A key ingredient to success – in banking and in business – is building personal, face-to-face relationships with people. And the goal of the VermontMatters.com Website has always been to celebrate some of the many meaningful banking relationships Vermont’s only statewide independent bank has nurtured over the years.Apparently, this approach rings true with more than just Vermonters. It has struck a chord with the leading financial marketers in America. At the 16th Annual FCS Annual Portfolio Awards, held on Thursday, May 13, the Financial Communications Society (FCS) recognized 28 financial services providers for excellence in their marketing.From the hundreds and hundreds of entries, the winners list included an impressive array of the largest and most successful financial organizations in America. Fidelity Investments, MetLife, Allstate and American Express were among those recognized.Standing out from the crowd of nationally recognized firms was Merchants Bank.The VermontMatters.com Website was recognized with two prestigious awards at this black-tie affair attended by over 400 industry experts.VermontMatters.com was awarded a Gold in the category of Website in the Corporate Image category.And then, the big surprise of the night was unveiled. VermontMatters.com was awarded “Best of Show” in the Interactive Media category.Thomas S. Leavitt, Merchants Bank Executive Vice President commented, “These two awards are another piece of validation for our efforts here in Vermont. As a bank, we strive to provide products, service and delivery that rival any offered in the country. We believe these two awards reinforce the fact that we can compete, and win, against anyone.”VermontMatters.com was conceived and developed by Hinesburg-based Cottage 10. Cottage 10 has been working with Merchants Bank since early 2009 on a number of strategic marketing initiatives.Vermont Matters®. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities. Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Source: Merchants. 5.25.2010
Boucher, who joined the Press as a reporter in 1993 and has spent most of her career at the company, said it was “a new era” for Stuff.”It is great to take control of our own future with the move to local ownership and the opportunity to build further on the trust of New Zealanders, who turn to us for local and national news and entertainment every day,” she told stuff.co.nz.The one-dollar price reflects the difficulties in New Zealand’s media sector, where COVID-19’s impact has slashed revenues already eroded by global internet giants such as Facebook and Google.Stuff’s main domestic rival, NZME, had its own one-dollar bid for the company rejected earlier this month. Stuff and NZME have both asked staff to take pay cuts due to the virus-induced downturn, with NZME cutting 200 jobs.German magazine giant Bauer Media Group closed its New Zealand titles with the loss of 237 jobs last month, citing the “severe economic impact” of the pandemic.Shares in Nine, which had been rumoured to be keen on offloading its New Zealand assets for more than a year, were up 2.9 percent at Aus$1.41 in early trading on the ASX.Nine obtained Stuff when it acquired the company’s Australian owner, newspaper group Fairfax Media in late 2018.Topics : Struggling New Zealand media giant Stuff Limited was sold in a management buy-out deal for the symbolic fee of NZ$1.00 (US$0.61), the group’s Australian owners Nine Entertainment announced Monday.Nine said that Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher would take over the company, which operates New Zealand’s most popular news website, stuff.co.nz, and titles such as Wellington’s Dominion Post and the Christchurch Press.”The sale of Stuff is expected to (be) complete by May 31,” Nine said in a statement to the Australian stock exchange.
By Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round brilliance could not fire India to the final of the Cricket World Cup but the 30-year-old at least showed what he can still offer the team in the first semi-final against New Zealand yesterday.Playing only his second match of the tournament, Jadeja returned figures of 1-34 in his tidy 10 overs and produced two moments of fielding excellence at Old Trafford.He first dismissed Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s top scorer, with a pinpoint direct throw from midwicket and, in the next ball, took a tricky catch to send back Tom Latham. The all-rounder then returned to top-score with a belligerent 77, celebrating his fifty with a characteristic sword dance before raising his arms in an animated gesture toward the commentary box.Jadeja has had a Twitter spat with former India player-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar who had described the all-rounder as a “bits and pieces” player. India captain Virat Kohli said the Saurashtra player did not need any extra motivation from the management team.“I don’t think any of us had to say anything to Jadeja after what happened over the last one week,” Kohli said after the loss at Old Trafford. “He was quite ready to just get onto the path to be honest and you saw the passion with which he played.”Jadeja could not force a victory but Kohli felt this was the left-hander’s best innings he could remember.“In my watching the data for 10 years, me playing with him as well, this is probably his best knock because the kind of pressure, the stage we were at, almost out of the game, and then he produces that,” said Kohli. With Jadeja in the middle, the team had been optimistic of completing the tricky chase, the skipper added.“He was very motivated. At that stage, we all felt in the change room that the game can be closed out, it can be done,” he said.“He’s been a very understated cricketer, but a top quality cricketer in the field, with the ball, and with the bat – priceless.”