News - 07/13/2017


American Banker Turns to PeoplesBank for Expertise Hiring Millennials

HOLYOKE, MA (July 13, 2017) – For the second time in just a few months, PeoplesBank was featured in a national business magazine on the subject of hiring, motivating and retaining millennials. This time, the American Bankers Association’s Bank Marketing magazine, asked two PeoplesBank associates to answer the question “How do we frame banking as a career and reconstruct the employee experience in a way that is relevant and exciting to the younger generations?”


“From the time we step onto a campus we emphasize a couple of things,” Janice Mazzallo, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at PeoplesBank, told us. “First, banking does not equal cash handling! Second, and more important, when you work for a community bank you’re giving back to that community every day. Whether you’re lending money for a new business or making a mortgage for a homebuyer or talking to high school kids about budgeting and debt you are giving back. You are making your community and the people who live there stronger.” She added, “This group is looking for an employer that cares about more.”

Rob Raynor, assistant vice president of compliance and risk oversight, joined PeoplesBank in 2009. He described his experience, saying, “I didn’t think much about banks in college except for the ATM on campus or when I got my first overdraft fee. One of my professors introduced me to PeoplesBank. When I visited their website it outlined their connection to the community, even in the area of the environment. I had never thought about how the community bank I used growing up helped to start businesses or buy a first home. All that became even clearer after I was hired. I feel that I’m making a difference.”

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About: PeoplesBank is a leader in innovation, corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability, and employee engagement. Our three LEED® certified offices are environmentally friendly, and we have financed more than $126 million in wind, hydroelectric, and solar energy projects.

As the largest community bank in the market, we have a unique ability to help the communities we serve through volunteer efforts and millions of dollars in donations to charitable and civic causes. Our associates devote an average of 6,000 hours to volunteer work each year, and 48 of the bank’s officers serve on the boards of directors and committees of 115 nonprofit organizations in the area.

As a mutual bank, PeoplesBank is responsible to its depositors, employees, and the community. This organizational structure allows us to focus on the long-term viability of the bank and the best interests of our customers.

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