Falmouth branch exhibit features aerial photos by Margot Cheel
Well-known aerial photographer Margot Cheel's work will be featured in the next exhibit at Bank of Cape Falmouth, 445 Main St.
Cheel is an award-winning photographer, private pilot and arts educator. A resident of Cohasset, her work will be on display through the month of June with a reception open to the public at the Falmouth branch on Thursday, June 6, from 5-7 p.m..
In 2012 she published a book of aerials, "Sea and Sand From the Sky," and copies will be available for purchase at the reception. She discovered aerial photography, she says, quite serendipitously.
"I came to aerial photography at a time when I was seeking a new turn and view of the world," Cheel said. "The perspective from above was exhilarating. After 30 years my art and travel background found a new focus."
Her photography offers unique views of properties and locations, she noted, helping Realtors sell homes, towns attract tourism and conservation groups promote preservation. She has served the Trustees of the Reservations, The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, The Massachusetts Audubon Society and collaborated with Realtors throughout the area.
"Margot's art offers incredibly interesting perspectives of Cape Cod and beyond," said Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations at Bank of Cape Cod. "That's exactly what we are trying to accomplish with our ongoing exhibits -- giving artists the freedom to showcase their thought-provoking views of our world through images, art and photography."
This will be the fourth exhibit at the Falmouth branch since it opened last May as part of the bank's commitment to utilize the space as a gallery for community groups, individuals and art organizations.
Cheel is a graduate of Middlebury College, founder of Twin Willows Craft Center (Ottawa, Canada) and is the Eastern New England Chapter chairman of the Ninety-Nines -- The International Women Pilots Organization founded by Amelia Earhart. She is a member and past president of the New England chapter of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers). She has been chosen for juried exhibitions in New England and South Florida and her photography has appeared in numerous publications, calendars and environmental presentations.
Bank of Cape Cod sponsors Tales of Cape Cod lecture series
If walls could talk there would be plenty of stories to tell at the Olde Colonial Courthouse on Route 6A in Barnstable Village, a building that dates from 1772 and is a Registered Historic Landmark.
Bringing stories of the building as well as Cape Cod's rich history to life, is exactly what Tales of Cape Cod accomplishes with its annual summer lecture series, now in its 42nd year. The group's mission, in addition to preservation of the Courthouse building, is to share the Cape's past through public programs.
Bank of Cape Cod is joining forces with the non-profit group this summer as presenting sponsor of the lecture series, treating people to stories ranging from the humble beginnings of the now high profile premier Cape baseball league to the uncovering of an ancient landscape at Wing Island.
"These lectures celebrate the Cape's unique history and we are delighted to partner with Tales of Cape Cod to ensure audiences can learn and appreciate our past, and how it is connected to our present and our future," said Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod. "The Cape's historic preservation is just one of the many reasons people are drawn to this beautiful place, whether to live, work or visit."
The lecture series kicks off May 20, with noted teacher, author and historian Jim Coogan sharing the stories of "Slavery and Indentured Servitude on Cape Cod." There will be 12 lectures in all, culminating Oct. 7 with the American Civil War in letters and reminiscences.
"The programs span a range of topics and speakers designed to draw a wide group of audiences," said Joseph Berlandi, president of the group's board of directors. "The subjects vary but are all interesting and historically informative of the early days and current transformation of Cape Cod, its people and its customs."
Berlandi noted that program director Cathy Pastva has assembled an "exciting list" of guest speakers who will share their experiences on people and events that have shaped Cape Cod's history and character.
All lectures are Monday evenings at 7:30 in the beautifully preserved Colonial Courthouse on Route 6A and Rendezvous Land. To get a complete schedule of dates and topics, log on to Tales of Cape Cod website at talesofcapecod.org.
Losh joins Bank of Cape Cod as Falmouth branch manager
Carey Losh has joined Bank of Cape Cod as branch manager in Falmouth.
Losh, a resident of Mashpee, has been in banking for eight years, having held various roles with Sovereign Bank and was a former branch manager for Sovereign's Hyannis West Main Street branch. Her previous banking experience includes stints as a personal banker and assistant branch manager.
"We are pleased to have Carey join our Bank of Cape Cod team," said Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod. "Carey is a seasoned professional whose dedication to customer service and banking expertise fits perfectly with our local banking philosophy at Bank of Cape Cod."
Losh worked in her family's upholstering business prior to joining the banking field. A native Cape Codder, Losh grew up in Bourne, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and then returned to the Cape.
She and her husband Chris have two children, Addison and Jonah. She enjoys sewing and reupholstering furniture as well as baking and cake decorating. Her newest hobbies are landscaping and gardening. Losh is available for all your local banking needs at the Falmouth branch, located at 445 Main Street.
State Treasurer, Bank officials tour D.J.'s in Falmouth
Bank of Cape Cod President/CEO Timothy Telman and Executive Vice President/Chief Lending Officer Mark Sexton joined State Treasurer Steven Grossman Monday on a tour of D.J.'s Famous Wings in Falmouth, a recipient of a $600,000 loan made by the bank leveraged through the Treasury's Small Business Banking Partnership. With its expansion into Falmouth, D.J.'s added some 60 full- and part-time jobs to the Cape economy.
"All across the Commonwealth we are seeing successful businesses like D.J.'s Famouth Wings put their entrepreneurial spirit to work through the Small Business Banking Partnership," Grossman said. "By directing additional deposits into Massachusetts community banks and encouraging them to lend to Massachusetts small businesses, the partnership puts the reserve resources of the Treasury to their optimal use, creating jobs, opportunity and prosperity throughout the Commonwealth."
The Small Business Banking Partnership moves Treasury cash reserve funds typically held by large national and international financial institutions and deposits them in amounts of up to $10 million in Massachusetts banks. In exchange for the infusion of new dpeosits, the banks sign a Memorandum of Understanding signaling their intent to enhance their loan portfolios to small credit-worthy local businesses.
D.J.'s is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Dennis and Eithne Carlin. Opened in February at the former Hearth 'n Kettle site, the Falmouth location joins an existing D.J.'s restaurant in Hyannis which has been in operation since 2004. The original D.J.'s started in Hyannis as a modest eat-in/take-out and delivery operation in 1989, and now the two locations employ more than 110 people.
"Thanks to Bank of Cape Cod, our dream of opening a second location has come to fruition," said Eithne Carlin. "The Town of Falmouth was our choice for our second location because of our fan base for our family friendly sports-themed restaurant and our award-winning wings and great menu. It has been exciting, exhausting and extremely rewarding thus far, and we are looking forward to being a great local destination providing a great dining experience, good jobs and being a part of the local business commuity."
Bank of Cape Cod extended the loan to D.J.'s to fund working capital and renovation of the new location. The bank prides itself on community involvement and investments in local small business enterprises.
"Bank of Cape Cod is focused on supporting local businesses and helping grow our Cape Cod economy," Telman said. "With assistance from the treasurer's office in deploying funds to community banks, it further allows us to work with local businesses like D.J.'s to expand and add more jobs to the local community, at the same time creating new jobs at Bank of Cape Cod. We are able to assist businesses like D.J.'s, a highly successful Hyannis operation, to expand its footprint to Falmouth. Everyone wins."
All deposits that the Treasury makes in these community banks are protected through either insurance or collateral, and the interest rate on the money is comparable to what the Commonwealth receives at out-of-state financial institutions.
Pictured at Monday's tour of D.J.'s Famous Wings in Falmouth are (left to right) Kelly Benway, business development officer in Falmouth for Bank of Cape Cod; Andy Britton, general manager of D.J.'s in Hyannis and company CFO; Timothy Telman, president/CEO of Bank of Cape Cod; state Treasurer Steven Grossman; Eithne Carlin, co-owner of D.J.'s; and Mark Sexton, executive vice president/chief lending officer at Bank of Cape Cod. For more photos and a video, check out our Facebook page.
Falmouth branch hosts gallery reception
Falmouth photographer Molly Johnston and Bank of Cape Cod team members greeted dozens of guests last Thursday during a reception at the Falmouth branch celebrating the current exhibit created by Johnston.
Johnston took a trip last fall to Nepal and India and her images of the people, places and monasteries are part of her exhibit, Ordinary and Extraordinary. The exhibit will be on display through the end of April.
The wine and cheese reception Thursday brought in an engaging crowd of fellow photographers, community members and friends of the photographer. Her work received high praise from the guests for its captivating photos of ordinary people at work and for the stunning, majestic images of holy places and monasteries. Johnston said she was "honored by the support and so appreciative" of the opportunity the bank has given her to showcase her work.
This is the third exhibit hosted by Bank of Cape Cod since it installed a gallery hanging system late last year with the idea the Falmouth branch walls would be used as community art space. Previous exhibits have included a collection of paintings from a class at the Falmouth Art Center by members of the Falmouth Artists Guild, as well as an exhibit from the Upper Cape Camera Club. Future exhibits about Cape Cod subjects and work from Cape Codders are in the planning stages.
To view a photo gallery from last week's reception, check out Bank of Cape Cod's Facebook page.
Bank helps finance South Yarmouth plaza revitalization
The grand opening of Advanced Auto Parts last Friday on Station Avenue in South Yarmouth marked another step in the revitalization of a once-blighted property on the busy stretch of road.
Developed by Bruce and Ron Murphy, with financing from Bank of Cape Cod, the property once considered an eyesore is now home to CVS, Wendy's, Advanced Auto Parts and several local businesses. Ron Murphy said he couldn't be happier with how the property has been transformed.
"It is a gateway to South Yarmouth and we have taken a blighted property and continue to bring national and local retailers here," Ron Murphy said at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the auto parts retailer. "We would like to keep doing this and continue redeveloping Station Avenue where it needs it. It's great for the community."
Yarmouth Selectman Curtis Sears couldn't agree more.
"It has certainly improved the look of this area," Sears said. "Their efforts have also created jobs and new tax revenues for the town. It is a win all around."
Karen Greene, director of community development for the town, was also on hand for the ceremony and praised the continued community and economic development opportunities created when properties are transformed. She said the town is pleased with several projects bringing new life to Yarmouth.
In addition to town officials, chamber of commerce representatives and other community leaders were on hand to mark the next phase of the parcel's development. Charles DeSimone, senior vice president of commercial lending, said Bank of Cape Cod is pleased to help developers revitalize community parcels, and create new business and employment opportunities on Cape.
Mike Silvia, general manager of Advanced Auto Parts, said the store offers parts, batteries, accessories and maintenance products. He has more than 20 years of automotive and retail sales experience.
Scales joins Bank of Cape Cod as mortgage undwriter
Bank of Cape Cod President and CEO Timothy T. Telman is pleased to announce that Keeley Scales has been named residential mortgage underwriter at the bank.
Scales joins the bank's growing residential mortgage lending team, which was created earlier this year and is being managed by Dante DiMassa, vice president of residential lending. Telman expects the residential lending team to be ready to accept mortgage applications by late Spring.
"Keeley's experience in the mortgage business, combined with her extensive knowledge of the Cape market, make her a perfect fit for our local team," Telman said.
She will be responsible for underwriting conventional and jumbo residential mortgage applications. She most recently worked as an underwriter at a Cape bank and previously worked as a mortgage officer with Prospect Mortgage and Sovereign Bank.
"It's exciting to be a part of something brand-new that allows me to call upon my experience in many aspects of the mortgage business, and help create a process that is focused on a positive customer experience," Scales said.
Scales is a graduate of Northeastern University where she majored in Journalism and has done coursework toward a master's degree in business administration at University of Massachusetts, Boston. She lives in Centerville with her fiance, John Anderson, and their children, Emma and Riley Scales and Sarah and Jack Anderson.
She can be reached via at email@example.com or by phone, 508-568-2336.
Photographer exhibits at Bank's Falmouth branch
Falmouth photographer Molly Johnston captured the ordinary and extraordinary while on a trip to Nepal and Tibet last October.
The images are part of a new exhibit on display at Bank of Cape Cod's Falmouth branch at 445 Main St. Appropriately titled "Ordinary and Extraordinary" her exhibit tells a story of people at work in Nepal and Tibet.
The images feature the color, vibrancy and detail of the people, monasteries and places she photographed while on a two-week trip with a group of fellow photographers. The photographers, thanks to a local guide, were treated to a wide range of people and places -- from villages, towns and cities to monks, pilgrims and farmers.
"For me, it was a journey of discovery, not just in seeing far-away places but as a photographer learning to approach and photograph people in new and compelling ways," Johnston said. "It was an amazing experience."
She shares that experience through dozens of photographs in the exhibit. From these images you appreciate the challenging life of farmers, sense the simplicity of the monks and are humbled by the holy places she visited.
Johnston has lived in Falmouth for more than 10 years and has been a member of the Upper Cape Camera Club for the past three years. She has exhibited in several juried shows at the Falmouth Art Center, and has taken photography classes at the Maine Media Workshops, working with noted photographers Sean Kernan, Peter Tunley and Vincent Versace, as well as locally with Robert Manz and Douglas Greetham.
She is also a pilot and musician, performing on viola da gamba with local groups, including Ensemble Passacaglia and the Solstice singers. She also sings with the Falmouth Chorale. Johnston is retired from a career in high tech and financial services at Fidelity Investments.
Her current work will be on display through April at the branch. An exhibit reception will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to stop by to see the exhibit during banking hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and all are invited to the reception.
This is the fourth exhibit hosted at Bank of Cape Cod, but this is the first featuring an individual artist. When the Falmouth branch opened last May it was decided the walls should be used as exhibit space to showcase the talents of artists and individuals in the community.
"We have displayed stunning photographs and exceptional art so far," said Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations at the bank. "The Falmouth Artists Guild and the Upper Cape Camera Club have been wonderful to work with and the exhibits are far beyond what we could have imagined."
This is Johnston's first solo show, and she said while she approached it with trepidation, she is thrilled to be given the opportunity.
Bank financing helps fuel property revitalization
Johnny Kayrouz could see beyond the litter strewn about, the rundown building and torn up parking lot. He envisioned Cape Cod Farms, a state-of-the-art gas station and brand-new convenience store, at a site on Route 28 in West Yarmouth that had become a blight on the neighborhood.
His vision is taking shape and by Memorial Day the gas station and convenience store, a project financed by Bank of Cape Cod, will become a reality. Work crews have been at the location since late January transforming it into what Kayrouz knows will be a thriving business and site everyone will take pride in.
It was a four-year process to acquire the site, secure the necessary permits and get the work underway. But it will all be worth it, he is certain. And he should know. He used to work at and manage the former gas station and store at the site in the 1990s. Kayrouz, who also owns Cape Cod Farms on Route 6A in Dennis, and his uncle Al Nanoum are partners in the project.
"I knew what the site could become," Kayrouz said one recent morning when work crews were busy installing the gas tanks and preparing the site for the convenience store. "I know it had become an eyesore since it was vacant and I wanted to see something positive happen here."
Kayrouz actually bought two parcels of land for the project, which is located next to Giardino's family restaurant. He said he worked closely with the town of Yarmouth throughout the process and made some changes to the store structure and property layout based on recommendations he received.
"We worked together," he said, referring to the town. "Everyone wanted to see something good happen here. We worked out the details."
Karen Greene, director of community development for the town, said Yarmouth is very pleased to see redevelopment of this "once blighted" site. She said Kayrouz has worked cooperatively with the town staff and boards to ensure success of the project.
"This will result in a thriving business and an enhancement to our Route 28 corridor," she said. "We hope that other property owners and potential investors will be encouraged by this redevelopment and the project will serve as a catalyst for other development efforts along the corridor."
Yarmouth Town Manager William Hinchey said the town declared economic development as one of its highest priorities and this project "is exactly in keeping with those priorities. Investing in Yarmouth is a wise investment," he said.
That sound investment was also clear to Mark Sexton, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, at Bank of Cape Cod.
"This is a great example of what relationship banking is all about," Sexton said recently while visiting the site to check on progress. "They have been excellent business partners to work with and have been extremely cooperative. The bank is very pleased to be able to fund this project."
Kayrouz echoed Sexton's sentiments about the partnership. "The bank has been terrific and so helpful. We like working with a local bank because they are the decision makers and understand their market."
When the project is complete, Kayrouz expects to hire 6-10 employees. He said the project has already helped spur the local economy, creating construction jobs during winter months when laborers otherwise might not find employment.
Bank names DiMassa to lead residential lending team
Bank of Cape Cod has completed the next phase in its plan to provide residential mortgages with the hiring of Dante DiMassa as vice president and director of residential lending, Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of the bank, announced this week.
DiMassa will head up the bank's residential mortgage lending operation, overseeing all facets of the development and execution of this new business for Bank of Cape Cod. His hiring marks a major step in the bank's strategy to offer mortgages to Cape Cod homebuyers and homeowners.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dante to our team to help build this business," Telman said. "With the real estate market on Cape gaining solid momentum and on the upswing, we feel the timing is perfect to launch this phase of our business. It's an exciting time and fits well into our strategic plans."
Telman said he expects the bank's mortgage lending team to be fully engaged and accepting applications for loans in the spring.
"What we have been able to deliver in commercial lending, we anticipate doing in residential lending," Telman said. "We see this as an opportunity to meet the needs of Cape home buyers and homeowners by offering the same level of high quality customer service and prompt decisions as we have for business customers. Our outstanding growth and ever-increasing customer base naturally lead us to become a provider of residential mortgages. Dante is the perfect fit to lead the effort."
DiMassa most recently was the vice president of residential lending at Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank. DiMassa has had a successful career in residential lending since 1988, including time with Bank of America Home Loan in Braintree where he managed multiple locations and grew the business from startup to production of more than $300 million in loans. He was also senior vice president of Bank of America's loan center in Richmond, VA where he built the operation from startup to a center that produced more than $7 billion in funded loans.
A resident of Marshfield, DiMassa earned a degree in economics from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and attended graduate studies at the University of Bridgeport. He is active in his community and recently helped co-found the Marshfield Flag Football League, an NFL affiliated program, with more than 300 local youths participating. He also coaches baseball and basketball and is father of an 11-year-old son.
DiMassa said joining Bank of Cape Cod allows him to capitalize on his strengths of helping grow a business line and at the same time serve a community need. "I'm passionate about this business and look forward to serving the community," he said.
DiMassa can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 508-568-2334.
Claudette Azar-Kenyon joins bank as compliance officer
Claudette A. Azar-Kenyon has joined Bank of Cape Cod as Vice President, Compliance Officer, Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of the bank announced this week.
Azar-Kenyon will be responsible for implementing, administering and ensuring Bank of Cape Cod follows all procedures and complies with all regulations imposed upon financial institutions by state and federal government. She has served as chief compliance officer for The Community Bank of Brockton, BankBoston Globally and Sovereign Bank/Banco Santander.
"We are so pleased to attract someone of Claudette's caliber," said Telman. "She is energetic, knowledgeable and motivated to help us continue to build on the strength of our business. With her on board we are able to take a more enhanced approach to the complex and ever-changing financial services market."
She is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth and received her Juris Doctor degree from Southern New England School of Law. Azar-Kenyon is the author of two books, "With Loving Hands," a recipe storybook of Middle Eastern food, and "Make Your Heart Sing" -- a children's story, coloring and activity book designed to foster an encourage children to do good in their communities.
"Family and community are the two most important things to me and both of these books celebrate that," said Azar-Kenyon, who lives in Dartmouth with her husband Dr. Louis P. Kenyon.
In her spare time, she is active in her community and supports many causes, enjoys golf, kayaking and going to the beach.
Bank recognized for support of Falmouth park
A park is beginning to take shape on a 10-acre site on a busy stretch of Teaticket Highway in Falmouth.
Spearheaded by the Falmouth 300 Committee Land Trust, and supported by individuals and businesses, including Bank of Cape Cod, the site of the former Joe’s Driving Range is showing signs of new life as work progresses. It is expected the next phase of the project, plantings and an improved streetscape, will be complete by spring.
“It’s really amazing to see things coming together and what a difference it will make to have a park in that very busy part of town,” said Jessica Erickson Whritenour, administrator for the land trust. “We are getting very close and things are moving along.”
Whritenour on Monday presented a plaque to Bank of Cape Cod for its leadership in providing needed funds early on in the project. A donation from the bank will make it possible to improve the streetscape with trees and plantings. She recognized the bank as a Teaticket Park Business Partner. Kelly Monahan Benway, business development officer in the Falmouth branch, and Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations, accepted the plaque on behalf of Bank of Cape Cod.
“Bank of Cape Cod is recognized for supporting permanently protected open space in the heart of our community,” the plaque reads.
The land trust purchased the property for $1.65 million in December of 2011 and immediately began fundraising for the needed $600,000 to create the park. In late spring last year, when Bank of Cape Cod opened its Falmouth branch at 445 Main St, the bank decided to partner with the group and make a significant donation to the effort.
“As the local bank, we understand the role we must play in being a good neighbor and community partner and we appreciate the effort being made to improve the area by creating what will be a beautiful park,” Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO, said at the time. “We are very pleased to play a small part in making this park a reality.”
To date, Whritenour said the land trust has raised nearly $440,000 for the park’s creation and expects by April there will be pathways, a park entry, trees and plantings to improve the streetscape. She expects that part of the project to go out to bid shortly.
“We can’t wait for people to start using the space,” Whritenour said. “Already, with the excavating we’ve done and other work, you really get a sense of the magnitude of the property and you can see where the wetland is much more visible.”
The park will feature walking trails, a picnic grove, a boardwalk and observation platform and benches in an area most consider to be the mostly densely developed village in Falmouth.
Whritenour said she is grateful to the bank, other businesses and many individuals who “took the leap of faith” with the land trust. “We have never done a project to this degree before and we continue to look for donations and in-kind support to make this a green space for everyone to enjoy. Support of the business community is essential to getting this built and moving forward.”
To learn more about the project, visit the land trust’s website at 300committee.org
Bank exhibit showcases camera club photos
There's nothing quite like seeing the view from high above Cape Cod. The vistas have been the source of inspiration for Falmouth photographer Sherry Martin for quite some time.
Her photos, capturing such a unique perspective of the Cape, are part of a new exhibit of work on display at Bank of Cape Cod's Falmouth branch at 445 Main Street. Martin and several other photographers from the Upper Cape Camera Club are showing their work at the bank's branch as part of Bank of Cape Cod's ongoing commitment to use the space for local artists. This is the third exhibit since October.
"When the branch opened in May after extensive renovations to the building, we realized we had these wonderful walls where we could showcase the talents of our community," said Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations for Bank of Cape Cod. "The latest exhibit has pretty perspectives and unique views of the Cape, from Falmouth all the way to Provincetown. We are so pleased to be able to highlight the work of these talented people. Suzy Bergman at the Falmouth Artists Guild has been instrumental in helping to coordinate our exhibits.”
Bank of Cape Cod will be hosting a reception for the current exhibit on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the Falmouth branch. The public is invited.
In addition to Martin's work, the exhibit includes photography from Barbara Hecker, Henry and Mary Lou Ricci, Kathy Pett Ryman and Milt Williamson. Martin provides the aerial photos and others provide landscapes of Quissett Harbor, Gray's Beach in Yarmouthport and other scenic locations.
Martin, who serves as president of the club, at one time was a photographer for the Boston Globe before she bought her own newspaper in the Boston suburb of Acton. She credits her love and interest in photography to her father, who provided her with her first camera, a Brownie Hawkeye. She particularly loves aerial photography.
"It is a lot of fun up there," the grandmother said. "The light up there is so bright. I have a friend who takes me up in their small plane and have taken the photos over a six-year period."
The camera club has about 50 members from mostly the Upper Cape and meets regularly to exchange ideas, provide education and insights, and to have "a little fun" with competitions, Martin said. She notes membership has a range from beginners to professionals.
Charitable giving at Bank of Cape Cod
Contributing to the well-being of our Cape Cod community is an important priority at Bank of Cape Cod. The bank provides financial support to many local organizations and groups, and continually looks for ways to help worthy causes that have a meaningful impact in the community. Bank of Cape Cod also encourages and supports its team members in their efforts to give back to the community with their time and talents.
Bank of Cape Cod supports health and human service programs, arts and culture, youth and education as well as several other programs and organizations. Some of the organizations include A Baby Center, Hyannis; Falmouth Service Center; Salvation Army; JFK Hyannis Museum; Cape Cod Times Needy Fund; Falmouth 300 Land Trust; Falmouth Artists Guild; Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; Osterville Village Library; CapeAbilities; United Way; Osterville Rotary Club; Historic Highfield Hall; Cape Cod Healthcare; Cape Cod Community College; and Independence House, Hyannis.
We welcome requests from groups and organizations within the Bank of Cape Cod geographic footprint. Given the volume of requests, however, Bank of Cape Cod cannot meet all the financial demands. Any requests should be in writing and clearly state the purpose of the request, the amount and how the donation will benefit the community or organization being served. All requests should be received at least one month in advance of an event or when funding is needed.
Requests should be sent to Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations, Bank of Cape Cod, 232 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601, or by email email@example.com. You may also contact him for further information or assistance.
Women's health focus of bank-sponsored forum
Bank of Cape Cod is pleased to be joining forces with Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation in presenting the Women's Health Forum 2013 on Feb. 7 in Falmouth.
The Women's Health Forum is an ongoing education program provided by Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation and Bank of Cape Cod is serving as sponsor for the winter luncheon at The Coonamessett Inn. The theme of the winter segment is "For Your Eyes Only -- Common Vision Problems and Treatments" and will be presented by Dr. Michael Oats.
Dr. Oats is a specialist in refractive surgery as well as glaucoma and cataract diseases at Cape Cod Eye, with Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, in Sandwich and at Falmouth Hospital. He will share his expertise in treatment of common vision problems as well as innovations in laser and surgical care.
"All health issues, things we can do to improve and enhance our well being are important to Cape Cod, especially as we see Baby Boomers aging," said Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod. "Whatever we can do at the bank to help educate and engage the community about healthy living makes good sense. We are pleased to be partnering with Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation."
Chris O'Connor, President of Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation stated, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Bank of Cape Cod. We thank them for their support of Cape Cod Healthcare and generosity in sponsoring our next Women's Health Forum."
The forum will include lunch at noon, followed by Dr. Oats' presentation. The cost is $25. To register, contact Rhonda Veugen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bank of Cape Cod hosts Falmouth chamber event
Bank of Cape Cod closed out 2012 in style in Falmouth on Dec. 20, serving as host for the final Falmouth Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Historic Highfield Hall.
More than 125 chamber members and guests attended the event, which also included a raffle drawing with proceeds benefitting the Falmouth Service Center. Non-perishable items were also donated by chamber members and guests at the event.
Those in attendance were particularly impressed with the resplendent holiday decorations at Highfield Hall. “This is always one of the
most well-attended Business After Hours of the year and we are always thrilled to have Highfield Hall serve as the venue,” said Jay Zavala, chamber president.
“We are also so grateful to Bank of Cape Cod for being tonight’s host and providing food from Eat Your Heart Out catering and beverages from John’s Liquors. We love when all of our chamber businesses are supported at these events,” he added.
Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod, welcomed the crowd and said the bank was pleased to be the evening’s sponsor. Telman noted since Bank of Cape Cod opened its Falmouth branch in May 2012, it has received a warm welcome from businesses and the community at large.
“As we began to create our own niche in the community, we naturally partnered with the chamber of commerce and are pleased to say we
developed an excellent relationship with Highfield Hall, this lovely venue we utilize tonight,” Telman noted in his remarks. “It is through these and other business and community partnerships that Bank of Cape Cod is establishing a footprint in town, and a reputation as a truly local bank committed to the businesses, people and communities we serve.”
“Our bank was formed in 2006 with one branch in Hyannis, a second added in 2009 in Osterville and this year in Falmouth. Our plan has
always been for smart, strategic growth and we are poised for continued expansion. We make every effort to do our part to enhance the Cape economy, by helping fund loans for local businesses and creating our own jobs at the bank in the process,” Telman added.
He said it has been a rewarding endeavor in Falmouth and “we look forward to continued growth and partnerships in town.”
Christopher Merrill promoted
Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod, has announced the promotion for Christopher Merrill to assistant vice president and assistant credit officer. Merrill joined the bank in July 2011 and has been part of the commercial lending and credit teams.
In his new role, he will assist Patricia Coffey, senior vice president and senior credit officer, in preparing all analyses on new commercial loans and managing the existing portfolio. He will also serve as a mentor to junior credit analysts. Prior to joining Bank of Cape Cod, he was a lead credit analyst and a senior internal control analyst with the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency and an audit associate at PrcewaterhouseCoopers.
Merrill and his wife live in Plymouth with their two children.
Bowers promoted at bank
Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod, announced that Nicole Bowers has been promoted to credit analyst. She joined the bank in 2007 as a commercial loan administrator. In her new role, Bowers performs risk assessment analysis on new and existing commercial loan customers, and assists with various reporting and underwriting functions. In her new role, she also prepares relationship summaries, completes industry analyses and compiles peer comparatives. She will also complete annual reviews and loan renewals for existing credit.
Bowers is a resident of Yarmouth, the mother of two young daughters and is an accomplished potter.
Bank of Cape Cod donates to charities
Bank of Cape Cod hosted a successful Facebook campaign during the month of November to increase "likes" on the bank's page. For each new "like" recorded during that time, $5 was donated with the total proceeds split among three local charities.
As a result, Bank of Cape Cod presented donations this week to the Salvation Army, the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund and the Falmouth Service Center. In addition to proceeds from the Facebook campaign, Bank of Cape Cod presented its annual donation to the Needy Fund, with the two totaling $1,000. Falmouth Service Center and the Salvation Army each received checks in the amount of $400.
Captain Katherine Corno of the Salvation Army said her organization is grateful to the bank as all donations are needed this time of year in particular. The Salvation Army headquarters on North Street in Hyannis has been abuzz these last several weeks as the organization looks to provide Christmas gifts and food to those most in need on Cape Cod. As part of its Dress A Live Doll campaign, the Salvation Army will have Christmas gifts for more than 1,000 needy children on Cape this holiday season.
Betsey Sethares, executive director of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, said the fund provides emergency assistance for basic human needs for temporary financial hardships.
"Our goal is to ensure that a one-time hardship does not spiral into a long-term financial disaster," Sethares said. "We have seen a 16 percent increase in the need for our services so far this year. We are assisting an ever-growing population of families who were previously able to afford basic needs and are no longer able to do so. For many, this is the first time they are in this situation and they are dealing with feelings of shame and helplessness in addition to the lack of resources."
Brenda Swain, executive director of the Falmouth Service Center, also expressed gratitude for the donation. Her organization's mission is to "ease stress, reduce hunger and improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need. The Falmouth Service Center works to increase self-sufficiency by helping to build networks among clients, neighbors and agencies."
"We are so pleased to be able to assist these organizations, like so many others we support in the community throughout the year," said Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod. "We understand our role in the community is to help support those in need, and be as generous as we can with the time and talent of our bank team, and our financial resources. This time of year it is particularly gratifying, but something we do all year long."
Branch exhibit features Falmouth flair
What started out as an exercise in critiquing each other’s work, has turned into a collaborative photo exhibit between two camera clubs from Falmouth, Mass. and Falmouth, England.
The photos, featuring iconic images of Falmouth and stunning sunsets and seascapes from Falmouth England, are currently on display at Bank of Cape Cod’s Falmouth branch at 445 Main Street. The exhibit involves more than 50 photographers from the two Falmouths as they showcase their seaside communities. Members of the Upper Cape Camera Club provided the local images, and Suzy Bergman, executive director of the Falmouth Artists Guild, coordinated the exhibit.
Sherry Martin, president of the camera club, said she was first approached by a Falmouth, England camera club about critiquing each other’s work. Emails were exchanged and before long the idea blossomed into a shared photo exhibit.
“The secretary of the English club contacted me and we expanded the idea from there,” said Martin, who as a young girl had a shared interest in photography with her father and has taken photos all her life. “I’m so pleased with how it all came together. Suzy (Bergman) offered to put the exhibit together and it first appeared at the Falmouth Art Center. We are all thrilled with the end result.”
Martin, who at one time was a journalist and newspaper editor in suburban Boston, said the English club was meeting Dec. 6 to discuss ways they might be able to share in the exhibit. “I’m not sure where it will end up, but they are talking about it as we speak,” she said.
The images include stunning sunsets, beach scenes, lighthouses and all things nautical. The exhibit also includes nature and animal photos. All are welcome to stop by the Falmouth branch of Bank of Cape Cod from 8:30-5 Mondays through Fridays and 8:30-noon on Saturdays to check out the exhibit.
“It is very impressive and the staff in Falmouth was delighted to see the walls come to life with these stunning images,” said Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations at Bank of Cape Cod.
The bank is working with the Falmouth Artists Guild on a series of different exhibits at the Falmouth branch – this is the second collaboration. The bank installed a gallery hanging system so the guild can make full use of the wall space. “It’s a great collaboration and a terrific way to promote the arts,” Skala added.
Bank joins in Falmouth parade festivities
Falmouth kicked off the holiday season Sunday in grand style with the community's 49th annual Christmas parade.
Marching bands, floats, veterans, political leaders including state Senate President Therese Muray and Congressman William Keating, along with numerous businesses and community groups showed their holiday spirit as they marched along the parade route. Thousands of people lined Main Street as mild temperatures made it conducive for outdoor activity.
Bank of Cape Cod's Falmouth branch at 445 Main Street was in the heart of the activity and bank associates provided complimentary chowder, popcorn and hot dogs to parade-goers. Bank of Cape Cod opened the Falmouth branch in May so this marked its first official parade. Many of the branch's neighbors stopped by with praise for the renovation efforts at what had been a vacant building for several years.
Residents and visitors to town enjoyed the hot chowder prepared for the bank by Eat Your Heart Out caterers of Falmouth. Kelly Benway, business development officer at the Falmouth branch and a long-time Falmouth resident, said she was thrilled to have the bank in such a visible location, particularly for the parade.
"This is a great tradition for families and residents, and I think Bank of Cape Cod started a new tradition this year," Benway said. "Families plan their schedules around the parade. We were thrilled with the reception the bank received Sunday."
Joining Benway from Bank of Cape Cod were Tracy Buckley-Scott, vice president of retail banking, and Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations.
Jay Zavala, president of the Falmouth chamber, said the weather always plays a big part in turnout. "From marching the parade route, it was clear the turnout was exceptional this year. We are so appreciative of the bank's participation in such a highly visible location, and to all of our businesses who come together for the good of the community."
Zavala said the parade committee is already at work on next year's parade -- marking its 50th year.
Sharing the spirit of the season
The spirit of giving was on full display at Bank of Cape Cod Thursday as employees wrapped gifts for the Salvation Army's annual Dress A Live Doll campaign.
Bank of Cape Cod associates donated items to "dress" three children this year -- the seventh year the bank has participated in the program. Salvation Army officials in Hyannis provided the bank with the needs of three children, two boys and a girl, and their wish lists. In total, the Salvation Army expects the program will serve some 1,000 needy children on Cape this holiday season.
"People sign up and shop for specific items based on what the Salvation Army provides to us and then we always have a wrapping party where we serve pizza and get in the spirit of the season," said Lee Ann Hesse, vice president of human resources and marketing at the bank.
A number of organizations, from Cape Cod Hospital to Cape Cod Community College to private businesses, participate in the program, Salvation Army officials said. The organization counts on the generosity of the Cape community to make sure it can help as many children as possible.
"The success of this program depends on the continued interest and support of caring individuals, businesses and organizations to 'adopt' a child at Christmas time," Captain Cynthia Brown noted in a letter to supporters. She said the program has provided many children on Cape with "much-needed new clothing from top to bottom, inside and out."
Bank of Cape Cod employees donated and wrapped hats, mittens, coats, sleepwear, clothes, games, books and stocking stuffers.
Giving thanks at Bank of Cape Cod
Bank of Cape Cod President and CEO Timothy T. Telman presented bank employees with turkeys to show his appreciation and thanks for their hard work throughout the year.
Telman presented each employee with a 14 to 16-pound fresh turkey on Tuesday. A number of the employees then turned around and asked Telman to donate the turkeys to a worthwhile organization in need. Bank of Cape Cod chose the Salvation Army in Hyannis, which assists many Cape Codders year-round but most especially at the holidays.
"I'm so thankful for all of the associates at Bank of Cape Cod who all work tirelessly on behalf of our customers, board of directors and shareholders," Telman said. "This is one small way of acknowledging all they do on behalf of the bank and the community at large."
Telman said he was touched by those individuals who asked that their turkeys be donated.
Salvation Army officials said they were very grateful for the turkeys and they would go a long way in helping people. Captain Cynthia Brown said the turkeys would either be given as part of a holiday basket to needy families or may be cooked as part of the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner, which serves more than 100 people.
"Nothing goes to waste around here," Capt. Brown said in accepting the donation from Telman.
Bank of Cape Cod is also making the Salvation Army one of the recipients of its Facebook campaign. For each new like Bank of Cape Cod's Facebook page receives in November, the bank will donate $5 with the total at the end being shared among the Salvation Army, Falmouth Service Center and Cape Cod Times Needy Fund. To like the bank's page, simply log on to facebook.com/bankofcapecod. While there, you can also view a photo gallery of Telman's turkey distribution to employees.
Bank of Cape Cod completes pledge to Osterville Library
It truly does take a village. That is the sentiment that continues to echo throughout the new Osterville Village Library.
Gleaming meeting rooms, full book stacks and state-of-the-art technology are all testament to the hard work and countless hours spent fundraising, planning and envisioning a new library for the village.
Bank of Cape Cod is proud to be supporting its neighbor in Osterville and this week presented a check to Library Director Lee Ann Amend for its final commitment in the bank's capital campaign pledge.
"We are so grateful for this and the efforts of so many," Amend noted as she accepted the check from Bank of Cape Cod associates Lissy Perna, Lauren Connolly and Haydee Delhomme. She noted the money has already been spent and was well used to create the $4.5 million building project. The new library opened in April and was officially dedicated in June.
At the dedication ceremony, library trustee president Gail Nightengale pointed out the new facility "was a long time coming. Everyone gave so much extra effort and this was built completely with private donations, no state or federal funds."
This week, Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod, said the bank is delighted to have played a small part in this "important community resource." Bank of Cape Cod, he said, provided funding over a three-year period as part of the capital campaign.
Osterville Village Library is just one of the many groups and organizations supported by Bank of Cape Cod through donations, as well as time and talent from the bank team.
"The money, of course, is key but it is also about encouraging our employees to be active participants in community and civic groups," Telman said, noting that Tracy Buckley Scott, vice president for retail banking at Bank of Cape Cod, provided countless volunteer hours to the library as a member of the board of trustees.
Bank of Cape Cod, SEED assist local businesses in job creation
Bank of Cape Cod and the South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation recently partnered to close on several loans to Cape Cod businesses.
SEED, a non-profit economic development organization making loans to small businesses, and Bank of Cape Cod provided funding to Building Blocks of Barnstable. The loan allowed Building Blocks to purchase a building at 546 Phinney's Lane in Centerville for a day care center. The expansion, according to a press release from SEED, will create five new jobs. Mark Sexton, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Bank of Cape Cod, and Anne Trevisani of SEED worked together on the project.
"I am very grateful to SEED for giving me the opportunity to purchase the building for my child care center," said Elia Desrocher, owner of Building Blocks of Barnstable. She said working with SEED and Bank of Cape Cod "was an extremely positive and enjoyable experience."
Founded in 2006, Building Blocks provides infant to school-age child day care services.
Bank of Cape Cod also worked with SEED to close on a loan for working capital to the Yarmouthport Village Store on Route 6A. The project, according to SEED, will create four new jobs. The store offers beer, wine spirits, basic groceries, penny candy and snacks. Charles DeSimone, senior vice president and commercial lending officer at Bank of Cape Cod, and Lisa Holmes of SEED worked on the project.
In addition to SEED, Bank of Cape Cod works with other community capital organizations in an effort to assist small businesses with their lending needs.
Falmouth Artists Guild, Bank collaborate on new exhibit
Artists Kate Aubrey, Adele Huestis, and Bill Adelman are among those whose artwork is currently on display at Bank of Cape Cod’s Falmouth branch at 445 Main St.
Their work, along with that of Ruth Leech, Ed Gordon, Martha Payne and Marilyn Rusinski, is part of a new exhibit showcasing the talents of members of the Falmouth Artists Guild. The Guild and Bank of Cape Cod have partnered to provide artists with more exposure with customers and visitors to the bank’s Falmouth branch, which opened in late May.
The artists are members of the guild’s Friday Figure Club. The exhibit is the first in a series which will be featured at the bank, working with the Artists Guild and executive director Suzy Bergman.
“We had this newly renovated facility in Falmouth and thought this was a creative way to partner with the community’s local artists,” said Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod. “We are promoting an integral organization in Falmouth and get beautiful art for our walls. It’s a win-win. We are so grateful to Suzy Bergman for her efforts in making this happen.”
Bank of Cape Cod installed a gallery hanging system expressly for the exhibits. The hanging system allows for greater flexibility in the size and location of art placement.
To celebrate the new exhibit, Bank of Cape Cod will be hosting a reception for the artists and the community on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. at the Falmouth branch. Community members are encouraged to come view the art and enjoy refreshments.
The bank is also partnering with the Cape Cod Conservatory, as students from the Conservatory will provide musical entertainment at the reception.
“The arts are such an important part of who were are on Cape, and this partnership allows us to celebrate the arts in a new way,” said Telman.
Bank of Cape Cod now on Facebook
You can now find Bank of Cape Cod on Facebook. Bank of Cape Cod's Facebook page is the latest foray into Social Media and one more way for the bank to connect with customers, friends and business associates.
Once you find us on Facebook, simply "Like" us and you will stay connected with the latest, exciting things happening at Bank of Cape Cod. The page also features a number of posts and pictures about the bank's role with community and non-profit groups as well as chamber and business associations. The page also features a number of photo albums, including the celebration marking the expansion of Bank of Cape Cod to Falmouth, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the branch opening at 445 Main Street, Falmouth.
Check out our fun Cape Cod trivia. Lots of Facebook fans are already enjoying our regular trivia questions testing your knowledge of Cape Cod.
Bank of Cape Cod sponsors Hyannis Area Chamber dinner
Bank of Cape Cod was the supporting sponsor for this year's Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and meeting. The 30th annual dinner and meeting included the awarding of honors to a number of businesses and business leaders.
Ian and Heidi Parent, owners of La Petite France Cafe on Main Street in Hyannis, were presented with the smal lbusiness of the year award. Dowling & O'Neil Insurance Company, represented by co-owners Mark McCartin and Rob Miller, received the business of the year award for large business.
Doreen Bilezikian, former owner of the Christmas Tree Shops, received the Patrick M. Butler Citizen of the Year award. Steve Luciani, owner of Coachlight Carpets in Centerville, received the Henry C. Farnham Unsung Hero award and Rebecca Pierce received the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Community Service award.
More than 300 people attended the dinner at the Cape Codder Resort. "We were very pleased to partner with the chamber to help sponsor this exceptional evening that honors so many deserving people who not only are excellent business leaders, but are community leaders as well," said Timothy T. Telman, President and CEO of Bank of Cape Cod.
Bank of Cape Cod offers free marketing seminars
In this ever-changing digital and print world, how to best market your business, company or non-profit changes like the tide. Bank of Cape Cod will be offering free “Marketing You Can Bank On” seminars in an effort to help businesses and organizations learn practical tips and advice from two experts in the field.
Heather Jackson, president of action/marketing at Hammerhead Creatives and authorized local expert for Constant Contact, and Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations at Bank of Cape Cod, will lead the three-part seminars focusing on social media, e-newsletters and increasing your company’s visibility by managing your media exposure.
The first series of seminars will be held in Hyannis at Bank of Cape Cod headquarters at 232 Main St., on Oct. 10, 17, and 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and in Osterville on Oct. 11, 18, and 25 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 at the Osterville Village Library. The seminars will also be conducted in Falmouth at Historic Highfield Hall on Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6.
“If there is one consistent message I am hearing from many, many small businesses and non-profits it is how to best market in today’s changing environment,” said Skala, who prior to joining the bank in June spent 25 years in the print and on-line publishing business. “It often is not an area business leaders and non-profit executive directors are comfortable with and wonder how to get it done without spending a lot of money. Through these seminars we hope to provide some insights and useful information.”
Seminars are free and open to businesses and non-profits, but space is limited. To sign up, click on the following links:
Coffee and light breakfast items will be served.
Bank participates in Day of Caring
Associates from Bank of Cape Cod joined dozens of business leaders across the Cape deployed to assist non-profit organizations as part of the Cape and Islands United Way's annual Day of Caring.
The Day of Caring was established in 1992 by the United Way to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, and increase awareness for health and human service agencies. More than 100 volunteers fanned out across the Cape on Wednesday, Sept. 12, assisting dozens of non-profit agencies with numerous community service projects.
Two teams from Bank of Cape Cod volunteered their services. One group assisted A Baby Center in Hyannis, sorting and organizing clothes for the organization that serves children from newborn to three years old from low-income families. The other team raked and did yard work at the Edward Flynn House in Falmouth, operated by the Falmouth Housing Trust.
"As a local, community bank, we understand that being a good citizen is more than just writing a check," said Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations at the bank. "It's about offering your time and talent to organizations in need."
Mark Sexton Rides for Charity, Plans to Participate in 62-Mile Last Gasp Race
When a friend had to back out of last year’s Last Gasp 62-mile bike ride for charity, Mark Sexton jumped in to help out. The only problem – he hadn’t been on a bike in 20 years.
But it proved to be a minor issue for the athletic and competitive Sexton, a resident of Hyannis and the executive vice president at Bank of Cape Cod. His wife Mary Ellen was waiting for him as he crossed the finish line about four hours after the start. “She kept telling people, ‘he will definitely finish’ and had faith in me,” Sexton recalled.
This year he isn’t taking any chances. As he prepares to ride in the 21st annual charity event on Sept. 16, Sexton will have at least logged several weeks’ worth of training. His goals again this year are simple: finish the race and raise some money for worthwhile charities.
The event includes the bike ride from Sandwich to Provincetown, a boat cruise on Cape Cod Bay and clambake at the American Legion in Sandwich. All proceeds benefit various charities, including Cape and Islands United Way, Champ Homes and Cultural Center of Cape Cod, to name a few.
“It’s a personal challenge for me,” said Sexton, who is a competitive sailor at the Hyannis Yacht Club and a member of an over-50 men’s hockey club. “My wife Mary Ellen is doing it this year for the first time as well. (Hyannis attorney) Phil Boudreau got me going on this. We’re riding with friends so we’ll be helping some great charities and enjoying some camaraderie as well.”
Sexton has been riding daily recently, through Hyannis into the hills of Hyannisport, along Craigville Beach Road and in and around Centerville. He tries to increase his mileage with each outing and his first long ride (40 miles) as part of the training took him to Wellfleet and back.
The father of three grown sons says his boys are proud of him and he hopes in some small way to set a good example for them. “They think it is pretty cool to take on this challenge,” he added.
Just a few days after signing up and getting the word out, Sexton said the response to his fundraising call had been successful so far.
“It’s been uplifting,” said Sexton. “I’ve reached out to friends, and to customers of Bank of Cape Cod I do business with and everyone has been very supportive and generous. Bank of Cape Cod is also generously supporting the effort.”
If you are interested in supporting Mark or Mary Ellen Sexton, you can log on to www.capecodcharitablefunraisers.com, find the Last Gasp event and click on donation where you will be given a list of riders to select from. You can also drop off any donation in support of the Sextons to Bank of Cape Cod, 232 Main St., Hyannis.
Robert B. Kinlin Elected to Board of Directors
Bank of Cape Cod President and CEO Timothy T. Telman has announced that Robert B. Kinlin, president and co-founder of Robert Paul Properties, was elected to the Board of Directors of the bank as well as the bank’s holding company, New England Bancorp, Inc.
His election took place during the board’s July meeting. An Osterville resident, Kinlin has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and is recognized as a leader in sales of luxury and waterfront properties on Cape Cod.
“Bob’s business experience, combined with his community involvement, make him a terrific addition to our talented board,” said Telman. “As we continue to explore new opportunities for growth in the market, Bob’s knowledge and expertise will provide invaluable insight.”
In 2009, Kinlin co-founded Robert Paul Properties to serve Cape Cod, the Islands and South Coast of Massachusetts. Previously, he co-founded Kinlin Grover Real Estate in 1994. He is a member of the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.
Kinlin and his wife, Ellen, raised four children. He is involved in many educational and charitable associations including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cape Cod Academy, Boston College and is a board member for National Alliance on Mental Health-Cape Cod.
Bank of Cape Cod Team Raises $5,000 for Dana-Farber
The spotlight may have been on the elite athletes participating in Sunday’s Falmouth Road Race, but that didn’t matter to the Bank of Cape Cod team running for Dana-Farber.
They were all thrilled to finish the 7-mile seaside course and more pleased to raise nearly $5,000 for the cancer research hospital. Led by Kelly Monahan Benway, business development officer at Bank of Cape Cod, the team wasn’t so much focused on where they placed in their division but rather on the camaraderie and fundraising.
“We had a great time and there was an incredible sense of energy,” said Benway, who organized the team in honor of her now healthy seven-year-old son CJ, who at six months old battled cancer. “It was awesome to see so many people running for charities.”
Benway, competing in her 20th Falmouth Road Race, was joined on the running team by family members and friends from Falmouth who supported her throughout CJ’s medical ordeal. She said the entire team was overwhelmed by the response from the community and amount of donations.
They were also impressed, Benway said, with all the volunteers and the crowds who helped cheer on the more than 10,000 runners. “It was so well organized. It was a real community event even though there are so many runners and is an event that attracts people from all over the world (A Kenyan man and Kenyan woman won their divisions).”
The spirit of community was particularly evident, she said, by the magnitude of donations received for Team Bank of Cape Cod. Though her team goal is $5,000, they are still accepting donations through a link on Bank of Cape Cod’s website.
“It meant so much to me personally. I hadn’t been fundraising since CJ was sick and didn’t know what the response would be,” Benway said. “It is pretty overwhelming.”
Donations can also still be dropped off at Bank of Cape Cod’s Falmouth branch at 445 Main St. For further information, contact Mark Skala, director of marketing and community relations.
Bank of Cape Cod Team Runs Falmouth Road Race for Dana-Farber
Kelly Monahan Benway, business development officer at Bank of Cape Cod, isn’t concerned about the hills, heat or international field of competitors at this year’s Falmouth Road Race on Aug. 12. As a young mother, she faced even more difficult odds when her son CJ was diagnosed with cancer at six months old.
“That was such a painful diagnosis to hear at the time,” Kelly said. “But thanks to a great team of doctors and incredible medical care CJ is a healthy, happy 7-year-old.”
It will be in CJ’s honor that Kelly and members of her Team Bank of Cape Cod will run Falmouth to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “After many surgeries and chemotherapy, CJ is doing so well and this is a way to say thanks to Dana-Farber and at the same time keep the momentum going to raise funds so research can continue for cancer therapies,” Kelly said.
Kelly and her team are also motivated by those who weren’t as lucky as CJ. “It seems like everyone has lost a loved one to cancer. I believe supporting Dana-Farber is a way to honor our friends that did not survive.”
Kelly has been in training for the 40th running of Falmouth and is a regular runner. But, she admits, her goal is to run slow and have fun. She follows in her father’s footsteps in the running department – he was a successful competitive runner and brought her to his races. “We would participate in the fun runs. I started running in earnest when I was 18.”
As for the seven-mile seaside course, it should be old hat for Kelly since her first Falmouth was during college. And she won’t be running alone. Her Bank of Cape Cod Team includes her sister, Molly Kelleher; her brother John Monahan; sister-in-law Lauran Keenan; and friends Holly and Mike Harney, Kim Carchidi, Jeff Griesbauer and Ellen Crowley.
Click here to donate to Dana-Farber. You can also donate at the Falmouth branch, 445 Main St. or contact the branch for more information 508-444-1610.
Meet Kelly Monahan Benway - Business Development Officer
Kelly Monahan Benway has joined Bank of Cape Cod as business development officer, president and CEO Timothy T. Telman announced.
Kelly is based out of Bank of Cape Cod’s Falmouth branch and is working with consumers and businesses to assist with their banking needs. She has lived in Falmouth for a number of years and is a graduate of Falmouth High School and the University of Massachusetts. Kelly has extensive experience in the financial services industry in Boston and on Cape Cod.
“Kelly’s experience and knowledge of the Falmouth community make her a perfect fit to partner with our customers and assist them with our extensive banking portfolio of prducts,” said Telman.
Kelly and her husband Eric Benway live in Falmouth with two sons, C.J. and Joseph. You can reach her at 508-444-1615 or by email email@example.com.
Mark A. Skala - New Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Mark Skala, a former media executive, has joined the bank team as the new director of marketing and community relations. Skala brings more than 25 years of media experience to the position. He most recently was publisher of GateHouse Media’s Cape Cod portfolio of newspapers and websites. He previously worked in a variety of publishing and management roles on the Cape and South Shore as reporter, managing editor and editor in chief.
Mark will partner with Lee Ann Hesse, the vice president of marketing and human resources, to expand the scope and reach of Bank of Cape Cod’s marketing program. He will also play an important role in assisting the bank in furthering its' relationships in the community, and working with the bank's nonprofit partners.
Mark is involved in a number of community and civic groups and currently serves as the board vice president for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. He can be reached at 508-568-2333 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark G. Sexton Promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer
Mr. Sexton serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank of Cape Cod. His 30 years of banking experience include expertise in
Charles A. DeSimone Promoted to Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending
Charles A. DeSimone has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Bank of Cape Cod. Charlie's successful lending efforts have been a key component to the growth of the Bank's commercial lending portfolio over the past several years. His expertise and success lending to businesses throughout Cape Cod demonstrate his knowledge of the local market, his integrity and his outstanding relationships with clients. Charlie is highly experienced in community banking and is dedicated to providing the highest level of personal service to his clients.
Alec H. Petro Elected to Board of Directors
In 2002, Mr. Petro founded Fort Hill Capital Management based in Duxbury, Massachusetts as a quantitative proprietary hedge fund specializing in equity derivatives. In 2007 Mr. Petro co-founded Bay Hill Capital Management LLC, a $100 million Volatility Arbitrage Hedge Fund and presently manages Bay Hill’s day-to-day operations where he is Managing Partner. Fort Hill Capital is also a