The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce is Pleased to Announce Brian Griffin as the 2016 Patrick M. Butler Citizen of the Year Award Recipient
Brian will receive the award at the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on October 13th. Below is the compelling nomination of Brian for this prestigious recognition:
Please consider Brian Griffin, First Vice President-Regional Manager of Rockland Trust Company for the 2016 Patrick M. Butler Citizen of the Year.
Brian is head of the Cape Cod Commercial Lending Team at Rockland Trust. However, to us he is much more than that! He is our Regional Leader and regularly supports the Retail and Investment Management teams. In turn, he has earned respect from other banking divisions both on and off Cape and truly fosters a team atmosphere. No silos here!
In addition, Brian coordinates Rockland Trust’s Cape Cod sponsorships to various local agencies and fundraising events and is an active member of the Contributions Committee for the entire Bank. Further, Brian is regularly a member of the Banks Senior Loan Committee, is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Rockland Trust and participates on the Banks Asset Liability Committee.
Brian is not only a Lender, but he is a trusted advisor for his many clients. Here is only a sample of his many endorsements from local customers of the Bank;
Bill Catania, President of Catania Hospitality Group says: “Brian has consistently proven his dedication to his clients. He has always taken the time to first understand our business and then recommend how Rockland trust can best work with us. His support and advice have made him a great asset to our banking relationship!”
Kevin Pepe, Managing Director of Commercial Realty Advisors also praises Brian. “Brian Griffin and his team at Rockland Trust have made tremendous impacts in our community and with my business personally.. .. As the leader of the Rockland Trust team on Cape Cod (and abroad), Brian has taken the role of banker to unexpected levels. With a strong sense of community, a strong sense of loyalty and a terrific eye for economic development, Brian has propped up (and often saved) many local small businesses. He transcended the role of a banker to provide invaluable consultation, strategy and advice for existing and prospective clients of the RTC. He has fought hard for bringing many new businesses and even industries to the Town of Barnstable and Cape Cod as a whole.”
Further testimony of Brian’s relationship with clients is the fact that many have referred other potential clients to him.
Brian is unquestionably committed to the Cape as evidenced by his volunteerism – most notably, with the Cape and Islands United Way. Brian has been involved with the United Way for many years – initially on the Community Investment Committees and, later, the Board of Directors. His value was quickly recognized by fellow board members as he was elected to vice-chair and, then, the chairman. At the helm during a pivotal time of transition for the United Way, Brian helped recruit and select a new CEO and led the transition team during her first two years on the job. As the organization’s leader he navigated numerous challenges and guided the adoption and implementation of a new business model.
Barbara Milligan, United Way CEO, shared her thoughts for this nomination. “Brian is well respected by board members, staff, donors and volunteers of the Cape and Islands United Way – and we know that this mantle of respect follows him into his other work and community activities. As a leader he is thoughtful and engaging. He looks at all sides and points of view and diplomatically navigates the forward path. He cares about his co-workers, his colleagues, and his community. He is the first to enthusiastically raise his hand when something needs to be done – whether it is participating in a Community Care Day, a bowl-a-thon, or driving a “Sag Wagon” van to pick up exhausted bike riders for Last Gasp; recruiting donors for United Way, or organizing sponsors for an event. He cares deeply about the current needs and future fate of the community where he was born and has worked tirelessly for the betterment of Hyannis and Cape Cod. “
Barbara continues …”You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the community who is more universally respected and admired than Brian Griffin. We feel blessed, and honored, that he has chosen to serve the community as part of our Cape and Islands’ United Way family.”
Other examples of Brian’s community commitment include shepherding Rockland Trust’s assistance for various events within the Cape Cod YMCA, including the Teen Achievers Program, the 50th Anniversary Celebration, and the annual golf tournament. Brian is a past Board member of the Hyannis Main Street BID, has participated in the Mentoring Program for Cape Cod Young Professionals and he regularly participates in fundraisers for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cape and Islands. You can also find him serving dinner every year at Rockland Trust’s Christmas Dinner for CapeAbilities’ clients, and even spreading mulch at the Falmouth Service Center. Oh, and his spare time – Brian is also very active in his church where he and his three children are Missionaries which involves annual pilgrimages to the mountain village of Duvengere, Haiti where they have helped to build an orphanage, a church, a school and an elder care facility.
For his past and continued leadership in our community, Brian Griffin is deserving of your consideration as recipient of the 2016 Patrick M. Butler Citizen of the Year.