July 11, 2018

Champlain National Bank gave $5,000 in scholarship money to graduating seniors throughout Essex and Clinton Counties at graduation ceremonies in June.  Recipients of the Champlain National Bank Scholarship receive $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 Adam Mero, son of Paul and Tamara Mero of Willsboro.  He will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall and plans to study History.

In Westport, the Champlain National Bank Scholarship was presented to Elizabeth Stephens, daughter of Paul and Kristine Stephens of Westport.  She will be attending Hobart and William Smith College and majoring in Entrepreneurship.

In Elizabethtown, Emmalee Turner, daughter of Jonathan and Hattie Turner, won the Scholarship.  She plans to attend SUNY Plattsburgh to study Physical Therapy.

In Crown Point the scholarship was awarded to Bailey Skinner, daughter of Laura Noel and Adam Skinner from Crown Point.  She will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall.

Thomas Palen, son of Ed and Teresa Palen of Keene, was the winner from Keene Central School.  He will be attending Montana State University in the fall and plans to study Business.

The Seton Catholic High School student who won the scholarship was Rachel Racette.  Daughter of Henry Racette from Cadyville, she will be attending Colgate University in the fall and plans to study Economics.

Northeastern Clinton Central School’s winner was Easton Francis, daughter of Rob and Bonnie Francis from Rouses Point.  Francis will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology to study International Business.

Jasmine Mathis, daughter of Forrest and Gisselle Edwards of Plattsburgh, was the winner from Plattsburgh High School.  She will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh to study Marketing.

Lake Placid Central School’s winner was Jennifer Godin, daughter of Darryl and Deirdre Godin of Lake Placid.  She will be attending the University of Rhode Island to study Business.

In Saranac Lake, the Champlain National Bank Scholarship was presented to Almedina Cirikovic, daughter of Denis and Rusmina Cirikovic.  She will be attending North Country Community College in the fall and plans to study Business.

Pictured: Emmalee Turner (Elizabethtown Recipient), Bailey Skinner (Crown Point Recipient), Steven Cacchio, Thomas Palen (Keene Recipient)

Winning students with CEO Steven Cacchio


July 8, 2018

We get a lot of questions about car financing, credit scores, how to build credit, and what LTV and PTI mean, so our CEO Steven Cacchio recently sat down with Ernie Galarza to answer some of the questions and more for his radio show, “Going Places With Ernie Galarza” on WNBZ.  Have a listen!

Click here to listen to the interview

Pictured: Steven Cacchio, Ernie Galarza

Steve and Ernie sitting at a table Steve talking to Ernie


April 27, 2018

We’re excited to announce that our television commercial is an award winner!  Congratulations to our creative partner, Adworkshop, who took home a Silver ADDY for our “It’s Cool to Bank Local” spot, awarded by the Capital Region Ad Federation.  ADDYs are awarded for excellence in advertising creativity.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look!


April 2, 2018

In honor of the Depot Theatre’s 40th year in business, Champlain National Bank has pledged $2,000 to support the theatre in 2018.  This money will be used to underwrite the performances of the play, The 39 Steps, which runs from Friday, July 20 – Sunday, August 5.

“We’re thrilled to be able to give the Depot Theatre such a big gift for their anniversary,” said Jackie Hallock, Vice President and Director of Marketing.  “The Bank got its start in Westport, so we look for meaningful ways to support the community that has supported us since 1909.  Contributing to the arts and cultural events and organizations in town is a big part of how we give back, and the Depot Theatre, which provides professional theater during the summer months, is one of the organizations that is deserving of that support.”

“We’re grateful for Champlain National Bank’s generous sponsorship," said Kim Rielly, Executive Director of the Depot Theatre.  “The Depot's continued success is a testament to the support we receive from our donors, friends, local businesses, and partners, and we’re excited to incorporate the story of our long-term business relationship with Champlain National Bank into our 40th anniversary season celebration!”

For more information about the Depot Theatre and its 40th Anniversary Season, visit

Pictured: Jackie Hallock, Kim Rielly (Depot Theatre), Medara Sherman

people standing next to the Depot Theatre entrance


March 19, 2018

Steven Cacchio, President and CEO of Champlain National Bank, is pleased to announce the following employees have been promoted:

Lena Robetoy to Branch Manager of both Willsboro and Crown Point branches.  Lena became an employee of Champlain National Bank in February 1991.  Before that, she received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Northeastern Christian Jr. College in Villanova, PA.  Lena stays active in the community by serving as the Vice President of the Ticonderoga Kiwanis Club, and by being involved with the Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Group.  She also serves as the Treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 551 in Elizabethtown.

Lena Robetoy

Michelle Cross to Willsboro Assistant Branch Manager.  Michelle started with the Bank in 1999 and has spent the majority of her career in the Willsboro branch.  She enjoys spending time at her family’s camp and watching local high school sports.

Michelle Cross

Amanda Grant to Elizabethtown Assistant Branch Manager.  Amanda became an employee of the Bank in 2015 after moving to the area to be closer to her family.  Prior to Champlain National Bank, Amanda worked for a major clinical research organization and managed a small business in North Carolina.  She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Business Administration.  Her hobbies include painting, knitting, reading, home design, hiking, running, and gardening.

Amanda Grant

Carol Lafond to Crown Point Assistant Branch Manager.  Carol is one of the Bank’s longest serving employees, starting in 1988, and has spent her entire banking career working with our clients in Crown Point.  Carol has two grown children and lives in Crown Point.

Carol Lafond