1. Glenn Welch Takes the Reins at Freedom Credit Union

    Glenn Welch Takes the Reins at Freedom Credit Union

    Glenn Welch’s move from Berkshire Bank to Freedom Credit Union wasn’t very far geographically — just a half-mile north on Main Street in Springfield — and, to hear him tell it, perhaps even less of a move culture-wise.  “One of the things I heard before coming here — from at least four people who used to work at Hampden Bank was that Freedom reminded them very much of Hampden with its community orientation,” said Welch, a 17-year veteran of Springfield-based Hampden Bank and its president from 2013 until its acquisition by Berkshire Bank last year.

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    1. One of the things I heard before coming here — from at least four people who used to work at Hampden Bank was that Freedom reminded them very much of Hampden with its community orientation.
    2. It was a long process, and we were very thorough.
    3. Freedom having branches up and down I-91 provides a lot of opportunity across the Valley for local decision making.
    4. When I took over as president 12 years ago, we were still the Western Mass. Telephone Workers Credit Union, but we changed the name to reflect the broader community, and we are now known up and down the Pioneer Valley.
    5. We've built a great base for the future.
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