The Capital Regional Development Council (CRDC) is pleased to announce two awards will be presented at its Annual Meeting of Board Members and invited guests to be held on November 9, at the Audubon Society, in Concord.
The first award will salute Merrimack County Savings Bank as CRDC’s Bank of the Year. The award according to CRDC Executive Director, Stephen Heavener is based on the total number of loans referred to CRDC in the fiscal year ending September 30.
“CRDC is a non-profit development corporation, and relies heavily on our relationships within the banking industry to achieve our mission,” says Heavener. “Merrimack County Savings Bank believes in CRDC and the work we do to facilitate economic development. We work closely with many New Hampshire banks, but clearly Merrimack Savings Bank is a lead supporter of our work at CRDC and we recognize their support through this award.” Merrimack County Savings Bank President, Paul Rizzi applauds CRDC for its mission, “CRDC is an integral part of our state’s economic development. Their programs often provide our banking customers with the gap funding they need to proceed with their business goals. CRDC is a true partner for the Merrimack, and we appreciate the work they do for our customers.” Rizzi is expected to accept the award on behalf of the Bank at the November 9 reception.
CRDC will also celebrate the dedication and support of Mary Jane Ricker, of Laconia Savings Bank as the 2011 Commercial Lender of the Year. The award is solely based on the dollar volume produced together by a commercial lender and CRDC. “We look forward to celebrating Mary Jane’s dedication to CRDC and her commitment to her banking customers through this award. She introduces our financial options such as our SBA 504 Lending or New Market Tax Credits as gap funding options to her customers,” says Heavener. “She is a direct link to CRDC’s financial success this year and we applaud her for her strong commitment to not only us, but ultimately to her banking customers.”
“Mary Jane is a seasoned commercial lender with us at Laconia Savings Bank and the one thing we all know about Mary Jane is that she advocates strongly for her customers,” says Louis H. Guevin, Jr., Executive VP of Commercial Services at Laconia Savings Bank. “She works hard to ensure her customers are offered the best loan products that fit their business needs, and it’s clear she taps into all resources like that of CRDC to make that possible.”
Ricker is a Senior Vice President and Team Leader in the Commercial Services Group and works closely with CRDC’s Senior Loan Officer and Economic Development Associate, Elizabeth Sweeney and CRDC Loan Officer, Jennifer Boulanger.