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John Carola

Seasoned executive, with over 27 years of experience working within the banking sector. Currently with Walden Savings Bank as Vice President of Retail Delivery & Marketing, overseeing all branch and call center operations and the Marketing department. As a key member of the bank’s senior management team, work on numerous internal committees including Compliance, ALCO, BSA, and IT Steering.

Prior to joining Walden Savings Bank in 2014, served as Regional Branch Director for Hudson Valley Credit Union, Vice President, Area Retail Leader with Key Bank in addition to branch sales and management positions with The Bank of New York and Nashville Bank of Commerce.

Extensive expertise in both retail banking and strategic marketing and have a long standing track record in building successful sales/service infrastructures, elevating service quality, increasing employee engagement and using data analytics to achieve strategic objectives. Passionate about all the latest digital trends and technology as a whole.

Community involvement has been and continues to be important to me both personally and professionally. I currently sit on the board of directors for both Leadership Orange and Vision Hudson Valley (formerly the Orange County Citizens Foundation). I have also had the privilege to work on the board of both Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh and the CRVI Foundation.

In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY New Paltz, I am a proud graduate from the ABA Graduate School of Banking. As an individual always looking to grow, have completed a number of professional certifications including the Wharton School of Business Leadership Program, Google Analytics Certification, NAFCU Management Development Institute, Leadership Orange and the Pattern for Progress Fellowship.

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