Greg is one of our newest alumni, having graduated in 2016, but he’s not new to the region – he’s been with BankFive for over 27 years and has volunteered and served on boards of local nonprofits for more than 20 years. In fact, he recently joined the LSC Board of Directors. “Born and raised in Fall River, I have a deep sense of commitment to the community and have always had a strong desire to see our region (the Southcoast) overcome many of the obstacles we face every day,” says Greg of his involvement in the community and his motivation to engage.
What do you do professionally?
I have been with BankFive (which is legally still the Fall River Five Cents Savings Bank) for just over 27 years and currently oversee commercial credit operations. Fortunately for me and the community, the Bank is and always has been a huge advocate for community involvement and is very encouraging of its staff to get involved.
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
For more than 20 years, I have served on the boards of local non-profits and have been volunteering in many ways throughout the community. Born and raised in Fall River, I have a deep sense of commitment to the community and have always had a strong desire to see our region (the Southcoast) overcome many of the obstacles we face every day. Whether it’s cooking and serving meals at the Salvation Army, to helping raise money for kids through Junior Achievement, to sitting on foster care review panels for DCF (MA Department of Children & Families), I have always felt a need to give back.
My motivation to engage comes from a number of different places. In particular, I feel very fortunate to have had the mother and extended family I had growing up. From siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, we were always together and always connected. Sadly, I learned early on that others weren’t so lucky and that I should do what I could to help those less fortunate. For me, making someone’s day a little brighter and more hopeful is all the motivation I need.
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
The most valuable experience for me was how the program connected so many thoughtful and passionate people from all different industry sectors that were committed to bettering our region. Another takeaway was learning more about New Bedford and how the two cities (Fall River and New Bedford) are so close and face many of the same obstacles, but yet seem so different in their approaches.
I see Leadership Southcoast as a potential connector for the region, a social force if you will that could help unify our efforts and make us stronger together. There is strength in numbers. My experience with LSC has made me more open to and focused on “the region” and not so much on my own little corner of Fall River.
Describe your leadership in one word.
Harmonious. We will not always agree on the same thing, but finding common ground is a great place to keep the conversation or effort going.