Pictured (l to r): SeaComm Vice President of Retail Operations Rick Maloney, PW Campbell President & CEO Jim Caliendo, SeaComm President & CEO Scott A. Wilson, SeaComm Board Chairman Myron Burns, SeaComm Board Directors Patricia Dodge and Robert Santamoor, Essex Branch Manager Joseph Feltz, and Assistant VP of Retail Operations & Regional Manager Yvonne Alterie.
Vermont Business Magazine SeaComm Credit Union recently celebrated the official opening of its ninth branch location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 16, 2021. The Essex branch finalized construction at 25 Carmichael Street, and was open to the public on April 19, 2021.
“We are delighted to be a part of the greater Essex community and that our new location at 25 Carmichael Street will give us access to a highly visible, ever-expanded retail location,” states Scott A. Wilson, SeaComm President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Town of Essex was very supportive of our new building project throughout the planning and construction phase.” Wilson adds, “We have been pleased with our reception so far into the market and the opportunity afforded to us by Peter Edelman of Eurowest Retail Partners, L.P. of Essex, VT. We look forward to meeting our neighbors and the opportunity to serve in this new market and be an intricate partner in this vibrant community.”
Keeping in line with COVID-19 restrictions, the private celebratory event was attended by SeaComm Board of Directors, President/CEO, senior leadership team, and branch staff. They were joined by representatives of the project design team, P. W. Campbell. Food and refreshments were provided by local event services company, Catering By Dale, in accordance with the Vermont Forward Plan for events and gatherings.
SeaComm’s Essex location is a 3,500-square-foot branch that offers an array of services for all financial needs. The new branch includes a two-lane drive-through area, a 24/7 ActiveEdge® ATM that offers cutting-edge security solutions, electronic cash recyclers at the teller stations, and a charging station for electronic vehicles to assist in reducing overall emissions, thereby improving the overall environmental health. The lobby has a comfortably furnished waiting area, equipped with a fully stocked refrigerator, complimentary snacks, and a flat screen television. Personal tablets take the place of paper brochures which helps to minimize SeaComm’s carbon footprint. Construction of the branch was also completed with awareness to environmentally friendly materials as reviewed by Efficiency Vermont. These measures undertaken is a concrete way for SeaComm to continually improve its approach to energy savings and operational efficiency.
Branch Manager Joseph Feltz joined the SeaComm team in March 2021, specifically hired for this position. A native of Colchester, he brings 25 years of financial service experience to SeaComm. "I am excited to be part of the growing SeaComm team,” Feltz said. "I look forward to assisting our members with all their financial needs.”
The Essex branch is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday. You can also stay connected with SeaComm by visiting www.seacomm.org or following them on social media.
SeaComm is a member owned financial cooperative based in Massena with over 50,000 members and assets exceeding $720 million. The credit union has nine branches located in Massena, Potsdam, Malone, Canton, Ogdensburg, Plattsburgh, South Burlington, Essex, and Watertown. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties, New York and Grand Isle, Chittenden and Franklin Counties, Vermont.