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Vermonters want a different kind of bank.

So we started one.

Why Bank of Burlington

Local Knowledge

We are guided by a deep understanding and commitment to local market landscape, enabling nimble and flexible local decision-making.

Highly Focused

We are focused on Commercial Businesses. The small organizational structure enables creative lending solutions to grow small and mid-size businesses.

Tech Forward

Bank of Burlington uses three main providers, focused on cloud-based solutions for greater responsiveness, convenience, and reduced overhead compared to branch-centric banks.

Meet the Team

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Local banking is back.

“Vermont is about community, and it deserves a local bank run by locals. We bring extensive knowledge of our market, creative and custom solutions, and best-in-class technology to grow Vermont businesses. We are quick; we are nimble; we are responsive to our customers needs.”

As a career banker, Mr Hesslink is passionate about helping business owners prosper through providing access to capital and partnering with them to strategically help grow their businesses. 

Prior to forming Bank of Burlington, Mr. Hesslink had served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director for Merchants Bank and its holding company, Merchants Bancshares, Inc.  which were headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont.  He started his employment with Merchants Bank in 1995 and served many roles prior to acquisition of Merchants Bancshares, Inc by Community Bank Systems, Inc. in May 2017. 

Geoffrey R. Hesslink

CEO, Geoffrey R. Hesslink

Geoff recently had the pleasure of sharing our story with Darling Consulting Group. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Victoria Bronner

Victoria Bronner, President & COO

Josh Kruk

Josh Kruk, CFO

Operations team

Operations

Sophia Williams, Norma Jodoin, Brittany Katon, Amy Bergeron

Sales team

Relationship Management

Tyler Weeks, Lori Coseo, Iva Smejkal, Shannon McDougal, Mike Woulf, Jameson Roberts
(Missing: Colin Burns)

Operations team

Finance & Investor Relations

Lauren Graves, Josh Kruk, Tessa Collette

Sales team

Compliance & IT

Jonathan Sykes, Josh Southwell, Drake Ducharme, Anthony Wyand

Board of Directors

Mr. Bissonette is the owner of Bissonette Properties, a family-owned and operated real estate investment and property management company.  Mr. Bissonette is also the owner of Al’s French Fry’s, an iconic restaurant that has been in the community since the 1940s.  He brings business and management experience, industry experience, leadership experience and deep community connections to the Board of Directors. 

Mrs. Blazewicz is the Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of Coty, Inc (NYSE:COTY), one of the world’s largest beauty companies.  She brings extensive management and leadership experience, legal knowledge and governance experience to the Board of Directors. 

Ms. Glynn is a director, shareholder and managing partner at Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd., a full-service law firm in Vermont and New York.  In her practice, Ms. Glynn represents financial institutions in commercial loan transactions, commercial loan workouts, restructuring, foreclosures, creditors rights and bankruptcy courts.  She brings extensive knowledge of the banking industry and commercial loan transactions, and management and leadership experience to the Board of Directors. 

Mr. Hesslink brings experience in business management, finance and accounting, banking industry knowledge, customer service, crisis response, leadership, strategic planning, credit underwriting and risk management to the Board.

Mr. Larkin is a principal and President of Larkin Realty headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, a residential and commercial real estate firm.  Mr. Larkin previously served as a director of Merchants Bank and Merchants Bancshares, Inc. He brings credit and risk management experience, banking industry knowledge, industry experience, strategic planning experience, leadership experience and bank governance experience to the Board of Directors. 

Mr. Lisman served as Chairman of Global Equities Division of JP Morgan Chase and Company before retiring in 2009. Prior to this position, Mr. Lisman served as the Chief Executive Officer of Institutional Equities of Bear Stearns and Company. Mr. Lisman served as director of Merchants Bank and its Parent Company, Merchants Bancshares, Inc., based in Burlington, for over ten years. Mr. Lisman brings finance industry experience, leadership and director experience, bank governance experience, and strategic planning experience to the Board of Directors. 

Mr. Lynn is the President of Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky, P.C. located in Burlington, Vermont.  He provides legal services for individual and institutional clients, representing them in civil litigation, employment and labor law, business disputes, education law and construction law matters.  Mr. Lynn brings business and management experience, legal judgement experience, strategic planning experience and community connections to the Board of Directors. 

Mrs. O’Connell is the Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Champlain Investment Partners.  She brings extensive finance background, business and management experience, customer-based experience and strategic planning experience to the Board of Directors. 

Mr. Ode is President and Chief Operating Officer of Champlain Investment Partners.  Mr. Ode brings a finance and accounting background, business and management experience, and strategic planning experience to the Board of Directors. 

Mr. Tarrant has founded and invested in many different companies, including co-founding Amicus Healthcare Living Centers, Inc., co-founding MyWebGrocer, co-founding SOOS, LLC., and is a partner in Stratton Aviation, LLC. Mr. Tarrant brings vast business and management experience, leadership, customer-based experience, strategic planning experience and deep community connections to the Board of Directors. 

Our Founders

Jeffrey I. Beer Founder
Co-Founder, CFO, Select Design

William G. Bissonette Founder & Director
Owner, Al’s French Frys/Bissonette Properties

Corey N. Bronner Founder
Partner, Deputy CIO, CIPVT

Scott D. Ireland Founder
President, CEO, S.D. Ireland Companies

Joseph F. Larkin Founder & Director
Principal & President, Larkin Realty

Bruce M. Lisman Founder & Director
Chairman (ret) Global Equities JP Morgan Chase

Pietro J. Lynn Founder & Director
President, Lynn Lynn Blackman & Manitsky P.C.

William B. (Billy) Mauer Founder
President, Grandview Farms

Timothy R. Miller Founder
Principal, Partner REM Development

Thomas H. Moody Founder
Founder, Moody Advisors, LLC

Judith W. O’Connell Founder & Director
CEO & Founder, CIPVT

Eric P. Ode Founder & Director
Partner, President/COO, CIPVT

Kevin J. Owens Founder
Co-Founder, CEO, Select Design

Russell B. Scully Founder
Owner, Hula, The Spot, Scully Interactive

Brian J. Tarrant Founder
Founder, Amicus Healthcare, MyWebGrocer

Jerry F. Tarrant Founder & Director
Founder, Amicus Healthcare, MyWebGrocer

Richard E. Tarrant Founder
Partner, Fabre Partners, (former CEO MyWebGrocer)

J. Larry Williams Founder
CEO, Redstone Commercial Group

Founded August 2022

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