New chief business officer joins Tri State Area Federal Credit Union

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BENNINGTON — Linda Bow has joined Tri State Area Federal Credit Union as chief business officer, the credit union has announced. She will spend most of her time in Bennington, and will also maintain an office in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

"Linda's great energy and exciting ideas arrive at a time when both Bennington and the credit union are transforming and adapting in preparation for a strong future," said James Martinez, president of Tri State Area Federal Credit Union. "We expect Linda will play a major role in our continued success."

Bow, a Bennington-area native who lives in Shaftsbury, has experience in all areas of lending. She has 35 years of banking and credit union experience, including 11-plus years as vice president of loan operations for the Bank of Bennington. Over the past several years, as director of compliance for the New York Credit Union Association, her employment has focused on in-depth operational and regulatory compliance training for nearly 300 credit unions. This included reviews of business and lending practices.

Her expertise in all areas of lending and regulatory compliance creates a robust playing field for helping both current and future members of the credit union with their financial needs, Martinez said.

"Linda's familiarity and knowledge of Vermont and surrounding areas coupled with her community focus will provide a great opportunity for the credit union to better serve Bennington and surrounding communities," he said.

Tri State Area FCU, a $30 million local not-for-profit community credit union, continues to expand and grow its deposits and loans in Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.

Bow has three adult children, all of whom grew up and were educated in the Bennington area.

"We hope you will join us in welcoming Linda back home to the Bennington community," Martinez said. "Normally I would ask you to please stop in at 85 Washington Avenue (behind the Sunny Side Diner) to say hello and extend a warm welcome to Linda. However, given what's happening in the world these days, feel free to just give her a call at 802-445-0161."

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