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Smithfield, Rhode Island– The Washington Trust Company is pleased to announce that four of the Company’s Trusted Advisors will be participating in the 2019 Bryant University Women’s Summit® in Smithfield, Rhode Island on Friday, March 15, 2019.
March 13, 2019
Smithfield, Rhode Island– The Washington Trust Company is pleased to announce that four of the Company’s Trusted Advisors will be participating in the 2019 Bryant University Women’s Summit® in Smithfield, Rhode Island on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:45 am EDT. The four women, including Laurel Bowerman, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate; Janell Hayes Bruno, Vice President, Mortgage Loan Officer; Holly Thompson Knott, CFP®, Vice President, Wealth Management Planning Officer; and Cynthia Valenti Smith, Vice President, Mortgage Lending, will host a panel entitled “Own It! Embracing Your Financial Independence.”
The panel, which has been created for women at all stages of life, will feature a candid conversation on how women can take charge of their financial independence. Whether planning for a dream retirement, looking forward to home ownership, starting a business, or moving out of debt, the session is framed to help women discover their own wealth and give them the insight needed to “Own It.”
The mission of the annual Bryant University Women’s Summit® is to empower women professionally, personally, and financially. Through the years the Summit has incorporated current trends in education, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, diversity, health, wellness, technology and financial topics in order to provide educationally enriching breakout sessions which support its attendees professional and personal aspirations. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Move Forward – Make Change Happen.”
ABOUT WASHINGTON TRUST
Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ: WASH). Additional information on Washington Trust and its subsidiaries can be found at https://www.washtrust.com/.
Washington Trust is pleased to announce the expansion of its Wealth Management team in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with Kimberly McCarthy, Esq., Howard Cowan, CFP®, Daniel LeBeau, Eileen Straughn, and Suzanne Vargas, CTFA, joining the Rhode Island offices of Washington Trust Wealth Management and Nicholas Rossi, APMA®, CRPC®, joining the Wellesley, MA office of Washington Trust Wealth Management through Weston Financial Group.
Providence, Rhode Island– The Washington Trust Company has been awarded the 2018 Financial Capability Innovation Award by EverFi, Inc. and its Financial Capability Network for the Bank’s commitment to empowering youth through financial literacy and its support of the innovative EverFi learning platform, which the Bank introduced into Providence high schools earlier this year. Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner presented Washington Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, with a proclamation in recognition of the award.
“We are honored to receive recognition for our financial literacy program from both EverFi and the General Treasurer’s Office,” said Handy. “Washington Trust is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of the communities we serve, and this program provides high school students with the tools, skills and education they need to make informed financial decisions in the future.”
Handy and State Treasurer Magaziner worked closely to bring the EverFi program into Providence public high schools, joining in a common goal of providing access to effective financial literacy programming across Rhode Island.
“As Treasurer, and a former school teacher, I have seen the importance of teaching financial literacy as early as possible,” said Treasurer Magaziner. “I am pleased to join EverFi in recognizing Ned Handy’s leadership, as Washington Trust has made their support of teaching financial literacy a priority. This collaboration is an excellent example of what community partnerships can achieve.”
Washington Trust has implemented EverFi’s web-based program into six Providence high schools, including; Providence Career & Technical School; Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School; Hope Arts School; Mount Pleasant High School; E-Cubed Academy; and Classical High School, and will be offering it in additional schools starting this fall. The program is administered by teachers within the classroom, and teaches, assesses and certifies students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards.
“Each year, we honor institutions that are truly dedicated to going above and beyond in service to their communities,” said Ray Martinez, EverFi President of Financial Education. “The Financial Capability Innovation Awards have given us the opportunity to share and celebrate the tremendous investment these institutions are making and continue to make in the communities where they live, work, and serve.”
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more at www.everfi.com
PHOTO: (from left to right) Brian Baldizar, Assistant Principal, Classical High School; Thomas Flanagan, Chief Academic Officer, Providence Public Schools; Zawadi J. Hawkins-Gladstone, Principal, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School; Seth Magaziner, RI State Treasurer; Ned Handy, Chairman & CEO, Washington Trust; Christopher Coleman, Principal, Mt. Pleasant High School; and Judy Fried, Assistant Principal, Providence Career and Technical Academy.
Westerly, RI – The Washington Trust Company will hold a free Community Shred Day at five locations across Rhode Island from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Everyone, including Washington Trust customers and non-customers alike, are invited to take part in the event and have their documents shred. All paper, including: Invoices, timecards, contracts, tax returns, insurance records, legal documents, leases, computer printouts, customer lists, sales figures, sealed bids, statements, balance sheets, personnel records, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc. will be accepted. Staples, rubber bands, folders and paper clips do NOT need to be removed. There is a two box maximum per person.
More information can be found at: https://www.washtrust.com/About-Us/Community-Support/Shred-Day
Washington Trust will also be collecting jars of peanut butter at each location to benefit the 2019 Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The following locations…
Providence, Rhode Island– The Washington Trust Company has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring an interactive financial management program to Providence high school students. Through this new financial literacy initiative, Providence Career & Technical School, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Hope Arts School, Mount Pleasant High School, E-Cubed Academy and Classical High School students receive access to the EverFi™—Financial Literacy/ Vault™ – Understanding Money learning platform at no costs to the students or the schools. Additional Providence schools will be added to the program later this year.
“It is critical that today’s students have the tools and education necessary to help them make informed financial decisions,” said Edward O. Handy III, Washington Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Everfi program uses the technology and gaming tools students enjoy - providing a fun and engaging learning experience.”
Washington Trust worked closely with the Rhode Island State Treasurer’s office to introduce the Everfi program in Providence schools, joining in a common goal of providing access to effective financial literacy programming across Rhode Island.
“Financial education is more vital for young people today than ever before,” added Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner. “I commend Washington Trust for making an investment in Rhode Island’s future by offering an innovative financial literacy program to Providence high school students.”
Ever-Fi’s web-based program uses the latest in new media technology –simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through this platform, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.
“From small rural towns to major cities across the US, EverFi technology is literally transforming how students learn, and we are incredibly grateful for the public-private partnerships that make this possible,” said EverFi CEO Tom Davidson. “Washington Trust is critical to the success of our mission to ensure that these cutting-edge tools reach all communities.”
Westerly, RI – The Washington Trust Company was presented the Gold Award for Brand at the 2016 New England Financial Marketing Awards held last Thursday, May 12th at The Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island. The gold award was presented in recognition of Washington Trust’s comprehensive 2015 branding campaign.
As the nation’s oldest community bank, celebrating its 215th year in business in 2015, Washington Trust unveiled a new brand campaign to reach and attract a new generation of customers. The campaign highlighted Washington Trust’s comprehensive banking capabilities, strength and stability, local, five-star service and technological convenience through a multi-media strategy and refresh of the company logo.
“Washington Trust has a long, proud history and a strong brand, so our job was quite easy,” stated Elizabeth B. Eckel, senior vice president of marketing and investor relations. “We refreshed our 215 year-old brand by bringing back a 1970’s retro logo and developed an advertising campaign with a look and feel that would reach and appeal to a broader and younger audience.”
Washington Trust worked with Walsh & Associates of East Greenwich and Animus Studios of Riverside, both Rhode Island-based businesses, to develop the company’s new brand and multimedia advertising campaign.
The New England Financial Marketing Awards recognize excellence in the marketing of banks, credit unions and mortgage providers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
ABOUT WASHINGTON TRUST®
Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ OMX®: WASH). Additional information on Washington Trust and its subsidiaries can be found at www.washtrust.com.
East Providence, RI– University Orthopedics, a regional center for orthopedic and rehabilitation care, recently opened a new, 90,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art medical office and surgery center in East Providence, Rhode Island. Washington Trust provided commercial financing for the new facility, which is the first commercial project within the Kettle Point redevelopment project in East Providence.
“Washington Trust has been a true partner, supporting the practice and the physicians, and helping us realize our vision from start to finish,” said Weber Shill, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of University Orthopedics. “Our new surgery center will be of tremendous benefit to our patients and the greater Rhode Island community.”
The new facility is built around University Orthopedics’ focus on the patient experience, with each suite designed to reflect the particular needs of the orthopedic specialty it serves. Featuring Smart Building Technology, the new facility integrates high level design and on-site amenities, and includes an Ambulatory Surgical Center, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and physical therapy/rehabilitation facilities.
“University Orthopedics is one of the most respected names in the Rhode Island medical community,” said Joseph M. Confessore, Senior Vice President & Team Leader, Washington Trust Commercial Banking Group. “We are thrilled to support their growth and innovation and look forward to continuing our relationship as the company continues to expand.”
University Orthopedics is a regional referral center for patients with back and neck pain, joint pain, sports medicine problems, shoulder pain, hand problems, hip and knee pain, and foot and ankle injuries. In addition, University Orthopedics acts as the head of the Department of Orthopedics at Brown Alpert Medical School, directing clinical research efforts intended to innovate new orthopedic surgery techniques, new surgical implant devices and new ways to prevent orthopedic injury.
Washington Trust’s commercial banking group offers a full line of commercial, industrial and real estate lending and cash management services to leading companies, real estate developers, not-for-profits and municipalities throughout the Northeast. For more information, contact Joseph M. Confessore, Senior Vice President & Team Leader, Washington Trust Commercial Banking Group, at 401-348-1439.
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