Mark Griffin, CEO of Windsor Federal Savings, to Officially Retire in June

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Long-Time Windsor Federal Savings President Hands Duties to His Successor

After a successful thirty-eight year career, Mark Griffin will retire from Windsor Federal Savings this June, and will trade in his business suit for golf shirt and shorts.

Griffin began his career at Windsor Federal Savings in July, 1974, starting out as a Manager trainee after his graduation from St. Francis College, in Maine. He was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Treasurer in 1982, appointed to the Board of Directors in 1983, Executive Vice President in 1986 and President, CEO and Treasurer in 1989. His successor, George Hermann, took over as President and COO of Windsor Federal Savings in February of this year, and will assume the CEO title in June.     

Hermann commented on Griffin’s impending retirement: “Mark’s contributions to Windsor Federal Savings’ growth over his 38 year career are just incredible. His thoughtful, informed approach and steady leadership benefitted the bank and the community in so many positive ways. We will miss him greatly, and we thank him for his many years of service. Mark is going to leave quite a legacy at this institution to live up to.”

Griffin has a long list of accomplishments from his 24 years as President and CEO of Windsor Federal, including growing the asset base from $85 million in 1989 to $397 million today; dramatically updating the business model to meet modern market and regulatory requirements; and bringing Windsor Federal Savings to the forefront of community banking technology. In short, his impact on the organization was profoundly important. Through it all, his steady, pleasant demeanor and his genuine concern for employees remained his hallmark.

Bob St. Jacques, President of Four Seasons Landscaping in Windsor, remembers the early days at Four Seasons when Griffin was their advocate in town, and for business growth: “He really believed in us, and showed a lot of faith in our organization. He surrounds himself with great people, and they are the epitome of giving back to the community.”

Windsor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jane Garibay, says that Griffin was more than just the President of the Bank: “Someone like Mark has been an integral part of the community for so many years. He’s not only a great bank leader but a great leader in the community.”

Mayor of Windsor and owner of Bart’s Restaurant, Don Trinks, echoed that sentiment: “Mark made Windsor Federal the perfect corporate partner. He’s always been supportive of so many programs – he epitomizes the term “community banker.”

Syd Schulman, Mayor of Bloomfield, agreed. “Mark has demonstrated a real commitment to the towns serviced by Windsor Federal. Through him, Windsor Federal has been a “player” in the economic development plans of Bloomfield. We appreciate his efforts and the strong relationship he has built with our town, and we wish him well”.

Granby, where Windsor Federal also has a branch, is another community where Windsor Federal’s impact under Griffin was felt. Said Granby Town Manager Bill Smith: “We’re most appreciative of the support of town events by Mark and Windsor Federal, and the many different sponsorships that they have backed over the years.”

Lindsey Pinkham, Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Connecticut Bankers Association, summed up Griffin’s standing in the industry this way: “One of the things Mark has is the ultimate respect of his peer group. If the Connecticut Bankers Association had a Hall of Fame, Mark would be its latest inductee. He’s a dear friend and he will be missed.”

Mike Rabbett, Board Member and owner of Rabbett Insurance in Windsor, agrees. “With all of the responsibilities he has, he always made time to talk with anyone, no matter who they were. He’s just a regular guy at the core. In fact, we always kid him at the board meetings because he was the only person that could change light bulbs at the bank. He’s not afraid to do anything.”

Windsor Federal CFO, Mary Lynn-Kinney, saw that style every day: “I’ve always been tremendously impressed with his approach to issues, and his way to find a solution. He considers all parties when making a decision and always asks what can be done to help the community. He likes to see his employees succeed, and always considers the effect of decisions on employees – and the community.”
Gaye Rizzo, Board Member and Windsor Library Director, concurs: “Mark finds value in every single person that works with him. I felt so privileged to be able to work with him over these many years. I’ve never had anyone say a bad word about Mark. He’s really down to earth; he has an open door policy, and he puts the bank and the customers first.”

Longtime Windsor Federal employee Rosa Segars, who celebrated her 40th anniversary with the bank last year, appreciates Griffin’s leadership: “He started shortly after I did – two years after me. He makes all of us better. He asks us to give a 100% effort to our community- and to the bank – just like he does. Mark has been such a great gentleman to work for!”

Griffin, for his part, believes that it’s time. “I’ve had a great career, and met and worked with some wonderful people. From community members to fellow employees, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the daily interactions. To our entire team at Windsor Federal, as well as to the many members of the community that I’ve had the pleasure of working with, I want to extend my sincere appreciation for making these 38 years so special.”
Although Griffin’s move from Bank CEO to retiree will mean a change in his work address, he plans to remain active in the community and will be seen around town, at various meetings, and of course, on the golf course. Griffin’s plans for his retirement are to spend more time doing what he loves, like spending time with his wife, Sandy, as well as traveling, skiing, working in the yard, and fixing anything mechanical that needs it. If “riding into the sunset” were an official retirement kickoff, Griffin’s vehicle of choice would surprise no one: his beloved tractor.
After 38 years, the entire Windsor Federal Saving’s family would like to say a sincere “thank you” to Mark for those many years of service – and especially for his kind and caring style. It’s been a great ride!

Since 1936, Windsor Federal Savings has been helping neighbors in Northern Connecticut and the Farmington Valley achieve their financial goals. The motto, “Neighbors helping Neighbors” clearly defines their approach to customers in the communities of Windsor, Granby, and Bloomfield. With highly personalized service, a warm, friendly environment, and a wide variety of banking products and services available, Windsor Federal Savings believes bigger isn’t always better. For more information about Windsor Federal Savings, call (860) 688-8511, or go to http://www.windsorfederal.com

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