH understand the challenges of serving rural areas, so giving our contribution dollars to the hospital is a great way to give back to our community.”
“Champlain National Bank and Elizabethtown Community Hospital have each served our local communities for a number of years. We are thrilled that the bank has chosen to support the hospital through an incredibly generous gift to its capital campaign,” Elizabethtown Community Hospital President John Remillard said.
Phase one of the hospital expansion and renovation project, completed this past June, expanded the hospital’s footprint through the construction of larger and more modern patient rooms; along with upgrades to the heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems in that part of the building. Phase two of the project is almost complete. The inpatient rehabilitation area will provide a beautiful and more efficient environment for therapy staff to assist patients with their recovery. Larger space, along with infrastructure enhancements, will offer a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment in which to complete their recovery after surgery, a prolonged hospital stay or joint replacement surgery. Phase three is also now underway and will offer private exam space, a kitchen, family waiting area, a new meeting room and storage space. It is expected to be complete by the spring of 2017.
Pictured: Steven Cacchio (Champlain National Bank President and CEO), John Remillard (Elizabethtown Community Hospital President)
STRICTLY BUSINESS FORUM
Great job by our President and CEO Steven Cacchio and Director Stephens Mundy at the annual Strictly Business Forum. To read their comments and those from other community leaders, go to the discussion on the Strictly Business webpage.
Pictured: Meg LeFevre (Strictly Business), John Vermette (SpencerARL), Stephens Mundy (UVM Health Network – Adirondack Region), Nicole Mars (Mars Mechanical), Gayle Alexander (Denton Publications), Mike Carpenter (Northeast Group), Gary Dake (Stewart’s Shops), Bill Owens (Stafford Owens), Steven Cacchio (Champlain National Bank)
Photo by: Ty Kretser for Strictly Business