Essex Small Business Week Celebration
Congratulations to Michele French, of BankGloucester, Essex Branch,
our 2019 Essex Small Business Person of the Year!
Join us to celebrate Michele!
Raised in Ipswich, graduated from Ipswich High School in 1985.
Met Michael French in 1984 and married him in 1987. We have been married for 31 years.
I starting my banking career in 1989 as a part time teller at the Ipswich Cooperative Bank, I moved to the First National Bank of Ipswich in 1990, for a full time position as a teller in their Essex Branch. I learned many aspects of banking through out my 25 years at First National Bank of Ipswich. I started as a teller, moved up to Head teller, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager. Then in 1997, I got the opportunity to manager the Bookkeeping Division and worked in the back office for two years. That was a great learning experience for my career, making sense of how every transaction works start to finish and has made a difference of how I manage my staff even today. I realized that I was NOT a back office person are really needed to be out with people and helping them with their banking needs. In 1999, I moved back to the Essex branch where I became the Branch Operations Supervisor. In 2014 I got the best opportunity from BankGloucester, I became the Branch Manager of their first branch.
Past Boards, Committees, and Extra Activities:
Mr. & Mrs. Woodman Scholarship Board
Pedal to End Cancer Fundraising
Sarah Lufkin/Jimmy Fund Walk Fundraising
Current Boards, Committees, and Extra Activities:
Cape Ann Chamber Board 2016 through 2018
- Co-Chair Auction Committee
- Membership Committee
- Essex Division Chairman
- Town of Essex Strategic Planning Committee
- Town of Essex Housing Coalition
Essex Merchants Group
Essex Manchester Rotarian