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Melissa Denbow – Encouraging Community Engagement

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Show Topic:
Your business is only successful if there is a market for its products or services. There is only a market if a company recognizes, engages and encourages its team member to build a community that can consume the products or services.

As we all know, a company rarely “acts”—it’s the people within the organization, those who run and participate in the operations that “act” on behalf of the organization.

So how can a company be engaged in its community? Simple, by communicating community engagement as a priority within the organization while ensuring your actions support your verbalized commitment. But in most cases, it is anything but simple; it takes a lot of hard work.

  In this episode of HR Power Hour, join Tawny Alvarez as she talks with Melissa Denbow, Vice President Community Experience Manager at Machias Savings Bank, about the work that she has done to help Machias Savings Bank become a key member of the community it serves, and steps other companies can take to communicate the value of community engagement to its team members.

About The Guest:

Melissa started her career at Machias Savings Bank in October 1995 as a teller, shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

During the past 28 years at Machias Savings, she has held various positions – Commercial Banker, Branch Manager, Contact Center Manager, and most recently, VP, Community Experience Manager.

While her background is in financial banking and management, her greatest strength is relationship-building and making a difference in the community. She serves on the following boards: Mano en Mano, Junior Achievement, and the Maine Jumpstart Coalition.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys gardening, canning, and spending time with their blended family of 4 beautiful adult children. Melissa currently resides in Jonesport with her husband, Jeff.