Aline C. Hoadley

Aline C. Hoadley has joined The Simsbury Bank & Trust Co.’s office in Bloomfield as branch manager. The bank’s new Bloomfield location opens this month at 864 Cottage Grove Road at the Shoppes at Gillette Ridge.

“Ms. Hoadley brings with her a wealth of branch management experience and an attention to customer service that embodies the culture of The Simsbury Bank,” said Terry Boulton, senior vice president and the bank’s chief retail banking officer. “The new Bloomfield branch is our second new office in the past six months, after opening the Canton office in December 2005, and is an important part of our growth strategy. The Bloomfield market offers much in the way of opportunities to serve those who reside in town, those who work there and those who commute through it on a daily basis.”

“I eagerly joined The Simsbury Bank to be a part of the exciting growth they are undergoing,” Hoadley said. “Starting a new branch office and becoming a part of the community is a very exciting prospect.”

Hoadley most recently worked at Sovereign Bank as community banking manager in West Hartford. Previously, she was with Shawmut Bank. Hoadley is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the University of New Haven.

The Simsbury Bank & Trust Co. is a locally controlled commercial bank for businesses and consumers with approximately $210 million in assets. The bank serves customers through full-service offices in Simsbury, Avon, Canton and Granby; SBT Online Internet banking at; free ATM transactions at 2,800 machines throughout the Northeastern United States via the SUM program; and 24-hour telephone banking. The bank also offers investment services through its wholly owned subsidiary, SBT Investment Services.

Lender Joins BNI

The Mid-Fairfield chapter of Business Networking International in Ridgefield recently welcomed two new members to the group, bringing its total membership to 15.

The new members are Tom Duffy, president of T Duffy Ind. Inc., a commercial lender; and Dr. Leonard Fox, a well-known Georgetown chiropractor. Both experienced professionals are expected to add greatly to the effectiveness of the networking organization. The group is currently also looking for members in a number of other professions, including: office equipment, telephone equipment, electrician, plumber, banker, printer, landscaper, photographer, florist, home inspector, graphic design and other health professions.

BNI meets weekly with the purpose of developing quality business leads for its members, to help them grow their business through referrals. The group is a good fit for business owners who grow their business through personal referrals and contacts. Current members represent the following professions: Realtor, attorney, mortgage broker, interior design, general contractor, accountant, home appraiser, paycheck services, financial planning, and casualty and life insurance. The group tabulates its statistics and measures success continuously. BNI has more than 40 chapters in Connecticut and more than a thousand in North America.

Bank Using OSI Program

Glastonbury-based Open Solutions Inc., a provider of integrated enabling technologies for financial services providers across the United States and Canada, recently announced that Lockport, N.Y.-based First Niagara Bank is successfully utilizing OSI’s ISCheck application to receive check images, process all return items and exchange all outgoing check images electronically with the Federal Reserve. It is also handling mixed forward-image cash letters and peer-to-peer exchange with KeyBank in Cleveland.

First Niagara Bank is an $8 billion bank with 119 branches throughout New York state and belongs to the 2nd Federal District, which supports New York and New Jersey.

ISCheck, a comprehensive image-based item processing solution, is designed to enable financial institutions to customize and add features such as image exchange, branch capture, remote deposit, document imaging and image lockbox. “It’s our job to operate in the most efficient, cost-conscious environment possible. We see imaging as being the most effective way to process checks,” said First Niagara Vice President of Check and Deposit Operations René Clesse.