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Country Bank Announces Promotions

Posted on January 11, 2024

Country Bank, a full-service financial institution serving Central and Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce recent promotions of several key team members who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and expertise in their respective roles. These promotions reflect the bank’s commitment to recognizing and developing talent within the organization.

Shane Elder has been promoted to First Vice President, Business Banking Team Lead. With over 11 years of experience in commercial lending and eight years in commercial lending management, Shane has proven himself as a valuable asset to the Business Banking Department. In addition to his role as Team Leader, he also oversees the Cash Management Sales Department.

Brett LoCicero has been promoted to First Vice President, Facilities and Security. With seven years of service to the bank, Brett’s expertise in managing facilities and security operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nichols College and is pursuing his PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.

Justin Calheno has been promoted to Vice President, Retail Lending Business Development Officer. With an impressive 20 years of lending experience, including the last seven years with Country Bank, Justin brings a wealth of knowledge to his role. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Westfield State University and is currently attending the American Banker Association – Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Antonio Palano has been promoted to Vice President, Retail Lending. Tony’s 15-year tenure at Country Bank showcases his commitment and dedication to the organization. Having progressed through various roles, he currently manages the Retail Lending Servicing and Operations Departments. Tony holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Springfield Technical Community College and is a 2023 graduate from the New England School of Financial Studies.

Cuc Nguyen has been promoted to Retail Banking Officer of the Paxton Banking Center. With over 16 years of banking experience, Cuc brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role. Her previous experience at Commerce Bank, Berkshire Bank, and DCU has equipped her with a deep understanding of frontline management and customer satisfaction. Cuc holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Southern New Hampshire University.

“We are excited to announce the promotions of Shane, Brett, Tony, Justin, and Cuc,” said Miriam Siegel, First Senior Vice President, Chief Culture and Development Officer of Country Bank. “We are thrilled to be able to recognize their hard work, dedication and contribution to the Bank’s success.  We are proud to support the commitment of all of our team members to their ongoing professional and personal growth leading them down all of the many career paths in community banking today.”

Country Bank congratulates these individuals on their well-deserved promotions and looks forward to their continued success in their new roles.

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