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    February 26,2013
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    Lisa M. Prosper has been promoted to assistant vice president of human resources at The Bank of Bennington, and Walter W. Callahan has been promoted to assistant vice president of network administration and security.

    Prosper joined the bank in 1998 as a loan compliance assistant before advancing to assistant to the chief financial officer and then to human resources manager. She is a certified human resources professional and a charter member of the local Professional Human Resources Management Association.

    Callahan joined the bank in 1999 as information technology manager. He has completed numerous banking, security, and information technology courses, and his responsibilities have been expanded to include security officer and facilities manager.

    Founded in 1917, The Bank of Bennington is a full-service mutual community bank with branches in Manchester, Bennington and Arlington.


    Jill Simon has joined the Dorset office of Josiah Allen Real Estate.

    Simon has more than 35 years of experience in real estate. From 1983 to 2003, she operated her own office in Manchester, selling hundreds of homes and arranging rentals.

    Founded more than 50 years ago, Josiah Allen Real Estate has 15 real estate agents.


    Jenifer Prouty has joined Williams Financial Management, LLC as administrative assistant.

    Prouty is responsible for providing customer service to the firm’s current and prospective clients and handling the daily operations of the office. She is currently training to become a registered tax-return preparer for Williams Accounting Services, and is a licensed Realtor with Maple Leaf Realty. Prouty is a graduate of Siena College and Sage Graduate School.

    Williams Financial Management, LLC is an independent, fee-only, registered investment advisory firm in Bennington.


    Michael P. Daly, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB) has been elected chairman of the board of directors, and former chairman Lawrence A. Bossidy has been promoted to the new position of lead independent director.

    Daly was appointed president and CEO in 2002. During his tenure, he navigated Berkshire through significant growth, market share expansion, and profitability gains. He began his banking career in commercial lending with Bank of Boston. He joined Berkshire Hills Bancorp in 1986, rising to executive vice president and senior loan officer before being appointed CEO.

    Daly earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Westfield State College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Columbia University School of Business. He is chairman of the board of the Berkshire Business Roundtable and the Berkshire County Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    Bossidy joined the board as chairman in 2002 and serves on the compensation and corporate governance/nominating committees. He has served as chairman and CEO of Honeywell International; chairman and CEO of AlliedSignal; CEO of General Electric Credit, president of General Electric’s services and materials sector, and vice chairman of General Electric. He also has served as a member of the board of directors of Merck & Co., J.P. Morgan, and K&F Industries Holdings.

    Also, Heather Lashway has been named vice president. She previously was regional manager of the bank’s New York operations.

    Lashway works with retail banking regional managers to ensure products and services are effectively and efficiently communicated to customers. She also works cooperatively with other business areas, including lending, insurance and wealth management.

    Lashway, who has 17 years of experience in retail banking, joined the bank almost two years ago. She was named to the list of “Forty Under Forty” honorees last year by the Albany Business Review. She previously was with Citizens Financial Group, where she served as senior vice president, sales manager for its branches in New York. Lashway earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College.

    Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank. It has approximately $5.5 billion in assets and 75 full-service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.v

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