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
Players voiced their anger on social media; some were upset at the overall rating while others had complaints in specific areas.’MADDEN NFL 20′: List of top players at each positionWhile I’m sure several players feel they deserved a 99 overall rating, that special club was reserved for just four stars: Aaron Donald, DeAndre Hopkins, Khalil Mack and Bobby Wagner. There are 72 players with a 90-or-above rating, including seven quarterbacks, eight running backs and 12 receivers. Kyler Murray took the top spot for rookie quarterbacks with a 73 overall rating, followed by Dwayne Haskins (72) and Daniel Jones (63).But enough breakdowns, let’s take a look at how players reacted to their rating.MORE: Explaining 5 odd traits from Madden 20 player ratingsGiants players#Madden20 ratings are here 🚨We revealed the @eamaddenNFL ratings to our guys and you don’t want to miss their reactions 😂 pic.twitter.com/vB3L8XXGit— New York Giants (@Giants) July 15, 2019Bills playersThe #Madden20 ratings have arrived. @TreWhite16 and @Micah_Hyde have some thoughts… 😂Check out our @EAMaddenNFL team ratings: https://t.co/z5mjtBG1Rq pic.twitter.com/O7bd4Kw1SO— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 15, 2019Keenan Allensafe to say Keenan isn’t happy with his Madden rating 😂 pic.twitter.com/vZwn4ZNeZl— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 15, 2019DeMarcus LawrenceHOLD UP @EAMaddenNFL you not just going to disrespeck me like that with an 89 and get away with it….PUT. SOME. RESPECK. ON. https://t.co/ndDkGvo7gx.UNTIL THEN COWBOYS NATION IS ON MADDEN STRIKE! RT @dallascowboys Nation show em we ain’t playin bih. pic.twitter.com/okVXyooI3l— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) July 15, 2019Takkarist McKinley78.. @EAMaddenNFLLol I can’t be that weak 😂— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) July 15, 2019Kyle Van NoyGood thing I don’t play madden or I’d be mad with my 77 rating 😂😂😂 !— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) July 15, 2019Eric EbronMadden on that Bull 💩 I see..— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) July 15, 2019Damarious Randall86 on madden 🤦🏾♂️— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) July 15, 2019Jalen RamseyGod’s Child 🙏🏾.. through it all, He continues to bless me & for that, I want to let his light shine through me! He gets all the glory!! Thank you! Have a great day & year! https://t.co/OzZVJfNR2T— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) July 15, 2019Adrian AmosPeople worried about their overall rating on madden I just be tryna find out what my speed rating is every year so I can put myself at Kick and punt return 😂— Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) July 15, 2019Marshon LattimoreLol https://t.co/ZExNcAdb0Q— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) July 15, 2019Anthony LevineI don’t even play madden or videos so I can really careless about it….BUT my son do sooo @EAMaddenNFL I’m faster than that an get my rating up IM A DAWG!!— Co Cap™️ (@ALevine41) July 15, 2019Budda BakerWhat’s a brotha gotta do to get his strength up in madden?? I mean i had 100 plus tackles last year in only 14 games hahaha @EAMaddenNFL— Budda Baker (@buddabaker32) July 15, 2019Taylor LewanI recently found out that I’m only a 81 rating on @EAMaddenNFL I don’t play the game but I do feel extremely disrespected.. I will not forget this #NoBadDaysStill— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) July 15, 2019Donnel PumphreyHow the hell is Carson Wentz a 82 ? & don’t tell me because injuries … https://t.co/OALm0IZu0T— Donnel Pumphrey Jr. (@Pumphrey6K) July 15, 2019Adrian PhillipsDawg Madden is hilarious 😂they gotta do this on purpose— Adrian Phillips (@Phillips_17) July 15, 2019Quandre Diggs77? pic.twitter.com/W3prPx7ugf— Nino (@qdiggs6) July 15, 2019Don’t follow me now @EAMaddenNFL we ain’t got NOTHING to talk about!— Nino (@qdiggs6) July 15, 2019Kenny Moore😂 @EAMaddenNFL silly goose you. That was funny but put the real ratings up now!— Kenny Moore II (@KennyKennyMoe3) July 15, 2019Darius SlayOnce again madden u disappointed me🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/Pzhh7Xo3e6— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) July 15, 2019 EA Sports has released its player ratings database for “Madden NFL 20,” and several NFL stars aren’t too pleased with their virtual selves.If you’re new to Madden, every player is given a rating: 99 is the highest, 0 is the lowest. The rating is based on several factors including speed, strength, awareness and position-specific traits such as throw power, catching, tackling, etc. Most players feel like they’re the best at their position, so naturally several of them were upset with their “Madden NFL 20” ratings when they were released.