The Bank of Bennington honors two 30-year employees

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Sat, 03/18/2017 - 3:41pm -- Denise Sortor

The Bank of Bennington recently celebrated the 30th anniversaries of two staff members, Carol Johnson the Branch Manager in Manchester, and Mary Callahan, a Senior Vice President. Bank President Jim Brown said, “We are proud of the average longevity of our employees—10 years. Mary and Carol take that to new heights by achieving this 30-year mark. They are both exceptional at their jobs and exemplify a sense of professionalism that we encourage in everyone who works here.” His remarks were delivered at a celebratory event where each woman was presented with a certificate honoring the milestone.

Carol Johnson started working as a part-time teller in 1987 at the original Manchester office of The Bank of Bennington on Route 7A, when it was still Bennington Coop Savings and Loan. She next became a full-time teller, and subsequently was promoted to Customer Service Representative, and then to Branch Manager. She has taken management courses, along with numerous financial and banking courses over the course of her 30-year career. Carol has lived in Manchester since 1983.

Mary Callahan also started as a teller for Bennington Coop Savings and Loan in 1987 and rose through the ranks. She has had various job titles over the 30 years—Head Teller, Operations Manager, AVP Bank Operations, VP Bank Operations and Branch Administration, SVP Branch Administration and Compliance. Her most recent promotion to Senior Vice President happened in 2011.

She is a graduate of the Northern New England School of Banking and the ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. She has attended bank compliance schools and completed professional development classes over the years – earning diplomas in general banking and management.

Mary lives in Hoosick Falls, NY with her husband, Walt. They have two adult sons.

The Bank of Bennington is the only bank headquartered in Bennington County. As a mutual bank, it has no stockholders and operates for the community and for its customers. It has offices in Bennington, Arlington, Manchester and Rutland. For more information, visit