Merchants Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph L. Boutin today announced the appointment of Darcy L. Cunningham to the position of branch president of the bank’s Winooski office. Cunningham succeeds Darlene Cooper, who is preparing for a direct role in the Bank’s retail banking expansion plans. Cunningham will assume her duties as branch president on October 15, 2002, leading the branch staff that includes Customer Service Representatives Cindy Gilhooly, Kelley Kimball, Lisa Dudley, and Marina Kaye.“Darcy is a fine example of Merchants Bank’s idea of a community banker,” said Joseph L. Boutin. “She provides outstanding service to her commercial and retail customers and has built strong relationships in her community. I am confident that our Winooski customers will benefit from her expertise and her commitment to the community banking ideal.”“I am looking forward to being the branch president at the Merchants Bank in my own community, and helping my Winooski neighbors with all their banking needs,” commented Cunningham.Cunningham joined Merchants Bank in 1987 as a proof operator while she was still a high school student. She became a teller in 1990 and worked her way up to Senior Head Teller. In January, 1996, she was appointed Branch President of Merchants Bank’s North Avenue office. In addition, she served as the loan officer for her market area. She successfully completed the Branch President Leadership Development Courses, Levels I and II, offered through Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. As a Certified Trainer for Merchants Bank, she is responsible for conducting the Bank’s workshops on products and services for all newer staff. A Colchester, VT, native, Cunningham currently resides in Winooski with her family.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As ever freer trade has caused the global economy to become more and more interdependent, the risk of actual full-out armed conflict has been held at bay. One does not engage in mass murder of one’s customers or one’s suppliers.Some may think it’s the huge military maintained by the United States that has caused the current hiatus of major war. Far more likely, it’s the huge increase in wealth that ever freer trade has created in poorer countries all over the world, which, by the way, has made the rich countries even richer. Wealth isn’t a zero-sum thing. I can get wealthier without you getting poorer.The quixotic longing of the so-called “nationalists” for the supposedly simpler, safer times of the past is just basic denial of uncomfortable truths. Like it or not, we live on and in a global world of 6 billion to 7 billion people, where archaic notions of complete national sovereignty are impossible and likely headed for the dustbin of history.History is a long-term project. Quick, feel-good fixes are rarely, if ever, successful.Richard AntokolSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Tariffs. Good for the economy or bad for the economy? Economists’ consensus is probably bad. But that misses the most important point.It has been 73 years since any major power in the world has nationally mobilized for and actually engaged in a total war effort directly against another major power. Yes, there have been many regional and proxy wars — Vietnam, Korea, Bosnia/Kosovo, etc. But there’s been no World War III or nuclear holocaust, not even close. That has not been just blind luck.