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Claudia Walker, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Construction Loan Officer for Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack), received Business Leader of the Year Award at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 2nd. Several hundred guests attended in celebration of “businesses and individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence and commitment to the Chamber and the community” with Walker selected as one of the event’s top honorees.
Additional honorees include: Russell Animal Hospital, Cobb Hill Construction and the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness.
“The Pinnacle Awards recognize businesses and individuals who’ve demonstrated excellence in the community, which is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing Claudia and her exceptional reputation and leadership,” said Ed Caron, Executive Vice President, and Commercial Loan Officer at the Merrimack. “Claudia has been a wonderful colleague and friend for the past 19 years. Her grace, humility, wisdom and sense of humor has charmed and endeared her to everyone she meets.”
“Claudia was one of the original co-chairs of the Rock n Race event planning committee in 2002 to benefit Concord Hospital’s Payson Center for Cancer Care. Now known as the Merrimack County Savings Bank Rock ‘N Race, the 5K has raised over $4 million and brings the community together each year to celebrate, honor and remember loved ones touched by cancer,” added Philip Emma, President of Merrimack County Savings Bank.
Walker serves as a member of Concord Hospital's Board of Trustees as well as the Concord Hospital Trust Board, of which she is now Chair. She has also served several roles in numerous community organizations including: board member for Concord’s Chamber of Commerce, steering committee member for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, member of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, member of the Municipal Housing Commission and member of the Concord Planning Board. Walker has been with the Merrimack since 1997. A premier commercial lender, Walker developed the bank’s signature construction-to-permanent lending program.