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Concord, NH – June 26, 2014 – Jason Hicks, Arthur J. Letendre, Rebecca Lougee and Angela Strozewski received Senior Vice President promotions, according to Paul C. Rizzi Jr., President and CEO.
Jason Hicks was promoted to SVP, Corporate Treasurer and Investment Officer. Hicks will continue to manage the Bank’s investment portfolio and treasury functions and oversee the Bank’s financial, tax and regulatory reporting processes.
“Jason’s leadership, integrity and expertise in corporate finance help us carry on our history as a strong, well-capitalized financial institution,” said Richard Wyman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We have been so impressed with his management of the finance team over the last 5 years and we are excited to promote him to this senior management role.”
Jason joined Meredith Village Savings Bank in 2009 as Vice President of Finance and Controller following an extensive career in public accounting, commercial and community banking. In 2013 he was promoted to Corporate Treasurer and Investment Officer for both Meredith Village Savings Bank and Merrimack County Savings Bank, which operate under the same mutual holding company, New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp.
An active member of the Lakes Region Community, Jason serves as Treasurer on the Board of Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Vice President of the Board for Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity and Treasurer for Center Harbor Congregational Church. Jason received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from the University of North Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant for the State of New Hampshire.
Arthur J. Letendre was promoted to SVP, Consumer Loan Officer. In this role, Letendre will continue to manage the Bank’s day to day consumer loan operations and oversee the processing and underwriting of consumer loans and home equity loans and lines of credit. This includes loans sold directly to consumers or through local dealerships.
“Art’s consumer lending experience and capacity to build relationships and enhance business processes have been such an asset to the consumer lending team,” said Phil Emma, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited to promote him to this senior management role.”
Letendre has over 30 years of banking experience and extensive work in the area of consumer lending. He joined the Merrimack in 2002 and helped the Bank build its indirect lending program. In 2013, he was promoted to oversee consumer lending at both The Merrimack and Meredith Village Savings Bank, which operate under the same mutual holding company, New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp.
A dedicated Concord resident and volunteer, Art is a member of the Granite United Way Community Impact Committee for Merrimack County and serves as Chair of the Granite United Way Financial Review Committee for Merrimack County. Art is also a member of the Concord Family YMCA Board of Directors and Finance Committee and is a 2009 Graduate of the Concord Leadership Class.
Letendre received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from St Anselm’s College, his Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and attended the New England School of Banking at Williams College.
Rebecca Lougee was promoted to SVP, Marketing Officer at Merrimack County Savings Bank. Lougee is responsible for the Bank’s marketing, branding, public relations and communications.
“Becky’s eye for detail, keen analytical skills, inquisitive mind and creative sense has served us well over the years. Her excellent work is evident in the Bank’s reception and success in both the marketplace and communities we serve,” said Paul Rizzi. “We’ve been very fortunate to have Becky on our Senior Management Team and we welcome her in this role.”
Lougee received her BA from Lake Forest College and MBA from Boston University. She attended the ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management and is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP). She serves on the board of the Gordon-Nash Library and is past board member of the Concord Community Music School and Main Street Concord. She has been an active participant with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and Granite United Way. She resides in New Hampton with her family.
Angela Strozewski was promoted to SVP, Operations Officer. Strozewski oversees loan operations, deposit operations and collections for Merrimack County Savings Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank, which operate under the same mutual holding company, New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp.
“Angela is an exceptional leader and her extensive knowledge in banking operations and finance has helped the Bank streamline operations processes,” said Phil Emma, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “She has quickly become a valued member of the Senior Leadership team and we are excited to promote her to this new leadership role.”
Strozewski joined The Merrimack in 1990 as a bookkeeper and as her career progressed she served several roles in the Finance department including Financial Accounting Officer, Assistant Vice President – Assistant Treasurer and Vice President – Controller. In 2011, Strozewski was promoted to Vice President, Operations and Reporting and was responsible for Finance, Loan Operations, Deposit Operations and Collections. In 2013, as part of the affiliation of The Merrimack and Meredith Village Savings Bank, she assumed responsibility for overseeing Deposit and Loan Operations and Collections for both banks.
Strozewski received her Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from Franklin Pierce University. She is also a graduate of Northern New England School of Banking and the New England School of Financial Studies.
New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp was formed in 2013 as an alliance between Merrimack County Savings Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank. Through this alliance the Banks partner to address industry challenges while strengthening each Bank’s ability to serve its local market.