Business in brief, January 30, 2022

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THOMASTON — Thomaston Savings Bank employees Whitney Cadett, vice president, head of marketing, and Kelly Crone, vice president, head of residential mortgages, have been named New Leaders in Banking by the Connecticut Bankers Association. They were recognized at a special reception at BankWorld 2022, held at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino.

The ABC is asking Connecticut bankers to nominate people they consider to be outstanding employees, managers or business leaders who are having a noticeable impact within their bank and community. The ABC receives numerous nominations which are approved by a panel of independent judges, none of whom are active bankers. After review, the committee selected 13 individuals as this year’s New Banking Leaders.


“Congratulations to Whitney and Kelly! This award is a testament to the excellent work they both brought to the team at Thomaston Savings Bank. We are proud to have engaged leaders who represent the Bank and contribute to our local communities,” said Stephen L. Lewis, President and CEO of Thomaston Savings Bank.

Cadett started at the bank in 2018 as a marketing manager, with previous experience at another financial institution. With her dedication to creativity and strong leadership, she was promoted in October 2021 to Vice President, Marketing Officer.

In addition to having obtained her bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in business administration, she obtained her master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is active in the community, serving on the board and vice president of Children’s Community School and a board member of Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

Crone has been with the bank for six years; she started as assistant vice president of residential and consumer loans. She brought years of knowledge and experience to her role and became Vice President in 2020. She previously worked at a financial institution mortgage company where she experienced various mergers over the course of 23 years. Housing and urban development. She remains committed to the community after serving six years as a board member and secretary of Habitat Humanity of Greater Waterbury.

Callanan receives Distinguished Service Award

NORTHFIELD – Sandra D. Callanan, CPA of Northfield recently received the 2022 CTCPA Women Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Society of CPAs.

Callanan was one of seven women honored at January’s virtual celebration recognizing excellence in leadership and management in the accountancy profession.

A partner at CironeFriedberg, LLP in Shelton, Callanan has over 35 years of accounting, auditing and tax experience. She has provided services to financial institutions, private companies in wholesale, retail, real estate and development services, manufacturing and physician groups, but she especially enjoys working with non-profit organizations.

“Accounting for nonprofits is a little complicated, but it’s really good to give back,” she said, sharing that her mother was an accountant and would help her by adding up all the columns of the adding machine for a cosmetics company. “I knew at the time that I wanted to do this kind of work, but I wanted to be the boss and I thought being a CPA would get me there.”

“Work in our profession is changing. We are constantly learning new things. There is less compliance work and we have now evolved to provide a lot more advisory services,” Callanan said. “Public accounting provides the perfect opportunity for those who enjoy being challenged every day, learning every day, and helping business owners and nonprofits understand financial complexities.

Callanan has had a long career as a CTCPA volunteer, serving on numerous committees as well as the Board of Governors. Most recently, she served two terms as a member of the nominating committee, a critical role in identifying future leaders for the organization. She is also an active member of the non-profit organization committee. CTCPA Executive Director Bonnie Stewart is grateful for Callanan’s unwavering commitment to growing the organization and providing guidance to her young peers.

In addition to his work with the CTCPA, Callanan is a member of the Bridgeport Area Business Council, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Haven Chamber, and Greater Valley Chamber.

She is a singer who started performing at a young age in high school and then in college. She now sings with the award-winning Harmony on the Sound Chorus in Trumbull, and is its volunteer financial coordinator. A dog lover and self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, she cares for five retired racing Greyhounds, has gone skydiving, flown in aerobatics and World War II aircraft performing aerobatic maneuvers, and abseiled down the side of an 18-story building in Bridgeport for charity.

Big Y supermarkets donate to support groups

SPRINGFIELD, MA – To raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y supermarkets donated proceeds from their October “Partners in Hope” initiative to 31 local breast cancer support groups in Massachusetts and Connecticut. This program reflects the partnership, commitment and support of breast cancer awareness and research that is so vital to many. In October, Big Y raised $195,000.

Connecticut: Derby, Griffin Hospital, Griffin Health; Hartford, Hartford Hospital, Breast Care Partnership; Hartford, St. Francis Foundation, Comprehensive Breast Health Center; Madison Infinite Strength, Inc., Middletown, Middlesex Hospital, Center of Excellence in Breast Imaging for Cancer Care; New Britain, CT Breast Health Initiative; New London, Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation; New Haven Hospital Breast Cancer Program, Yale-New Haven; ; Norwich; Backus Hospital, Backus Cancer Center; Stafford Springs, Johnson Memorial Hospital Breast Care Center; Torrington, Charlotte/Hungerford Hospital, Pink Roses Program; Waterbury, St. Mary’s Hospital, Breast & Oncology Center; Westbrook, Middlesex Hospital Cancer Care, Middlesex Health Shoreline Center; Willimantic, Windham Hospital Foundation, Breast Cancer Program.

According to Big Y CEO Charles D’Amour, “Despite the pandemic, breast cancer affects thousands of women and more men each year. Through our Partners of Hope campaign, we not only want to promote breast cancer awareness, but also save lives through early detection and care. Since 2007, Big Y has raised over $2 million to support local breast cancer initiatives.

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