Barbara C. Potter

New Milford-based NewMil Bank recently promoted Barbara C. Potter to commercial loan officer. She has been assigned to serve business-banking customers in the bank’s Southbury market area.

In her new position, Potter will be responsible for originating commercial loans, commercial real estate loans and lines of credit. She will also originate Small Business Administration-guaranteed loans to new and existing small-business customers operating in the Southbury market area.

Potter joined NewMil Bank in May 2003 as a commercial credit analyst. She supported NewMil Bank’s fast-track compliance with regulatory changes following Congress’ passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. She was promoted to senior commercial credit analyst in June 2004.

Before joining NewMil Bank, Potter had a successful 10-year career traveling the world on the women’s pro tennis tour. She then went on to earn her bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and her master’s degree in business administration from Boston University. An internship at ShoreBank Pacific, the nation’s first environmental bank, confirmed Potter’s interest in small-business banking and sustainable economic growth. She is a Woodbury native and graduate of The Taft School and has returned to her roots to build her second career.

“Having been away from my hometown area for many years, it is wonderful to have a chance to develop business-building skills among friends and valued mentors,” Potter said.

She is a supporter of the Southbury Land Trust and a current member of the Connecticut Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Woodbury-Southbury-Middlebury, Lions Club of Southbury, Woodbury and Southbury Business associations and Yale Club of Northwestern Connecticut. She is also a member the Tribury and Waterbury chambers of commerce.

Hartman Completes Program
Debbie Hartman, assistant vice president and manager of Savings Bank of Danbury’s New Milford branch, recently completed the Connecticut School of Finance and Management Program.

Hartman was selected by Savings Bank of Danbury to participate in the two-year program, which focuses on the economics of banking. In attendance at her graduation ceremony was Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Hal Wibling, Executive Vice President Donna Ramey, Vice President Operations Marcia Grise and Vice President of Sales George Herring.

“We are all proud of Debbie. Her continued contributions to the bank’s success made her an ideal candidate for this program,” Wibling said.

Sterling Launches Web Site
Bethel-based Sterling Lending Group, an area leader in mortgage solutions, recently premiered its upgraded Web site, The new site highlights Sterling Lending’s commitment to providing its customers with the latest in online resources and features a mortgage calculator, a secure online mortgage application and offers visitors a comprehensive overview of the company’s loan programs. Other site enhancements include the ability to search for a home and request an insurance quote.

Sterling Lending Group provides a full range of mortgage programs and financing solutions tailored to fit each client’s unique financing requirements. A licensed broker in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York as Sterling Residential Mortgage, Sterling Lending Group is part of the Scalzo Group Real Estate Services companies.