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Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes Christopher Crews, AVP Commercial Loan Officer
September 29, 2021
Christopher Crews comes to Rondout Savings Bank after an extensive career in Event Marketing, Event Production and Experiential Marketing. Christopher was born and raised in Kingston and has family ties to the area dating back to 1947, when his maternal Grandparents moved to Kingston. After graduating from Kingston High School, Christopher received his undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from Jacksonville University and would go on the receive his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Florida State University. In his new position, Christopher is looking forward to reestablishing lifelong connections and working with local businesses to reach their financial goals. Christopher has served on the board of the Benedictine Health Foundation and actively fundraises for Bike for Cancer Care.
In his spare time, Christopher enjoys sports, travel and spending time with his wife and his son.
AVP, Commercial Loan Officer
Cell: (845) 901 – 0326
300 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
www.RondoutBank.com (845) 331-0073
Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes Sean Soliva AVP, Director of Retail Banking
June 23, 2021
Sean Soliva comes to Rondout Savings Bank with over fifteen years of retail banking experience in the local community. Working from the ground up, Sean understands the importance of immersing himself in every aspect of the retail bank. From his time as a Teller to his current role with Rondout, he has gained expertise and knowledge in sales, business development and project management.
As an emerging leader in our community, Sean has effectively coached and mentored teams to exceed their career development goals. In his new role of Assistant Vice President, Director of Retail Banking at Rondout Savings Bank, Sean is responsible for the retail bank division and enhancing and strengthening our deposit customer relationships. Additionally, he will manage the Bank’s financial literacy program.
Sean earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from SUNY New Paltz in 2004 and is a graduate of the Ulster Leadership Development Institute in 2014. Sean enjoys volunteering for various organizations within the community including Independent Living, Ulster County Chamber Foundation, Kingston Uptown Business Association, Young Ulster Professionals, and the Sullivan County Legislature Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Board.
“Mr. Soliva is an outstanding addition to our Branch Team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Branch Management and Employee Development. I am very excited to have him on our Rondout Savings Bank Team.”– Susie Dallies, SVP Chief Operating Officer
Rondout Savings Bank Dare to Soar Winner
April 13, 2021
Congratulations to Joemy Abreu Rondout Savings Bank’s Dare to Soar Award Winner!
Joemy works in our IT Department as the IT Support Technician. Joemy has been with the bank for almost two years! From day one she instantly connected with the team. Her friendly demeanor, positive and can do attitude fosters an environment of excellence at Rondout Savings Bank. There is no task to big or small for Joemy- she will do whatever she can to assist the RSB Team.
Rondout Savings Bank buys Spectrum Building in Uptown Kingston, NY
March 3, 2021
Rondout Savings Bank has purchased the Spectrum building at 142 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY for the purpose of expanding the Uptown campus that will include the adjoining bank branch at 130 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY according to bank officials.
The bank closed on the property, a privately-owned building belonging to the Whitman family for 40 years, on March 3, 2021.
“We are growing in different departments as a bank, and we feel the growth in Kingston,” said Cheryl Bowers, Rondout’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “When we saw the opportunity for a complete campus in Uptown, we seized it and quickly went ahead with the transaction.”
Bowers said while the new space could be used as a future operations or lending center, the bank intends to brainstorm with a local architect to map out the best use of the space.
Some renovations are planned, particularly updating the Spectrum building facade, and bank leaders also expect to renovate the adjoining branch, so the two buildings complement each other. Bowers expects the work to be complete within a year.
“It’s imminent, but we are going to do it right and make the best use of that space. The Schwenk Drive branch is probably our busiest location,” she said. “We are blessed with so many businesses that bank with us in Uptown.”
Tom Collins of SVN Deegan-Collins Commercial Realty said Spectrum vacated the property on Feb. 1 but gave notice in November that it was moving to the town of Ulster. The property went on the market in late December.
Collins said the 4,200-square-foot facility had been renovated a few times since Time Warner Cable, which later became Spectrum, began leasing the building 11 years ago. He said the interior is largely office space with a central lobby that is “almost set up like a bank.”
“It was probably built in the late ‘60s and had many uses over the years,” Collins said. “Frankly, I’m not sure what it was originally built for, but at one time, it was an insurance company and later, a restaurant.”
Bowers said the acquisition of the building is a demonstration of Rondout’s long-term commitment to the local market.
“We have planted our flag here forever. I could not be prouder at how the area is growing, and we are growing with it. Kingston is vibrant, so this will strategically prepare us as we continue to grow along with our community,” she said.
The 153-year-old Rondout Savings Bank, with more than $383 million in total assets, has five branches in locations such as Kingston, West Hurley and Hyde Park and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking, and business banking.
Rondout is consistently recognized by BauerFinancial with the 5-star Superior Quality Rating awarded to only 10 percent of financial institutions in the nation, distinguishing it as one of the strongest banking institutions in the United States.
Rondout Savings Bank Promotes Karen Burchell to SVP, Director of Commercial Credit
March 3, 2021
Karen joined Rondout Savings Bank in 2001 as one of three founding members of the Business Banking Department. A lifelong resident of Ulster County, she has a deep understanding of the local community and its surroundings, which enables her to provide trusted guidance to our clients. “Throughout the years, Karen has held various leadership positions and has helped drive the overwhelming success of growing our commercial loans while making sound loan decisions. Karen is a vital member to our team, and her promotion to Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial Credit is well deserved,” states Cheryl Bowers, President and CEO.
Karen values community service and volunteerism. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Ulster County, Inc. and serves on its finance committee. Karen is an active volunteer for the American Heart Association’s Ulster/Dutchess division, Kingston Catholic School, as well as a past Trustee at the Rosendale
Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Union College and is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking 2021 graduating class. She resides in the hamlet of Rosendale with her husband and son.
Jennifer Sickler Joins Rondout Savings Bank as Ulster Branch Manager
February 1, 2021
With more than 30 years’ experience in the retail banking industry Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge to her Branch Manager position at Rondout Savings Bank. Jennifer strives to have each client leave her office feeling better about their financial health.
Jennifer was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and she currently resides in Ulster County with her two children. She works with several community organizations to help make our community a great place to live. One organization that she is passionate about is People’s Place, every year she volunteers to help with the Thanksgiving meal giveaway.
“We’re very excited to have Jennifer join the Rondout Savings Bank Team as she not only brings years of customer service and leadership experience, but a passion for serving the local community as well” States Susie Dallies SVP, Chief Operating Officer of Rondout Savings Bank.
Jennifer Sickler, Ulster Branch Manager
1296 Ulster Avenue Kingston, NY 12401
Cheryl Bowers, President & CEO shares Rondout Savings Bank’s Experience with the Reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program
January 19, 2021https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/6224238892001#sp=show-clips
Cheryl Bowers joins Liz Claman on Fox Business News about how we are working with Pursuit to get our local shops and community thriving again.
Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes New Residential Loan Originator Matthew Treglia
November 23, 2020
Matthew was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, growing up in New Paltz he gained a passion for working with and supporting local businesses in the community. Rondout Savings Bank being a local community bank shares those same values and he is proud to be a member of this team.
Throughout Matthew’s journey in banking he has held roles in customer service, management and financial advising. He has always prided himself on listening to customers’ needs and delivering a solution that helps them achieve their goals.
Whether it be making home improvements, refinancing your current mortgage, purchasing an investment property, or building your dream home; Rondout Savings Bank offers the right solution to meet your needs.
Matthew graduated from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing. He is thrilled to be part of the Rondout Savings Bank team and looks forward to helping you accomplish your homeownership aspirations.
Matthew Treglia, Residential Loan Originator
300 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401
Rondout Savings Bank Participates in $1 Million Funding Program To Small Businesses
May 30, 2020
In response to the economic challenges small businesses are currently facing, Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. has launched their Back to Business funding program. The one million dollar funding program will provide qualifying, local small businesses with grant funds to help pay down new working capital loans financed through Rondout Savings Bank and select participating local banks.
Rondout Savings Bank is honored to participate in Central Hudson’s Back to Business funding program. “Our local businesses have endured financial hardships over the last couple of months due to COVID-19 and we are here to help them in their continued operation or as they begin to reopen”, explained Cheryl Bowers, President and CEO of the local community bank.
Rondout is committed to ensuring that funding is made available to appropriate businesses as applications are received. Rondout Savings Bank has branch offices in Ulster and Dutchess Counties. To learn more please contact Steve Sickler at email@example.com or Evan Rothfuss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845- 331-0073.
Cheryl Bowers, President & CEO advocating for Local Business Owners
April 6, 2020
Rondout Savings Bank’s, President & CEO, Cheryl Bowers had the opportunity to advocate for our local business owners and community on national news outlet, Fox Business News. Click here to view video.
Rondout Savings Bank is always here working for you and our community. Please call us, we are here to help at 845-331-0073.
For Rondout Savings Bank’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources click here: https://www.rondoutbank.com/business-owners/
Rondout Savings Bank Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Donation to Kingston
May 31, 2018
KINGSTON – “I like to think of the City of Kingston as a city of firsts”, said Kingston Mayor Steve Nobel. He was referring to the first lighthouse on the canal back in the 1800’s, and the first woman to operate it; bringing us to the first woman president of Rondout Savings Bank, Cheryl Bowers.
“Its a little bit less about being the first woman as much as it is being the first president that starts the next 150 years.”, said a very humble Cheryl Bowers. Bowers was named the bank’s fourteenth president back in November of 2017.
The evening began with a reception at the Homeport Barn at the foot of Broadway in Kingston. After hor d oeuvres, a welcome from Cheryl Bowers, and cake the crowd moved to the Visitor’s Center. Situated on the grassy knoll, next the the Visitor Center building, the structure stood wrapped in a blue cloth, awaiting its unveiling.
Hundreds gathered around the 10 foot structure that only revealed the blue stone base of the monument. Ulster County Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd MC’d the event with quick congratulatory words from himself, mayor Noble, and Rich Kleban who came to represent the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, where a Rondout Bank Hyde Park location resides.
After the speeches, Bowers cut the ribbon and behind her, the cloth was snapped away from the structure to reveal a five foot steel lighthouse as a symbol of Rondout’s mission throughout its 150 year history to be a beacon of trust and to provide guidance to the community it serves. Local artist Johnny Poux was commissioned by Rondout Savings Bank to create the lighthouse.
“Two words”, said Tony Marmo, owner of Normann Staffing. “Customer Service. That’s why the bank has been a cornerstone of this community for so long. The staff and management provides consistent and unmatched customer service.”, he said.
Original article posted on hvnn.com
Hyde Park Branch 8th Anniversary!
October 2, 2021
October 2nd, 2021 officially marked 8 years of being apart of the Hyde Park Community. Thank You to all those who came out to the event, your support means so much to us. And to our customers and employees who showed their support and attended, you made our week. Your support validates our strong belief in the importance of coming together to be part of the community. For event highlights and photo please visit our landing page: https://gorondout.com/hp8/
Hyde Park Community Day
September 18, 2021
The Hyde Park Community Day this year celebrated the bicentennial! Rondout was there is support along with 40 other local vendors for a fun filled community day!
Hyde Park 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2021
Each year Rondout Savings Bank sponsors the Hyde Park 4th of July parade. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with the community and spread some joy! This year we also celebrated the Town of Hyde Park’s 200th Birthday!
Customer Appreciation Day!
June 18, 2021
On June 18th we celebrated all of our customers and thanked them for their business! We welcomed each customer with a delicious treat from Deising’s Bakery. Thank you to all of our customers out their, it is honor to serve you and our community for over 150 years!
Team Rondout Volunteers for Michael B. Finnegan Golf Classic
June 14, 2021
Every year Rondout Savings Bank sponsors the Michael B. Finnegan Golf Classic. This fundraising event is committed to supporting local programs and services to cancer patients in our community. Rondout Savings Bank is proud to contribute to a great event that benefits our community.
Rondout Savings Bank Sponsors Ulster Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange
May 21, 2021
We were excited to be able to sponsor the first in person event this year for the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce! The Business Card Exchange event took place at The Venue Uptown and welcomed local business persons to network and promote their businesses!
Fun at Work Day!
January 29, 2021
Ron our mascot joined our employees on Fun at Work Day and brought along some special treats from Deising’s Bakery and Restaurant!
Money is important, but we’ve also noticed that the idea of giving back encourages others to give, too, sometimes in terms of time and enthusiasm.
Many of us at the bank are also involved in the community in our spare time. We serve as volunteers as well as board members. Some of the organizations we volunteer our time for include:
- American Cancer Society
- Arts Society of Kingston
- Bardavon / UPAC
- Benedictine Health Foundation
- Boys & Girls Club of Kingston
- Boy Scouts of America – Rip Van Winkle Council
- Center for Spectrum Services
- Gateway Foundation
- Hudson Valley Senior Residence
- Jewish Federation of Ulster County
- Kingston Hospital Foundation
- Kiwanis Club of Kingston
- Lions Club of Kingston
- Mental Health Association
- Rotary Club of Kingston
- Ulster County Community Action
- Ulster County Development Corporation
- Ulster County Girl Scouts
- Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce
- United Way of Ulster County, and more!
- YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County
- Hope’s Fund
- Roosevelt- Vanderbilt Historical Association
- Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
- Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce
- Community Foundation of Hudson Valley
Our Board of Trustees, staff and their families live here and share neighborhoods, schools, houses of worship and charities with you and your families.
All decisions are made locally with local interests in mind by what we believe are the best in the business. Rondout Savings Bank is committed to our friends and neighbors. We work every day to earn the business of individuals and organizations in our community, in turn, we return a significant portion of our profits back in to the community.
Thinking in banking terms, we decided to call it our “Dividends to the Community Program.” Each and every year we donate 10% of our earnings to hundreds of area non-profit organizations for a wide range of worthy purposes.
To apply for our Dividends to the Community program click here.
Rondout Savings Bank Scholarships
Rondout Savings Bank, located in Kingston, sponsors an annual scholarship to be awarded to Business majors enrolled as freshmen or returning to Ulster County Community College. A special application is available for interested candidates and the scholarship recipient is chosen by Rondout Savings Bank.