Merrimack Valley Credit Union Grows in Industry Loan Rankings in Mass. and N.H.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union was included in Banker & Tradesman and The Registry Review’s Top Lenders of 2023, marking the first time the credit union has been featured on these lists. In Massachusetts rankings, the credit union was ninth for volume of single-family mortgages and 10th for number of loans, seventh for volume of loans and eighth for number of condominium mortgages, seventh for volume of residential nonpurchase loans, 10th for volume and eighth for number of commercial purchase loans and fourth for volume of loans and fourth for number of multifamily purchase loans. In New Hampshire rankings, Merrimack Valley Credit Union was 10th for volume and ninth for number of single-family mortgages and 10th for volume and eighth for number of condominium mortgages. Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Brad Egan credited the accomplishments to the credit union’s professionals. “Looking forward, we will be launching exciting new products and continue investing in technology to improve the speed and convenience of obtaining loans,” he added.

Downey Law Group Offers Free ‘Shred it with DLG Day’ and Food Drive

To submit Business Bulletin announcements, click on image. Downey Law Group, with offices in Haverhill and Topsfield, is planning a free document shredding and food drive. “Shred it with DLG Day” takes place Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, at its main office at 462 Boston St., Topsfield. In return for shredding, Downey Law Group asks residents to bring canned goods, cereals, pasta, juice drinks or diapers or give a $25 to $100 Market Basket gift card.  All food and gift cards will be distributed to food pantries in Haverhill, Ipswich and surrounding communities. “This is a great opportunity to shred confidential documents and give back to those in need of help with basics we sometimes take for granted, like food.

Whittier, Lawrence Tech Superintendents to Address Workforce Development at Forum

The superintendents of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical and Greater Lawrence Technical Schools are scheduled to address education and workforce development at a forum this month by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. Whittier Tech Superintendent Maureen Lynch and Greater Lawrence Tech Superintendent John Lavoie discuss what business leaders need to know about vocational jobs and trades during the breakfast forum Friday, April 26, from 7:30-9 a.m., at Edwards Vacuum, 20 Creek Brook Drive, off Route 97, in Haverhill. Admission for members is $10 and non-members, $20, and may be reserved online at or by calling 978-686-0900.

CNA Stores Designates Pan-Mass Challenge as its April Charity

CNA Stores of Haverhill and Amesbury has named the Pan-Mass Challenge as its April Charity of the Month, continuing to demonstrate, what the company says, the “spirit of giving and support” by the cannabis community. Pan-Mass Challenge is an organization that CNA Stores owner and CEO “Rob DiFazio, his family, and a close-knit group of local friends have passionately supported for nearly a decade.” The Challenge’s bike-a-thon is the biggest athletic fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. CNA Director of Business Development and Community Outreach Scott Winters, who has been a cannabis advocate since 2015, draws a parallel between the company’s charitable impact and a time when people “expressed concerns about the potential impact of cannabis stores.”  Winters says he “consistently emphasized to his neighbors and community members that these individuals were not only valued members of society but also respected contributors to communities across the state.”

Through the Charity Jar program, CNA Stores’ customers have donated approximately $347,295 since late 2020, not counting contributions CNA itself has made to various local nonprofits or its roughly 2,500 hours of community service. In February, for example, CNA customers rallied behind L’Arche Boston North, which houses individuals with developmental disabilities, with $12,224 in donations. Likewise, in March, nearly $11,000 was raised for Mass Fallen Heroes, an initiative supporting veterans and their families.

Tickets Available for Haverhill Chamber’s 26th Annual WOW Conference April 26

Tickets are now available for the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual Winning Opportunities for Women conference next month. Speakers include Amber Farley, educator, consultant and thought leader and partner and executive vice president of brand development at FMS; Michelle Saunders, a certified trainer involved with the Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance assessment, which is a global professional personality development program; and Ilhianna Rojas of BeLIVE Coaching and Consulting. Farley speaks to “10 Myths Debunked: How to Inspire, Empower and Get Things Done;” while Saunders addresses “The Guiding Force of Self Awareness” and Rojas offers tips on how to “Cultivate Your Legacy Story.”

Early bird admission of $189 per person is available until Friday, April 5, and $209 thereafter, and ticket may be purchased online here. As WHAV previously reported, Chamber President and CEO Alex Eberhardt said the conference—called WOW, for short—is expected to draw more than 200 people and feature speakers discussing professional and personal development. Speaking on WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast,” Eberhardt said this year’s venue takes place Friday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Vault, owned by Wendy Estrella, 238 Essex St., The Vault at Lawrence

Admission includes a continental breakfast and full lunch.

Podcast: Merrimack Valley Chamber to Host National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in May

Small business owners from around Massachusetts are making plans to attend the annual National Small Business Week Awards ceremony, which is coming this year to the Merrimack Valley. This year, Merrimack Valley Chamber member Stephanie Vanderbilt, owner of Coastal Windows and Exteriors in Beverly will receive the Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year award, earning her an invitation to the White House with other winners from around the country. The awards breakfast is being hosted by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Vice President Michael Bevilacqua spelled out the details this week on WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast” program. “There will be businesses coming in from all across Massachusetts. We have the Secretary of Economic Development Yvonne Hao will be attending as well.

Zeigler Joins Emmaus as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Administration

Eunice D. Zeigler is joining Emmaus of Haverhill as its inaugural vice president of strategic planning and administration. Working in partnership with Emmaus’ CEO and the other members of the senior leadership team, Zeigler will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives aligned with organizational goals, objectives and funding requirements. She brings more than 10 years of community organizing experience, including nine plus years’ experience in economic and social development, and seven plus years in municipal finance, grant writing and government regulatory compliance. “Having worked in the Community Development Department for the City of Haverhill, the Lowell Housing Authority and the YWCA in Lawrence, Eunice knows the character and needs of the communities Emmaus serves,” reads a statement from Emmaus. “She is passionate about targeting resources to those who need them the most, empowering women and youth and issues pertinent to community development.”

Zeigler has a Master’s Degree in Economic and Social Development of Regions from UMass Lowell.

Jaskelevicus Becomes Pentucket Bank Executive Vice President and Senior Credit Officer

Pentucket Bank’s Steve Jaskelevicus was recently named to the concurrent roles of executive vice president and senior credit officer. Lloyd Hamm, CEO and Jonathan H. Dowst, president, of River Run Services, the shared services organization of River Run Bancorp, MHC said in a statement that Jaskelevicus is responsible for the oversight of credit policy and risk management. “Steve is an extraordinarily knowledgeable banker,” said Dowst. “Given the changes in our economy the past few years, it’s no surprise that the industry and our regulators are much more focused on credit policy and risk management. It’s essential to keeping our organization sound in every way.