USB in the News

Union Savings Bank Ranks Second in Connecticut for Pandemic Response by Banking Northeast Magazine

April 12, 2021

The Bank is Top-Ranked in Fairfield & Litchfield Counties
Danbury, CONN. (March 25, 2021) – Union Savings Bank (USB) has been recognized as a  “Top Pandemic Performer,” ranking second in Connecticut by Banking Northeast magazine using the latest results from the Rivel Banking Benchmarks survey.  USB was the top-ranked bank in Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
According to the magazine, Rivel Ban…

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Union Savings Bank Now Instantly Issues Debit Cards at All 25 Branches and Digitally Within USB Mobile

April 12, 2021

These new capabilities allow customers to obtain a new or replacement card in minutes and easily link to mobile devices.
Danbury, CONN. (April 6, 2021) – Waiting a week or more to obtain a new or replacement debit card is a thing of the past and using it on a mobile device is now easier than ever, thanks to instant debit card issuance and digital debit card issuance, now available from Union Savin…

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Union Savings Bank Promotes Daniel Silva to Chief Information Security Officer; James Gerace Joins Bank as Director of Technology and Data Services

March 02, 2021

Danbury, CONN. (March 1, 2021) – Cynthia C. Merkle, President & CEO, Union Savings Bank (USB), is pleased to announce that Dan Silva has been appointed Chief Information Security Officer and Jim Gerace has joined the bank as Director of Technology and Data Services.
In his new role, Silva will oversee information security, legal processing, physical security, and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance….

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Susan Certoma and Bonnie Kintzer Elected to The Board of Trustees at Union Savings Bank

October 30, 2020

Danbury, CONN. (October 29, 2020) – Lucie H. Voves, Chair, Union Savings Bank (USB) Board of Trustees, today announced the addition of two new board members.
Susan Certoma, Co-Founder, Point2Point, and Bonnie Kintzer, President, Chief Executive Officer & Board Member, Trusted Media Brands, have been elected to the USB Board of Trustees.
“As Union Savings Bank continues to evolve to meet the changi…

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Community Banks Collaborate on Fundraising Initiative to Benefit Local Food Pantries; Donate a Combined $45,000 to Start the Effort

October 13, 2020

Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, and Newtown Savings Bank take the lead in the “Feeding Our Neighbors Community Challenge.”
Danbury, CONN. (October 13, 2020) – Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, and Newtown Savings Bank today announced a fundraising alliance titled “Feeding Our Neighbors Community Challenge” through which the banks have donated a total of $45,000, which will …

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Brandon J. Angotti Joins Union Savings Bank as AVP, Wealth Management Financial Planning Officer

October 06, 2020

Danbury, CONN. (October 5, 2020) – Union Savings Bank announces the addition of Brandon J. Angotti as assistant vice president, wealth management financial planning officer.
In his new role, Angotti provides financial planning, investment consulting services, tax and estate planning, and trust administration services to individuals, families, and not-for-profit organizations.
“Brandon is a welcome…

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Union Savings Bank Elects Lucie Voves First Woman Board Chair

September 29, 2020

The Bank now has women in its top two leadership positions.
Danbury, CONN. (September 29, 2020) – Union Savings Bank (USB) announced that Lucie H. Voves, CEO & Founder, Church Hill Classics, has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, becoming the first woman to hold that position in the bank’s 154 year history. She joins USB President & CEO Cynthia C. Merkle to lead the organization, making …

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Union Savings Bank Introduces Contactless Debit Cards

August 20, 2020

Convenience offering now takes on greater significance as a health-safety option during pandemic
Danbury, CONN. (August 20, 2020) – Tap it. Wave it. Add it to a digital wallet. And no one else needs to come into contact with it.
Union Savings Bank (USB) is starting to distribute new contactless debit cards to current and new customers, which not only simplify payments at retail outlets but offers …

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Union Savings Bank President Cynthia Merkle Wins 2020 “Women in Business” Award

June 04, 2020

Danbury, CONN. (June 3, 2020) – Cynthia C. Merkle, President and CEO of Union Savings Bank, and chair of the board of directors for the Connecticut Bankers Association, was recently named a winner of Hartford Business Journal’s 2020 “Women in Business” awards.
In its 18th year, the highly coveted award program recognizes the region’s most talented women in leadership roles throughout central Conne…

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Union Savings Bank and the USB Foundation Donate $125,000 to Organizations On The Front Line Of The COVID-19 Battle

April 20, 2020

Danbury, CONN. (April 20, 2020) – The Union Savings Bank Foundation has donated $100,000, and Union Savings Bank has added another $25,000 in contributions, to local organizations providing much-needed services to help residents of Western Connecticut combat the effects of COVID-19.
This brings the total to $275,000 that the Bank and Foundation have donated related to pandemic relief within the pa…

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Union Savings Bank Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to the Nuvance Health COVID-19 Preparedness Fund

March 31, 2020

Danbury, CONN. (March 31, 2020) – In an effort to support area hospitals battling COVID-19, the Union Savings Bank Foundation today announced it is awarding a $150,000 grant to the Nuvance Health Covid-19 Preparedness Fund. This grant will benefit Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, which are operated by Nuvance Health.
“Though the emphasis of the Foundation has been on education, we have a…

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Union Savings Bank to Limit Access to Drive-Up Only at Branch Office Locations in Response to Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

The bank is taking this action to protect the health and safety of its customers and employees.
Danbury, CONN. (March 18, 2020) – In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to protect the health and safety of its customers and employees, Union Savings Bank President and CEO Cynthia C. Merkle announced that effective today, Wednesday, March 18, the bank will offer banking transactions via …

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Suzanne Morin Joins Union Savings Bank as New Mortgage Originator

December 17, 2019

Danbury, CONN. (December 13, 2019) – Union Savings Bank today announces the addition of Susan Morin as Mortgage Originator. Morin will be responsible for the origination of residential first mortgages, working with other branches to reach out to realtors, attorneys, and previous customers for new business as well as networking on behalf of USB.
“Suzanne is a strong addition to our Union Savings Ba…

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Raymond Michaud Joins Union Savings Bank as New Mortgage Loan Originator

December 17, 2019

Danbury, CONN. (December 11, 2019) – Union Savings Bank today announces the addition of Raymond Michaud as Mortgage Loan Originator. Michaud will be responsible for the origination of residential mortgages for purchase, home refinancing and construction/rehab loans as well as assisting first-time homebuyers with their loan processes.

Raymond’s experience working with customers and working thro…

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The Union Savings Bank Foundation Granted $200,000 to Local Non-Profit Organizations

November 21, 2019

2019 grant recipients gather for a photo during the annual USB Foundation Reception that took place on October 30, 2019.
Danbury, CONN. (November 13, 2019) – In keeping with Union Savings Bank’s commitment to making meaningful and positive contributions to individuals, families, businesses and the communities it serves, the USB Foundation recently distributed $200,000 to 20 non-profit organization…

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Union Savings Announces USB Voice ID Software

November 06, 2019

Community bank integrates security-enhancing technology with customer service center
Danbury, CONN. (November 6, 2019) – Union Savings Bank has rolled out a new voice recognition feature, called USB Voice ID, allowing users to verify their identity with their voice instead of using PINs or passwords.  This free feature is available now for Union Savings Bank customers.
“At Union Savings Bank, we v…

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Keith Wirtz Joins Union Savings Bank as New Vice President & Chief Investment Officer

October 24, 2019

Danbury, CONN. (October 24, 2019) – Union Savings Bank today announces the addition of Keith Wirtz as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. Wirtz will be responsible for managing the investment team, devising departmental investment policies and portfolio strategies, as well as managing high-net-worth and institutional portfolios.
“Keith’s extensive experience in the industry and his leader…

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Union Savings Bank President and CEO Cynthia Merkle elected First Woman Chair of the Connecticut Bankers Association

September 23, 2019

Danbury, CONN. (September 23, 2019) – Cynthia Merkle, President and CEO of Union Savings Bank, was elected to serve as the first woman chair of the Connecticut Bankers Association (CBA) at their annual meeting and conference on September 21, 2019. Cynthia takes over the Chair position from previous Chair, Steven Lewis.
“I am honored to be elected as the first woman Chair in the Association’s 120-y…

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Union Savings Bank to Host Security Solutions for Seniors Seminar

July 09, 2019

What:     Union Savings Bank and the Southbury Public Library are hosting Security Solutions for Seniors, a community seminar for senior citizens, at the Southbury Public Library on July 11 at 1:00 pm. Terry Shanahan, Union Savings Bank Assistant Vice President Security/BSA Officer, will be presenting on key topics affecting financial security for senior citizens, including how to choose the right…

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Union Savings Bank BSA Manager Earns Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Certification and Forty Under 40 Award from Fairfield County Business Journal

July 08, 2019

Danbury, CONN. (July 8, 2019) – Godiva Cadena, Bank Secrecy Act Manager for Union Savings Bank, recently earned her professional accreditation as a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS). Considered the gold standard in anti-money laundering certifications, CAMS creates a standardized risk-based approach for money laundering threats and financial crimes risk. She was also recognized by …

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