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MountainOne Associate Completes American Banker’s Association Stonier Graduate School

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tracy McConnell, Assistant Vice President for Commercial Lending of Hoosac Bank and Williamstown Savings Bank (A Division of Hoosac Bank), recently graduated from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Philadelphia, according to an announcement by Ryan Leap, Senior Vice President for Commercial Lending. The Banks are subsidiaries of MountainOne Financial Partners, which also includes South Coastal Bank; Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan & Collins; Stevenson & Co.; and True North.

According to Leap, “Stonier has given Tracy an unparalleled education from the best in the financial services industry, as well as the chance to exchange information and ideas with peers.” 

The ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking is an intensive three-year program for bank executives.  Students hail from the U.S. and numerous countries around the world, representing banks of all sizes, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies and other financial services organizations. This is the school’s 77th year and the session was held in June at the University of Pennsylvania.

Since its inception in 1935, more than 17,000 students have followed a curriculum of more than 45 courses and enjoy networking opportunities with more than 500 fellow students. Between sessions, students keep up with trends by completing additional extension and online coursework. The program culminates with the Capstone Strategic Project, where students develop comprehensive business projects for their financial institutions. 

As Vice President for Commercial Lending, McConnell is responsible for developing new business relationships and enhancing existing relationships. She handles every step of the business lending process, including analysis, underwriting, and approval. McConnell’s lending territory includes all of Berkshire County, as well as Vermont and New York. With over 17 years of banking experience, she previously served as Business Loan Operations Officer, Business Credit Administrator, and Assistant Head Teller. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending, as well as the Advanced School of Commercial Lending held at Babson College. She also holds a General Banking Diploma from the American Institute of Banking. McConnell resides in Williamstown with her husband, John, and their two sons. 

MountainOne Financial Partners, a mutual holding company headquartered in North Adams, has combined assets of over $800 million and over 200 employees. Hoosac Bank, Williamstown Savings Bank (A Division of Hoosac Bank), and South Coastal Bank provide a broad range of banking services for personal and business customers. Hoosac Bank, established in 1848, has offices in North Adams and Williamstown as well as a lending office in Pittsfield; Williamstown Savings Bank (A Division of Hoosac Bank), founded in 1892, has an office in Williamstown and a mortgage office in Bennington, VT; and, South Coastal Bank, founded in 1868, has offices in Rockland, Scituate, and Quincy. Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan & Collins (CPDC) and Stevenson & Co. offer property and liability insurance to businesses and individuals. CPDC, founded in 1927, serves customers through offices in North Adams, Adams, Williamstown, and Pittsfield.  Stevenson & Co., founded in 1867, serves customers through an office in Pittsfield. True North Insurance Agency, established in 1997, provides group health, life, and disability insurance through offices in North Adams, Williamstown, and Pittsfield. True North Financial Services, a division of Hoosac Bank, has offices in North Adams, Williamstown, and Pittsfield, and its financial professionals offer securities and advisory services through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.

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