Business Briefs: Feb. 26, 2021 – The Recorder – The Recorder


Business Briefs: Feb. 26, 2021 – The Recorder – The Recorder

Freedom Credit Union nets nearly $59K for trainingSPRINGFIELD — Freedom Credit Union was awarded a $58,800 Workforce Training Fund Program grant fro

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Freedom Credit Union nets nearly $59K for training

SPRINGFIELD — Freedom Credit Union was awarded a $58,800 Workforce Training Fund Program grant from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development that will allow it to train 29 workers by 2023.

“We were thrilled to learn that our grant application was successful,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said in a press release. “Ongoing training and learning opportunities allow our staff to increase their expertise and grow in their careers. Not only does this benefit our employees, business and members, but our whole community.”

Freedom Credit Union has branches across Western Massachusetts, including in Greenfield and Turners Falls.

According to the release, the company’s training has two components. The first, Principals of Leadership, will help to develop a cadre of supervisors and managers who uniformly understand and practice valuable leadership principles in their daily work, along with developing a more cohesive team of managers that is better capable of managing the changes in a competitive market. The second will allow specialized training of an identified group of employees to develop project management competency with the goal of improving member experiences.

“The training will not only engage our entire leadership team, but also employees from all different departments and levels in the organization we’ve identified as having ‘high potential,’” Vice President of Human Resources Gina Noblit Giannotti said in the release. “This will allow these bright individuals to grow and develop their talents, assist in their career paths and help strengthen our succession plan. Because this team’s focus is on improving our member experience, it’s beneficial for everyone.”

Coldwell Banker hires new real estate agent

NORTHAMPTON — Coldwell Banker Community Realtors has added Trenda Loftin to its roster of real estate agents serving Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

According to a Coldwell Banker press release, Loftin was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Western Massachusetts in 2005 to attend Smith College. Before becoming a real estate agent, she was in the restaurant industry and taught theater at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley. She is a governing member of the Real Live Theatre Co. in Sunderland; a co-chair of GLSEN Massachusetts, which champions LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; and most recently is leading The Compost Cooperative in Greenfield and Oxbow Design Build’s housing initiative.

“To be a part of individuals, families and cooperatives finding home is a sincere honor,” Loftin said in the release, “and finding creative and intentional ways to support the selling process is a joy.”

“We’re happy to have Trenda on our team,” said Brian Megliola, owner of Coldwell Banker Community Realtors. “Her professional background, her passion for social justice and her desire for helping others will benefit her buyers and sellers in so many ways.”

As a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Community Realtors, Loftin’s primary focus will be residential real estate in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. She can be reached at 413-588-8007 or

Greenfield Savings Bank announces five promotions

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Savings Bank recently announced the promotions of Tina Flagg, Panna Royal, Kim Alli, Aleta Smith and Andrew “AJ” Bresciano.

■Flagg, a Turners Falls resident, has been promoted to assistant vice president and commercial loan administration manager at Greenfield Savings Bank. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the commercial loan assistants and loan servicing specialists to ensure quality customer service.

Flagg started with Greenfield Savings Bank in June 1997 as a teller in the South Deerfield office, and has since served as loan operations specialist, lending assistant and commercial loan administration manager. She is also a member of the bank’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Task Force.

■Royal, of Swanzey, N.H., has been promoted to vice president and senior network administrator. She will manage the maintenance of existing information systems, and will develop and implement the information technology road map for the organization.

In November 2019, Royal joined Greenfield Savings Bank with 25 years of experience in the IT industry. She started as the bank’s senior network administrator.

■Alli, an Amherst resident, has been promoted to vice president and commercial loan officer. She is responsible for meeting with local business customers to determine their financial needs and helping them with a wide range of commercial loan services. Her position also includes developing strategic relationships for business development, establishing commercial account relationships with small businesses and serving as an ambassador for the bank.

Having joined Greenfield Savings bank in May 2017 as business development officer, Alli was later promoted to assistant vice president. She is also a member of the PPP Loan Task Force and the Contributions Committee.

■Smith, who lives in Greenfield, has been promoted to commercial lending assistant. She is responsible for gathering various documents and the information necessary for the underwriting and approval of commercial loan transactions, and preparing commercial loan documents including commitment letters.

Smith joined Greenfield Savings Bank in 2013 as a teller, and has since served as teller supervisor, customer service representative and safe deposit service, and electronic banking specialist.

Bresciano, of Turners Falls, has been promoted to first vice president and commercial loan officer. He is responsible for working with local business customers to assist them with their credit needs including commercial credit lines and commercial real estate, development and inventory loans.

Bresciano first joined Greenfield Savings Bank in 2005 as a teller, later transferring to accounting clerk, commercial credit analyst, and then commercial loan officer and vice president.